Nova Scotia Food Guide: 12 Must-Try Food & Drinks and Where To Find Them

Pedestrian Sea Bridge in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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When people think of Nova Scotia food, they immediately think seafood, lots and lots of it! And while Nova Scotia is world-renowned for its seafood, the province is also known for other dishes from its history with the French, Scottish and Greeks.

In this food guide, I’m covering the best of both with some must-try foods in Nova Scotia from Lobster and Digby Scallops to Rappie Pie and Oatcakes, along with drinks that are specific to Nova Scotia.

Scallops and Shellfish Boil at Shuck Seafood Halifax

I did a Nova Scotia food trip for 7 days, starting from Halifax then counter-clockwise around the Western region: Wolfville, Digby, Yarmouth, Argyle, Barrington, Summerville, Lunenburg then back. Let’s just say I was in SEAFOOD HEAVEN as usual.

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Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua holding bucket with lobster and corn at Argyler Restaurant in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Me on a seafood diet in Nova Scotia. I sea food and I eat it.

I was on a mission to try not just different Nova Scotia foods, but also the different varieties in how they make them. Therefore, you’ll also see how many ways the same food can be served, along with some of the best restaurants and places in Nova Scotia to try them!

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Note: The list of Nova Scotia Food & Drinks in this guide only includes ones that I have tried and restaurants I have personally visited. This guide will be updated as I explore more local foods in Nova Scotia so be sure to save/pin/bookmark the page!


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What makes Nova Scotia Food Culture?

Nova Scotia’s food and drink culture is created by the mix of its agriculture, the surrounding water, and cuisines brought about by settlers and immigrants from their home countries and adapted to Nova Scotia.

On top of all this, new chefs and food trends bring about unique and creative dishes using Maritimes-specific ingredients. Whether it’s your first time to Nova Scotia or a foodie wanting to eat, Nova Scotia surprises you with its food & drink offerings.

Plated Boiled Lobsters at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Centreville, Nova Scotia

Agriculture

With 995,943 acres of farmlands in Nova Scotia, agriculture is definitely one of the key factors in its cuisine. Fresh produce and meats all help deliver better tastes and a truer farm-to-table experience.

Did you know? Nova Scotia has approximately 3795 farms with an average of 262 acres per farm.

Memorial Church View from Grand Pre Park in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Grand Pre Park

Water

Being almost entirely surrounded by the sea with 13,300 km of saltwater and freshwater coastline, Nova Scotia’s seafood is among the best in the world, accounting for more than $2 billion in exports which makes it Canada’s leader in seafood export.

Nova Scotia’s waters also led to ports and harbours which paved way for settlers that started colonies in the lands and brought about new cuisines to the province.

Framing the Fish Shack in Blue Rocks Island, Nova Scotia
Blue Rocks Fishing Village

The Acadians

The Acadians are French colonists that established permanent European settlements in Port Royal, Nova Scotia (although it wasn’t Nova Scotia yet at that time) in 1605.

Before Acadia was overruled by the British, the Acadians were able to create Acadian cuisine to the lands, but adapted to incorporate the agriculture and seafood available in Nova Scotia.

Memorial Church at Grand Pre National Historic Site in Nova Scotia
Grand Pre National Historic Site

Acadian communities still exist in Nova Scotia today, and they live closer to the ocean with lobster-fishing being their main industry. Acadian cuisine lives on as well through the communities and Acadian descendants.

Acadian-made row boats at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse in Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia
Acadian-made row boats at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse

The Scots

In the 1770s, Scots settlers, mostly from the north-western coast of Scotland, established communities in both Pictou and Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

Though a lot of the settlers scattered outside Nova Scotia following poor crops and a weak economy, a strong concentration still exists in Cape Breton Islands that continue to keep the Gaelic culture and cuisine alive.

Did you know? The name Nova Scotia is Latin for ‘New Scotland’.

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Best Things To Eat in Nova Scotia

Here’s the list of must-try local Nova Scotia foods and where to eat them all around Nova Scotia.

Did you know? Nova Scotia Food definitely has a lot of seafood dishes, but technically the only dishes that are officially unique-to-Nova Scotia are donair, creamed lobster and rappie pie.

Nova Scotia Lobster

Lobster is perhaps the most popular food in Nova Scotia. Whenever I tell people I’m visiting Nova Scotia, the most common response is “Enjoy a lot of lobster!” or “Bring me back some lobster!”

It’s no denying that the lobster industry is huge in Nova Scotia. As a matter of fact, the Municipality of Barrington is known as The Lobster Capital of Canada.

Lady holding 13 pound massive lobster at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Nova Scotia

Did you know? The Guinness World Record for the largest caught lobster was set in Nova Scotia. The lobster caught in 1977 and weighed 44 lbs 6 oz (20.14 kg).

