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Apr 25, 2011 03:43 AM

Heading up to Curve Lake (Peterborough Area)

Hey Chows,
I'm heading up to Curve Lake this week, and our team will probably need to grab lunch along the way/back to Toronto. Any suggestions? Probably won't wan to venture too far off the path (401 then the 115 then the 7 North)

Quick thoughts:
- Hot Belly Mama's doesn't appear to be open for lunch
- Lakefield is out of the way
- Looking to arrive in Peterborough by 11AM, so Buster Rhinos is probably not the best option (out of the way anyways)
- Maybe El Camino's for Mexican?
- Olde Stone Brewing Company - if it's open for lunch?



Hot Belly Mama's
380 George St N, Peterborough, ON K9H3R3, CA

Buster Rhino's
2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

Olde Stone Brewing Company
380 George St N, Peterborough, ON K9H3R3, CA

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  1. By far the best food in the area is the Riverhouse in Lakefield (really not far out of your way), but alas, it's only open Wed - Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch. Rivals anything in Ontario. Try to fit it in the next time you are in the area.

    Otherwise, HBM is hit and miss. Many like it but my experience has been so-so at best. Better options IMHO are Cosmic Charlies (Pad Thai and Mee Goreng are v good), St Veronus (creative food with nice beer selection), and Montreal House (warning - a real "Dive" but with one of the best burgers in Ontario, great sides, cheap beer, and friendly locals. Fun if you are in the mood).

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      1. re: PoppiYYZ

        I have very very sad news. The Montreal House is now under new management and - more importantly - Dan the cook has moved on and taken his amazing burger with him.

        The only ray of hope is there are rumors Dan is opening his own place (Apollo Grill) in the west end.

        1. re: PoppiYYZ

          I also have very very good news. The Riverhouse in Lakefield is now open regularly for lunch (Thursday to Saturday) with a very long breakfast on Sundays (9am to 2pm). Have only tried the Sunday breakfast and it is excellent. Scratch made, mostly local (even the excellent coffee is locally roasted and blended), beautifully presented, reasonably priced, and above all delicious. Destination restaurant. Ya gotta try it.

        2. It is lighter fare but I am a big fan of Planet Bakery, a vegetarian restaurant just on Water Street.

          Planet Bakery
          374 Water St, Peterborough, ON K9H3L6, CA

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          1. re: Otonabee

            Thanks!! Lighter fare might be a good idea, seeing that we're in for a long drive there and back, and have work to do!

            1. re: ekim256

              If you're picnicking or eating on the go.

              Bridgenorth Deli
              871 Ward St, Bridgenorth

              HUGE sandwiches.

              1. re: Doopsylalolic

                This was the best option as it was spotted on the way there. Grabbed a sandwich ont he way back - I wanted corned beef, but my friend bought a schnitzel and his eyes went as wide as the sandwich itself so he asked me to split it. Not that great...but I can't fault them for it because from the looks of it, their strength would be in the deli meat

                1. re: ekim256

                  Sorry you ended up with that. Those sandwiches need some work.

                  I really hope you get a chance to try Riverhouse, St Veronus, Cosmic Charlies (only the noodles), or - trust me on this one - The MoHo (next to Burgers Priest, I don't know of a better burger in Ontario).

                  1. re: PoppiYYZ

                    I'm sorry too! I'll see if I can persuade them next time, but given everyone's hectic schedules + long drive, it'll be tough...but worth trying :3

          2. Sam's Place on Hunter Street West (between Aylmer and George) is easily the best deli in the region. If you're looking for burgers, Reggies (Hunter Street East, at Mark) is also phenomenal.

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            1. re: hailing

              Sounds great!! I love burgers...but truthfully I love a good deli even MORE. I hope they have corned beef if I go!

              1. re: hailing

                Thanks for the tip hailing, gonna give Sam's a try. I've found Reggies burgers are just average, but MoHo's are right up there with Burgers Priest's.

              2. How many people are you and are you looking for sit down or road food?

                Hot Belly Mama's was open for lunch today when I went by. A local version of Cajun serving up an average meal. Its right beside the Olde Stone which offers up pub food (decent sandwiches, interesting soups) alongside a few exotics (Nasi Goreng) and brews its own beers. The beer sampler tray is kinda fun, the place is basic but good.

                Lakefield is not that far off your route. The Riverside's hours won't suit you though. Maple Moon is a new family place that serves a decent meal nicely complemented by various baked goods. The Thirsty Loon is a nicely appointed cottage-style pub place. Don't do the fish and chips place or the Chinese. There's McDonalds and a Subway. A Greek place opposite Tim Hortons used to be a Country Style until crushed by Timmies. Affordable, tasty Greek souvlaki and salads, some pizza and pasta

                Buster Rhino's is gone, replaced by Sam's Best Deli which serves a proper deli sandwich (although I still lament the loss of the Euro sandwich place that was there 2-3 years ago <sigh>). Its on Hunter St. which is home to a motherlode of small restaurants. Gabby's does franchise pub grub. Gerties is also pub style, but with a nice homestyle twist and some offerings that are not total pub grub cliches. There's a noodle house, which is a little too industrial to my mind. Karma's Cafe is still standing after doing the Restaurant Makeover thing (!) and serves up some decent Thai/Himalayan stuff. The Night Kitchen for exotic pizza slices at $3 each. Caribbean Cream has an absolutely awesome selection of rotis (chicken, beef, goat). There's a sit down Mexican place, too. Something for everybody in a small zone.

