One of the great things about Fredericton is that everything is a short walk away. Whether it is your morning coffee and croissant, or a pint of local Craft Beer to go with your burger, they are all just steps away from your hotel. During my week long visit to the capital of New Brunswick, I’ve lots of opportunities to check out the Food and Drink scene and here and this is what I’ve found for you. Eight places that answer the question where to eat in Fredericton and I’ve even found the best coffee in town, in my opinion anyway.
UPDATED – An additional 4 restaurants have been added to my list here
1. First let’s start with Chess Piece Patisserie and Cafe. This is the place I spent the most time in. In fact, you could find me here at least twice a day. First thing in the morning for my coffee and croissant and later in the day for another coffee and perhaps a pastry or two. Baker/Owner Patti has created something special with this cafe, and I am pleased to say I was there to congratulate her on reaching their 1-year Anniversary on July 12th. Of course, I celebrated by buying some pastries. A visit to Fredericton is not complete without a visit to Chess Piece.
2. The James Joyce Pub in the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook offers what you expect from a pub, comfortable seats, good food and beer, plenty of beer. What makes the James Joyce a place to visit is that it offers the largest selection of local Craft Beer, Cider, and Mead all made in New Brunswick. The food is a step above your normal Pub Grub as well. If you are new to New Brunswick Beer then may I suggest you try a sampler flight. I enjoyed one of Beer and another one of Mead!
3. A visit to Atlantic Canada without a taste of Lobster is like coming to BC and not having any Salmon. There are lots of places to have a Lobster Roll, but I think for an experience you need to visit the Cabin Restaurant. It is very old school. The decor reminds me of a Diner and the prices and service match. Everything is made in-house, that includes milkshakes, pies and, of course the Lobster Roll. You’ll thank me after you visit this place.
4. When the Sun is shining, and the work bell strikes closing time you will find a big part of Fredericton hanging out at The Lunar Rogue Pub patio. Even from across the street you can tell this is the place to hang out with the locals. Nightly specials are always on point and if you like Whiskey they boast the biggest Whiskey Bible in all of New Brunswick with over 500 types available to sample. I’ll stick with a pint of Picaroons Door Yard Summer Ale and a plate of Nachos that wins the best Nachos I’ve ever had prize. I had to finish the Nachos with a fork I ran out of chips.
5. BrewBakers is almost an institution in Fredericton. One the ground floor is their Pub and street level patio called The Ale House while upstairs on the second level is their casual dining restaurant called BrewBakers. Open concept kitchen plus great food and drinks make for a fun local hangout.
If it is your first time here, then there is only one dish on the menu you should try, the Maple Curry Chicken Penne. They’ve tried to take it off the menu, but it started a flood of phone calls to the restaurant so for the past 12 years it has become their signature dish. It’s delicious!
6. If you are looking for a great Burger in Fredericton, you will have great success, but at 540 Kitchen & Bar you will find one that I think is particularly good. A lunch hot spot this place fills up quickly so get there early or wait till after the rush has calmed down. I went with a couple of friends, and we all hand the same thing, the Diner Burger with Fries. Add Bacon, Cheddar, and a Trailway Ella Blonde and you have a perfect lunch.
7. When you walk around Downtown Fredericton, you can’t help but see the red and white Lighthouse. It is called Lighthouse on the Green, and it boasts the best patio view in all of town. It doesn’t have a fancy menu, but the view more than makes up for it. After lunch treat yourself to some Ice Cream, and you’ve had a perfect visit in my opinion.
8. Last but not least is one of the newest places to open in Fredericton, a Wine Bar called Corked. Technically it has just reopened under the new ownership of Charlotte. When I arrived in Fredericton, I passed by it on my first day and just as I was ending my week it reopened. Charlotte has big plans for Corked but is taking her time to do things right and create the Wine Bar that is perfect for Fredericton locals and wine enthusiast tourists like me. I can’t wait to see how she transform it when I come back. It’s still worth a visit now though so go on and get Corked.
I have one last treat for you; it is an exclusive product available only in Fredericton at the moment. At Real Food Connections, they are making Beer Freezies! Yes, you heard me right, Beer Freezies. I heard about this place, tracked them done and met Levi, the founder and inventor of the Beer Freezie. Check them out.
Does it get any better than that? Bon Appetit in Fredericton. It does, here are four new additions to where to eat in Fredericton.