Something unique to Nova Scotia is The Nova Scotia Lobster Trail, which has dozens of restaurants, retail and fisheries that feature some of the freshest lobster dishes and lobster-related experiences in the Province. You’ll find some of them covered in this guide, but you can also visit their website for more information.

The Lunenburger (Lobster + Beef) at the Grand Banker in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Though lobster is harvested and available year-round in Nova Scotia, each area has different times when lobster is in season. It’s funny to think that lobster now is considered high-end that people pay good money for when, back in the day, lobsters were considered poor man’s food and were served in prisons.

I had my best lobster in Nova Scotia, and I love how many different ways you can have lobster in the province so you don’t get tired and feel like you’re eating the same thing all the time.

Cracked Lobster at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Nova Scotia

Where To Eat Lobster in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best restaurants to try different lobster dishes in Halifax, Wolfville, Centreville, Argyle, Digby, Barrington, Summerville and Lunenburg.

Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar

There’s no shucking around with the seafood at Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar in downtown Halifax. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you’re greeted with a seafood display with fresh fish and shellfish to enjoy in a sea-inspired interior.

Fresh Lobster on Seafood Display at Shuck Halifax

When at Shuck, you’ll want to get their Shuck Boil, which is Nova Scotia seafood heaven in a dish: full lobster, mussels, clams, Jonah crab, baby potato, house sausage, seasonal veggies, and garlic texas toast.

The boil sauce, tossed tableside, is a reduction from seafood, white wine, black garlic and chive butter.

Seafood Boil at Shuck Halifax
Shuck Boil ($46) – full lobster, mussels, clams, canner lobster, baby potato, house sausage, seasonal veggies, black garlic & chive butter, garlic texas toast

You can enjoy the seafood at Shuck even better knowing they’re caught sustainably by Afishionado Fishmongers in Halifax, who is Ocean Wise certified.

Pouring the Shellfish Boil on a platter at Shuck Halifax
Shuck Boil ($46) – full lobster, mussels, clams, canner lobster, baby potato, house sausage, seasonal veggies, black garlic & chive butter, garlic texas toast

Website / Address: 5120 Salter St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0A1


The Bicycle Thief

If you’re looking for where to eat along the Halifax Waterfront, one of most popular restaurants is The Bicycle Thief, which serves North American food with Italian twists, while overlooking the Halifax Harbour.

Noodle Lifting Lobster Linguine at The Bicycle Thief in Halifax, Nova Scotia

One of the best-selling dishes at The Bicycle Thief is their Linguine all’Aragosta, which comes with chunks of Nova Scotia lobster. You’ll love this!

Lobster Pasta at The Bicycle Thief in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Linguine all’Aragosta ($24) with local Lobster, San Marzano tomato, garlic, Vino bianco, cream, Parmigiano

Website / Address: 1475 Lower Water St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3Z2


The Split Crow Pub

With all the seafood, Nova Scotia is known for its seafood chowder as well. Best of all, most of the seafood chowders typically have lobster in them!

One of the most unique places to have them is at The Split Crow Pub, the oldest pub in Halifax dating back to 1749 when it was called “The Spread Eagle”.

The bar at The Split Crow Pub in Halifax, Nova Scotia

At The Split Crow Pub, the Queen’s County Chowder has chunks of lobster. The broth itself was stewed with the lobster shell along with white fish, root vegetables, canned milk. some wine and a touch of Old Bay seasoning.

According to Rachael of Halifax Local Tasting Tours, the chowder at The Split Crow Pub is an authentic Nova Scotia chowder that’s the closest version she’s found to what her mom used to make.

Nova Scotia chowder uses canned milk as the base back in the day because it is more reheatable and less expensive than cream. This is why this version of chowder is less thick in consistency than what we’re used to now.

Spoonful of Potatoes and Lobster from Seafood Chowder at The Split Crow Pub Halifax
Queen’s County Chowder ($13) – The Crow’s signature recipe: Lobster, haddock & potatoes in a creamy broth

Website / Address: 1855 Granville St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3L7


Goldwater Seafoods

One of the most popular lobster dishes in the Canadian Maritimes and US New England is the lobster roll, grilled hot dog-style bun with an opening on top filled with lobster meat.

The best lobster roll I had in my Nova Scotia trip was at Goldwater Seafoods at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market during EAT Halifax Tour with Taste Halifax Food and Beer Tours.

It had the best overall score for my criteria for lobster roll: the lobster meat, the mayo + garnishes, and the bun.

Lobster Roll at Goldwater Seafoods at Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
Lobster Roll

Website / Address: Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, 1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P8


Halls Harbour Lobster Pound

You cannot go to Nova Scotia without having a traditional lobster dinner, boiled or steamed lobster in its shell and served with warm melted butter.

