Scoff Restaurant, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

To find such a warm and seriously-local restaurant as Scoff tucked into a tiny, relatively remote village, is very unusual.  But that’s why most of us who love food actually travel, isn’t it?   Fogo Islanders are a special breed.  Tenacious and proud and very creative.  Scoff...

Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

 On June 1st, 2013, Fogo Island Inn opened as a world class destination for ecological and culinary tourism. It is one of a kind in Canada! There’s no where else quite like Fogo Island which is home to Brimstone Head, one of the official four corners of the earth according to the Flat Earth...

Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver

John Bishop has been Vancouver’s consummate host for over three decades. His restaurant, simply named “Bishop’s” is a quiet haven filled with extravagant bouquets, great works of art from John’s personal collection and extraordinary food. In 2011, his contribution to Canada was recognized at...

West Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver

The motto is “True to Our Region; True to the Seasons.” The commitment has never, ever wavered since the day that West first opened and it leapt onto the Vancouver restaurant stage as a serious contender for the most delicious regional food. The service at West is so superlative that it was...

Borealis Bar and Grille, Kitchener, Ontario

It may be the Flying Monkey Hoptical Illusion…or one of the other 18 beers/ales on tap at the new Kitchener location of Borealis.  Or it may be the Barrie Brothers asparagus-corn chips with house made salsa or my absolute Borealis favourite, their BBQ’d pulled pork sandwich. But after only a week...

Borealis Grille & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Bringing local home! Borealis Grille and Bar is a restaurant making a difference and setting a new standard for Ontario, and possibly Canada. The Desautel family just get it.  Bob Desautel’s wee granddaughter, Ava, holds a sign at the left that sums up their entire raison d’etre. Not...

The Wooden Monkey, Halifax & Dartmouth

Lil MacPherson is a born and bred Maritimer- a ‘Blue-noser’ – and proud of it. With her partner, Christine Bower, she opened The Wooden Monkey in 2004 in the city centre. Their well-thought-out menu is based on “macrobiotic and locally-grown, fresh ingredients” with good locally-brewed beer...

The Wooly (Woolwich Arrow Pub), Guelph, Ontario

Until recently the word ‘local’ meant a pub where beer drinkers gathered to quaff frosty (or sometimes room temp) beverages and solve the problems of the world.  In Guelph, Local = The Woolwich Arms, a pub/restaurant located in a 115 year old, beautifully restored Victorian home. Known...

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

One of the neatest restaurants in Quebec, Les Jardins Sauvages, is owned and operated by Chef Nancy Hinton and forager/farmer François Brouillard. Aside from being a country eatery, they create and sell a line of products derived from wild plants and mushrooms at a farmer’s market stall at Marché...

Maison Publique, Montréal

Derek Dammann has created the sort of restaurant he is all about…democratic and fun, delicious and fresh, thoughtful and sustainable. Maison Publique Chef Dammann, seen here at the left with his U of Guelph Innovation Award,  is revisiting the past, but as usual, his eye is on the horizon....