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“Good food, shabby ambiance”

Ted's Range Road Diner
Ranked #2 of 30 Restaurants in Meaford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Great restaurant
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.

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Thank poolman17
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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.

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Thank Robert P
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Ted's is out in the country but well worth the drive to get a great meal and see an eclectic dinner in an old Quonset Hut with the menu written all around the dinner on the walls. Food was good and diverse. you could order kangaroo or buffalo as well as the staples like fish or beef.

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Thank John R
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I have only heard great things about this place so I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a better experience. The look and "feel" of the place is so weird that it's interesting and acceptable for the menu; however my friends and I were feeling adventurous but many of the menu items were unavailable (ie. deer, crocodile, aligator, kangaroo). It made me wonder if they don't actually serve this stuff and it is just posted to draw people in. I was assured that this was not the case and that the wide variety of food was available at various times. It was crazy expensive, I don't think I will be going back anytime soon.

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Thank KetchupConnoisseur
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

doesn't look like much from the outside, and a little out of the way but worth it! Not fancy outside or in but absolutely fantastic food. Venison burrgers and moose burgers are supreme. and the apple beer is a great treat. Took my family and they loved it! They even have live entertainment. DO NOT miss trying this place

Thank Lynn W
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