It is sometimes difficult to decide between lemonade or ice tea with the Harvey’s combo. They are both very good. The staff at this Harvey’s Restaurant location showed impeccable pleasantness to customers. Their mannerly style is uplifting. Since spring has just begun, it will be nice that there will be many more “patio days” ahead for residents of East Gwillimbury and Newmarket. Harvey’s is a great Canadian restaurant. The history of the burger chain is rich in our country (founded in 1959, in Richmond Hill, now with locations in every province).
We had the good experience of e-mailing ahead to Tatlows Restaurant (380 Queensville Side Rd West, River Drive Park) and requesting their Classic Breakfast as Takeout (curbside pickup). Pretty flowers decorate the outside of Tatlows. Food is served with a smile (brought to your vehicle in friendly manner). As you can see, the classic breakfast is delicious.
We brought the lunch package to nearby Parkway Playground (84 Oak Avenue). Quietly, we savoured the meal on a lovely park bench.
No spring buds showing yet – however the universe of Parkway Playground is something to behold – even in the slightly drab, somewhat colourless season (before greenery appears). Trees are numerous. The combination of the interesting street on which the park sits and jaunty playground equipment make for artistry of its own. An especially fun park for kids. (Even better when the splash pad opens later in the season).
We rate this East Gwillimbury experience an A+ Classic breakfast takeout from Tatlows brought to Parkway Park to eat in River Drive Park (northern Holland Landing)!
Tatlows bills itself as “your neighbourhood restaurant” and indeed, it is. It’s become a homey part of East Gwillimbury. The scrambled eggs in the Classic Breakfast are especially appetizing. So is the toast. You can read the menu/find out more information here. We also recommend Parkway Park as it is a calming and bright place to go on a spring afternoon.
Tatlows Broiler Bar is a tiny restaurant in East Gwillimbury on Queensville Side Road. Here are five reasons why East Gwillimbury diners (and those from further afield in York Region) are flocking to Tatlows.
1.The Surprise Factor
Everyone loves a sleeper story. A hidden gem. So far hidden in the interior of the River Drive Park/ Holland Landing Area of East Gwillimbury, this restaurant is a bit of a “surprise.”
All the people who work at Tatlows Broiler Bar are really, really kind. Genuine. One waitress was out of breath as she had just rushed out to hand a customer an item they had left behind before they pulled out of the parking lot. One client was concerned that she would miss a business appointment. The server tried to reassure her. Another waitress pulled out all the stops talking to our kids, making them laugh. The servers who work at Tatlows want their customers to have a good experience.
3. the Food
The food is tasty. The hamburger had a “wowness” to it.
So did the flaming vegetable hash. Kids meals have Special Touches to them in the Presentation.
4. the Feel
Something about the red walls makes you feel good when you walk in. Cozy, a bit urbane. The wall hangings are fun to look at – cute horses, historic Canadiana, trees….different.
Tatlows has fans. The restaurant inspires fierce loyalty. When East Gwillimbury Shines shared an article on Tatlows published on yorkregion.com on the East Gwillimbury Shines Facebook page, the post went viral. It reached 9, 522 people, was shared 106 times, and received over 77 “Loves” and “Likes”. Here are just a sampling of some of the exuberant comments:
“This is our #1 pick” “We will only go to this restaurant””the food is fantastic!!!!!” “Love Tatlows” “If you haven’t been here you don’t know what you are missing.” “This is the best restaurant around with the best staff.” “Awesome food comes out of this little hole in the wall eatery. Don’t judge a book by its cover!” “Never had a bad experience yet!” “This little restaurant puts out some of the best meals I’ve ever had” “G’s curry is so authentic and delicious. ” “I would highly recommend Tatlows” “Love Tatlows best eggs bennie!!!!” “Tatlows is a regular weekend breakfast stop for us!” “Great service !!!” “Best soups and delicious lamb! True gem!!”
I remember when going to McDonald’s was the biggest treat in the world. Growing up in the suburbs of Montreal, a trip to McDonald’s meant “thrills.”
People always seemed to get really thick vanilla or chocolate milkshakes, then, with their meal. The thickness of the milkshake through a yellow McDonald’s straw was such that it would take a kid at least half an hour to finish his or her drink. We never minded.
The last day of school was often an occasion to go to McDonald’s.
Another day (for me) was Christmas Eve. Well maybe that happened only once or twice. But the memory stays in my heart. With parents busy wrapping presents at home, my older sister and I walked to McDonald’s in a wintry wonderland. It was quiet and peaceful.
I don’t know the lore surrounding McDonald’s Restaurants in Newmarket and area in the 80’s, 90’s. Did McDonald’s here also serve pizza in small, square boxes for a while (a novelty that didn’t last)? Probably. Did kids ever enjoy a wintry adventure on Christmas Eve at the Yonge location? Surely they did.
I do know that McDonald’s coming to East Gwillimbury is a big deal.
As can be be expected, the restaurant facility at Green Lane (near Lowe’s) is pristine and fun. There are cool-coloured stools. An automated system to order before you even reach the counter. The usual Happy Meals. While we were there, Christmas songs spilled softly out of the sound system – including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
Maybe your childhood memories played out in another town or country. You’re new to East Gwillimbury and your arrival is timed with the rise of developments and change. Maybe you’re coming “home” to EG after a long time for the holidays. Whatever your story, McDonald’s has been a cultural fixture for a long time, weaving into our lives, making the restaurant chain part of the personal tapestry of many. Now it’s here.
My daughter and I took a long walk through Sharon, enjoying the sights of the old historic buildings, including the Sharon Temple and downtown core. We stopped for lunch at Subway on Leslie. It was very tasty. My daughter, who can be a picky eater, ate every last bite of her subway sandwich. The Turkey Breast sandwich with ranch sauce (or mustard) is fresh and wholesome for lunch. We were treated with courtesy and attention at Subway. The window view from Subway is literally at the base of change in East Gwillimbury. Development sales offices abound. While we ate, construction vehicles moved about, clearing the expansive land beside Mount Albert Road. It was apparent, in a most immediate sense, that this view – this experience of lunch in Sharon, East Gwillimbury as it was on a quiet weekday in the fall of 2015- will never be the same again. From farm landscape… to housing district before our eyes.
Subway currently works with Holland Landing Public School as a lunch provider for the school’s fundraiser program. In the past, Subway has worked with Sharon Public School and Our Lady of Good Counsel for similar fundraisers.
No compensation was received for this review; The lunch was purchased with the author’s own money.
Photo credits: CDeep
Imagine the coziest town. Fall leaves floating down Main Street. You taking a sip of hot delicious pumpkin spice latte. Could this be just about the coziest moment ever? Yes.
That was the fortunate Hallmark Movie moment I found myself in this week at Kaylie’s Kafe in Mount Albert. Come see cute fall gifts at Kaylie’s Kottage, too (adjoining).
After visiting the store and cafe, you might want to take a book out of the library! Then curl up at home with a book. That sounds like cozy fall in EG!
Photo credits: CDeep, TDeep
I can’t say for sure that the 3-cheese grilled cheese at Books Cafe and Things on Main Street, Newmarket is the best in York Region. But I can say it’s good, really, really good. Noteworthy even.
Eating here makes for a memorable experience if you are at the library or the water park and want a bite to eat. The grilled cheese on Main Street in Newmarket is in league with the best. Yummy for every book lover, Main Street wanderer, WiFi user, and cheese aficionado in all of us.