I am back in Saint John and I couldn’t be more excited. During my first visit in the summer of 2015, I discovered that Saint John restaurants are the equal to any city I have visited to date. Who knew? I found ten places all within an easy walk of each other plus they are all in the downtown core. I called it the Foodie Mile. Fast forward to 2017 and I am pleased to add four more Saint John restaurants to the list and a fifth out in the suburb of Rothesay. This brings the total places to eat in Saint John to fifteen that I can recommend. From coffee to cocktails, burgers to fine dining, Indian to Thai and everything in between. Your cravings will be satisfied in Saint Awesome!
Thandi 33 Canterbury St – It seems only right that I start with the one restaurant I missed on my first visit that everyone thought I should have visited. Thandi. I popped in for lunch and started off sharing the Indian Platter for Two. Seriously, this could have been my lunch it is so big. It includes Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Kabob, Veg Samosa and an assortment of dipping sauces. Yummy.
For my main meal, I couldn’t resist the recommendation of our waiter and ordered the Mushroom Matar. Full of flavour and very filling.
I see why everyone in Saint John loves Thandi. A true Saint John culinary must visit, and my apologies for missing it the first time around.
Italian By Night 97 Germain St – Formerly located at Urban Deli and only open in the evenings Italian By Night has now got its own dedicated location and its popularity has only increased. If you want great Italian in Saint John this is where you come. If you want a great meal in Saint John this is where you come. Just look at the AFFETTATI E SOTTACETI DELLA CASA which is the house charcuterie and cheese share platter. Complete with olives, pickles and bread it is a feast for your eyes and your tummy.
That is how you should start your evening at Italian By Night. Where you go from there is up to you. Chef and Co-Owner Michelle Hooton changes the menu frequently serving dishes that are authentic and with ingredients that are in season. The two dishes below are great examples. Freshly made Linguine noodles tossed in a light cream sauce with peppers, tomatoes and parma ham. Or the nights special of Lamb perfectly cooked and topped with a delicate but favourful sauce.
Cask & Kettle 112 Prince William St – Formerly known as the Bourbon Quarter the Cask & Kettle is an Irish gastropub that serves up traditional Irish comfort food in the “most Irish city” in Canada. I love the transformation and think the new menu and branding is perfect for Saint John.
It isn’t listed as an appetizer but you can ask for a side of Calcannon to start which is exactly what I did. Trust me you will love it. Calcannon is a mixture of mashed potatoes, cabbage and smoked ham seasoned and served. It is a warm hug from Mom and a guilty treat all wrapped in one dish.
Continuing the dinner theme of comfort I highly recommend Shepherd’s Pie as your main. Made with ground lamb and topped with Mashed Potatoes it is fantastic.
Rogue Coffee Co 36 Grannan St – You know as soon as I heard a new coffee shop had opened up in Saint John I would be there. And I was at least three times. Rogue Coffee is a little hole in the wall coffee shop you will find on Grannan Street. You have to look for it because the street looks like an alley and you may miss it. You will be thrilled once you’ve discovered it though.
Seating is limited so during the winter months it may be a grab and go spot, but in the summer bistro tables and chairs line the alley so it is a great place to sit sip and enjoy a cuppa with some friends.
Now let’s head off to Rothesay for some damn fine Pizza!
Pomodori Pizza 83 Hampton Rd F – Is it worth the drive to Rothesay just for some pizza? Yes! Made to order and wood-fired in under 3 minutes Pomodori crafts a damn fine pizza and one I am sure you will love as much as I do. You can choose from their menu pizzas or mix and match ingredients to create your own masterpiece. You won’t go wrong either way. Try the Thai Chicken for something a bit different, it is amazing.
See I told you that the Saint John restaurants are on par with every other great city. Remember to visit the first list of places I discovered in 2015 as they are all still around and serving up some great food to locals and visitors alike. Happy eating.