free mandarin buffet

This is what a huge lineup for free Mandarin looks like

You might have heard that Mandarin was giving away free buffet on Canada Day to mark the restaurant's 35th birthday. The giveaway was only available to Canadian citizens (what?), but that didn't seem to curb the massive lineups that formed over the course of the day. Sure, one expects a queue for free food, but when you get into lawn chair and umbrella territory, that's when it all gets a little bit silly. Some lines reached beyond three hours at their peak, which is a dubious way to spend a holiday. That said, not everyone is as lineup-averse as I am, and what better way to spend some quality family time than milling about in brutally humid weather? Congrats to those who made it inside.

Photo of the lineup for the Finch Ave. Mandarin by David Geguzinskis on Flickr.


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