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Jun 28, 2009 07:12 PM

Need Suggestions for NS Dining.

I have read other suggestions for dining in NS. Some seem to be a few years old. I would like to know where to eat while we are visiting at the end of July. We will be making the loop and traveling through Halifax, Yarmouth, Digby, Pictou, Cape Benton & places in between. I would like to know of any lunch stops - good local spots, seafood especially. Then also the best dining for a nice night out. We know we will be filling ourselves with as much lobsters and scallops we can find! Thanks for all of your help.

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  1. In Yarmouth, try Rudder's, on the waterfront. Outstanding food, nice atmosphere, and they brew their own beer. They also offer the creamed lobster dish being discussed elsewhere on the board. Just a very good place.

    1. Near Pictou, there's Sugar Moon Farm:
      It's a sugarbush that has great maple breakfasts, but also "chef's nights".

      If you make it up to the Pugwash area, I love Jubilee Cottage a B&B with a small, family-run BYOB restaurant. They feature themed prix fixe nights that are halfway between a dinner party and a restaurant experience, kind of "ambitious amateur", although that sounds too dismissive. The fusion-style menus reflect the ethnic and geographic history of the family: Asia by way of the Carribean, Australia and Atlantic Canada. You need to reserve so that they know how many people to cook for.

      A similar spot in Cape Breton is Chanterelle Cottages, near St. Ann's. A lovely, intimate restaurant in an incredibly beautiful setting. They emphasize local and organic ingredients. The cottages are great, too.

      The Hall's Harbour lobster pound, near Wolfville/Kentville's a good spot. You'll enjoy a pretty run-of-the mill lobster dinner, but the setting is gorgeous and unique, with a lovely nature trail or waterside walk for getting up an appetite before your meal (or for walking it off!) just steps away.

      Sugar Moon Farm
      Alex MacDonald Rd, Colchester, Subd. B, NS B0K, CA

      Jubilee Cottage Inn
      13769 HWY 6, Cumberland, Subd. D, NS B0K, CA

      1. If you are stopping Halifax and want seafood, I would highly suggest the Press Gang for their oyster bar. And if you make it a Friday after 7 or so you will get a little piano music with your dinner. Love that place!

        1. There is a fantastic restaurant called Chives in downtown Halifax. When I was there last year it was FANTASTIC, and I couldn't recommend it more.

          There is also a small restaurant called Morris East near Dalhousie U that serves gourmet pizza, which was delicious. Finally, for a brunch, check out Jane's on the Common which had inexpensive, fresh, inspired cooking.

          Don't miss the farmers market, held on Sundays I think. Was a blast.

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          1. re: Gregoso

            Oh, and if you like greek food there is It's All Greek to Me, which was simple and delicious. Every time I have gone though the place was packed and service a little spotty. Fantastic food though.

            1. re: Gregoso

              The farmer's market runs from 7am to 1 pm on SATURDAYS at the Keith Brewery on Lower Water st.

            2. Should you travels find you in Wolfville, The Tempest is a must. Another cute and quirky little restaurant in Grosses Coques( ST Mary's Bay) is Chez Christophes. I had memorable fish cakes there recently with what I swear must have been Green Tomato Chow made my my Grand Mother. Comfort food, indeed.

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              1. re: lovetocookPEI

                The Tempest is really good. Their special of linguine with fresh little neck clams was fabulous (especially since I love that particular dish). Lobster Pound is the only restaurant in Hall's Harbour, which is worth visiting. Too bad I only had 1 beer in 3 hours while watching the tide roll in (they can only serve booze with food).