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Wasaga Beach and Collingwood Recommedations?

We are looking for some great bites in the area. Any recommendations?

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  1. avoid the huron club in collingwood, nice patio but terrible food-frozen fries, frozen burgers-not good

    1. Drive to Meaford (30 min tops) and you won't be disappointed at Ted's Range Road Diner. Also make sure you make a reservation.

      My review here: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/teds-range-roa...

      Ted's Range Road Diner
      , Meaford, ON N4L, CA

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      1. re: Sam C

        Stop telling people about Ted's, it's already busy enough! But yes, excellent food.
        My experience was a bison steak, and it was prepared perfectly. They do have good knowledge and experience cooking 'wild' meats. Haven't tried the seafood but I hope they local lake whitefish.
        More photos at http://torontovore.blogspot.com/2007/...

        1. re: Sam C

          I had an awful Bison Burger at Ted's last summer. The fries were good, loved the atmoshere, and I'd likely give it another chance...but my sandwich was dry and completely unsatisfying.

        2. catch 22 - try the ahi tuna and seafood chowder


          oh yeah, if you're looking for a burger, try the georgian family restaurant in wasaga, and order the 'hook line and sinker'.

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          1. re: doubledown

            Tell us more about this burger and Georgian Family Restaurant, always looking for something decent to eat in Wasaga!

            1. re: julesrules

              That one is actually in Collingwood. It's a pretty typical breakfast/lunch place. It's not my personal fave but it’s not bad and I know people like it.

              Closer to Wasaga is the Rockdell Steakhouse Tavern. Love it. In Collingwood proper is Green Mango Tree. It has better Thai food than any Thai place I've been to in Toronto. Or so I think at least.....

              In Elmvale (which is close to Wasaga) try Pieces of Olde for lunch, or Mad Michael's in Wyebridge for delish smoked/BBQ/grilled/Southern fare.

          2. I have a friend who lives in Collingwood - she recently mentioned a newish place downtown called the Stuffed Pheasant that she said was good. Tesoro is also quite good - sort of a wannabe Terroni.

            Tesoro Restaurant
            18 School House Lane, Collingwood, ON L9Y4H5, CA

            1. i recently discovered that bamboo terrance had opened a location in wasaga.
              i talked some friends into a visit last week.
              another friend had been a regular at the collingwood location as a kid .
              it is traditional 'canadian' chinese, with a push for some more traditional items
              it was packed when we arrived on a wednesday at 7pm-ish but had all but empty by the time we left at 9pm-ish.
              we had low expectation and a taste for the quality/authentic flavours of toronto.
              it was alright.
              we would return.
              the pad thai was very close to many i've had in toronto - it is as the menu warns 'hot'.
              the green curry at out neighbours table looked and smelled delish.
              the cantonese chow main was really yummy, full of meat, veg and shrimp.
              they have the chicken balls and combo plates, but they also have chinese greens...in WASAGA!
              we were pleasantly surprise
              the dishes were fresh and a nice combo of traditional and north american

              1. Has anyone tried the "Swiss Canadian" in Collingwood? Looked kind of interesting from the highway.

                1. Thornbury is not far from Collingwood - has a couple of great places to eat. I particularly have liked the Dam Pub every time I am there. Great patio too!

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                  1. re: nufnuf

                    We tried the Dam Pub this summer. Overall I really liked the atmosphere and the food was decent. But the lunch menu seemed very limited especially on a 30+ hot summer day. They did have a cold melon soup special which was nice. I ended up with hot and heavy, but tasty, shepard's pie, because I didn't want the haggis, haggis sandwich or $10.95 (!!!) baby greens. Hubby had fish and chips and they did a grilled cheese, not on the menu, for our kid. We'll go again, I just wished they had a more extensive menu, or less expensive salads!

                  2. Fud in Stayner does very, very nice steaks. All local, organically raised. Nice service, and decent wine list as well.


                    1. Katmanis Thai Restaurant, 1288 Mosley, Wasaga (705) 422-0007

                      There's a new Thai restaurant in Wasaga Beach with potential. Unfortunately not as much so as I hoped when I saw the atypical sign/name, the Thai staff, and places set with fork & spoon as in Thailand... but, not bad for Wasaga, where the dining is dire.

