The service at all of the so called "fast food" burger joints is SLOW. Swiss Chalet is THE SLOWEST...OF ALL.
Food at burger places is cold, and pop is flat.
You'd be better off packing a peanut butter sandwich.
I stood outside the Tim Horton's at the corner of Memorial Drive and Highway 12 and looked up and down Memorial Drive. So many places to choose from.
Favorite Dish: It all depends upon what you're looking for... Tim Horton's, Arby's, McDonald's, A&W, East Side Mario's, Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, and many many more.
We were hot and needing some cooling indulgance, when there was a little park with an ice cream stand! What better for a lovely summer day. The big decision was what flavour to enjoy. The next problem was whether we could eat them before the heat of the day melted them all over the cones and us!
Favorite Dish: I had Scottish fudge, and Hansi & Lori enjoyed Pralines & Cream (not the sugar free variety!). We could've had sugar/waffle cones, or sundaes or milkshakes but ice cream cones were the order of the day.
I think that ice cream cones and summer go so well together and then we sat on a bench in the shade and watched the children playing on the beach.
Orillia seems to have a thing for railroads. At any rate there are a lot of railroad things in Orillia. One of the best restaurants with a railroad theme is the Osawippi Express. It consists of three or four vintage railroad cars coverted into dining rooms. Each car has a history and is decorated in the decor of the times.
We went on a Saturday night in August and couldn't get a reservation until 8 pm. However, when we arrived the place was nearly deserted. Go figure.
Anyway we had the whole car to ourselves which was a good thing as we had a toddler with us who was a bit cranky at having her sleep postponed.
The service was appropriate but a bit slow at times, perhaps by the fact that each waitperson had a large area to cover. The wine list was adequate but not extensive. The menu selections were quite broad ranging and satisfied our tastes.
There is also a gift shop where one can purchase railroad momentos, etc.
Favorite Dish: There were four of us and the toddler. Two of us had full dinners while the others had salad plates. We had a bottle of wine and desserts. All in all the bill came to $154 CD.
My selection was a lamb roast. MMMMM very good. Done to perfection with a nice savory herbed sauce and very tender. Everyone went away satisfied.
You know that old saying about where ever the truckers eat the food must be good and plentiful. I'd say that is probably true about this place. It is definitely not haute cuisine and as you approach Orillia you will see roadsigns advertising their "All you eat Ribs on Fridays." The rest of the menu is fairly standard and I guess you could classify the place as family oriented. There is also a bar adjacent to the restaurant, a bit too close for my tastes. The food was acceptable but on the night we were there the service was slow as the place was pretty busy with the dog club meeting in the conference rooms next door.
Favorite Dish: Can't even remember what we had, but it wasn't outstanding, and it wasn't bad, just ordinary.
First thing that catches your eye is that you are boarding a train. The restaurant is made up train-cars dating back through the ages with, I believe, the oldest from 1896. Wonderful old world feel in part, but also modern day comforts.
It has been a while since I was there, but they did have (and hopefully still) a terrific chef and the food was wonderful. For the redmeat fancier, the beef is Canadian raised and proud of it!
Favorite Dish: There are some decadent desserts, but as I recall there wasn't anything of disappointment to the group I was there with.