                Up the block on Hunter is St. Veronus. Interesting and tasty Belgian/Euro food and a great beer selection. One of my favs.

                I found Cosmic Charlies to have a pretty limited menu and its never really blown me away. McThirsty's Pint a couple doors down has really well prepared chicken wings and a selection of 20-odd beers on tap. 2-for-1 wings on Monday and Wednesday. There's a passable sushi joint sandwiched between the two and a Wild Wing across the street.

                The Bridgenorth Deli is where I go for my sandwich meat, rye bread and Euro pickles, mustard, etc. Its got a very basic hot table lunch counter thing which is fine as far as it goes, but don't be looking for a really well-dressed deli sandwich there - meat and bread basically, some kraut, that's it. Sam's for deli I'm thinking.

                There's been some sort of Mexican invasion in Peterborough in the last 6-8 months. El Camino is a burrito joint run by the same guys that do Reggies. Big ass burritos, fairly priced, interesting toppings. Some seating, but more of a take out place. I near had a stroke when I saw the prices at Miguel's on Lansdowne, so I have no clue as to what the food tastes like there. It's in a tough location that used to be a real good schnitzel sandwich place and looks perpetually deserted. Dante's is opposite the bus station on Simcoe, which sounds kinda ghetto, but I've been consistently impressed with burritos that are well prepared, fairly priced and fresh, served by friendly people. Small sit down or take out. Good road food. Offers a credible veggie burrito.

                Planet Bakery is well prepared food. A small wee place. Eclectic. Right beside an interesting cheese shop.

                Reggies is basically a seasonal burger trailer. It wasn't open yet when I went by last week. I'm agreed with the view that its very average as far as burgers go. Its got a great location by the university along a busy walking/cycling trail, so its all about the buzz. Sunshine, pretty girls and buff young men, the great outdoors, and poor starving university students who have been eating KD all week (or some other form of their own rudimentary cooking) and are ready for any piece of meat prepared by somebody else.

                There's next to nothing in the vicinity of Curve Lake that I recall, so some sort of side trip to Peterborough or Lakefield seems like your best bet. There is near zero at the top end of 115 and that's getting away from your destination in any case. Marks Finer Diner near Fowlers Corners is kind of neat, city chef escaping to the country to do his own thing. He's trying to find his groove I think, so there's no telling what you're gonna get, but it'll be properly prepared.

                Hot Belly Mama's
                380 George St N, Peterborough, ON K9H3R3, CA

                Buster Rhino's
                2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

                Night Kitchen
                229 Hunter St W, Peterborough, ON K9H2L1, CA

                Cosmic Charlie's Cafe
                170 Charlotte St, Peterborough, ON K9J2T8, CA

                Planet Bakery
                374 Water St, Peterborough, ON K9H3L6, CA

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                1. re: wiggy.

                  Wow wiggy. I too thought the Euro sandwich place (Taste of Europe?) was one of the best I've ever had. Right up there with the best of the best from German (BTW, the deli in the bottom of Frankfurt Airport is fantastic for sandwiches, many envious people on a plane asked where I got it while they ate Air Canada food).

                  Anyway, Taste of Europe's fresh home made baguette, good quality ham and cheese AND a sliced hard boiled egg was to die for. Ate there a lot but only saw one other person in there (maybe it was you). Still shaking my head how a place like that didn't have daily line ups. Says something about what most people eat. Very sad loss.

                  More to ekim's subject, tried Moveable Feast pressed sandwiches recently (turkey and chicken). Both were pretty good, but soup was just so-so. Good place for a lighter tasty sandwich.

                  1. re: PoppiYYZ

                    Yes, the late lamented Taste or Europe. Amazing sandwiches at the same price point or better than Mr. Sub and 10x the sandwich! It still boggles the mind that they couldn't make it work. Real meat, real cheese, fresh baguettes, interesting salads, flavours that popped. <sigh> On the plus side though, it encouraged me to put a bit more effort into making my own sandwiches by copying some of their simple techniques. Wherever those folks are now, I hope they're having some sort of success. In a really dense urban environment they'd have been a local legend. And yes, its great fun to lay your hands on something simple and proper and work on spreading that bit of gospel.

                    Never done A Moveable Feast. I must try.

                2. We had lunch today at Marks Finer Diner for the first time and both of us give this place two thumbs up. Very friendly people and great food, the only down side is going to be the lineups to get in when more people find out about it.

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                  1. re: Lefty

                    Drove by tonight and it was looking pretty busy. That's always a good sign.