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Aug 29, 2010 04:34 PM

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Canadian Version)

My boyfriend and I have spent the entire summer working so we can travel around Canada from mid Sept - December. We're huge fans of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives so we really want to do our own version. We're from Toronto so we want to get out of the city and venture around northern Ontario. We're also going to PEI, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia. In case you haven't seen DDD, we are looking for places with huge portions of homecooked/fresh food. We want to chow down with the locals so no chains and no shmancy gourmet food!

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Well, ya gotta go to the Chickenburger;

    Still great after all these years.

    Excellent burgers, and be sure to try the namesake dish, the "Chickenburger"

    1. Hi,

      We have a couple suggestions.
      Mono Cliffs Inn, In Mono, Ontario. (near Orangeville). Map It, see the pics. Great day drive. You'd never believe they would serve anything more than bar food.

      They have a wine cellar, scotch and beer menu and a chalk board menu that changes each day. Mussels, pasta, salads etc. the atmosphere does not fit the type of food you'd expect.

      The basement is the best, small and cozy. live music on the weekends, backgammon boards, stone walls, an "Aussie" feel. We have no comparison...truly different.

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      1. You've gotta try some fried pepperoni in PEI, we had it at Hunter's Ale House in Charlottetown. Had never seen that before. Sharky's seafood in Summerside was decent. And definitely hit Emma's in FIsherman's Cove outside of Dartmouth NS for their wonderful French toast.

        1. Yeah, you can find deep fried pepperoni all around the Maritimes in pubs.

          Donairs are Halifax's "thing". Not sure where the best place to go would be... King of Donair is an ok bet. Halifax's Pizza Corner is a thing to behold late at night. Oh, and garlic fingers are also an east coast food we love.

          I second the Chickenburger.

          John's Lunch for deep fried seafood.

          Ray's Falafel in the Scotia Square Mall for cheap Lebanese.

          My favorite NS pub is the Knot Pub in Lunenburg, which serves up fish cakes, pan fried haddock, scallops, mussels, chowder, a Lunenburg sausage burger, a great philly steak sandwich, AWESOME east coast style potato skins, deep fried pepperoni, Knotwurst & Kraut, just to name a few things.... and it's a hard choice for me between their fries and their salads... which is saying something. In Lunenburg you can't avoid the tourists, but the pub is tucked away in the shadows away from the waterfront, and it is loved by locals.

          For diners/breakfast, the Ardmore Tea Room is the most classic.

          Darrell's peanut butter burger is a local legend, and to a lesser degree, so is the Thanksgiving pizza at Extreme Pizza ( I can't lie and say the food is quality but you can get donair eggrolls and they are open very very late).

          For Chinese, Robie Foods is the ultimate dive. But also a hidden gem.

          Oh, and I've never been, but the Midtown Tavern is an established classic local place serving up very basic pub fare. Unfortunately, it's original location has been torn down and I'm not sure on its current status or whether it will now have the same vibe.

          The Knot Pub
          4 Dufferin St, Bridgewater, NS B4V, CA

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          1. re: existential_crisis

            I second that vote for The Knot Pub...just great pub grub and an genuine pub atmosphere with a great blend of locals, business people and fishing folk all greeting one another, the tourists welcomed right in and the CFA's who live here now...all treated with respect.

            But I respectfully disagree on the Ardmore Tea Room: I think it is resting on it's laurels.

          2. Coastal Cafe (on Robie Street) in Halifax - Used to be a Chef at upscale restaurants; got sick of the BS that comes along with that, and opened his own little cafe (maybe 10 or 12 tables in the place!)

            Check out the awesome menu:


            I have heard nothing but RAVE reviews for the food (see below if you want)


            Happy Chowing :)