One of the best restaurants in Nova Scotia for a traditional lobster meal is at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Centreville, located right at Halls Harbour overlooking Bay of Fundy.

It’s a fun activity to have your lobster dinner at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound: Choose your lobster. Put it in a tray. Pay the cashier. Bring the tray to the cookhouse to cook. Then, wait to be served.

One Plate of Boiled Lobster with Butter at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Nova Scotia
Small Lobster Meal ($28.95) – approximately 1-1.25lbs with melted butter, lobster bib, choice of side, and roll or coleslaw

Sit at the patio to have a delicious Bay of Fundy lobster meal while seeing the low and high tides on the harbour. Tourists flock here during low tides to see boats standing on the shore like below.

Low Tide at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Nova Scotia

Website / Address: 1157 W Halls Harbour Rd, Centreville, Nova Scotia B0P 1J0


The Little Fish Oyster Bar

When I visited Halifax back in 2017, I dined at one of the best restaurants in Halifax for lobster, The Little Fish Oyster Bar at The Five Fishermen. And it was one of the best lobsters I’ve ever had!

Half Lobster from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax
Cracked Lobster with drawn butter

Website / Address: 1740 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B6


Blomidon Inn Restaurant

When I visited Wolfville, I stayed at the historic Blomidon Inn. This restored 19th Century Sea Captain’s mansion has a well-known restaurant focused on local Nova Scotia seafood, produce and drinks.

The Lobster Linguine was delicious, and portions were generous. The linguine pasta was housemade, and the horseradish cream was unique!

Lobster Linguine Pasta at Blomidon Inn Restaurant in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Lobster Linguine ($30) – Lobster pieces, linguine, tomato & scallions in horseradish cream

Website / Address: 195 Main St, Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1C3


The Crow’s Nest

When you visit Nova Scotia, you’ll be on a roll with fresh seafood! Checked out one of Digby’s best restaurants, The Crow’s Nest, a waterfront restaurant that also has accommodations.

Did you know? The Crow’s Nest is soon to be featured on Food Network Canada’s Big Food Bucket List with John Catucci.

The Lobster Roll here has lots of sweet chunks of lobster meat. If you like your lobster roll with less mayo, be sure to let them know as there is quite a bit on theirs.

Lobster on Toasted Bun at The Crow's Nest in Digby, Nova Scotia
Lobster Roll ($18) – lobster mixed with mayo on a toasted New England style bun

Their seafood chowder is quite popular with generous portions of lobster, haddock and scallops. The soup is deliciously rich but on the milkier texture as typical with traditional Nova Scotia chowder.

Haddock, Scallops and Lobster Chowder at The Crow's Nest Digby
Seafood Chowder ($10) – cup of chowder with haddock, scallops and lobster

Website / Address: 40 Water St, Digby, Nova Scotia B0V 1A0


Tusket Island Tours

One of the unique things to do in Yarmouth and Acadian Shores region of Nova Scotia is the Tusket Island Tours, where you embark on a fishing boat with brothers Lucien and Simon LeBlanc.

During the boat tour through the islands, you’ll learn about the lobster fishermen’s life, along with the culture and history on these islands.

Old man ready to take live lobster from staff at Tusket Island Tours in Wedgeport, Nova Scotia

The tour departs Wedgeport Wharf at 10:30am. For lunch, you’ll duck on Big Tusket Island where you’ll be eating fresh local seafood chowder, which has lobster, at the LeBlanc’s own private fishing shanty and workshops.

Scallop and Lobster from Chowder at Tusket Island Tours Lunch in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
The Dock and Lobster Traps at Big Tusket Island in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Lobster Traps

After lunch, you’ll get to enjoy live entertainment by Simon as you sail back to Wedgeport Dock by around 2:30pm.

Simon LeBlanc of Tusket Island Tours playing the guitar

Website / Address: 142 Jacquard Rd, Arcadia, Nova Scotia B0W 1B0


Argyler Lodge & Restaurant

When in Argyle, I stayed at the Argyler Lodge where I enjoyed dining with beautiful panoramic views.

Door Frame during Sunset at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia

An authentic Nova Scotia lobster dinner comes as part of the Ultimate Lobster Bay & Tusket Island Tour package offered by the Argyler Lodge. A great way to get the best of both.

Nova Scotian Lobster Dinner at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotian Lobster Dinner as part of the Ultimate Lobster Bay & Tusket Island Tour Package: Lobster, Clams, Mussels, Garlic & Dill Boiled Potatoes, and Corn on the Cob

Outside the indoor dining room is a covered veranda where you can also enjoy your food with unobstructed views.

Lobster Dinner with view of Lobster Bay and Flowers at Argyler Restaurant in Argyle, Nova Scotia

The hearty seafood chowder here also has lobster.

