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New Brunswick and PEI Resturants [moved from Western Canada]

Help I'm from Edmonton and I know nothing about these two provinces. Please give me some suggestions on places to eat in Moncton and PEI. I know about Flex restaurant. I love all type of seafood, but especically oysters and lobster.

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  1. If you search the Canada board there are many threads on these places.....Moncton-Rouge or Little Louis. PEI- Dayboat, Lot 30, Flex mussels, Off Broadway, the Merchantman, the Pilot house, Sironella, the Water prince Corner shop, Cedars Eatery, Simms steakhouse....there is a lot to offer in PEI.

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    1. re: troutpoint

      Had the Jamaican style and curried mussels at Flex and they were enjoyable. Thanks for all your great advice.

    2. I just had the most delicious and freshest oysters ever at the Oyster Barn in Malpeque. It is VERY small and VERY rustic, but the oysters and mussels were the best I've ever had (and I've spent several summers in PEI). The beach there is also very nice, and free.

      1. PEI - my faves are
        Dayboat - amazing chef here, and lovely patio overlooking the water. Best lobster I have had... ever.
        The Pilot house - great fish and chips, amongst other things...
        Chez Yvonne (in Cavendish) - love the eggs benedict here with lobster. yum.

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        1. re: AJMC791

          Have you been back to Dayboat since the new chef took over? I had lunch there two weeks ago and just didn' t have the same experience as the past few years. The food was good, but not great.

          1. re: Eatin in Woostah

            I haven't been since the new chef has been there....a drink on the patio just doesn't do. I have heard mixed reviews from locals though...

          2. re: AJMC791

            Hey thanks the advice. We went to Pilot House and had a really great lunch. Didn't order the fish and chips but my steak sandwich was delicious.

          3. In Saint John NB:
            Suwanna is, within Saint John, widely considered the best place in town. A reservation is necessary. It's Thai food in a beautiful old house on the West side of the city. Not at all imbiss-type---this is really well-made food in a semi-formal atmosphere.
            Opera Bistro is good with a variety of inventive, well-made dishes and well-sourced ingredients, too. The owners are really lovely people and certainly their presence adds to the experience.
            In the city market Lord's has good seafood takeaway (or eat in in the market, though it's all takeaway-style) and there's a great Korean spot opposite Lord's.
            Taco Pica on Germain st. has the best south american/ mexican food I've found anywhere (having lived in Toronto, Berlin, Montreal and Oxford). I recommend the Flautas or Fajitas.
            Happinez wine bar is a really nice little spot in the uptown area (Princess st., I think) as well.

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            1. re: thiselizabeth

              I love the 3 places you've mentioned. Specifically for seafood, I have to add Billy's Seafood as the best seafood I've had in the province.

              1. re: cmtaylor

                Please do not forget Beatty and the Bistro just down the street from Billy's.All the meals are cooked from scratch and all the veggies come from the owners garden.Remarkable is the leg of NB Lamb,the Digby Scallops and the Fish Chowder.All her desserts( (cakes and pies ) are fresh daily and cooked from local produce. Everything is Blueberry right now.Yumm.

            2. Forgot a new entry to the Saint John restaurant scene The Urban Deli on King. Great Pulled Pork Sandwiches and patato salad in a vinigrette as opposed to Mayo this works well with the smokey sweet sandwich. The home smoked turkey sandwich is excellent as well,a good test as Turkey is usually bland and needs something along with it to pick it up. This sandwich stands up on it's own. I am working my way through the menus so I will report back with more. I would classify this as a top lunch spot.

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              1. re: finefoodie55

                Had another great lunch..I ordered the Meatloaf sandwick that came with a choice of sides I chose the Cream of Cauliflower Soup. Both were delicious, the sandwich came on toasted country bread which is a good choice as a Meatloaf can be saucy and soft and you need a good bread to hold it up. Tomato sauce and some nice mozza added extra flavour. My friend had the Split Pea Soup and the Corned Beef Sandwich and was very impressed ( His first time ) Impressed enough to call his French Canadian Girlfriend
                back home and boast on the Soup. I'll keep you posted on future meals

              2. Moncton:
                L'Idylle in Dieppe. French food (chef is from France) highlighting locally sourced ingredients.

                The dining room at the Delta Beausejour hotel also features New Brunswick ingredients (eg bison from Boucouche).

                Chateau a Pape for traditional Acadian dishes done high-end.

                In the vicinity: Marshlands Inn in Sackville; Tait House in Shediac. There's one in Richibucto with a creative European chef--don't recall the name but from the listings I'm guessing it's Le Petit Coin.

                Farther afield: St. Andrews has the Rossmount in which is reputed to be the best resto in the province. It's a summer town so has many nice cafes and restaurants, also the Fairmont Algonquin.

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                1. re: labeille

                  I went to "l'Idylle" - on the recommendations of many local producers and it was such a let down. By far one of the most over-priced and worst meals we've had in NB, sooo not worth the 90min drive from Fredericton. We had a tasting menu with way more misses than hits.
                  The Rossmount is by far my fave in NB, and we visit several times a year.
                  I heard that Opera was great in St-John, as is Suwanna, but have not been yet.
                  We are hitting "Fresh" in Bristol this weekend and will gladly post details.

                  1. re: cheekycook

                    I disagree. We had a great meal there two weeks ago. They have three options -- a la carte, de terroir (5 courses with specific dishes) or the tasting menu (9 courses). Terroir was 70 dollars and the tasting menu was 80 dollars). Excellent food.

                2. In PEI, if you're there in the summer, you absolutely must try a proper church lobster supper. They're advertised all over the side of the highway.

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                  1. re: LobsterQueen

                    Hi Unfortunately we had a more commerical lobster supper in New Glasgow. Didn't know about the church suppers until it was too late. I'll be back again. I love it there. Thanks for your advice Lobster Queen.

                    1. re: LobsterQueen

                      Church lobster supper? Can you maybe explain a bit more?

                      1. re: gourmet wife

                        There are several church lobster suppers. They are basically prix-fixe dinners with lobster, mussels, and potatos held in large community hall type places (or church basements) with communal tables. Two to look for are St. Anne's and New Glasgow.