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Aug 4, 2012 03:56 PM

Diners Drive-ins and Dives North of GTA

I am looking for real diner type places North of Toronto from about Hwy 9 to Barrie , Orangeville to Innisfil that serve more than just burgers.
Many places on DD&D labour over some pretty original and tasty looking dishes.
I see that Mike Love's BBQ has been discussed on this site ( some 2007 posts )
Is this place still open ?
( I am new to this site but very hungry )

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  1. Mike Love's BBQ is closed, but I think there is another BBQ place in Barrie... never been though.

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    1. re: gaudreaur

      i was driving up to collingwood yesterday and searching for interesting food on the way, came up on that mike love place and when i saw it was closed someone else recommended "big chris' bbq" in barrie. we tried it. it's hot garbage. should have known from the second we walked in but we bit anyways, ended up with some utterly flavourless ribs with nothing interesting about them, a horrible pulled pork sandwich (think mush), and a beef sandwich, the only positive being the beef was cooked nicely med rare. but it didn't taste like anything. also came with a flavourless coleslaw that was a mix between a creamy/vinegary thing but poorly executed from either side, and some beans that were legit straight out of a can.

      the best part about it was taking leftovers and making decent sandwiches out of them with a little extra tlc at the cottage. highly, highly do not recommend big chris's bbq in barrie

      1. re: disgusti

        I agree with not recommending Big Chris BBQ in Barrie also.. Tried it and the the ribs were flavourless and TOUGH. The pulled pork sandwich was not very good either.
        The only good part of the meal was the free cornbread muffins we got.

        This summer we were travelling through Barrie again and we ended up going to another rib place about 10 minutes away from Big Chris BBQ called Big Bone BBQ.
        The ribs were much more tender and I liked their smoked wings.
        That being said, their cornbread was a little stale, the fries are McCain, and the beans and coleslaw were bland.

    2. Lamexicanada in Bradford. Possibly the best Mexican anywhere around here. I haven't been in a few years but I hear it's only gotten better. Of course, more crowded too. Mrs. Sippi was talking to a woman last week who lives in Bradford and loves the place. She said you need a reservation nowadays.


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      1. re: Davwud

        Mexicanada typically a good bet but as it has gotten more popular the service and food has declined. Weekends see large groups in there more for strong margaritas then food. That being said a good margarita is always worth a trip.