Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada. Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Campbell River, British Columbia, which sits midway up the inland side of Vancouver Island.
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Shot in the Dark is so named for a heart-speeding double espresso dropped into a cup of coffee—it’s a local favourite amongst those on their way to work. You won’t find anything too off the beaten breakfast path (menu options include eggs Benedict, omelets and two eggs), but the people watching will show you a slice of island life.
Shot in the Dark, 940 North Island Highway, Campbell River, B.C., 250-287-7414
No visit to a coastal town is complete without indulging in fish and chips, and while one would easily become a connoisseur just by stopping along in each town on the island’s waterfront highway, Dick’s Fish & Chips is the establishment against which all others are judged. Line ups for take out or outdoor dining—with views of Discovery Passage and Quadra Island—are standard. Situated next to the ferry which pinballs between Campbell River and Quadra, you’ll often see ferry goers run from the boat lineup in pursuit of Dick’s. The batter is light and lemony which allows the freshness of the fish to shine. And of course, whether you get cod or halibut, it’s served with fresh-cut chips in a traditional paper cone, which you can rest in the holes cut into the tables of the floating patio.
Dick’s Fish & Chips, 1003B Island Highway, Campbell River, B.C., 250-287-3336
Along the marina sits the Riptide Marine Pub. With local and organic ingredients, the menu offers many of the Island’s delicacies, sometimes with an Asian twist. The Smoked Tuna Salad offers gorgeous slices of seared tuna and greens in a ginger dressing. The Prawn Ton Rockets feature giant prawns wrapped in a crunchy wonton and served with a chili lime sauce and they’re great for sharing. And while the entrées lean towards classic pub fare, there’s also some lamb, snapper and short ribs to be had. With many of the diners popping in after docking their boat, you’ll find it a rather laid back spot, which is fairly indicative of Campbell River on the whole.
Riptide Marine Pub, 1340 Island Highway, Campbell River, B.C., 250-830-0044