What's good on the Sunshine Coast right now?
Doesn't seem to be a lot of choices out there. Smitty's seems to be what people like, but other reviews are not so good. We are 12 people, all ages, and want a very, very good restaurant (ideally seafood).
Any recommendations also for a great brunch/breakfast place and a market to buy FRESH fish/seafood for grilling would be great too.
maybe the Beachcomber Brewery will be open by time you visit
no food that i'm aware of - but nice rural atmosphere - you can't miss it - at the top of the bypass (the big hill as you get off the ferry on the langdale side www.bcferries.com
make sure you search for "sechelt" on this board
where are you exactly staying - the SC is over 100 miles so if you're in Powell River -then that is a far different destination (ie another ferry ride from west van.) than Gibsons or Sechelt. And those two town centers are not Halfmoon Bay - perhaps you've been to the SC before?
for fish to take and cook yourself - they also cook it for you deep-fried - go to Sharkeys Fish Locker in Roberts Creek. There is also Mike at the fish shop in Sechelt on the main drag - can't think of the name of that street. But it is the main st. I am not sure what you mean by your all-caps FRESH because sometimes flash frozen is better than days' old fresh. You know what I mean? The shop will explain to you.
you'd have to speak directly to the shop owners to find out what is in season as they will have a better knowledge of the current permits etc. And you don't have to get sockeye to have the best fish. It is just a different "season" (ie the permit may have run out or nobody is bringing it in that day)
For some of the best Maui Ribs for your bbq - go and see Dave at the butcher (he has everything incl pork, chicken, sasusages, and beef dry aged, phone ahead) - it is the butcher just as you enter Sechelt at the stop light - there is a "lighthouse cold beer and wine shop" a couple of doors over. And a coffee place.
Smitty's Oyster House I would think would be best for a group of that size and age range - it is a very unique setting (I can't think of any city equivalent) - i find it loud but many people find it enjoyable and shall we say, festive. So that's a personal viewpoint isn't it? For a couple dinner (say, four adults) I would think Sweetwater bistro (the pink house in Gibsons) would be nicer. for a breakfast or lunch for that size of group and age range - i would go to Molly's Reach - it is ordinary but pleasant and where else do you get a view like that? some outside tables.
i hope you have time to make the most of the local fresh produce - There are farm gate stands around Reed / Henry / Russell / S-Turn. Your comment about not much perhaps means you don't know the right people yet ; )