Maclean’s Great Canadian Pit Stops: Nominations are rolling in

We asked for your favourite roadside food stands. Are we there yet? No, but so far, so yummy …


Peters' Drive-In, in Calgary

My instincts were right: you’re eager to share the fantastic road side food destinations that dot this country. The best part about Great Canadian Pit Stops so far has been the little anecdotes you’ve been sending along. Tim Louman-Gardiner, for example, tweeted about The D Dutchmen Dairy in Sicamous BC: “Great ice cream and cheese curds. And a zoo. Unfortunately their llamas have recently died.”

And someone emailed me about the poutine at Grumpy’s, just outside of Ottawa: “The best part about Grumpy was if he was in a bad mood, the food was somehow that much better. Maybe that’s why they called him Grumpy. Either way, I have no idea if he’s still around or where he sets up shop, but he was amazing.”

You even tweeted photos. Keep those coming!

Weber’s, not surprisingly, the much-beloved burger place in an old train car located en route to cottage country on highway 11, was mentioned again and again. There were also other repeat shout-outs, including a chip wagon under the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia, Ont., Peters’ Drive-In in Calgary for the best everything else, particularly the milkshakes, and La Boulangerie Aucoin in Chéticamp on the Cabot Trail, which sells amazing cupcakes for 50 cents each!

So far, we have Ontario leading the pack with the most recommendations. Nova Scotia is close behind. If we can get some more suggestions from the East Coast, Quebec, the Prairies and British Columbia–and a few from the Yukon, North West Territories and Nunavut–then think about HOW AMAZING THE INTERACTIVE MAP THAT I AM GOING TO BUILD WILL BE!

Thanks to everybody who tweeted, facebooked, emailed and commented on their favourite pit stops yesterday. Tell your mom, tell your friends and tell your colleagues to keep the suggestions rolling in. Tweet them to me here, email them to macpitstop@gmail.com, or comment below.

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Maclean’s Great Canadian Pit Stops: Nominations are rolling in

  1. I have two more nominations from people I talked to last night – Rocky’s in Guelph, foot long hot dogs that aren’t very good, and are overpriced, but onion rings are tasty and Hutch’s in Hamilton near lake ontario.

    • Had to have been P.J. and Virginia, eh ? They know everything ..

  2. Was up in Manitoulin last year, found Campbell’s Drive-In Restaurant just outside of Gore Bay on Hwy504. It’s halfway across the island, and only opens seasonally, but man, it does a good burger. Just a swquare little building, two side doors and a kitchen. Couple of tiny tables, but everybody eats in their car. had to battle construction crews to get to the counter, so you know it’s good.

  3. McKays Icecream shop in Cochrane, Alberta & Angels Drive Inn in Calgary (Bowness neighborhood).

  4. We always have enjoyed the best home cooked and affordable country food at My Chossin restaurant located outside of victoria bc try the home made pies. .. thomas

  5. These are all great suggestions. Adding them to the list. Thanks everyone!

  6. Lafleur’s restaurant near the Ville St Pierre interchange along route 20 in Montreal. Best french fries ever. Very greasy, but incredibly tasty. In the city, but still next to the highway, so I think it can qualify as “roadside”. Potatoes are sliced into fries and deep-fried as you order.

  7. Prince Edward Island Preserve Company. Amazing food, especially pies, cakes and pastries. All the food is good.
    Along route 13 which goes to Cavendish.

  8. Dairi-Wip Drive-In in Winnipeg – best homemade fries, great burgers (our family calls them Greasy Greek Bacteria Burgers, but they aren’t greasy – though they are made by long-time owners who are Greek).

  9. Legendz Diner, Trans Canada highway, Golden BC. Excellent burgers and 50’s era diner fare in an authentic setting. I never drive through Golden without stopping here!

  10. Herbert’s Fish and Chips in Killarney, ON is world class, possibly the world’s best fish and chips!

  11. Yellowknife, NT: Bullocks (fresh food from the North), and Bruno’s Pizza (a convenience stored).
    Halifax (Bedford), NS – THE CHICKEN BURGER : absolutely a MUST stop! It’s been around forever and I always go each summer I visit Halifax.

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