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 &...

Le Caveau, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia

Le Caveau is rapidly becoming one of the finest dining experiences in Nova Scotia and Eastern Canada. In August 2011, Wine Access Magazine dubbed Le Caveau as “one of the 20 finest places to eat and drink ” in their article “The World’s Best Winery Restaurants.”  In...

Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food, St. John’s, NFLD

For such a youthful company, it’s safe to say that Rocket (few ever use the full name) has become a full fledged St. John’s institution. Comments from food writers and Facebook fans say it all. Amidst the 5 Star customer reviews this one stood out. “Truly a gem in the crown that...

Savour in the Garden, St. Andrew’s by the Sea, New Brunswick

Chef Alex Haun is a someone to watch and to dine with.   He was lured away from his great personally-run restaurant to open Savour in the Garden, the small dining space in Canada’s Garden of the Year 2013, Kingbrae. “I first decided I wanted to be a chef when working in the kitchen at...

Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Charlottetown, PEI

Taking its name from the Sims family who owned the original tract of land in the very early 1800’s, Sims Corner Steakhouse, the first authentic steakhouse on Prince Edward Island, has had a colourful past including a stretch during Prohibition as a “conviviality shop.” Owned by...

Morris East Restaurant & Wine Bar, Bedford, Nova Scotia

Jennie Dobbs began in Morris East in downtown Halifax.  Before locally-inspired pizza was a trend, she was doing it.  Near the university she had a ready market and the tiny restaurant was jam-packed nightly.  There were absolutely no reservations. She opened Morris East Restaurant & Wine Bar...

Morris East, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Morris East was created by the inimitable Jennie Dobbs. After 6 years of working in finance in the UK, Jennie decided to return to her hometown of Halifax to fulfill her dream of opening a restaurant. Morris East is tiny so go early but, believe me, it’s worth the wait and Haligonians are...

Habaneros Modern Taco Bar, Dartmouth/Halifax

The Habaneros slogan is “We’re NOT authentic Mexican; we’re modern with a twist.”  And I’d add, that Habaneros is the most Canadian taco bar I’ve ever seen….ingredients and talent are both locally grown.   The food is ‘chef inspired’ (cocinero...

Flying Apron Inn & Cookery, Summerville, Nova Scotia

The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery is a true family enterprise. Chris (Uwe) Velden and his wife, Melissa, are likely best recognized in Nova Scotia as Hubbard’s and Lunenburg  Farmers Market vendors. Their mission statement reads: “Our mission is to showcase Nova Scotia Foods and the...

East Coast Bistro, Saint John, New Brunswick

Sometimes I just marvel at how small the culinary world is here in Canada.   Landing last year from Vancouver in the great coastal city of Saint John, N.B. Chef Tim Muehlbauer and Chef Kimberley Steele bring not only impressive credentials but a solid connection to many of British Columbia’s...