Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
Aug 23, 2012 08:13 AM

Mennonite buffet

A friend told me about a Mennonite run ayce buffet in I think either Elora or Elmira. Does anyone know anything about it? I'm heading to Guelph this weekend and if this place exists and sounds good I'd like to give it a try.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. re: ingloriouseater

      IIRC it regularly gets clubbed in the recommendation department.


    2. I think the OP may be referring to At The Crossroads (AKA The Crossroads) in Elmira.

      It's been awhile, but I found their buffet just meh. That being said, I am not a big buffet fan. They are "known" for their buffet. It certainly is large, and choices vary (obviously) between breakfast lunch and dinner buffets. A fair hike from Guelph and probably not worth the trek unless you love buffets. That being said, they DO advertise Broasted Chicken on their menu, and that is always worth a drive. LOL! Not sure if it's the "real thing" (Anna Mae's - Linwood is my go to for Broasted chicken)
      If you're heading St. Jacobs way... consider a stop at the Crazy Canuck, near the St. Jacobs Antique market. Nothing fancy, but good homemade food (great poutines, pulled pork, etc.) run by a couple of recent college food grads. Just discovered it recently and was pleasantly surprised. Of course, you may have a crowd to contend with on a Sat. in St. Jacobs...

      4 Replies
      1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

        I'll toss in Olde Heidelberg House. Assuming it's still as good as it was. We haven't been in about 5 years.
        Mrs. Sippi loves the roasted pork hock dinner.


        1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

          I think The Crossroads is what he was talking about. Not worth the drive from Guelph? I'm not a huge fan of buffets either but I had this romantic idea that the food would be super fresh, delicious German/Canadian fare.

          1. re: ziggystardust

            Perhaps the tone of my posting was a bit harsh... to each his own. It may in fact be worth the drive for you. I would say however, that I recall it being more "just average Canadian Family Restaurant" than "super fresh German Canadian".

            If you decide to go, I would be interested in your feedback.

            1. re: ziggystardust

              Not worth the drive. It's mediocre stodge. A misguided in-law insisted on going last year against advice. I didn't see or taste much freshness or German influence. For me, the whole St Jacobs circus, especially now, isn't worth the bother. Just another bus tour destination.