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...

Flying Apron Inn & Cookery, Summerville, Nova Scotia

The award-winning Flying Apron Inn & Cookery is a true family enterprise serving up honest, local, seasonal fare in the heart of Nova Scotia’s farming country. Chef Chris (Uwe) Velden and his wife, Melissa, say: “Our mission is to showcase Nova Scotia Foods and the Farmers that grow them...

Blomidon Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

The gracious Blomidon Inn was originally erected on land purchased in 1881 by a wealthy builder of tall ships who clearly loved natural wood. He used teak and mahogany for wainscots, mantels, and staircases, installed marble fireplaces and gold gilt mirrors. A local German artist was invited to...

Le Caveau, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia

Owned and operated by the visionary Stutz family, Domaine de Grand Pré Winery opened its doors in 2000 and is the oldest ‘farm’ winery in Atlantic Canada…it has also become one of the leaders in Canadian wine.  Le Caveau is rapidly becoming one of the finest dining experiences in...

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...

Java Jack’s Restaurant & Gallery, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland

Few National Parks in Canada are as dramatic as Gros Morne on the western shore of Newfoundland.  It’s a region of tuckamore and berries, fireweed and fishing.  A handful of small villages are tucked into the folds of the coast where it’s possible to refuel both body and soul.   Java...

Brooklyn Warehouse, Halifax

As a restaurateur George Christakos is dedicated to the Slow Food philosophy which is, in reality, was how he grew up.  He calls is  “cooking like our grandparents.” And then quickly adds, “I feel it is our responsibility to leave the food culture of our region in a better state...

Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers & Poutinerie, Dartmouth, N.S.

There’s only one Bill Pratt! He battled it out on Iron Chef America as one of two sous chefs to Chef Michael Smith, the other one being Rouge’s Paul Rogalski.  In doing so, Bill became the very first Canadian Forces Cook to take on the Iron Chef challenge.  He was Executive Chef of...

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...