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existential_crisis Nov 7, 2013 03:50 PM

I'm attempting to compile a database of local gems and regional foods in Nova Scotia, and I would appreciate any feedback! I'm looking for traditional foods (and where to eat them), unique regional foods, exceptional pubs, pizza styles, eating experiences, and local favourites.

  1. David11238 Jan 25, 2014 02:53 PM

    I haven't been to NS for 7 years. However, I did make a list and hopefully a few of these places are still around:

    Hometown Kitchen, which is near the eastern side (Acadia??) of the Cabot Trail. Nothing but French spoken and I remember the mussels being quite exceptional.

    Petipas Market is a bit deceptive. The decor is bare bones fluorescent lighting. 50% is tourist trap gift shop, the othe half is a very good restaurant. Excellent creamy fish chowder and other seafood dishes.

    And finally the Hideaway Campground and Oyster Market, 401 Shore Rd
    Dingwall, NS B0C 1G0
    (902) 383-211... best eastern half-shell oysters I've tried. And I've tried them all.

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      Dave B Jan 23, 2014 05:50 PM

      There are some good eats in NS. When we visit, my uncle from Stewiacke comes down and makes his famous stone soup. We gather rocks and seaweed and simmer it for a few hours. It's salty and gritty, but satisfying. I really don't like it very much, but the rest of the family raves about it.

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        applehead61 Jan 23, 2014 12:11 PM

        Lavena's Catch Cafe, freeport Nova Scotia.

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          Aislyn Jan 27, 2014 01:35 PM

          Lavena's Catch serves up the freshest seafood I have ever eaten. In fact, all of the offerings on the menu are super fresh and very tasty. Not to mention the amazing view - the beautiful harbor between Freeport and Westport! The owners and staff treat you like family too.

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          Dave B Dec 28, 2013 06:34 PM

          I have friends in NS and have been to visit them a couple of times. There was a grilled seagull dish that seemed popular but was strange to me. I can't recommend it, but everyone there liked it.

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            CanadaGirl Dec 28, 2013 06:53 PM

            Okaaaaayy. Never heard of this.........

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              existential_crisis Dec 29, 2013 05:35 AM

              They're just trying to be funny.

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            CanadaGirl Dec 28, 2013 02:28 PM

            There is the contested thread on here about the best pizza, but there's definitely a variety across NS.

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              existential_crisis Dec 29, 2013 05:37 AM

              Well, so I would say that Pictou County Pizza is a regional style. There seems to be sort of a pizza culture in Cape Breton. But other than that, there are just "famous" places that people love in their hometowns. At least, so far as I can tell.

            2. Conductorchris Dec 28, 2013 01:18 PM

              Looks like you may not need a database..

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                existential_crisis Dec 28, 2013 04:53 PM

                I just don't think anyone in the Maritimes uses Chowhound anymore...

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