Creamed Seafood Chowder at Argyler Lodge & Restaurant in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Seafood Chowder ($10) – Haddock, scallops, lobster in a creamed broth

Check pricing and availability of Argyler Lodge on Booking.com

Website / Address: 52 Ye Old Argyle Rd, Lower Argyle, Nova Scotia B0W 1W0


Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack

Ask locals where to eat in Barrington, the Lobster Capital of Canada, and you’ll most likely hear Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack

A must-try is their award-winning Lobster Roll, which took first place in the first annual South Shore Lobster Crawl Lobster Roll Challenge in 2018. According to Chef Adam Wolkins, “If you come in today, the lobster in your roll came out of the ocean [that] morning.”

Travelling Foodie Tip: If you’re not a fan of celery, ask them to have it on the side because they do put quite a bit.

Lobster Roll at Capt. Kat's Lobster Shack in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia
Cold Lobster Roll! ($23) – local lobster, baby spinach, celery, green onion & mayo on a buttery, grilled bun served with fries & slaw.

Website / Address: 3723 Highway 3, Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia B0W 1G0


The Quarterdeck Grill

At Summerville Centre, I stayed at The Quarterdeck Beachside Villas and Grill, located right at the shoreline on Summerville Beach with mile white sand, waves splashing over rocks and wonderful ocean views.

The Quarterdeck Beachside Villas during sunset in Summerville Centre, Nova Scotia

Right next to the beachside villas is the Quarterdeck Grill, offering classic Nova Scotia food with a modern take.

The Summerville Seafood Chowder here had the most Nova Scotia seafood I’ve had, including lobster.

Seafood Chowder at The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville Centre, Nova Scotia
Summerville Seafood Chowder ($15) – Scallops, Haddock, Cold Water Shrimp and Lobster, Garnished with Mussels

Website / Address: 7499 Lighthouse Rte #3, Summerville Centre, Nova Scotia B0T 1T0


Grand Banker Bar & Grill

Located on the waterfront of historic Lunenburg, the Grand Banker Bar & Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and even more now with food instagrammers flocking for their signature dish, The Lunenburger.

The Lunenburger is quite delicious but can also be rich and heavy. I suggest sharing the burger so you can try other dishes.

The entire Lunenburger at Grand Banker in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The Lunenburger ($25) – six ounces of hand formed local ground beef, smoked mozzarella, smoked bacon, baby spinach, garlic aioli, topped with Nova Scotia lobster knuckle and claw meat, and tarragon butter sauce. Served on a local artisan bun and picked with bacon-wrapped scallop

Website / Address: 82 Montague St, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0


Clearwater Seafoods at Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Enjoying Nova Scotia lobster doesn’t need to end when you leave Nova Scotia. You know lobster is such a huge thing when you can buy fresh lobster in a box to take to your flight back home!

Fresh Cooked Lobsters from Clearwater Seafoods at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia

At the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, you can head over to Clearwater Seafoods, located pre-security near domestic/international check-in, where you can buy live and cooked lobsters that are packed for travel.

Travelling Foodie Tip: You can pre-order online and do “Airport Pickup” to save time. Similarly, you can have your order packed up and brought post-security right to you.

Fresh Lobsters in Boxes from Clearwater Seafoods at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia

Website / Address: 1 Bell Blvd, Enfield, Nova Scotia B2T 1K2

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Donair

After seafood, the next most popular Nova Scotia food is the donair, which is the official food of Halifax since 2015. Donair is the Halifax version of a Greek gyro and Turkish doner kebab.

What makes a Donair? It’s a soft pita wrap filled with shaved spiced beef cooked on a spit, raw onions, tomatoes and a sweet garlic sauce. It’s meaty, saucy and messy all-in-one, and both locals and tourists love it.

Donairs have been a popular late-night snack after a night of drinking around Halifax. With its popularity, variations of donair have come about as well, including donair pizza, burgers, eggrolls and poutine.

Donair Taco and Egg Roll from Heritage Kitchen Food Truck in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Donair Taco and Donair Egg Roll

History of Donair

The origin of donair goes back to the Greek immigrants to Halifax. In 1970s, Greek immigrant Peter Gamoulakos wanted to bring Greek gyros to Halifax.

However, local Nova Scotians weren’t open to gyros because of the lamb and tzatziki sauce. Back then, lamb was considered exotic meat. Similarly, locals weren’t accustomed to garlic flavours, which is what tzatziki tasted mainly of.

From what I learned from Rachael of Local Tasting Tours in Halifax, the reason why the locals’ tastes were this way was because of the British forward tastes they inherited during the British colonization.

The people asked them to make the sauce sweeter so Peter looked at a British recipe and saw the salad dressing. The tzatziki sauce was changed to a sweet garlicky sauce using salad dressing ingredients: evaporated milk with vinegar and sugar.

