BBQ and Baked Goods- The Ultimate Open Road Food

/ June 17, 2015

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Fresh black top, hot sun, BBQ’s and patios with bikes parked out front. There’s nothing sweeter than spending summer on your bike. The tantalizing smells of charcoal BBQ and treats. After a long glorious day on the road, devouring handcrafted, delicious food is mouthwatering.

The Olde Ridge Authentic Barbecue Maple Smoked Ribs

Maple Smoked Ribs

Summer is always too short, that’s why we’ve made your life easier with the list of “Must Experience” BBQ & Baked Goods locations along Ride The Highlands routes and new local rides. So skip breakfast and save a little extra room in those saddlebags for these epic road trip food finds.

BBQ- Real Smoky, Tender Goodness.

  • Route: Dynamite Alley
  • Where to eat: Hideaway Primitive Grill           
  • What to order: Let loose your wild side and try their “BBQ Sundae Poutine”… don’t worry, no ice cream here. Just layered cheese, beans, slaw and BBQ pork tenderloin served with fries.
  • Why eat here: “A remote place used by outlaws”. It’s a little off the beaten path, quirky and you can feel the sense of humour in the joint.

Address: 2173 Hwy. 620, Coe Hill, ON  Open: Wednesday-Sundays (May-October) Wednesday & Thursdays 5-8:30pm, Friday & Saturdays 12-8:30pm, Sundays 12-8pm

Trip Advisor testimonial “ ….most of us had the half rack of ribs and I've never seen ribs with so much meat on them. Does anybody get through the whole rack? Then we still needed doggy bags. “ Plymtree, Plymouth UK

Hideaway Primitive Grill Trip Advisor review“ ….most of us had the half rack of ribs and I’ve never seen ribs with so much meat on them. Does anybody get through the whole rack? Then we still needed doggy bags. “ Plymtree, Plymouth UK


Baked goods, buttertarts, cinnamon buns….we’re drooling already.

Finding these tasty treats along your ride is awesome. Better yet is when they’re in unexpected places and off the beaten path. Their recipes become legends unto themselves. One bite and you’re reminded that they’re made from scratch ingredients (much like handcrafted roads) and are so much better than anything you’ll find inside a big box.  Here’s where you can gas up on a little sugar for your ride.


Address: 11 Concession Street South, Tamworth, ON Open: Wednesdays-Saturday 9-4pm, Sunday 10-4pm

Facebook testimonial for The River Bakery Cafe and Patio “ Brilliant. Just brilliant food. We plan on gaining a few pounds from here every summer” 5 stars- Allie MacPhail

Lemon Meringue Tarts from The River Bakery Cafe and Patio. Facebook testimonial for The River Bakery Cafe and Patio “ Brilliant. Just brilliant food. We plan on gaining a few pounds from here every summer” 5 stars- Allie MacPhail


  • Route: Deep Valley Run
  • Where to eat: Sun Run Cafe
  • What to order: Daily fresh baked sweet pastries
  • Why eat here: Cinnamon buns the size of your helmet! Fresh baked in-house goods go perfectly with a hot cup of java.

Address: 33021 Hwy. 61, Maynooth ON Open: Wednesday-Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm

Motorcycle outside Sun Run Cafe

Trip Advisor review for Sun Run Pantry “Stopped by on Saturday July 21,2018. We were out for great motorcycle ride and stopped here to collect our Ride The Highlands souvenir. But you have to have the Highlands map and be on a motorcycle to qualify!! Ron was great and the place was busy. Perfect place to relax for a cup of coffee or lunch. It is right on the main street and lots to see. Thanks again Ron!! Be stopping by again.”- Doeson from Toronto ON


  • Route: Deep Valley Run
  • Where to eat: Pakenham General Store
  • What to order: Chewy caramel brown sugar cinnamon buns, marshmallow squares, banana bread, butter tarts
  • Why eat here: 170 years of running a General Store in the same location means they’ve got it figured out. You will go in for one and come out with a dozen, guaranteed.

Address: 2524 Regional Road 29 (Highway 29), Pakenham, ON Open: Daily 6am-8pm

Pakenham - General Store Tart 3

Buttertarts from Pakenham General Store


  • Route: Meand’rin Motorbikes
  • Where to eat: Penny’s Fudge Factory
  • What to order: Rocky Road Fudge or Syd’s Canadian Maple Syrup Sponge Toffee
  • Why eat here: While technically not a bakery, Penny’s is still worthy of this list as they use butter and sugar…and lots of it. Have a dentist riding buddy? He will love this place.

Address: 2483 County Road 29, Pakenham, ON Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm


  •  Route: The Highlands Loop
  •  Where to eat: Flynn’s Turn
  •  What to order: Grab and go butter tarts or apple fritters
  •  Why eat here: Fill your bike and your stomach in one stop. Flynn’s turn, a popular staging area for motorcycles is at the base of the legendary Buckhorn Road and has apple fritters and tarts to keep you on top of your game.

Address: 1467 County Road 507, Flynn’s Turn, ON Open: Daily 6:30am-7pm

Apple Fritter from Flynn’s Turn & Buckhorn Road

Speaking of all things food be sure to stretch your legs and check what 22,000lbs of cheese looks like at Mammoth Cheese one of the cool roadside attractions featured on Ride the Highlands.

After all those delicious meats and treats, rest your head at any of the motorcycle friendly accommodation along your route. Check out where to sleep off your meat and sugar coma here.

Much like really good food, you can feel the difference that comes with experiencing something crafted by hand, and Ride the Highlands roads are calling your name (and your appetite).

Eat well our friends, and enjoy the ride.

 

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