It's probably due to the fact that the Griffin Gastropub serves honest, fresh and well prepared food that it performs so well in the Muskoka area. The salads are not just good , they're great. The pub fare is appropriate - try their bison berger "ritz", steak pie or chicken pot pie. The beer parings and microbrewery choices are delightful . The fresh cut fries with a tasty aioli ( no frozen or packaged potatoes here) are a great accompaniment . Some of the choices like the arancini ( they call them risotto balls) add variety without trying to expand beyond a reasonable scope .The staff have great attitude and the service is always cheerful and efficient. No attempts to provide a menu with a vast array of cuisines . No Toronto prices for lacklustre or pretentious dishes that fail to satisfy ( a common complaint about other restaurants in the area). There is even live music ( jazz, blues , etc.) on Thursday through Saturday evenings. The parking lot view and direct proximity from the outdoor terrace and the somewhat cramped ( but fun) interior detracts from an otherwise top rating . Otherwise it's a great choice when in Bracebridge and the Muskoka area . It's located off the main street up "Chancery Lane" but not really hard to find. Try it. You won't be disappointed
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