At the same time, the spit-roasted lamb was changed to beef. Once these changes were made, the rest was history. In 2014, donairs drew huge media attention when Anthony Bourdain declared his fascination for them.

If you want to learn more about Halifax Donairs, the blog Eat This Town has written a very detailed history with a timeline here.

Donair Brewer's Chips at Heritage Kitchen Food Truck in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Where To Eat Donair in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best places to eat donairs in Halifax and Yarmouth.

Johnny K’s Authentic Donairs

Located in the popular pizza corner (yes, the junction of Blowers Street and Grafton Street is really called pizza corner), Johnny K’s Authentic Donairs is owned by Peter Gamoulakos’ brother John.

One of the most popular donairs in Halifax, Johnny K’s has been consistently in The Coast’s Best Of list for Donair. This was part of the EAT Halifax Tour with Taste Halifax Food and Beer Tours.

Halfiax Donair at Johnny K's Authentic Donairs in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Donair

Website / Address: 5246 Blowers St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z6


Snappy Tomato

You’ll usually find donairs at pizza joints because pizza joints are typically open late night so the donair fits in the offering. One popular pizza joint in Halifax that serves Donair is Snappy Tomato.

I tried the one here as part of the Local Tasting Tours in Halifax. According to Rachael, Snappy Tomato makes their meat in-house unlike other places that use frozen meat or meat from a distributor.

The donair recipe at Snappy Tomato is close to the original but is a little spicier than normal.

Donair at Snappy Tomato Pizza in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Donair ($7.50) – Small

Website / Address: 1283 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Y2


Heritage Kitchen (CLOSED)

Heritage Kitchen is a food truck right outside Heritage Brewing in Yarmouth. It’s the perfect way to have good food while enjoying beers inside Heritage Brewing.

I tried both Heritage Kitchen and Heritage Brewing as the last stop of the Pirates and Pints Pub Crawl with Yarmouth Walking Tours. Heritage Kitchen had three different variations of donair that day.

On the table:
– Draught Beer Tasting Flight
– Donair Egg Roll
– Donair Taco
– Donair Brewer’s Chips

As of September 28, 2019, The Heritage Kitchen is indefinitely closed and looking for a buyer to take over the food truck. Interested buyers can message them through the website link below.

Website / Address: 250 Main St, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1C9

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Creamed Lobster

Though it is a lobster dish, Creamed Lobster deserves its own entry because it is one of the official Nova Scotia Foods created by Clara Harris, a local restaurant owner in Yarmouth & Acadian Shores.

This Southwest Nova Scotia staple is made with four simple ingredients: lobster meat, butter, cream, and vinegar. You’ll typically find creamed lobster on the menu either as-is or poured on top of something (buttered toast or haddock are most popular).

Creamed Hot Lobster Poutine at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Lobster Poutine ($17) – creamed lobster over house-cut fries topped with cheese curds and green onions

Similar to donair, variations of creamed lobster can be found throughout the region, and some can definitely get quite creative. If you want to learn more about creamed lobster, the blog Laura’s Tastes interviewed Clara Harris, detailing the history about herself and her famed creamed lobster here.

Lobster Fondue at Capt. Kat's Lobster Shack in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia

Where To Eat Creamed Lobster in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best restaurants in Saulnierville, Argyle and Barrington for creamed lobster.

La Cuisine Robicheau

One of the most popular Acadian restaurants in Nova Scotia is La Cuisine Robicheau, which opened in November 2012. This husband-and-wife restaurant overlooking the bay specializes in the concept of authentic Acadian cuisine according to famed Acadian chef Paul Comeau.

Hot Creamed Lobster with vegetables at La Cuisine Robicheau in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia

La Cuisine Robicheau’s creamed lobster is smothered over toasted bread. It’s rich and delicious, especially with the bread that has soaked in all the creamy goodness.

Travelling Foodie Tip: Be sure to have the mashed potato with the cream too! It’s so much better than mashed potato with gravy.

A Plate of Creamed Hot Lobster at La Cuisine Robicheau in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia
Hot Creamed Lobster ($24) – homard a la creme

Website / Address: 9651 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Saulnierville, Nova Scotia B0W 2Z0


Argyler Lodge & Restaurant

With the many variations of creamed lobster, it’s not surprising that, when you see poutine on the menu in Southwest Nova Scotia, it actually uses creamed lobster instead of gravy!

I love the creamed lobster poutine the Argyler Lodge & Restaurant! I actually prefer this over the traditional poutine.

Lifting the Lobster Poutine at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Lobster Poutine ($17) – creamed lobster over house-cut fries topped with cheese curds and green onions

Watch below from @TravellinFoodie Instagram on how they made the Lobster Poutine.

