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Buddha Dog Comes To Collingwood

Posted by Sherry Rioux on July 23, 2009

Named the “Best Hotdog in Canada”  by Reader’s Digest in 2007, the Buddha Dog  folks have recently opened their third location at 48 Pine Street here in Collingwood.

Friends Andrew Hunter and Andrew Mackenzie opened their first location in Picton in 2005 and then in 2007, they opened a second location in Toronto.  The newest location here in Collingwood is being managed by Mackenzie’s mother, Donna Peacock.

According to an article I read, the concept is for a “forward-thinking restaurant, believing that the area would support and benefit from a movement called “slow food” that aims to preserve the cultural cuisine and associated food plants, domestic animals and farming within an eco-region.”

When I was in for lunch recently, Donna explained to me that all of their foods are locally sourced.  The hot dogs (little mini 3 or 4” ones) come from Stayner Meat Packers.  The delicious buns come from the Thornbury Bakery, cheese from Dags and Willow while the sauces come from several local sources.  There is a blackboard on the wall showing some of the supplier locations and other vendors with similar slow-food or organic philosophies.

Ordering lunch is quite simple.  You choose the number of dogs you’d like, choose your cheeses and choose your sauce.  I had one with a home-made peach chutney and herbed cheese that was divine.  They also serve salads, crepes, ice cream and the yummiest butter tarts all at very reasonable prices.

The location is easy to find on the west side of Pine Street beside the cheese shop across from the Loblaws parking lot.  I have to say the signage is not great but look for the Buddha Dog logo.  Hours are Sunday 11- 4 and Monday through Saturday from 11-7.  Be sure to tell them that Marg sent you!

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