Can you drive from one end of Prince Edward Island to the other in one day? Yes, you can, but why would you want to. It is the smallest province in Canada, but what it lacks in size it makes up with its dozens of near empty beaches, picturesque lighthouses and a great food scene. Love Lobster? Here it is “trap to butter”. In fact, my entire road trip was filled with great meals. From Fish & Chips at a roadside shack to dinner at Canada’s superstar Chef Michael Smith’s restaurant. A great meal is not hard to find in PEI. This is my culinary journey of where to eat in PEI once you get outside of Charlottetown.
Let’s start North of Charlottetown and continue circumnavigating the entire province ending South of Charlottetown. Let the culinary adventure begin.
#1 The Catch Kitchen & Bar 159 Cedar Dunes Park Rd, O’Leary – A short drive from the Westpoint Lighthouse Inn & Museum, this is where you want to enjoy dinner as the sun sets in the West. Spectacular food, a great view and two patios to choose from.
#2 Wind & Reef Restaurant 21817 PE-12, Tignish – If Surf & Turf is your thing you’ll be happy at Wind & Reef Restaurant located within the North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre. Panoramic views of the Gulf of St Lawrence and you are surrounded by a massive wind farm.
#3 The Mill In New Glasgow 5592 Route 13, New Glasgow – Want to avoid the crowds of Cavendish and enjoy a great farm to table meal with the freshest PEI ingredients? Try the elevated comfort food on offer at The Mill in New Glasgow.
#4 Glasgow Glen Farm 190 PE-258, New Glasgow – Gouda. Pizza. Wood fire oven. Combine all three and you have Glasgow Glen Farm where you made to order pizza topped with their very own Gouda Cheese. Ooey Gooey Good!
#5 Dave’s Lobster 8779 Route #6 Avonlea Village – There are lots of restaurants to choose from in Avalon Village near Lucy Maude Montgomery’s famous Green Gables. If you want Lobster then Dave’s Lobster will not disappoint. Plenty others to choose from as well including COWS Ice Cream and a great coffee shop.
#6 Richard’s Fresh Seafood 9 Wharf Rd, York – Possibly the best fish n’ chips I’ve eaten in a long time. There will be a wait but it is worth it. And it’s close to Brackley Beach so you can grab some to go.
#7 Shipwreck Point Cafe 384 Harbour Rd, Souris – Simple, honest almost diner style food with low prices. It is nothing fancy but it’s good and it is cheap!
#8 Fireworks at The Inn At Bay Fortune 758 Route 310, Souris – What do you get when you pair a superstar Chef, 10 acres of farm and direct access to the best seafood around? Chef Michael Smith’s Fireworks at The Inn At Bay Fortune. There is only one seating per night so don’t be late!
#9 #5 Cafe 5 Church St, Murray Harbour – Fresh, homemade and delicious. Three words I could not use enough when describing the meal I had at #5 Cafe in Murray Harbour. Leave room for dessert as they are of the chain good.
Hmmm I think I want to go back and do this culinary road trip again. Do you have some favourite spots that should be on my next where to eat in PEI list? Keep in my I know I missed a few as, well, I only have so much room to eat every day. At least you know you won’t go hungry when you next explore Prince Edward Island.