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Fran's bringing pie milkshakes to the CNE this year

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 11, 2014

pie milkshake cne torontoThere's a familiar face coming to the CNE this year: Fran's, the legendary Toronto diner chain, has secured a spot at the Ex's food building, that vast temple to out-there carnival snacks, for this year's edition of the festival, which kicks off August 15. Since this is the CNE, and nothing can be consumed in its traditional form, the diner chain will be blending slices of its beloved pies (apple, specifically, as well as cheesecake, carrot cake, and brownies) into its equally beloved milkshakes.

Other Fran's offerings: peanut butter-sriracha balls, bacon and egg-stuffed maple french toast, and a waffle topped with turkey and all the Thanksgiving fixings (a nod to the diner's popular Thanksgiving dinner). Here's my question, Fran's: Why did you wait until the CNE brought you on board? Couldn't you have done this stuff when I was in college and eating your breakfasts at 1am three times a week? There's still hope for the younger generation, though, as Fran's staff tell the Star they're not ruling out adding these treats to the restaurant menu.



Graeme / August 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm
The Lakeview has been doing pieshakes for years.
Jamaal / August 11, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Tired of these attention-grabbing American style foods they come out with every year for the CNE. Wasn't everyone getting sick from last year's abomination enough?
Doug / August 11, 2014 at 04:46 pm
Its not really a big deal. How do you think those gourmet ice cream shops make apple pie ice cream? They mix an actual pie into the ice cream. You want the cheap version then they'll use simulated flavors and chemicals. You're choice.

Who doesn't like pie and ice cream?
Fran / August 14, 2014 at 11:51 am
This is lame. The Lakeview has been making pie milkshakes for years! Their Apple Pie Milkshake was even featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Fran's is a bunch of biters and should get their own ideas.
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