Raw bar on Cape Breton
OK bigmackdaddy, you've really got me curious: I'm originally from Cape Breton, and headed there later today for a family holiday. So I was checking the Chow boards for Cape Breton foodie news and saw your comment re excellent raw bars. Do you know of a great raw bar on Cape Breton? While there are loads of decent chowder houses, and great lobster, snow crab and oysters being sold from the docks, I don't know of a Cape Breton raw bar. If you do, PLEASE let me know--I'll be forever in your debt.
Five years ago I stumbled upon a place called Hideaway Camping Grounds in Cape Breton. They have an oyster farm as well as cabins. They were some of the best raw ones I've tasted. This isn't to say there aren't more places, I just never came upon any. I believe it's called Aspy Bay Oyster Company. And the raw bar, at least when I was there, consisted of a refrigerated glass case for the oysters, a few tables and the office for the cabin keys. No sports bar or honky tonk kind of theme what so ever.
To be honest I wasn't looking for oyster raw bars either (it's a short depressing story), like I said I ran into this place while checking out the very local art and crafts scene. It's a very beautiful place to be scarfing down 1/2 shells. If you go, let me know what it's like. If you love it, well, we'll discuss how you'll pay off your debt.
P.S. If you're driving there through Peggy's Cove, you might want to avoid Shaw's Landing. Another place I loved and recommended on this board. I have seen recent reviews that Shaw's has gone downhill since being sold a couple of years ago.
Have a fun and safe trip.