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Jul 5, 2011 08:41 PM

Muskoka, Honey Harbour, Bala, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Midland Areas...need help!

Hi Folks,

I am renting a cottage for a month in August just east of Honey Harbour and I am looking for any and all food recommendations for the areas in the title.

I found very few threads on these areas on Chowhound, so any and all advice would be very greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance!


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  1. For Midland, I can help - the following link is fairly all-inclusive (except for Mad Michael who has his own thread)

    All are an hours drive away, and most not worth that amount of effort! But maybe a day trip with Mad Michael for lunch and Explorers Cafe for dinner would work. Reservations essential on weekends - not sure about midweek.

    Mad Michael's
    8215 93 Hwy, Wyebridge, ON L0K1E0, CA

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    1. re: estufarian

      This is exactly what we're looking for, thank you.

    2. For Gravenhurst- nothing

      For Port Carling- Rebecca's-

      Most places in Muskoka are expensive for what you get but that is due to a short season and making hay while the sun shines.

      Choices are limited but if you can put cost/value aside Sherwood Inn is another option.

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      1. re: scottl

        We're looking for expensive and cheap, thank you!

        1. re: Major_9000

          there's a small chain called purple pig which does pretty well in central ontario, good reliable spot for bbq ribs, wings, burgers etc...

          i used to like 3 guys & a stove in muskoka, but the location in blue mountain has since turned me off.

      2. Gravenhurst - North (expensive)

        1. Is there a regular Farmer's market in any of these areas?

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          1. re: Major_9000

            In Midland

            Haven't been this year - last year started off well, but faded a bit towards the end of the season.

          2. Really like The Griffin Pub in Bracebridge. Great local food and beer.


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            1. re: mrsleny

              Hey Major, people might bash me for suggesting this but you really should visit the Elmvale Fleamarket! Certainly not a diner's paradise but definitely an experience to remember! They also have a Farmers Market. Enjoy your holidays. :)

              1. re: Kellz

                We might go into Wasaga for a day, so I will keep this in mind, thanks.

                1. re: Kellz

                  Tell me more about this fleamarket...

                  1. re: julesrules

                    The Elmvale Fleamarket has been around forever! When I was a kid, they use to auction off livestock and this is the place where I first laid eyes on the cutest baby goat I had ever seen. I raised my arm and started to wave my hand about and to my Mother's dismay, the auctioneer announced that I was the proud owner of the baby goat. She then had to explain to the fellow that we resided in Toronto and NO, we could not take the goat home. I then purchased a baby chick but was forced to take that back as well. Yes, I have fond memories of the EFM. I know it's changed since I was a kid, but today you can find great deals on just about anything from books to antiques, new clothing as well as used "stuff." They also sell fresh, locally grown produce and freshly baked goods.

                    I really hope you decide to visit. It's a great time, had by all. While you're in the vicinity .... you might like to visit Balm Beach as well. It's very pretty and the traffic isn't as bad as Wasaga Beach which is so commercialized now.

                    Enjoy your summer! :)

                    1. re: Kellz

                      Great story :) Sounds similar to the Tuesday market in Keady. We might check it out. Our cottage is in Wasaga and we generally do a Elmvale Zoo / Mad Michael's day. This year I hope to check out the bakery in Elmvale, which is supposed to have good donuts I believe.