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FoodieManTO Sep 13, 2011 02:21 PM

Does anyone know any great places to eat in the Haliburton Highlands… Haliburton… Dorset… Minden Hills… Carnarvon? We'll be there this coming weekend and looking for somewhere to eat.
Thanks so much!

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    Snarf RE: FoodieManTO Sep 13, 2011 02:43 PM

    If you are looking for a nice patio on the water, the Fiery Grill is a good location. The food has slipped somewhat, though. For provisions, the small grocery store in Dwight has very good meat, some decent cheeses, and good veg. The Bush Company in Dwight is a nice pub with solid food.

    For roadside eating, the Red Box on 35 before Dwight does a good back bacon sandwich and a respectable poutine.

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    Fiery Grill
    1089 Main, Dorset, ON P0A1E0, CA

    1. Shorttyred RE: FoodieManTO Sep 13, 2011 05:29 PM

      I agree with the Fiery Grill, had a great pulled pork, but its not what it used to be. In Haliburton village I had quite a good meal at Aniz this summer. Everyone at my table was impressed with the food. The service was nice if a little inexperienced.

      In the past had good meals at the Bonnie View Inn, but didn't get to visit it this summer. Also visited Rhubarb, which has a great view, but I really felt that for the price I would have expected a better meal and better service.

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      1089 Main, Dorset, ON P0A1E0, CA

      1. loralea RE: FoodieManTO Sep 13, 2011 05:53 PM

        The Haliburton Highlands has no shortage of dining out spots.

        Carnarvon at the intersection of highways #35 and #118 has a popular dining spot call That Place overlooking Mirror Lake.
        http://loralea.blogspot.com/2008/09/t...

        Another is a great little waterfront pub and restaurant on east side of highway #35 at Ox Narrows which is just south of Dorset Ontario.
        http://loralea.blogspot.com/2011/01/f...

        The Pepper Mill on Highway #35 south of Carnarvon, a family restaurant serves a great meal, we have dined there a few times and will always go back.
        http://thepeppermill.ca/

        Hope this helps
        Bill

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          gimel RE: loralea Sep 14, 2011 07:53 AM

          We stayed at the Domain of Kilien once and ate quite well. It might be worth asking about dinner reservations even if you aren't staying there. They do wine tastings and such as well.
          http://www.domainofkillien.com/

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            gordonas RE: loralea Sep 14, 2011 08:54 AM

            Need to respectfully disagree about the Firehouse... we have a cottage on Kushog Lake and the food at the Firehouse really is terrible... overpriced and disapointing! Last time I was there, my first beer was warm and flat, asked for another and recieved another warm/flat beer.

            Pepper Mill is good... if you are up for a little drive, then i'd recommend Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park... unbelievable food

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              Snarf RE: gordonas Sep 14, 2011 09:05 PM

              Key point, last time I was there, Arowhon wasn't licenced, so one needs to bring one's own. Would be horrible to dine on good food without wine.

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                loralea RE: Snarf Sep 19, 2011 08:37 PM

                In Arowhon's own words "Bring your own wine—we'll uncork it for you in the dining room (there is no corkage fee)—our meals deserve it!", @Snarf you are right, they are not licensed.

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            annamac RE: FoodieManTO Sep 24, 2011 06:24 AM

            Love the Peppermill on 35 just south of Carnarvon. Simple dining - great steaks, great service, great price.

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              FoodieManTO RE: FoodieManTO Oct 18, 2011 07:47 AM

              Thanks everyone for your suggestions. We went to Aniz and had a great meal... I throughly enjoyed their seafood risotto and my wife had a perfectly grilled and succulent Bison Ribsteak.

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                CocoTO RE: FoodieManTO Oct 18, 2011 10:23 AM

                Just want to add my +1 for Aniz ... on a rainy day this past summer we headed in to Haliburton and ended up there for lunch. Was very pleasantly surprised about the quality of their food ... I had a pizza that I would find hard to replicate the enjoyment of here in Toronto ...

                Domain of Killian is difficult to get into unless you're also staying there ... it's small and understandably they reserve their tables for in-house guests first ... maybe easier to get in during the less busy months?

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                gembellina RE: FoodieManTO Aug 13, 2012 08:40 AM

                We had some very enjoyable BBQ at Smokey Jake's just outside Gooderham. It's cooked in and behind an old Airstream trailer and you need bug spray to sit at the picnic tables but my ribs and hush puppies were delicious, and the guys raved about their pulled pork.

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                  gttahaveit RE: gembellina Aug 17, 2012 08:51 AM

                  I go past Smokey Jakes all the time, and I recommend that everyone else does exactly that as well. I stopped twice last year to give them a go, and found the food to be severely lacking. The smoke in the pulled pork was seriously missing - tasted more like my mother-in-laws's crock-pot recipe. Same goes for the ribs - tasteless and tough as boots to boot! Oh, and who puts garlic in coleslaw? Blech!

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                    gembellina RE: gttahaveit Aug 17, 2012 11:17 AM

                    yes the coleslaw was quite... powerful. But the ribs were certainly neither tough nor tasteless, on my one visit at least.

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