Story Ideas – Food
Experience world-class shellfish, locally grown ingredients, and award-winning sips that connect our heritage to our land. The culinary scene on Cape Breton Island is truly unlike anything you have experienced. Experience the fun and deliciousness at the Baddeck lobster dinners. Enjoy a seaside, fine-dining experience at Woodroad, stop in at Neil’s Harbour Chowder House to taste the freshest seafood around, or sit on the patio at Governor’s Pub & Eatery and enjoy some local tunes. With loads of cafés, restaurants, and unique dining experiences to choose from—and countless local producers across the Island—you are in for a taste sensation with every bite!
Baddeck Lobster Suppers
Fresh hard-shell lobster and all you can eat chowder and mussels! Incredible! And while the food is amazing so too are the stories behind the food. Arriving from Scotland in 1828, John Montgomery and his wife planted their roots along the coast of Cape Breton Island, where they farmed the land and fished the waters to provide for their family. The Montgomery men continue to fish these shores today, bringing the finest, fresh lobsters to Baddeck Lobster Suppers.
Neil’s Harbour Chowder House
When locals and visitors alike flock to your restaurant, for some of the freshest seafood around, you know you’ve got a good thing happening. The Chowder House is a hidden gem on the Cabot Trail and fits the bill perfectly. The breathtaking ocean views are only outdone by the brilliantly fresh lobster, steamy bowls of seafood chowder the sweetest crab around and plump, succulent mussels. All served up with pride and in a friendly setting that’s uniquely Neil’s Harbour.
Experience an 18th century “dinner for the poor” at Beggar’s Banquet. Your choice of lobster, crab, halibut or chicken as the main course with soups, salad and dessert round out you meal. You can immerse yourself in 18th century life in the tavern replica as Sabean and her musician entertain you with songs of love and life of an era.
Governors Pub & Eatery
Governors is a superb Cape Breton seafood restaurant renowned for its fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, home-cooked meals and fabulous, friendly service. It’s the perfect blend of world-world charm in a contemporary setting. With casual fine dining on the first floor, a lively Celtic-style pub upstairs that provides musical entertainment most nights of the week, and two patios overlooking Sydney Harbour you’re sure to enjoy.
Restaurant 100 KM uses an amazing variety of local meats, seafood, cheeses, vegetables and fruit from within 100 kilometers to serve an acclaimed regional cuisine that was recognized on Vacay.ca’s list of 50 Top Restaurants in the country. The menu changes daily based upon what is fresh and organic, including handpicked additions like chanterelles.
Each evening’s menu offers unique vegetarian, meat/poultry, and seafood entrées served with house-baked rustic artisan bread. Soups, salads and desserts are also all made in-house. From the sauce making to the plating, the attention to detail stands out, and the relaxed fine dining atmosphere is complete with panoramic mountain views from every table.
Inspired by the seasons, The Bite House is a 12-seat restaurant located in a century-old farmhouse on Cape Breton Island. The food is prepared with the best ingredients the area has to offer – either sourced from small independent farmers, foraged, or grown in our gardens. The Bite House has been mentioned on Food & Wine, Viceland, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Toronto Star, Gourmet Traveller, Huffington Post, Cooking Channel, Food 52, Nuvo Magazine, Matador Network, Unis TV, Crystal Tourism Awards, Honest Cooking, The Kitchn, Travel Maritimes, and Feast Cookbook.