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Western Nova Scotia: Some chow

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Western Nova Scotia: Some chow

Aromatherapy | Jun 25, 2006 03:00 PM

Spent 5 days, with 3 adults and a 7-year-old, keeping it casual. Prices in Canadian $.

Boutiliers Point, Rte. 3: Pilot House Café & Cottages. A late (Sunday) brunch. My smokie (a little ramekin of smoked haddock in a very buttery/creamy sauce) was really delicious. Served with toasted decent crusty white bread and a beautifully fresh little mesclun salad. DCs had seafood chowder (again creamy, with leeks; rich and very tasty); a Caesar salad (dressing tasted homemade); and French toast with maple butter and syrup. Portions were just right, we were able to face dinner with appetite. Very glad we stopped. Bill, with 3 Propeller drafts and a juice, was $53 post-tax.

Lunenburg: Lunch at Banker something? On waterfront across from museum, next to the Rumrunner. Appetizer plate of Solomon gundy (pickled herring), smoked mackerel and small boiled shrimp was fine, served w/sour cream, red onion and bread. DC got crabcakes that were better than he deserved (why order them here?). Not bad, not memorable.

Digby: Two good tips from the Siesta Motel. For dinner, Captain’s Cabin, on the waterfront. “Plain food, good cooking.” Especially good fried scallops and fried clams. The banana split and lemon meringue pie were reported very good, esp. the pie. Can’t remember prices but they were reasonable. For breakfast: Josie’s on Warwick St. across from the Evangeline Mall. Basic breakfast stuff, well prepared and inexpensive. Good-sized crowd of regulars. They had pie but nothing that appealed. We considered lunch at a fish market down near the Captain’s Cabin that serves cooked food (open until 7), but the timing was wrong. It did look good.

Annapolis: The German bakery next to the gardens had a very tempting array, but we only got 2 things. The macaroons sandwiched with chocolate was a hit (didn’t get any); my square of plum (tart? Crust, topping... memory vague) was really tasty and not too sweet. We had lunch at the County Nook Café, which was really tiny. I thought my scallop burger (sautéed scallops on an ordinary bun, lettuce, mayo) was fine but DCs were not as enthused about their scallop bake (too bready). Kid got pizza from a takeout place next door.

Wolfville: The Tempest, a bit fancier than we’d been looking for, with entrees in the $20s. Little to really complain about, but eh, just didn’t strike me as all that. Pros: A pair of tomato soups were excellent, a side of lobster mashed potatoes was yummy, good herbed wholegrain bread and fancy salad. They made us up some chocolate milk that was way too good for Mr. Picky. Interesting wine list with local options. Pleasant outside patio. Cons: Mussels were just not top quality, Indian-spiced halibut was nice but not worth $28, my one bite of steak had way too much green peppercorn taste. Service was pleasant but slow.

Grand Pre: The café at the Evangeline Motel: PIE. Only had it at breakfast when it was left over from the day before, still worth ordering. Also toast came with 2 kinds of homemade jam. Breakfast was basic and nicely done. The non-breakfast menu is small and light, mainly sandwiches and the like and one daily special, and they close at 7. Not licensed.

Hall’s Harbor Lobster Pound: What it says. Reasonable for lobster I thought (can’t remember prices), properly cooked (boiled only). Sides are a bit $ for what you get (really liked the coleslaw though, not too mayo’d). A liter of very decent local white (Jost) for $23 or so. Bottled water only. Beautiful setting, touristy gift shop. Kitchen closes at 7.

Canning: Fireside Café, Home of Al’s Homestyle Sausages. Terrific sausages. He smokes his own too. We tried bratwurst, smoked kielbasa, loukanika, all good, and nice side salads. Took quite a while to get our takeout order though. Same person who recommended Fireside said another place across the street and a bit south was good too, can’t remember the name, did not try.

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