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“What the heck was going at this place?”
Review of Coal Shed Willie - CLOSED

Coal Shed Willie
Restaurant details
Region of Waterloo, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
“What the heck was going at this place?”
Reviewed 5 July 2012

We stopped in Wiarton on our way home from Cottage Country to find some quick fish and chips.

Found this place at main beach area on Canada Day and decided to "sit in" the "restaurant" to eat our fish and chips instead of ordering from the take-out window.
Place looked good enough, except washrooms were atrocious, but I gave that a pass since it was a tourist "burger joint" kind of place.

The service and food was a disaster.

We learned that another table of 4 people near us were red in the face frustrated when we sat down because they had still not received their order after one hour. When their food came, they got their food piece-meal; all four weren't even served at the same time.
There was only a total of 8 customers in this 30 seat restaurant.
There were 4 VISIBLE staff working the kitchen area and another staffer roaming the place restocking soda cans and doing nothing else.
There was NO LINEUP OUTSIDE at the takeout window, but somehow, anyone who came to the takeout counter inside or outside was served before us.

After 50 minutes of staring at our empty glasses, 4 of us were served cold, poorly cooked food that was brought out piece-meal - one plate of food then one plate of fries, then wait 5 minutes, then fries, then food - and without apology!

Were we there on a bad day? It was Canada Day and the cooks were wearing fuzzy gimmick hats and jewellery, a clear violation of HACCP rules.

I don't see how anyone hasn't shared a similar story.

I thought, "There's no way this place could be on Trip Advisor, but I am certainly going to add it!" We were flabbergasted how a tourist driven business like this could even be in business let-o-lone have any decent ratings on Trip Advisor.

  • Visited July 2012
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3 Thank SWONTraveller
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English first
Cwmbran, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great spot for breakfast & gorgeous view”
Reviewed 28 June 2012

We stopped off for a late breakfast when travelling between Collingwood & Tobermory. The meals were freshly cooked, huge and the coffee was ample. The line for take-outs was out of the door and indoors was also very busy, which is a great sign. Good food, good, friendly service and a great view of the bay too. There's free parking right outside too, if you're just passing through.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Allie1234
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Owen Sound, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Gorgeous spot for a family picnic”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

I brought my family for a walk around Colpoys Bay and found this restaurant. We got burgers and fries and had a picnic in the middle of the well kept park. We will definitely make this a regular summer visit in Wiarton.

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Thank GemWebb
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Berlin, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good food in camping atmosphere”
Reviewed 25 July 2011

The atmosphere was what you would expect it to be when you go into a restaurant on/nearby a camping site when it comes to interior, (age of) guests and menu.

However, we liked the both the food and the service very much. We had the special of the day which was white fish with vegetables.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank Alex31415
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SUDBURY
2 reviews
“great food and view”
Reviewed 22 August 2009

Great homeade food, burger, fish and chips, hot snadwiches and good prices.
The best family or couple place to eat for this type of food.We will come back

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Thank GAG077
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