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Chip Trucks, Bake Shops & Foodie Stops - Hwy 7. to Hwy 35 to Dorset, then Muskoka down to T.O.

Hey kids!
We're planning a big Ontario Shield road trip this week, in honour of Father's Day. Dad's been gone a long time, but we plan to take my Mom north for a nice nostalgic, WEEKDAY day-trip with some cheesy and/or quaint, touristy stops along the way.

It's been almost 15 years since I sold my Gull Lake cottage so I may be a little out-of-date, and I'm looking for recommendations for interesting scenic drives, chip trucks, baked goods, markets, campy attractions, touristy shopping for mom, and a chow foodie treat or two
- Mom's a chip-truck addict, but a lunch or tea by the water might be nice, too.

Our proposed route is Hwy 7. across to Hwy 35 north to Dorset, then across to Muskoka and then south, back to T.O.

On my list of features at the moment is:

- Anina's Goodwood Bakery (formerly Mrs. Wideman's)
- Lindsay, ON.
- Moore Falls & Miner's Bay
- Minden - Fruit Market & Kawartha Dairy
- Buttermilk Falls, etc.
- I remember a Trading-Post type of spot on 35 south of Dorset?
- Dorset General Store
- Scenic Drive west to Muskoka region then south to T.O.

What do you suggest?
1. Hwy 117 or Hwy 60 west?
2. Huntsville, Bracebridge or Gravenhurst? Pick one and give rec's.
3. Best bakeries, chip trucks & foodie stops?
4. Best scenic drives
5. Best touristy mom-friendly shopping?

...Any other suggestions?

Yes, I know this will be a long drive and a full day, but we are all experienced road-warriors :-)

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  1. Can't help much with the touristy stuff - although I do now that the Trading Post is still around - albiet with new owners, but I can possible make some suggestions for the "Foodie" on the trip.
    In Lindsay check out St. Dave's Diner on Highway 36 for a great Breakfast or Lunch. Lot's of interesting breakfasts (served all day), ample portions and very reasonable prices. If your in Lindsay for Dinner and like steak you can't go wrong with Hobart's Steak House on Kent Street (check out the cheese fritters appetizer). If steak is not your thing, also on Kent Street is the Olympia Restaurant, a 3rd or 4th generation family business that was just awarded Lindsay's restaurant of the year. If you are going to be in the Fenelon Falls area at diner time Saucy Mama's (across from the high school) has great Chicken and Ribs (but bring your appetite it's the first time my husband and son ever needed a doggy bag at dinner!).
    Hope that helps a little.

    1. Lindsay - Second for the Olympia, also Kawartha Dairy Barn is good. Huge portions!

      Huntsville - in the downtown Belly Ice Cream is excellent and That Little Place by the Lights is really cute nice. Italian. I gather the lasagna is good - http://www.thatlittleplacebythelights...

      1. Sticky buns from either Henrietta's or Dwight Market are a MUST. Both are in Dwight, near Huntsville. It's a good idea to order ahead to reserve a dozen as they both run out pretty quickly during the day.

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          Also recommend the Hermits at Henrietta's.

          Have also enjoyed Ingoldsby Junction buttertarts in Haliburton. Haven't tried The Little Tart Bakery in Haliburton- might be worth trying if you're nearby. http://thelittletartbakery.blogspot.c...

        2. Hey Gang, thanks for all the tips!
          It's actually SHOCKING how few chip trucks still exist, any more!

          I used to pass 5 or 6 trucks on my way up to the cottage a few years ago, and now there was just two, and both were closed (probably only open weekends). We did manage to find a good one further north near the intersection of Hwy 35 & Why 60 at Dwight with great fries and onion rings, plus Mom had a Peameal Bacon on a Bun, another old-school fave. :-)

          We couldn't find Henrietta's, but we did grab a cone at Kawartha Dairy - still love their Pralines & Cream ice cream :-) and had we not passed by so early in the road trip, we always used to love a stop at Haugen's at Port Perry for rotisserie chicken, ribs, fresh-cut fries and pie. :-)

          Anyway, thanks for the tips, and feel free to share locations and recommendations for ANY other chip trucks within an hour or so of T.O. for our next adventure north. :-)


          1. Anyone have a lunch rec for Huntsville?

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            1. re: prima

              I see you found a spot prima.

              I wish I could take credit for it but on a positive note, I'm not loosing my mind. It was Otonobee that provided the rec. Glad to hear you're enjoying. I will though take credit for BELLY, love love love Belly.

              Sound like you're having a great day....jealous LOL

                1. re: prima

                  You can do this the easy way, or you can do this the hard way. The easy way would be The Mill on Main, which tries hard and has the most varied menu. Decent curries, nice view off the back deck.

                  The hard way would be to buy a bag of charcoal and some picnic items at the Dwight Market, which could include respectably charcuterie from Sharbot Lake, a few decent international cheeses, and some of the best beef and lamb you could hope to find, which you would then grill in one of the bbq's on Dwight Beach. They get their beef from North Bay and age it very well. They get their lamb from Alberta, and are on of the few places in Ontario that you can find a lamb sirloin roast. If you c
                  all ahead, they will spice and marinade to order as well.

                2. Just saw this, and to me, this chip truck rivals anywhere in Montreal anytime

                  1. Gravenhurst has my favourite butter tarts! I made sure to stop by there on the way to and from camping in North Bay this past weekend. The name of the butter tart place is The Bakery.

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                    1. re: PrincessStress

                      If you think the butter tarts are good, please do not leave without trying the chocolate donuts or the apple fritters. INSANE. I also think they have the best butter tarts ever made.

                      1. re: smokedmeatman

                        I did buy an apple fritter but unfortunately wasn't able to have it fresh (day of) so texture wise, it felt a little oilier than i would like. I did get to try their cinnamon twist as soon as i got home. But i found it to be a little too bready. I prefer yeast based donuts to be a little lighter. But of course thats all personal preference. :) But definitely better than the stuff from Timmies.

                    2. If you come back down to TO via the east side of Lake Simcoe (turn off Hwy 11 at Washago and follow 169 and Hwy 12 then Hwy 48) there are a couple of chip trucks...one in the tiny hamlet of Udney, another next to the Foodland in Brechin and another in a gas station near Port Bolster...I've only tried the one in Brechin...pretty good fries...

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                      1. re: tochowchick

                        The fries are great in Brechin, too bad they switched from cheese curds to orange hot cheese!!! not kidding.