Eat your way across the Island
The opportunities for good eating on PEI are many and varied, so pace yourself carefully to fully enjoy all our wonderful food experiences.
Begin with a memorable breakfast served at your B&B, then travel on, aiming for a lunch stop in Cardigan or or in the town of Souris. Or enjoy a fine luncheon on the deck overlooking the Montague River. Work up an appetite paddling or cycling, test the wines produced at Rossignol Winery in Little Sands, take a little rest break and appear for your dinner reservations at the Inn at Bay Fortune or Stillwaters Fine Foods & Spirits at Brudenell River Resort.
Fine, inexpensive breakfasts are served at places like Sams or Maid Marions, but start early since you will want to interrupt your city tour for a coffee break at one of the many coffee shops. Lunch could be a tough choice, but one stroll down Victoria Row will offer plenty of options for pleasant al fresco dining, quite likely with musical accompaniment. Take a mid-afternoon break with snacks and lemonade or beer down at the waterfront while you enjoy watching the sailboats in the harbour. What about dinner at the Culinary Institute of Canada, the training ground of many of the fine Island chefs who will be treating you over the next few days? (Other excellent choices include the Merchantman, Sirenella, Lot 30, The Selkirk, Mavors, and the Claddagh Room, to name only a few within a small downtown area. Ask any Islander and you are sure to receive a long list of their favourite restaurants!)
Breakfast at Café on the Clyde at the PEI Preserve Co. in New Glasgow where you can have gourmet jam on your toast. Consider picking up the ingredients for a picnic lunch on the shore: Gouda from the Cheese Lady, fresh bread from a roadside bakery, pick your own strawberries, raspberries or wild blueberries fresh from the field, washed down by some J.J. Stewart Root Beer. Or even some Raspberry Cordial, just like Anne of Green Gables! Tonight is a good time to take part in the famous PEI Lobster Supper; there are several in the area, but make sure you are prepared for a major meal of steamed mussels or chowder, salads, the best home-made, steaming hot rolls, home-made pies and of course the lobster. Get on your bib and dig in! (Plan to return to the central north shore as you have in no way exhausted the range of choices here.)
Start out the day cooking your own breakfast over your campsite grill, or in the kitchen of your cozy cottage. As your hunger develops at midday, keep an eye out for any of the smaller roadside restaurants. While in Summerside be sure and check out the great shops at Spinnakers Landing, then dine at one of the many fine restaurants Summerside has to offer. For great pub food, visit the Deckhouse Pub & Eatery or Brothers 2 Restaurant. For more formal dining, you are sure to enjoy the menus at Five Eleven West or Gentleman Jim's Restaurant.
Grab a bagel and coffee at Tim Horton's (it's a modern Maritime tradition!) and drive on. Maybe you want to try some potato snacks at the Canadian Potato Museum topped off by Seaweed Pie at the Irish Moss Museum. An afternoon cycling or hiking in the Tignish area will give you appetite for dinner at the Wind and Reef restaurant at the far north tip of the Island, or if you phone ahead, a customized dinner prepared for you at the Doctor's Inn in Tyne Valley.
Start your day in Victoria by the Sea, where tiny cafes, tea rooms and even a chocolate factory will help fill that empty stomach. Have kids with you? How about PEI Preserve Company for a fun and easy lunch in the central North Shore of PEI. Fine dining at dinner time would be in the gracious dining room of the Dalvay by the Sea Hotel, the stylish surroundings of The Dunes in Brackley, or Shaw's Hotel also in Brackley.
Six days of practically non-stop eating and we still haven't mentioned catching your own supper either on a deep sea fishing excursion or at one of our can't miss you-fish operations. Or the great clam digging, or the hugely entertaining dinner theatres, Cows' Ice Cream or the Farmers Markets. Whatever happens, we can guarantee that you will not go home hungry from Prince Edward Island!