Check pricing and availability of Argyler Lodge on Booking.com

Website / Address: 52 Ye Old Argyle Rd, Lower Argyle, Nova Scotia B0W 1W0


Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack

Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack is where you’ll probably where you’ll find the most ways of having lobster. I enjoyed the Lobster Fondue, where, instead of melted cheese, they use lobster cream for dipping.

Lobster Skewer dipped in cream sauce at Captain Kat's Lobster Shack in Barrington, Nova Scotia
Lobster Fondue ($22) – sauteed fresh Atlantic lobster served on skewers with garlic toast and a pot of warm lobster cream for dipping

Website / Address: 3723 Highway 3, Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia B0W 1G0


The Quarterdeck Grill

At The Quarterdeck Grill, they took their Chicken Kiev and topped it with Creamed Lobster to create the Chicken Lucy, in honour of Lucy the Lobster who “looks for her shadow” on Groundhog Day in Nova Scotia to predict the end of winter instead of the usual groundhog.

Did you know? Lucy lives at Capt. Kat’s Seafood Shack in Barrington.

Creamed Lobster Chicken Kiev at The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville, Nova Scotia
Chicken Lucy ($30) – Panko Crusted Chicken Breast with Garlic Butter, topped with Creamed Lobster

I really enjoyed the use of creamed lobster here because it blended nicely with the garlic butter inside the chicken. I would’ve loved it even more having the lobster as chunks instead of finely shredded.

Inside the Chicken Kiev with Creamed Lobster at The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville, Nova Scotia
Chicken Lucy ($30) – Panko Crusted Chicken Breast with Garlic Butter, topped with Creamed Lobster

Website / Address: 7499 Lighthouse Rte #3, Summerville Centre, Nova Scotia B0T 1T0

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Scallops

If you love scallops, you’ve probably had Digby Scallops, the world-famous sea scallops that are plump, succulent and fresh.

What I didn’t know until my trip to Nova Scotia was Digby Scallops came from a town in Nova Scotia called Digby, often touted as the “Scallop Capital of the World”, having the largest inshore scallop fleet in the world, plucking Digby Scallops from the Bay of Fundy.

Six Digby Scallops with sliced lemon and remoulade at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Digby Scallops ($24) – six pan-seared scallops with tartar and remoulade, and two sides

When you have scallops in Nova Scotia, it is highly likely they are Digby Scallops, even though there are other deep sea scallops available in the province. They are often served raw, deep-fried, pan-seared, or in a chowder.

Did you know? The part we eat as scallops is actually the adductor, the large muscle that helps them swim.

Best Places To Eat Scallops in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best restaurants to enjoy scallops in Halifax, Wolfville, Centreville, Digby, Argyle, Summerville and Lunenburg.

Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar

Nothing beats perfectly seared scallops with a pinch of salt and pepper. This is what you get at Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar in Halifax.

Pan-Seared Scallops at Shuck Halifax
Seared Scallops ($29) – scallops, fennel & sorrel slaw, roasted potatoes

Website / Address: 5120 Salter St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0A1

Stories Fine Dining at The Halliburton

Stories Fine Dining is an intimate restaurant at The Halliburton Hotel in Halifax specializing in East Coast cuisine with a changing menu featuring regional seafood. The most unique use of scallops I’ve had in Nova Scotia was these rice paper-wrapped Digby scallops.

Perfectly thin rice paper and sesame ginger vinaigrette made for a nice Asian take on these scallops. The rice paper added a nice crispy contrast to the soft scallops

Rice Paper Wrapped Digby Scallops at Stories Fine Dining at The Halliburton in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sea Scallop ($18) – rice paper wrapped, organic greens, sesame ginger vinaigrette

Check pricing and availability of The Halliburton on Booking.com / Agoda

Website / Address: 5184 Morris St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1B3


Edna

One of the best restaurants in Halifax is Edna, a hipster bistro that was part of Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in 2014 and #49 in Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants in 2016.

You cannot miss the changing Seared Scallops dish at Edna, which was my most favourite dish from my meal there. I loved the creative use of different ingredients to bring a delicious taste.

Seared Scallops from Edna in Halifax
Seared Scallops with bacon grits, arugula pesto, grilled corn and popcorn

Website / Address: 2053 Gottingen St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3B2


The Mercantile Social

Located in downtown Halifax’s financial district, The Mercantile Social is a luxurious and Instagrammable restaurant serving up seafood, seasonal menus with drinks focused on cocktails and wine. This was the last stop of the EAT Halifax Tour with Taste Halifax Food and Beer Tours.

A deviation from the New England or Nova Scotia-style seafood chowder, we had a nice and tangy Manhattan Seafood Stew that had scallops, mussels, shrimp and fish, which was paired with some Nova Scotia wines.

