Friends going on a road trip from Toronto to Halifax and beyond. Fellow Canadian Foodies, we need your suggestions for great places to hit up along the way.
Are you looking for "nice" restaurants or regional dive foods? Are you looking for the typical fresh seafood experience, or are you into authentic regional dive foods, like me? ; )
Either way, there is a cool spot on the Halifax waterfront where you can get fresh oysters (The Shack), excellent bacon sandwiches (Canadian Bacon Cookhouse), fish 'n' chips (The Battered Fish) and even donairs (though I don't know if they're any good) all in the same 20ft radius.
If you're into beer, Rock Bottom Brewpub has the best in town. I'm also a big fan of their peanut butter burger (but nothing else).
Ace Burger is another local hit. Simple gourmet burgers at the divey Gus' Pub.
If you want more stuff like this, let me know.
I'm planning a trip with a similar itinerary. Here's what I've got planned, and discussions I've used as references in developing my plans:
We're going to:
City Market - www.sjcitymarket.ca
We're also going to Cape Breton Island, including Sydney and the Cabot Trail. LMK if you need recs there as well.
I didn't mention it, but we're also going to be stopping to eat in Moncton en route to NS. Because it's a Sunday, many places are closed that day, so we were only looking at places open Sundays. We're planning to go to Catch22 Lobster Bar - www.catch22lobsterbar.com
We're back now. Here's where we ate and how we felt about each:
Catch 22 Lobster Bar, Moncton - just okay
The Press Gang, Halifax - LOVED it
Chabaa Thai, Dartmouth (Halifax) - liked it a lot
Sugar Moon, Eastown (pancake breakfast) - LOVED it
Lobster Pound, North Sydney (Cape Breton) - LOVED it
Rusty Anchor, Pleasant Bay (Cape Breton) - liked it a lot
Claddagh Oyster House, Charlottetown - LOVED it
Lot 30, Charlottetown - just okay
New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, New Glasgow PEI - LOVED it
(As it turns out, we didn't stop in Saint John.)