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Veal Parmigana is$14.95 any time on wed. We order one and share it as there is so much. It comes with a lovely fresh salad, and homemade bread.
If you are coming to Barrie for church everyone (well not everyone, but a lot!!) race out the door to get to Mom's Pantry. It is just down the street from the Catholic church so you can imagine how it fills up! Which church will you be going to? I might find a spot close to your church!
The shops in downtown Barrie are mosty located on Dunlop St. There is another very nice decorating store , and restaurant one street above and parrallel to Dunlop ..Collier St. By the way that book store I mentioned has a wonderful coffee shop, nibblies and chairs and tables to sit and enjoy. ANOTHER "secret" spot, and delicious (if you like Mexican) is on Clapperton St. We have what is called "THE 5 Points". This is the centre of town. All streets run east west of this point. Well Clapperton is the street you have to follow , through the 5 points , when you are coming up from the lake. This restaurant is up about 5 stores from the 5 points. It is simply a "door". The restaurant is actually facing on to the "mews" behind Clapperton St. They serve "tapas",.. mexican appetizers. They are quite reasonable and it is a quiet intimate restaurant. There are lots more places to eat downtown including "The Hun" Hungarian food. Do you have hungering for home made cabbage rolls???,$5.00, weiner schnitzel (dinner)$13.00, spotless wonderful restaurant.
To get to the cinema on Bayfield St. (don't forget there are cinema's downtown too) from the hwy take the Bayfiels St. exit, go straight through the lights and you are there. You are at the Bayfield Mall.Canadian tire, a chinese buffet restaurant inside, a HUGE Dollar Store, Winners, all located in the mall. One mall up the street same side is A&P(nice bakery) , Zellers etc. Across the street is Sobeys, Mark's WW, next you hit the BIG mall. The Bay, H&M, Sears you name it , it is probably there. Wonderful comfy chairs, huge glass ceiling skylight windows, very clean.. super if you want a mall. With the temp yesterday in the, I don't know, teens?, I shopped downtown and wondered why anyone would be stuck in traffic and shopping inside, rather than outside. This one place I went to called"The Blue Bottle" had tax free day( great reasonable stuff -decorating, kitchen, Christmas for in around $20). They also have a brand new cheese area with over 50 cheeses (so I HAD to buy some!).
I would suggest that after church,then brunch, head down to the flea market..a say 15 minute drive down the highway. You can stock up on meats, fruits, veggies, Christmas gifts, it will take you quite a while to go through it. Leave the Cookstown Outlet for a day it will be less busy...or even better choose a rainy yucky day as you'll be shopping indoors. Do the outlet in the early morning, back to Barrie for lunch and on to say the Georgian mall.
By the way, I'm a semi retired teacher, not a retailer from downtown! I just love my city as I've always lived here, and hope others get to enjoy it as well!