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“Weird and Wonderful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ted's Range Road Diner

Ted's Range Road Diner
Grey Road 40, Meaford, Ontario, Canada
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Ranked #7 of 16 restaurants in Meaford
Cuisines: Canadian
Description: Great restaurant
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Description: Great restaurant
Ontario
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Weird and Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Ted's Range Road Diner is a small Quonset (or Nissen, if you're British) hut on Irish Mountain near Meaford, Ontario with the most amazing menu of all things game and, of course, regular meat and veg for those who don't fancy elk, bison, kangaroo, venison, emu etc. It may not look like a place you'd like to eat at but, trust me, if you like good food and good fellowship, you will.

It's a family-owned-and-run diner and that love-of-what-they-do comes over at every visit, whether you're there for 'Ted's Big Breakfast' or the 'Mountain of Beef Ribs' at supper. This one of those quirky places you'll never forget visiting! And, an added attraction, the prices are very reasonable.

Ted's has been going for over 25 years and, when you consider how hard it is to find and how far it is out of any town, that tells you how much it is loved by those who do know where it is.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Very creative and exciting menu. Great location when staying at Irish Mountain Bed and Breakfast. Chicken wings were very good.

Visited June 2013
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Pickering, Canada
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“An Original Night at Ted's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We had a great time at Ted's. Despite the Quonset Hut and being in the middle of nowhere it was a great time. The menu was one of the most original creations I have ever seen offering Elk, Bison, Steak, Seafood, Aligator and everything in between. We ordered Bison Striploin and Seafood Bake, both were excellent. Started with a fresh cider and a nice glass of red, and stayed on Wednesday night for the Open Mic Jam. Musicians played great tunes and the crowd was very friendly. Service was excellent and our server, I forget her name (blond) was menu knowledgeable and fun to chat with. Bruschetta was tasty. Others customers who we talked to were obviously enjoying the palce along with all the reviews we read in the Guest Log Book at Irish Mountain B&B. A little pricey with a great time and we would definitely go back to explore more of the menu.

Visited June 2013
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Ontario, Canada
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“Good food, shabby ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Don’t be put off by the unprepossessing Quonset hut, unpaved driveway with pretensions of becoming a parking lot, the rural discard dump in the orchard at the rear, an unfinished interior all of which greet you. The warmth of the welcome, the excellent service and generally very good food will quickly dispel any doubts about why this unique restaurant, in the proverbial “middle of nowhere”, has been a food draw for years.



The menu (better organised on their website www.meaford.com/rrdiner.htm‎) is physically scattered on an unco-ordinated myriad of small, sponsored blackboards that cover one wall and the bar area and takes some time to read and digest lest one miss something. Not all of the exotic meats for which this restaurant is noted will be available on any one night (no kangaroo or crocodile yesterday) but there will enough to make your selection adventurous. In addition to this untraditional fare, there are lots of tried and true items from farm and field, lake and ocean.



And, with a few mis-steps, it’s really good stuff!



The appetizers, for once of proper appetizer size and not a “meal-for-six” as at some restaurants were the lesser in quality. While the mussels got a 7/10, the scallops were overcooked and stringy; the garlic bread was nice but the $13 alligator strips were just ok, rather undistinguished and the accompanying plum sauce was bottle-bland.



Entrees were the strength however. The tasty and meaty double lamb shanks were heartily demolished, the seafood bake scrumptious but needed a little kick. The two of us who had the ostrich medallion raved about the tender, perfectly cooked, flavourful, substantial meat, the dark, pungent gravy and the unique stir-fry veggie mix. The crowning glory of my meal though, was a huge, decadently dynamic, full-on, loaded, double-baked potato…$4 extra and worth every cent.



Desserts are locally made with a varied selection, the wine list bare bones but adequate (2 reds, 2 whites). A nice quaffy surprise awaits with the, unusual for this part of the world, rich, full-bodied Granville Island ale on tap, redolent of the glories of the west coast, Vancouver style.



Overall, certainly not cheap and a drive from most anywhere (I’m an hour and a half away) but worth the dollars and the miles. And a return visit. Check the website for days and hours of operation.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Orangeville, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great food in an unlikely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Ok. So you would generally not expect to find food like this in a Quonset hut on a country road. The décor is a little disconcerting and could use a refresh. Definitely casual. But the service is small town friendly. And the food. The food...

The menu (on multiple chalkboards) includes the widest variety of foods in the area. From bison to pickerel to alligator to hamburgers. And the regular chicken and beef offerings too. Something for everyone. My favourites are the seafood crepe and the mountain of ribs, washed down with a local beer.

All are welcome. We have met older couples, younger families, business groups, and snowmobile clubs. Live music on jam night. If you can get past the décor, which is actually an integral part of the experience, this is definitely a memorable place to visit.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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