Ted’s Range Road Diner

1) ok, it’s not as scary as it looks!

Well, what can you say about this utterly unique restaurant? ….

Ted’s Range Road Diner is a corrugated tin shack about 2kms up a road in the middle of nowhere that leads, ultimately, to a Canadian Army training/range ground. It seats about 20 at mismatched tables with mismatched chairs. The beer on tap is “10W30” and your choice of wine is: red or white. The interior is decaying clapboard and the (overpriced) menu is posted on several blackboards on the wall by the bathroom. Elegance and charm is voided here and eclectic, campy dinerness rules.

2) the barren road heading up; 3) the welcome sign; 4) army lads zoom-zooming by every 5 minutes

As we drove up, dodging crazy recruits trolling along the road in army vehicles, the parking lot greeted us with two hogs and several cars in varying states of decomposition. How’d we hear about such a culinary stopping post? … well, my parents of course who had visited a few months back.

Eating at Ted’s is an experience for sure. I’m not convinced it’s worth more than a once-in-a-lifetime visit. The food was okay (the sea bass excellent; Ted’s poivre steak less so), but this place is more about the experience than much else I think. It’s menu is, granted, diverse: elk, bison, alligator, sea bass, pickerel, emu, dog (I’m just kidding … no dog). I am glad I went and I would go back if I ever find myself in the middle of nowhere again … though this time, I’d follow the lead of the biker dudes inside and come for beer and appetizers rather than a meal.

If you go, make a reservation beforehand.

5) G examines the dessert menu

6) the menus (click to enlarge); 7) me with more menus

8) the sea bass; and 9) the steak

10) dessert was back in Meaford!

In the height of irony, today’s National Post also has an article on this restaurant. Ah once again, G and I are ahead of the curve.

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5 Responses to Ted’s Range Road Diner

  1. CurryPuffy says:

    That eatery also known as “hole in the wall”?? haha….just kidding!!I think the sea bass is actually hash brown. The way their menu is presented, very creative.

  2. Hmm…is that usually what Sea Bass look like? o_Ohmmanyways, so in the end did you go to Dairy Queen, or did you just happen to take a picture and the sign just happened to be there? :]*HUG*im sleepyi hope you have a nice weekend

  3. Fatcat723 says:

    I love places like Ted’s. I look for them when I travel.RYC: Yes, it posted twice and I don’t know why.

  4. YNOTswim says:

    In the middle of nowhere can also have sea bass? :) I wonder when and how the sea bass got there. :) And in the picture, I only see brown hash potato, where is the sea bass? you ate already before taking that pic? “some kind (of) people” :) that’s how I read your comment at first. :)

  5. kunhuo42 says:

    hmm… looks like an very interesting dining experience.

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