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Maritime migrations - need help for vacation in NS and NB

heatherkay | Jul 16, 200910:28 AM

We're heading north from Kansas City for a little R&R and cool weather next week. It's kind of a last minute trip, so I'm playing catch up on getting the lay of the land. Itinerary has us flying into Halifax on Saturday, taking the ferry across to Saint John's, spending a couple of days in Moncton (hitting the Fundy National Park), then driving back around to Halifax for a couple of days.

I've seen quite a few threads about Halifax, but not so many about NB. Any suggestions on where we should eat, particularly in NB?

Here's generally what we're looking for. Any ideas on any or all of these would be appreciated.

1. Seafood, more a restaurant with good beer and a casual atmosphere than expense account, fine-wine place. Bonus points if on the water with picnic tables. Demerits if the tour buses pull up in front.

2. Restaurants with kitchens that are open late, preferably in neighborhoods that would make it easy for us to see some live music. If the bar or restaurant has good food, a late kitchen, AND live music, that would be even better.

3. Anything that is particularly good or characteristic of the area. Given my limited knowledge of the demographics, I would expect to be able to get an excellent meat pie. What are the other regional specialities?

4. Interesting ethnic food. I'm not so much interested in finding the one lone outpost of a particular cuisine in Moncton, for example. But if a city has a particularly robust Turkish or Chinese or Jamaican community, where are the best places to eat?

Sorry if this seems like a lot all at once. Thanks in advance for your help!

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