Apple Annie’s Café

101 Mississaga St E, Orillia
44.609226,44.609226
About Apple Annie’s Café:

Sitting at the coveted number one spot out of all the eateries in Orillia, Apple Annie’s Café is a firm favourite amongst the city’s inhabitants and visitors alike. Located just a few doors down from Orillia’s historic Mariposa Market on Mississaga St. East and a stone’s throw from the waterfront and port, the café is managed by Susan and Nancy Willsey and has been a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner from 2015 to 2018.

Apple Annie’s Café is an inviting space to eat and spend time with friends and family. Its exterior is a colourful mixture of golds, reds and greens with a candy stripe awning over the entrance, while the playfully bright theme continues indoors, with lots of wood, chalkboards for the menus and paintings hanging from walls. The overall effect is hip yet cosy and casual, with a ‘home kitchen’ air; one Google reviewer described it as ‘a lot of knick-knacks, kitchen stuff, oddball merchandise, very original and one of a kind’ while another said it is a ‘quirky little joint full of art, culture and personality.’

Pros

  • Vibrant yet cosy and casual atmosphere
  • Small outdoor seating area
  • Great for kids
  • Vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options
  • Plant-based diets catered for
  • Hosts free community events
  • Eat in or take away

Cons

  • The small interior can become quite cramped due to its popularity
  • Wheelchair access can be difficult

Food at Apple Annie’s is kept to a small but carefully chosen selection of tasty favourites, spread across breakfast, lunch and evening snacks that are listed – and changed daily – on chalkboards inside the café. Their website states they offer ‘signature espresso-based drinks, freshly-baked pastries and cakes as well as homemade soups, stews, biscuits, fresh salads, quiche, sandwiches, grilled paninis and assorted flatbreads’ and at present displays a sample menu that lists various paninis, sandwiches, soups and quiches. The staff do stress that the online menu is for information purposes only, as the offerings change daily on a seasonal basis or if particular specials are available. For example, on one particular day, they might have paninis containing goat cheese with roasted eggplant and tomatoes or bacon and roasted tomato, while the following day it might be a smoked turkey and Havarti sandwich or split pea and smoked ham soup. The menu, though, will generally have nine to a dozen items available, along with a broad selection of hot and cold drinks, and desserts.

There are almost overwhelmingly positive online reviews for Apple Annie’s, with one patron writing on TripAdvisor that the café is ‘an Orillia must go! Always delicious. We mostly go for the fudge, but the food is always spot on’, while one Yelp reviewer stated ‘fantastic service. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Vegan-friendly restaurant. Fast service. 10/10 all around’, and on Facebook, one customer described it as ‘always a lovely experience. Pleasant staff, delicious food and a welcoming vibe.’ It is difficult to find many negative reviews of the premises, with one Google reviewer – giving the place a lone two-star review amongst a sea of four and five stars – lamenting, ‘service wasn’t the best, no one seemed to care about messing my order up.’

Apple Annie’s has a shop two doors down from the café that sells ‘locally made and gourmet food products and kitchenware’, along with a much-loved fudge in various flavours. The café itself has live music every month or so, and ‘acts as a community hub hosting several local and Canadian artists, as well as free community events for all.’ Opening hours are Monday to Wednesday 7 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday 7 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm, both for dining in and taking away.

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