                      Pad Thai - nice chewy (ie not overdone & gloppy) noodles, bits of protein just okay. Sparse bean sprouts but served with a lot of shredded red cabbage which actually made a nice cruncy, cool counterpoint to the noodles. Every dish was actually beautifully presented in pretty platters with colourful garnish such as the cabbage -if not traditional, still a sign that someone cares.
                      Red duck curry - good duck, lots of fruit and veg, decent spice "warmth" rather than true heat, but not terribly complex, may not have been homemade curry paste sad to say. The beef salad was similar - almost like something that might have come out of my own kitchen, all decent fresh ingredients, but sparse mint & cilantro and not as spicy and pungent as I wanted it to be. Grilled chicken was a total fail, inedible, the less said about that the better. I really hate to post negatives about small independent places that I believe are trying to do something honest, but this chicken was terrible.
                      The place is still very new. They don't have all the menu items stocked yet, and debit/credit are not up & working. They will deliver for orders above $35. Some expected service lapses given their newness, but food came out quickly. I hope they can survive & thrive, and deepen the Thai flavour!

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                      1. re: julesrules

                        Thanks for the tip. Will have to check it out. Great to have another good Thai option in the area.

                        Again, I'll voice my love for Green Mango Tree in Collingwood. Their food is better than pretty much any Thai I've had in Toronto. Their red fish curry is ridiculous.

                        1. re: magic

                          This place is walking distance from our cottage, so once I realized there was a Thai chef I really, REALLY wanted it to be good. Especially since there is essentially nowhere to go for dinner in Wasaga. But it may not compare if you already have a favourite. Let me know what you think.

                          1. re: julesrules

                            Thanks, I will. It sounds good : )

                        1. re: canoodlers

                          Haisai, do you mean...Have only tried the breads there. Some of the best around anywhere.

                          1. re: Snarf

                            The new Italian on Hwy 26 opens on Wednesday Sept 1st according to a sign outside it. Use to be the Riviera.

                        2. I was introduced to the Hungry Sumo this past weekend. It is really good. Quite suprising actually that a Japanese resto could be that good in Collinwood. I am not a Sushi connoisseur so please keep this in mind. What I can say was I have never liked raw salmon rolls before I tried the Spice Salmon Roll at the Hungry Sumo. Not fishy but fresh and smooth and with lovely crunchy bits of tempura. Also what I like about their rolls is that they don't bog them down with too much rice. Just the right amount. They also have a good selection of vegetarian sushi. I had the "Vegetarian Roll". It had pickled beets, carrots, avocado and cucumber in it. The service is friendly and attentive and eager to please.

                          The restaurant sits in a historic heritage home that was previously a fancier resto. It was 33 degrees and boiling outside, yet inside was cool and comfortable. They have done a simple job at decorating it Japanese style. Lovely. Very cool eating Japanese food in a historical Ontario Heritage house! The prices are reasonable too. Highly recommended. I will return.


                          1. We went to Collingwood this summer for the first time, and I definitely second the motions for Green Mango Tree and Tesoro. Not only was the food absolutely marvellous at Green Mango Tree (mmm, coconut chicken), but the server was extremely friendly and helpful about providing ingredient substitutions for our preschooler, who has bland tastebuds and severe allergies... And Tesoro was just a nice Italian spot - nothing to fall out of your chair in delight about, but delicious pizzas and friendly server.

                            Tesoro Restaurant
                            18 School House Lane, Collingwood, ON L9Y4H5, CA

                            1. Thanks for the Ted's tip! I had some Lake Huron Splake (never heard of it before, but it was good) and he had a bison steak he really loved. We had a good meal there, though I have to say it was the atmosphere that really made the experience. If there were an option to upload video I would show what I shot of the great local musicians who showed up to play for Wednesday night's jam night. We drove a bit to get to Ted's from where we were staying, but I'm glad we did, because the culinary offerings in our immediate area were kind of sad. We did go to the Georgian Circle Family Diner for breakfast a couple of times and enjoyed it, for dinerish food.

                              One place which was a big disappointment was Three Guys and a Stove in Blue Mountain. Modestly glorified TGIF to be honest. Unfortunately, that was the restaurant I chose for my birthday.

                              Blue Mountain Cafe
                              1587 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1H7Z3, CA