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Hot Dining: Delicious (and Affordable!) Brown Bag Lunch

On the go? Try the "Brown Bag Lunch" from The Whalesbone.

Lunchtime got a whole lot more interesting when The Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply started doing its take-away “Brown Bag Lunch.” As the retail shop to its fine dining sister restaurant, The Whalesbone Oyster House, this is the place to go for a hearty fish sandwich. There are three types on offer (selection changes by availability), but we love the smoked tuna with capers and tangy sauce. Hot tip: Tuesdays are “Chowdah Chewsdays,” so you can get a free cup of chowder when you buy a large sandwich. Sandwiches start at $8, lunch is offered Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 2pm. 504-A Kent St., 613-231-3474.

Zagat Rates PEI a Top Foodie Spot

Those famous PEI mussels (Photo by ulterior epicure)

Restaurant-rating company Zagat has named Prince Edward Island one of its eight favourite foodie destinations around the world, calling the tiny island province a “shellfish junkie’s dream”. (more…)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Stratford, Ontario

Photo by Mandeep Flora

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada. Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Stratford, in southwestern Ontario, known for its picturesque streets, Shakespeare festival and modern-day Romeo, Justin Bieber.

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By Waheeda Harris


Despite this resto’s moniker, the first meal of the day can be savoury and sweet at Let Them Eat Cake. Choose from a multitude of options such as the de rigeur eggs and toast, eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes or Stratford scrambles to make sure you get protein, carbs, vitamins and minerals in one bite. Head over to the town’s main street, Ontario Street, pick up a Balzac’s Coffee and stroll the strip of boutiques and galleries.

Let Them Eat Cake, 23 Albert Street, Stratford, 519-508-2253


For the midday break, choose from the sustainable and tasty fish and seafood options at Simple Fish and Chips. From the traditional battered halibut or haddock, diners can also choose from Ontario lake yellow perch and lake pickerel, lobster risotto, mac ‘n’ cheese, pot pie or halibut dishes inspired by spicy Indian, Thai or Jamaican influences. Walking along the Avon River and admiring the swans will be a perfect post-lunch afternoon excursion.

Simple Fish and Chips, 118 Downie Street, Stratford, 519-275-0400


Reward yourself before or after a visit to the Stratford Festival with a sumptuous meal at this modern French bistro. The daily menu reflects the seasonal offerings of Perth County and the inventiveness of Chef Aaron Linley, and the pretty interior and excellent service is sure to put any diner at ease. Save room for a sweet treat to finish the meal, made in-house by Chef Bronwyn Linley (Aaron’s wife).

Bijou, 105 Erie Street, Stratford, 519-273-5000

Road Trip: New Brunswick’s Acadian Coastal Drive

Photo by Tim Johnson

By Tim Johnson

As rich in culture as it is natural beauty, New Brunswick’s Acadian Coastal Drive offers a lovely mix of sun-kissed beaches, delicious roadside cuisine and the wonderful joie de vivre of the Acadiens. Although it’s just 150 kilometres from Moncton to Miramichi, you should take your time and enjoy—split the drive into two or three days to make sure you properly soak up the sun, tucking into some poutine râpée and seafood pizza along the way. (more…)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Saint John, New Brunswick

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada.  Have a tip for your city? Let us know on Twitter or on Facebook.  Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The patio at Saint John Ale House.


Hot Dining: Alongside the Sea

Lobster fresh from the tank at Waterfront Warehouse.

•    Located along the harbour-side boardwalk on Lower Water Street, Waterfront Warehouse offers lobster fresh from the tank, golden fish and chips, heaping bowls of mussels and more.

•    Perched at the end of a pier on Lower Water Street, Murphy’s at the Cable Wharf boasts some of the downtown’s best harbour views, with the ocean on three sides.

•    Located in the middle of the Historic Properties, Salty’s on the Waterfront is one of the area’s most popular restaurants, with a large patio just steps from the boardwalk.

Hot Dining: New in Town

Bouillabaisse from The Shore Club.

In September 2010, the city got a new addition to its fine dining scene when The Shore Club opened in the Westin Hotel. Originally started in Vancouver, the restaurant made a name for itself based on its steak and seafood. Particularly popular is their signature bouillabaisse, filled with almost every type of seafood in the kitchen and finished with a saffron broth. With an elegant – yet modern – interior, this is the place to go whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or getting together for after work drinks. 11 Colonel By Dr., 613-569-5050.

Hot Dining: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Photo: Communications Nova Scotia

Beloved by the Hali-famous, The Wooden Monkey counts local-girl-made-good Ellen Page among its legions of fans. The Grafton Street bistro gets raves for its unreserved championing of organic, macrobiotic, and locally grown flavours. The Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder is unforgettable; the Sweet Apple Salad is a unique showcase of a provincial specialty.

2010 Dining Guide: Surf and Turf

For a classic dinner of steak or seafood, these restaurants are hard to top.