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Aug 22, 2003 01:15 PM

Best CHOWDER in Nova Scotia and PEI?

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Hey folks:

On my upcoming trip to NS and PEI I want to embark on a journey to sample some of the best chowders in the area. Our stops include Charlottetown, Halifax, Cape Breton. Any suggestions?

I don't care if it is from a hole-in-the-wall or from a fine dining establishment. As long as the chowder delivers great local flavor and not that run of the mill cafeteria or hotel soup.


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  1. Ed,
    The best seafood chowder I had this summer (the only chowder I had this summer - it hasn't been chowder weather here) was at Old MacDonald's Dairy Bar and Gift Shop (name is something like that) in the Plough the Waves Centre in Wood Islands, PEI, where you take the ferry to Nova Scotia. You asked for "hole in the wall" - only a counter in a gift shop.
    If you want an adventure, try calling the Fiddle Farm in Wood Islands and asking for a reservation there.
    You're on vacation right? Try some serendipity.

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    1. re: Roger

      Yes we are on vacation.

      Regarding trying "Serendipity," are you referring to something specific?


      1. re: Ed

        I was thinking serendipity in general. I think of vacation as a place free from lists and schedules and must-dos. While I ate my chowder at Plough the Waves the other day, I watched people coming and going - all kinds of people rushing into the Information Centre to ask the very nice staff there what they should do on their vacation. What do other people do here? We only have three days, what should be on our list? I don't understand that way of life. The chowder I had that day was perfect, just spicy enough, just hot enough, just rich enough. If you have the same chowder in September, it might not suit you. Or it might be serendipity.

    2. I always liked the chowder at Peggy's Cove, though I haven't eaten there in a few years. If it's still home made, then it's great. Also try the hot gingerbread with ice cream. She's some good, eh.

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      1. re: Chuck Gordon

        I ate there last year. The chowder was great as was the rest of the fare. There's also a place called Shaw's Landing about 5 minutes north of Peggy's Cove. I'm not sure if they have chowder but I can whole heartedly recommend their homemade smoked salmon and trout. Miles above Zabar's and Russ and Daughter's. I'm curious are you driving up to NS or flying?

        1. re: Chuck Gordon

          I love the chowder in peggy's cove.
          We have been to nova scotia last Year in june an are going back this summer in august.
          My mom lives there.
          She lives in this little town called Halls Harbour.
          They have a great restaurant as wel.
          I do'nt know about there chowder but they have the best lobster ever!!!


        2. I forgot to add, try Pettipas Market in Auld's Cove, NS. Don't be put off by the tourist shop feel and look, the gals in the kitchen make a mean seafood chowder. It's probably the best I had on the whole three week trip. You might also want to check out Aspy Bay Oysters inside the Cabot Trail. It's a First Nations fishery and bare bones cabin park. I remember seeing seafood chowder on their menu but I didn't try it. I was interested in the oysters which were cold, sweet, briny and delicious. The point being that if they apply the same care to their cooking as they do their raw bar then it's worth taking a chance. The Cabot Trail alone is a wonder to be seen.

          1. Hands down, the chowder at The Water's Edge Cafe in Baddeck. On the waterfront, LOTS of seafood and the dairy is not added untill you order it so not overcooked. Good selection of beer, local wines (some good, some not so good -ask). Good selection of sandwiches, paninis & wraps. Homemade sinfully fattening desserts. It is also an Inn & art gallery.

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            1. re: maineart

              You are right ,...I came back from baddeck couple of weeks ago.....excellent can try different laces for sea food chawder....In Sydney as well....surprisingly ....there are nice restaurants in Cape Breton Island.....

            2. Ed,
              We just got back last night from ten days in Nova Scotia and i orderd chowder every place we ate. The best i had was in Dartmouth (just a quick ferry ride over from Halifax.) It was at a nice place right at the ferry terminal called Ducky's--great view of Halifax at night. The chowder was loaded with seafood and was delicious. I wish i had some right now.