The holidays might have to take a back seat because I’m positive that the most wonderful time of the year is, in fact, Barrielicious.
With over 50 restaurants offering up special menus full of prix fixe full course meals ranging from $15 to $30, you might have a hard time fitting in every single one of them (but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try).
Here is a sample of just a few of the amazing restaurants you can check out during Barrielicious.
Crowned this year’s “Top Chef Barrie”, Fishbone combines seafood with the vibrant flavors of Portugal for a unique and unforgettable experience.
Roasted Parsnip & Apple Soup or Beet & Grapefruit Salad.
Shrimp Linguine, Moroccan Octopus, or Grilled Piri Piri Cornish Hen.
Affogato de Cafe or Pastel Nata – Authentic Portuguese Custard Tart.
Dunlop St. Diner ($25)
Last year’s “Top Chef Barrie” (and this year’s silver medalist), Dunlop St. Diner uses locally sourced ingredients to deliver amazing food in a casual atmosphere.
Mini Bacon & Brie Pancake with apricot jelly, pickled red onion, and basil.
Braised Short Rib Skillet with sweet potato, caramelized onions, spinach, mushrooms, aged white cheddar, sesame peanut brittle, poached eggs, and a maple-infused hollandaise sauce.
Pound cake French toast dippers with house-made jam.
The Farmhouse ($30)
The Farmhouse might just be the best deal around for Barrielicious. Combine its family-chic farm food with the awesome atmosphere and you’ve got yourself a slam dunk. Be sure to check out the full menu but here are some of our favorites.
Farm fresh daily soup, Garden Tomato and Toast, Farmhouse Dip, or PEI Mussels.
Chicken Avacado Club Sandwich, Swiss Chard Salad, Bacon and Beer Glazed Pork Loin, or the Pan Friend Crispy Trout.
Chocolate Torte with gluten-free pecan crust, Mini Oreo Crusted Cheesecake, Coconut Cream Pie.
Limoncello Bistro ($30)
Chef Francesco and the Limoncello team bring freshly made and locally sourced ingredients together to create delicious flavors in every dish.
Mini Arancini, Mini meatballs, or Mussels in tomato broth.
Salmon Fillet with dill cream, Chicken Marsala, or the Eggplant Tower.
Cannoli, Chocolate hazelnut cake, or a rich chocolate coconut cookie brownie a la mode.
The North Restaurant ($30)
Not only is The North Restaurant offering a $30 menu for Barrielicious but they are going above and beyond with a special $45 sampling option that lets you try two starters, two mains, and 2 desserts!
Soup-celery root with potato and cumin, Spring roll salad with hoisin glaze, or Grilled Mushroom Salad Goat Cheese on A Toasted Crostini.
Brisket with garlic mashed potatoes, BC smoked snapper with roasted new potatoes, Smoked chicken risotto, or Vegetarian polenta with roasted garlic, grilled portabella, and radicchio.
Tiramisu or New York-style cheesecake with apple and caramel compote.
PIE Wood Fired Pizza Joint ($20)
PIE Wood Fired Pizza Joint was the first to bring wood-fired pizza to Barrie and have now been voted the cities best pizza for six years in a row! Lots of choices on this menu so check the whole thing out but here’s a sample.
Caesar Salad, Salty Balls, Warm Olives, or Yukon Gold Fries.
Queen Pie, Mac & Cheese, Loaded Baked Potato, Slow & Low Pie, or Chicken Fettuccine.
Sweet Balls or Ice Cream.
British Arms Pub ($30)
With an eclectic menu, a wide variety of beer and cocktails, and a relaxing atmosphere, the British Arms Pub just might become your new favorite spot.
Candied Bacon & Jack Daniels Dip, Soup of the Day, Caesar Salad, Wild Mushroom Risotto Cakes, or Mozzarella Sticks.
Haddock & Chips, Braised Lamp Shank, Jumbo Stuffed Beef Yorkshire, Chicken Saltimbocca, or Ravioli.
Warm Apple Crisp or Chocolate Cake
Common Good Cafe & Social House ($30)
Whether you’re looking to wake up or unwind, the Common Good Cafe & Social House has good food, good drinks, and a welcoming environment that will make you want to stay a little longer than expected.
Caesar Salad or Chicken Lollies
Wayward Sheep, Lentil Sheppards Pie, Harvest Sausage Plate, The Etruscan
House-made Creme Brulee
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery ($25)
Flying Monkeys was Barrie’s first craft brewery and there’s a reason it’s still around. Delicious food, fun and creative atmosphere, and a huge selection of amazing locally crafted beer.
Confederate ale beef and barley soup, chicken pot pie served in mini Yorkshire pudding, or a roasted squash and cherry tomato kale salad.
Roasted adobe spiced pork shoulder, hearty chickpea and vegetable stew, or the Better Than That Furniture Store Meatballs
Cornflake crusted PB or apple berry crumble