I’m Dining Out Here
by Andrew Sprague
There are so many places I want to go this summer I can barely decide where to start. From one end of the Island to the other, restaurants are calling out to me and my wallet to come pay them a visit, metaphorically, of course. So instead of focusing on one place to go this July, I am going to tell you about three foodie road trips I’m keen to take this summer. Let’s go for a couple drives, shall we?
Tyne Valley has long been one of my favourite little towns on PEI. It’s about a half hour drive west from Summerside. For years it was home to The Landing, one of my most treasured go to, tucked away eateries. The Landing served an eclectic menu of seafood and pub fare. Inside the last year and-a-half the owners decided to rebrand and focus the menu more on burgers and poutine. Backwoods Burger Craft Beer Cookhouse has been getting rave reviews from the day it opened. The poutines look delicious, and in the case of the Bar Clam Poutine, with lemon garlic butter, cheese sauce and green onion, downright intriguing. I can’t wait to try it. For desert, I hope to get to the Tyne Valley Tea and Company Café for their much talked about bread pudding, or for their equally intriguing Eton Mess. After dessert, I might even slide up to Moth Lane Brewery in Ellerslie for an ice cold IPA to finish the day.
Murray Harbour is another of Prince Edward Island’s beautiful seaside towns. For years Brehaut’s Restaurant was one of my favourite places to eat anywhere in the province. They made delicious chowders and fish and chips, not to mention the best milkshakes in Kings County. Brehaut’s has since become The Harbourview and has carried on the tradition, but it’s another restaurant, Number 5 Café, that will see me making the drive this summer. It’s located in what used to be a small church. I’ve been once before and thoroughly enjoyed my meal, and the ambiance. Number 5’s menu includes a variety of Asian style dishes including curries and stir-frys, four burgers, each with a different meat including one made with pulled goat, and a variety of salads. I’d be most tempted to try the Korean Beef with Ginger and Kimchee. To serve the sweet tooth afterward I’d head north to Montague to Windows on the Water for any one of its delicious deserts and the beautiful view of the river. For my night cap, I’d make my first visit to Copper Bottom Brewing for a delicious Copper Bottom Red.
To round out my summer tour I’m heading to the heartland of PEI, with its rolling green hills and stunning viewscapes of patchwork fields and meandering rivers. I’d start with dinner at the Blue Mussel Café in Rustico, but I’d get there super early to get a spot in the ever-present line up, and while I wait, I’ll take stroll along the beach and ponder why it took me so long to come here. I’ll probably have the halibut, if it’s available, or failing that, the Bubbly Bake. When the meal is through I’ll head south to Hunter River for Coconut Cream Pie on the deck at By the River Bakery. To round out the night I’d head further south to Rose Valley, for a growler fill up and a pint at Barnone Brewery. It would have to be a Thursday for that to happen, but it would be a perfect finish to a fine foodie day on PEI.
Andrew Sprague has been writing about food for The Buzz since the turn of the millenium. He is the author of Taste: Recipes from Prince Edward Island’s Best Restaurants (Nimbus, 2006).