Grannan’s – St. John, NB


Grannan’s Seafood Restaurant
1 Market Square
St. John, NB E2L 4S6
(506) 634 – 1555

We happened to come across Grannan’s as we were exploring the water-front next to Market Square in the historic downtown of St. John, NB.  A seafood restaurant located on the water – should be good, right?

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The menu was a little confusing, as the options were all over the map: Thai shrimp, Cajun calamari, spanakopita, mozza sticks,  seafood crepe, maple curry pasta, and an assortment of steaks, seafood and sandwiches. Ultimately, we figured the ‘Grannan Signatures’ would be the safest bet.

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Off Broadway – Charlottetown, PEI


Off Broadway Restaurant
125 Sydney Street
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 1G5
(902) 566-4620

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After a few hours of exploring Old Charlottetown on foot, the sun was starting to fall out of the sky and we happened to find ourselves at Off Broadway Restaurant (which matched one of the places I had scribbled down from my quick search earlier that morning). With no reservations, we were still able to get a table in the back of the restaurant.  Exposed brick and dark woods made for a romantic space.

The featured Table d’Hote,  and accompanying wine flight ($18) seemed interesting, but I still had oysters on my mind from earlier that day, and a desire to try the local scallops.  My wife on the other hand, just couldn’t pass up anything with lobster.

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McDonalds – Antigonish, NS


McDonalds Restaurant
37 James Street
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
(902) 863-4484

After a ferry ride across the Northumberland Strait from PEI to Nova Scotia, we continued to head east towards Cape Breton Island.  As we approached the city of Antigonish, we saw a sign for the McLobster.

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I have a rule when travelling:  Never eat at a chain which I can find back home.  This was the FIRST time that I have ever broken my rule, as my curiosity just got the better of me.

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Carr’s Oyster Bar – Stanley Bridge, PEI


Carr’s Oyster Bar Restaurant & Lounge
Stanley Bridge Wharf, Route 6
Stanley Bridge, PEI
(902) 886-3355

Traveling without an itinerary is my favorite way to travel; however, there occasionally comes a time when you’re stuck trying to find accommodations in the dead of night, or trying to find something to eat with no idea where to go.

The latter was the case on this particular day, as we were exploring the western coast of PEI.  As it was off-season for tourists – we were having a hard time finding a restaurant which was still open, when we stumbled upon Carr’s.

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Perched next to Stanley Bridge Harbour, the view of the boats and dock are framed beautifully from within the restaurant.  The shucking station is the first thing you see when entering the premises – where staff were busy prying open fresh shellfish.

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Water Prince – Charlottetown, PEI


Water Prince Corner Shop
141 Water Street
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 1A8
(902) 368-3212

http://www.waterprincelobster.ca

Continuing our trek eastbound, we crossed the Confederation bridge from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island (FYI: it is free to get onto the island, but you pay for the ’round-trip’ when leaving).  As we headed to Charlottetown, we lost count of how many signs we saw advertising lobster, so we figured it was about time that we focus on finding somewhere to feast on one of these sea critters.

Almost every lobster experience of mine has been with hot lobster (boiled/steamed/bbq), so for a change of pace, I was on a hunt for chilled lobster.  Our destination this afternoon was the Water Prince Corner Shop, located in Old Charlottetown.

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Part store, and part restaurant, but all amazing seafood.  We started with a cup of the Water Prince’s Homemade Seafood Chowder and biscuit.  This was the most flavourful bowl of chowder that I’ve had in a very long time.  Perfectly seasoned, beautifully creamy, packed with a variety of seafood, and all of the ingredients still identifiable (including bits of lobster).

Moving to the Deluxe Seafood Platter, it comprised of half a chilled lobster, Northumberland Scallops – lightly breaded and fried, and a heaping pile of Island Blue Mussels.  The mussels were juicy, tender and were best when the shell still contained a little bit of the cooking liquid, the fried thin breading on the scallop added a perfect texture to the plump scallop (as if it were perfectly seared).  Last but definitely not least – was the lobster.  I cannot describe how amazingly sweet this lobster tasted.  Good to the last leg.

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In an attempt to compare hot vs. cold, we also ordered a 1.5lb Boiled Atlantic Lobster. This lobster was served with a heaping pile of mussels, and a high-fashion plastic bib.  There really was no need for the nut-cracker, as they already did a great job of splitting both the body and claws for you.  Does life get any better than this?

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When we finally picked out the last morsel of meat – my vote went to towards the chilled lobster (as the sweetness seemed much more prominent), where my wife preferred the hot lobster.

As we’re tied for votes – I’m curious what your preference is on this topic?

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Captain Bob’s – Woodstock, NB


Captain Bob’s Takeout
3512, Rte 585
Woodstock, New Brunswick

Traveling along the Trans-Canada Highway we left the province of Quebec and entered into New Brunswick.  After quick stops in Edmundston and Grand Falls, we decided to take more scenic secondary highways and visit some of the many small towns along the  St. John River.  After we crossed the longest covered bridge in Hartland a couple times, this sign on the road caught my eye.

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Just in time for lunch – we followed the cookie crumb trail of signs to this shack parked in the driveway of Captain Bob’s home.  A couple of kids were already ahead of us and had ‘honked’ (as per the posted directions) to let the Captain know of our arrival.

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