When it comes to seafood, you can always go haute, but some of the most memorable meals you’ll have in Canada’s Maritime provinces can be at “eat-in-the-rough” spots with fish right off the boat.
Wharf Wraps at Fisherman’s Cove in Nova Scotia’s Eastern Passage is one great example. Across the harbour from the province’s capital city, Halifax, down-home Wharf Wraps serves up the biggest, freshest and most inexpensive fillets of battered haddock around.
At Boyd’s Seafood Galley at Cribbon’s Point Wharf near the university town of Antigonish, NS, the fresh fish-‘n-chips or clams-‘n-chips are just part of the treat. There’s also the beautiful view from the hillside decks across the water to the distant headlands of Cape Breton Island.
Ossie’s Lunch, a truck stop and diner sitting right on New Brunswick’s Highway 1 between Calais, ME (USA) and the port city of Saint John, can’t boast about the view. What it can claim is to serve mighty fine clams from nearby Charlotte County; you can almost always count on a lineup.
At Captain Dan’s Bar & Grill in Shediac, NB, the fresh seafood is often accompanied by the Francophone zest of live local entertainment. Located on Pointe-du-Chène Wharf, the restaurant overlooks the warm waters of Shediac Bay.
Across the Northumberland Strait on Prince Edward Island, lobster suppers are a hearty tradition. You’ll find one of the best in North Rustico, an Acadian fishing community on the island’s north shore. Fisherman’s Wharf may tout its 18-m (60-ft) salad bar, but most people are there for the lobster served in the shell (1 lb, 1-1/2 lb or 2 lb), the chowder and the mussels.
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