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Jul 11, 2006 06:13 PM

Moncton & Saint John New Brunswick

Heading out to the East Coast next weekend. Flying into Moncton, driving to Charlottetown and then driving down to Saint John. Will be there for 10 days total so I'm looking for some recs. Any price range, any style, love hole in the walls and local favourites. I saw a thread on PEI so I'll check out those recs for Charlottetown. Can anyone help with some suggestions for Moncton and Saint John? Will eat anything, have car and will travel! TIA

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  1. To add to this posting, I will be driving through NB on my way to PEI, and am looking for any recs for places along Hwy. 2 (Trans-Canada Hwy), so if anyone can recommend stops in Fredericton and points westward, that'd be great. Thanks!

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    1. re: 2 cents

      Here's an excerpt FWIW from an OLD trip report of mine on this area -

      Yorks in Andover NB is definitely recommended in this area (but check to see if it is open in winter - a lot of this area simply closes up til the spring thaw). Its along the St. Johns River, between Grand Falls and Hartland. Fast before you go to Yorks - Quirky service, quite good, traditional cooking, multitudes of blue hairs with amazing appetites,huge quantity.

      Check at Grand Falls to see if the falls are turned on - it must be a pretty impressive sight when they let the water pass over.

      In the same general region as Yorks, there is a German restaurant, at John Gyles MOtor Inn near Woodstock NB that is well regarded but pricier (I think it is listed in What to Eat in Canada, which as I recall also has some listings on the s bank of the St. Lawrence up from QC).

      Also,just across the border from there in Houghton Maine there is a old fashioned diner cafe (FOrest) that I have seen mentioned somewhere or other (on US1a heading east from I-95).

      Fredericton is a really nice town without much going on - check out the steeply slanted roofs on the old houses, beautiful gardens and the warnings against falling ice.

      Now about Yorks - it is an old fashined dining room offering a fixed price multicourse meal, with the option of expanding any course. For example, if you finish your steak, they will ask if you want another main course, and if you do, bring you lobster for example (I saw a fragile, seeming nonagenarian eat the salmon after her lobster - meanwhile my teenagers couldn't even finish their steaks). If one piece of pie isn't enough, ask for another. Here is some of what we were served - soup, salad breads (freshly baked banana bread, then a baseball-sized, delicious corn fritter for each of us drowned in maple syrup (we were asked if we wanted seconds!) then our main courses with accompanying potatoes and vegetables - I think there was a choice of type, then of course the desserts, mainly pies - pretty good ones and a huge variety. I really liked my trout - it was very fresh - and the lobster and salmon were popular and also likely very fresh. I think they have smoked pork too. My husband's roast duck was nothing to write home about - not the right choice, hardly distinguishable from my daughters turkey. This is not fancy cooking, just good.

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