I’m Dining Out Here
by Andrew Sprague
I was thinking the other day about all the places I’ve written about over the years. Naturally, that led me to think about all the places I haven’t written about, and the reasons why. After much consideration, I’ve come to certain conclusions about both the restaurants and the reasons. So this month I present my first ever “I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Written About This Place Greatest Hits Spectacular.”
First off, Cedars Eatery. I can’t believe I haven’t written about Cedar’s. There are so many reasons why. For one, what could I tell you that you don’t already know? The place is an institution and I’d be shocked if you haven’t eaten there already and at least really liked it. That kind of defeats the purpose of writing a column. Also, I worked there for a time and I’ve always felt a bit bashful about lavishing praise on the place. But this is a special occasion so let the praise begin. Cedar’s Eatery is awesome and so is Baba’s Lounge. It’s close to my heart as is a rather large chunk of cholesterol that my many meals there over the years have produced. The food is good, if not great. My favourites are kafta, falafel and Grace’s cream of tomato soup which might be the best compliment to a club sandwich in the world. The service is almost always prompt and well, I could go on and on but I should stop. All this gushing is making me nauseous.
Next, I really can’t believe I haven’t written about Churchill Arms. I should have by now. It holds sole dominion over British style curries in Charlottetown, and I love their curries, so why haven’t I written about them? I think it’s because I enjoy a pint there fairly often and the staff really make me feel at home. Maybe a column about the place would contain some detail that someone didn’t like or some little error and suddenly my welcome might be a little frigid. Don’t shit where you eat, or even fart, I say. Just enjoy the food and the company. Really though, if you haven’t tried the chicken korma with rice and chips you should tomorrow. There isn’t a meal like it in town. Oh, and if you want a seat on Wednesdays or Fridays get there early. Wednesdays are 2 for 1 curries and Fridays are, well, Fridays.
Not to be outdone, we have Sheltered Harbour Café in Fortune. This place might be the busiest restaurant on PEI per square foot, and with good reason. For one, there are only two other restaurants within jogging distance and only one of them is open year round. Also, it’s a damn good restaurant with something for everyone on the menu, and I mean everyone. Most restaurants suffer when the menu is too large. But somehow, Sheltered Harbour’s huge menu might be its key to success. After all, when you’re the only show in town you better have variety. I can’t even begin to describe it so you’ll just have to find out for yourself. It’s next to the Ultramar but you can’t smell the gas at all once you’re inside.