While browsing around on chowhound I thought I would check in on reviews for Midland, Ontario (not Midland Ave in Scarborough!). I was surprised to see that there were only two foodie posts (Mad Michael’s and Yannis Family Restaurant). I thought it would be fun to put together a “few” of our favorite spots that we like and other notable joints that are just as popular. I know I will have missed some but hey I’m slowly eating my through town and I gotta watch my waistline......
Cellerman’s Ale House, 337 King Street. This pub is tucked away from the main street and I can affectionately say that this is a great watering hole. You need to walk down a little “alley” to get to the pub. On first impression you might think this place is a dive but once you to look past the décor and you will quickly see that this is a popular spot with the locals and seasonal cottagers. The staff is super friendly, the food is excellent since everything is made from scratch, great daily specials, and occasionally they will have a live band come in to play.
The Explorers Café, 347 King Street, www.theexplorerscafe.com. Pretty is much next door to Cellerman’s. This gem is also tucked away from the main street. They were awarded 2 gold stars in 2011-2012 for “Where to Eat in Canada” being rated among top food in the country. Needless to say this place is anything but stuffy or pretentious. The atmosphere is classic funky, you will notice a huge shark hanging over the bar plus various travel keepsakes displayed throughout around the restaurant. The menu is collectic focusing on national and international fare and one of the most popular menu items is the Argentine steak with chimichurri sauce. In addition they have a wonderful wine collection and the staff is quite knowledgeable.
Ciboulette et Cie, 248 King Street, www.cibouletteetcie.ca. Granted this is not a true restaurant but they do have lunch specials where you can sit and enjoy the homemade goodies. Essentially, this place is a food shop where you can pick up freshly prepared readymade meals, freezer foods, stocks, ice-cream, and not to mention the wonderful baked goods. They also have a little cheese and deli section in addition they also have wonderful spreads and dips. The kitchen is on site and everything is made from scratch. They also offer cooking classes covering cheese making, bread making, to 101 cooking skills such as knife skills or butchery. This is a wonderful food shop and shouldn’t be missed.
Dino’s Fresh Food Deli, 319 King Street, www.dinosfreshfooddeli.com. They are famous for their massive mile high corn beef sandwich and the ever delicious garlicky pasta salad. Everything is fresh, made to order, and everything is made from scratch. I especially love the hot dogs with the nicely steamed bun. There is usually a line up but it goes pretty quickly. You can either dine in or take out.
The Library Restaurant & The Study Lounge, 526 Hugel Avenue, www.thelibraryrestaurant.ca. I have only been to The Library twice, once for dinner, and once for lunch. On both occasions I have enjoyed my meals and the staff is friendly. However, we have spent more time at The Study listening to live music which is a real treat and they have live music every Friday and Saturday.
Froth Café, 102 Main Street, Penetanguishene. They are only open for Breakfast and Lunch but they make some really greats breads which you can purchase.
Phil’s Casual Dining, 48 Main Street, Penetanguishene, www.philsrestaurant.ca. I have only been to Phil’s once for breakfast and it was packed but my meal was good breakfast fare. People are always lining up and literally out the door. This is a popular spot with the locals.
Henry’s, www.henrysfishrestaurant.com. Of course there is the ever famous Henry’s Fish House. Let’s be honest, there is nothing more fun than making the trip to Henry’s Fish House on Frying Pan Island, Sans Souci, in Georgian Bay, the original location. It is truly an experience weather you make it there by kayak or canoe (if your octtage is near by), boat, or even by float plane! For those who cannot make it Frying Pan Island, Henry’s South is just as good of an option. They are located here in Midland at Doral Marina Resort.
Yannis Family Restaurant, 12738 County Road 16, 705-686-3410. This popular Greek restaurant is about 10 minutes east of Midland heading towards Orillia, located in Fesserton (Attn: visitor’s, highway 12 turns into county road 16 after passing Waubaushene and then back to highway 12 when you pass Coldwater). Don’t fear it is worth the trip as they are known for their huge breakfasts, prime rib dinners, and of course the Greek food. I was told by one of the waitresses that the owners own an olive farm in Greece and they import their own olive oil. In addition they make their own Greek dressing which you can purchase a bottle and if you bring the bottle back they will refill it for you at a slightly lower cost. Of note the restaurant does close down for a month in January but this year they are actually close until early March! If you plan to go for dinner it is strongly recommended that you make a reservation.