Seafood Stew, Tidal Bay Wine and Rose Wine at The Mercantile Social in Halifax, Nova Scotia
On the table:
– Manhattan Seafood Stew – leeks, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes
– Tidal Bay Wine from Jost Vineyards
– Silky Rose from Gaspereau Vineyards

Website / Address: 1579 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V3


Blomidon Inn Restaurant

If you prefer New England style seafood chowder, you’ll love the one at The Blomidon Inn Restaurant which had a rich creamy texture packed with scallops, haddock and salmon.

Seafood Chowder at Blomidon Inn Restaurant in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Maritime Seafood Chowder ($11) – with Atlantic salmon, haddock & scallops.

Website / Address: 195 Main St, Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1C3


Halls Harbour Lobster Pound

Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Centreville is not just all about lobster. They also serve scallops, fish and clams. And if you can’t decide which of the three to get, the Captain Hall’s Fisherman’s Platter has you covered!

Fried Seafood Platter at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Cetreville, Nova Scotia
Captain Hall’s Fisherman’s Platter ($24.95) – fried haddock, scallops and clams with fries

Website / Address: 1157 W Halls Harbour Rd, Centreville, Nova Scotia B0P 1J0


Ed’s Take Out

Established since 1967, Ed’s Take Out is a small take-out joint in Digby with few tables inside and some picnic tables outside. They are pretty much a fried seafood shack serving fish, scallops and clams along with burgers, hot dogs, fries and onion rings.

There have been debates on the best restaurants in Digby for scallop but Ed’s Take Out will usually be among them. People also say they have the best clams but I was sad I wasn’t able to try.

The Digby Scallops here were definitely some of the best scallops I’ve had ever. They were plump, meaty and sweet that you don’t need to add anything.

Fried Scallops and Fries at Ed's Take Out in Digby, Nova Scotia
Small Scallops & Chips ($15.95)

Address: 452 NS-303, Digby, Nova Scotia B0V 1A0


Churchill’s Restaurant at Digby Pines Resort

Located in the beautiful Digby Pines Resort overlooking the Bay of Fundy, Churchill’s Restaurant offers new twists to old Maritime favourites. A must-try is their 90-year-old Acadian specialty, Coquille St. Jacques, which are Digby scallops in white wine cream prepared by award-winning Chef Dale Nichols.

Scallops in Cream Sauce at Churchill's Restaurant in Digby Pines Resort in Nova Scotia
Coquille St. Jacques ($34) – Digby scallops in white wine cream sauce with mushrooms, butter mashed potatoes and asparagus

Check pricing and availability of Digby Pines Resort on Booking.com / Agoda

Website / Address: 103 Shore Rd, Digby, Nova Scotia B0V 1A0


The Crow’s Nest

Another restaurant contender for best scallops in Digby is The Crow’s Nest. Though you can get it deep-fried as well, I recommend having the scallops pan-fried instead to taste the scallop in all its delicious glory.

Scallops, Haddock, Clams and Fries at The Crow's Nest in Digby, Nova Scotia
Seafood Platter ($21) – fried haddock and clams with pan-fried scallops

Website / Address: 40 Water St, Digby, Nova Scotia B0V 1A0


Argyler Lodge & Restaurant

The Argyler Lodge & Restaurant serves some nicely seared Digby Scallops, and is the only one I had in Nova Scotia serving it with remoulade sauce.

Pan-Seared Digby Scallops at Argyler Restaurant in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Digby Scallops ($24) – six pan-seared scallops with tartar and remoulade, and two sides

Check pricing and availability of Argyler Lodge on Booking.com

Website / Address: 52 Ye Old Argyle Rd, Lower Argyle, Nova Scotia B0W 1W0


Other dishes with scallops already covered in the guide
  • The Summerville Seafood Chowder at The Quarterdeck Grill also has scallops.
  • The Lunenburger at Grand Banker Bar & Grill is topped with a bacon wrapped-scallop.
  • The Seafood Chowder at Tusket Island Tours has scallops as well.

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Rappie Pie

One of the unique foods to Nova Scotia is Rappie Pie, also called “râpure”. This popular Acadian dish, prevalent in Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores, is not the typical pie you’re used to.

Rappie Pie is made with grated potatoes (patates râpées in French) and meat, usually chicken. The grated potatoes are compressed in a cheesecloth to remove all the water and moisture, then reconstituted with hot meat stock then baked until the top is golden.

One of the biggest brands for rappie pie in Southwest Nova Scotia is D’Eon’s Rappie Pie, a 3rd generation Acadian family-owned business which supplies a lot of the restaurants with grated potatoes or pre-made rappie pie.

Some restaurants like La Cuisine Robicheau would buy their grated potatoes and make the rappie pie with their own recipe. Others like Dennis Point Cafe served the actual pies from d’Eon’s Rappie Pie.

