Restaurants in Nova Scotia
Expect to find plenty of fresh seafood on the menu at Nova Scotia restaurants. Travelers will revel in the abundance of just-caught Atlantic lobster and Digby scallops, gracing dishes like mussel salad, Acadian seafood stew and lobster chowder. Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley also provides much of the region's fresh produce, from blueberries to fiddleheads, and celebrates its robust apple harvest each year with a four-day Apple Blossom Festival. No visitor should leave Nova Scotia without visiting one of the province's ubiquitous farmers' markets, where vendors supply the freshest local tastes. Fancy a tipple? Nova Scotia is also home to a number of breweries, distilleries and wineries, which supply whiskey, wine and amber ale to suit all tastes.
Nova Scotia's abundance of fresh local produce doesn't diminish the province's flair for international cuisine, evident in the many cosmopolitan restaurants dotting the coastline. To sample French cooking at its finest, visit Fleur de Sel, which serves up local delicacies and organic produce served in a bright and lively dining room. The shabby-chic Bicycle Thief, a favorite among local foodies, offers a modern twist on seafood staples, including polenta with wild mushroom ragout, pistachio-honey roasted salmon and pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin. Read on to discover the best restaurants in Nova Scotia.
Chef-owner Earlene Busch will whip up a four-course meal, including a surprisingly good dessert of cheesecake with chanterelle sauce.
Siblings Heather, Raylene, and Cookie Rankin, of the well-known Celtic singing trio the Rankin Sisters, recently renovated Mabou's Red Shoe Pub. The haute pub cuisine includes Acadian tourtière (meat pie) and fresh beer-battered haddock.