Where's the best place to eat in Baddeck?
I'm going to be there in August.
My wife and I spent five days in the Baddeck/Cape Breton area last month, so I will share our findings about where we ate:
The Bitehouse - About a ten minute ride north of town, chef Bryan Picard presents one of the finest dining experiences in all of Nova Scotia in the ten seat dining room of his restored country home. With ingredients mostly sourced from his property and other local farmers/merchants, Bryan is putting out a five course meal plus small snacks and coffee/tea that changes monthly and is thoughtfully composed and incredibly well-prepared. Reserve far in advance.
Bell Buoy - A very pleasant surprise. The fresh taste of both the lobster dinner and the seafood alfredo were top notch as were the salads and the desserts.
Baddeck Lobster Suppers - All you can eat mussels (excellent) and chowder (good) as well as fresh lobster and snow crabs are the main draw at this popular establishment.
Tom's Pizza - There is quite a difference between Nova Scotia pizza and the type we get in the greater NY/NJ metro area. But, we really enjoyed both the taste and texture of this pizza. And, the thick sliced pepperoni blows away what we usually get in the U.S.
High Wheeler Cafe - our breakfast stop every morning. Fabulous pastries of every type, baked with love. Plus, they pack terrific box lunches to take on your journey around the Cabot Trail.
Cape Breton Island (beyond Baddeck):
Lobster Pound and Moore (North Sydney) - Absolutely memorable meal served up by chef/owner Richard and his lovely wife, Lesley. It was our anniversary and Rich knew in advance, so he saved a great table for us and put together a mammoth sampling of all of his best dishes in which the incredible freshness and quality of flavors surpassed even the great quantity of food. Lobster, snow crab, mussels, halibut (two ways), salmon, steak, lobster wontons and copious sides were overflowing the huge platter which finally made us throw in the towel in defeat. Of course, we still managed to find room to enjoy dessert. Due to its immense popularity, reservations are a necessity.
Flavor on the Water (Sydney) - The Fiddle Burger (in tribute to the giant fiddle statue outside of the building) was Alberta beef topped with smoked bacon jam and maple mayo and local cheese and caramelized onions and local thick cut bacon on a fresh potato bun and proved to be one of the best burgers that we have ever had.
Rusty Anchor (Pleasant Bay) - Buttered lobster roll brings back memories from years ago at Abbott's in Noank, CT.
Chowder House (Neil's Harbour) - One of the better chowders on Cape Breton Island.
Captain Caper's Fish and Chips (Englishtown) - Excellent fish and chips and whole belly clams fried up by a nice gentleman named Moe.
Besides all of the fresh seafood and other tasty treats, we were amazed by the Cabot Trail (drove it in both directions), loved Donelda's Puffin Boat Tour to the Bird Islands, and enjoyed both the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and the Fortress of Louisbourg.
In subsequent posts, I will discuss our stops in Antigonish, Halifax, Lunenburg, Annapolis Royal, Wolfville, Advocate Harbor, and Truro.
Enjoy your stay!