The biggest draw to his restaurant, he feels, is the atmosphere and relaxing home-like environment. It’s not unusual for customers to stop by and ask Larry to sing the Neil Young tribute music he has professionally performed for many years. From day one, Larry has had a microphone and guitars set up for use at all times. He recently brought in an apartment sized piano for musicians to play.
Larry says, about the restaurant concept, that he “had no idea how it would turn out, but it just came together. I just knew I was going to combine my music and chef skills.” He has an entire corner of the restaurant dedicated to pictures of his music idol, Neil Young, and another wall dedicated to pictures of many famous Canadian musicians. There are many local music acts coming in to perform at the restaurant, and all of the acts are published in a flyer which is distributed on each table. As well as the full schedule of music acts coming through TLC, they do offer some really tasty eats.
The food offering can be described as an exceptional choice of traditional breakfast; soups, salads, sandwiches and dessert; plus a nice selection of beers and wines. Unlike many restaurants in Barrie, TLC uses as many fresh and home style ingredients as they can. As a result, this makes the food better quality and even tastier. Many of the sauces are made from scratch, most of the baking is done in house, and I think TLC has the best chicken noodle/vegetable soup I’ve ever had. I’d like to think that it’s the music and friendly environment that Larry claims is his secret for success, but I also think he’s a little too modest to mention his chef skills are through the roof. Larry has over 30 years of professional chef service experience.
Without question TLC is the perfect place for a lunch meeting, or the perfect way to get some good vibes rolling before a night on the town. Many of the customers are mingling with people they just met, especially on the Thursday open mic nights. TLC is a bit of a social hotspot even though you can certainly avail yourself of a more quiet and relaxed dining experience. The food is very enjoyable, and affordable; a combination that, in truth, cannot be said too much anymore. And don’t forget they have the full setup to create many of your run-in coffee shop favourites too.
-Written by: Michael Whone
Hours of operation:
Thurs-Fri 11:00AM-10:00PM All day Open Mic
TLC Bistro and Café
41 Maple Ave.
Barrie, ON L4N 1R9
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