The Norseman Restaurant, L’Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland

The Norseman, tucked neatly behind the stature of Leif Erickson, also has the freshest and most flavourful lobster you will ever encounter. How fresh? Well, the lobsters are kept in an enclosed crate in the ocean, just feet from the restaurant. You can pick your own with the chef. Adrian &...

Rossmount Country Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Often it’s great innkeepers who want to share the successes of their friends. In this case, it was Bill Bennett of Langdon Hall in Ontario who guided me to Rossmount Inn, just outside the bustle of St. Andrews.  It’s easy to miss.  One word…DON’T! Chris and Graziella Aerni, a couple...

Bogside Brewing, Montague, Prince Edward Island

It is so good to see Chef Dave Mottershall back cooking on Prince Edward Island.  No matter where he’s been, his Instagram handle is @chef_rouge…likely because of his red hair, but also because of the red-soiled island that he calls home. Dave has chef’d everywhere from Banff...

FireWorks, Inn at Bay Fortune, Fortune, Prince Edward Island

Rooted on the coast near Souris, P.E.I., The Inn at Bay Fortune’s gracious gardens and talented kitchen are embedded in island food culture.  It is the home of Chef Michael Smith’s dream restaurant.  Any one who has watched him in action knows that he casts a large presence and his...

Chives Canadian Bistro, Halifax

Chef Craig Flinn and his talented team are known across Canada for their dedication to the food of the Atlantic region, most specifically Nova Scotia. Craig’s book, Fresh and Local, published in 2009,  is just an extension of that dedication. Although he has a degree from St. Mary’s...

2 Doors Down, Halifax

Leave it to Craig Flinn, the popular Chef/Owner of Chives Canadian Bistro to deal with a problem by opening another restaurant.   Chives is fine dining and  his clientele were asking for a casual place with great food that is open for lunch.   2 Doors Down is Craig’s response.“We don’t want...

The Canteen, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Renée Lavallée’s public title is “Chef, Mother, Crazy Cheeses Lover”. As of 2014, she added “Restaurateur” to her moniker.  The Canteen quickly became one of the coolest new restaurants in Nova Scotia and this year grew out of its relatively small quarters. Renée...

Origines Cuisine Maritime, Caraquet, New Brunswick

“Le chef et propriétaire Benjamin Cormier revient dans sa région natale, après avoir travaillé dans des restaurants de fine cuisine, afin d’offrir une expérience aux saveurs inspirées du terroir des Maritimes. Le restaurant Origines Cuisine Maritime offre un menu gastronomique sous...

Fox Harb’r Resort, Fox Harbour, Nova Scotia

With two Oceanwise-certified trout ponds where the chef can land the fish himself prior to dinner; the second largest single block vineyard in Nova Scotia on-site and being situated in one of the lushest growing areas in Eastern Canada, Fox Harb’r Resort is a chef’s dream.   Executive...

Chinched Restaurant & Deli, St. John’s, Newfoundland

“To chinch: to caulk or fill the seams in a boat; to stow stuff or pack tightly. ”  Dictionary of Newfoundland English, University of Toronto Press, 1982. Chinched Bistro is real jewel of a place with some cocktails that even urban Vancouver restaurants would envy. The tag line is that...