I had the biggest luck to have met one of the owners, John E. d’Eon, during the Tusket Island Tours. You can pick up bags of d’Eon’s pressed grated potatoes or pre-made rappie pies from the grocery store or at d’Eon’s Rappie Pie shop to take and bake at home.

John d'Eon of d'Eon's Rappie Pie at Tusket Island Tours in Yarmouth, Nova scotia
John E. d’Eon, co-owner of d’Eon’s Rappie Pie

The blog, A Canadian Foodie, visited d’Eon’s Rappie Pie and wrote a detailed step-by-step (with photos) on how rappie pie is made there. You can read it here.

There are two versions of Rappie Pie. The first one has a runny texture, and the second one has a firmer texture.

I was able to try both kinds of Rappie Pie, and prefer the firm version. In general, I personally wasn’t a fan of rappie pie. It was OK but it’s not something I would really order myself.

I couldn’t really get used to the gelatinous texture, and I would’ve preferred different meat than chicken. Some versions use beef or clam, so maybe I would enjoy those better.

Where To Eat Rappie Pie in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best places to eat rappie pie in Yarmouth and Acadian Shores.

Dennis Point Cafe

Owned and operated by Acadians, Dennis Point Cafe in Pubnico serves locally inspired homemade dishes made with the freshest local products available. Even their seafood comes from their local processing plants.

The Rappie Pie at Dennis Point Cafe is the firmer version. It has a crispy top and a nice bite into the pie. I highly recommend adding the molasses as it adds another dimension of flavour to the pie.

Rappie Pie at Dennis Point Cafe in Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia
Rappie Pie ($6)

Website / Address: 214 Dennis Point Rd, Middle West Pubnico, Nova Scotia B0W 2M0


Tusket Island Tours

For lunch during Tusket Island Tours, aside from the seafood chowder, rappie pie may also be included.

The rappie pie here is the runnier version. The best way for me to describe it is it tasted like chicken soup in a gelatinous form.

Rappie Pie and Seafood Chowder for Lunch with Tusket Island Tours in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Rappie Pie and Seafood Chowder

Website / Address: 142 Jacquard Rd, Arcadia, Nova Scotia B0W 1B0

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Oysters

Nova Scotia coastal waters have different varieties of oysters with their own characteristics and flavours. You’ll typically be able to try different varieties in restaurants across Nova Scotia. The world is your oyster!

Best Restaurants in Nova Scotia for Oysters

Here is a list of where to eat oysters in Halifax.

Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar

Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar in Halifax is serious about oysters. On the seafood display, you’ll find 9 different varieties of oysters they have, which change daily.

The best part is you get to try from different Maritime oysters as they will always have 3 from Nova Scotia, 3 from Prince Edward Island and 3 from New Brunswick. It’s a great way to differentiate oysters from those provinces in one spot.

Fresh Oysters on Ice at Shuck Seafood Halfiax

As an example, the ShanDaph Oyster from Big Island, Nova Scotia is briny with velvety soft meat and long finish; whereas the Cascumpec Oyster from Ellerslie, PEI is sweet, juicy and plump.

Travelling Foodie Tip: The best time to visit is 5-6PM every day for Shuck Happy Hour where raw bar + oysters are half price, draught beers are $5 and all glasses of wine are $2 off!

Fresh Shucked Maritime Oysters from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI at Shuck Halifax
Local Atlantic Oysters on the table (clock-wise from top):
– ShanDaph ($3.50) – Big Island, Nova Scotia
– Sure Thing ($3.25) – Whitehead, Nova Scotia
– Chebooktook ($3) – Bouctouche, New Brunswick
– Boss Gibson ($3.25) – Cocagne, New Brunswick
– Cascumpec ($3.50) – Ellerslie, PEI
– Lucky Lime ($3.50) – New London Bay, PEI

Website / Address: 5120 Salter St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0A1


Little Fish Oyster Bar

With oyster in its name, Little Fish Oyster Bar specializes in oysters as well with an oyster raw bar display on the bar seating itself.

They have a daily changing menu of oysters coming from Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick, along with an all-day $2 Oyster of the Day and a 4-6PM Oyster Happy Hour.

Oysters and Coconut Curry Mussels from Little Fish Oyster Bar at Five Fishermen in Halifax
Northern Nova and Merigomish Oysters, and Coconut Curry Mussels

Website / Address: 1740 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B6


Edna

At Edna in Halifax, they have a selection of Nova Scotia oysters available. What I love is they give you the option to have it raw or fried.

Raw Oysters from Edna in Halifax

The fried oyster was actually really good with a light and fluffy batter.

Fried Oysters from Edna in Halifax

Website / Address: 2053 Gottingen St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3B2


Highwayman

One of Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants in 2017, Highwayman has a Raw Bar menu where you can order fresh seafood including oysters. If you want to personally take a look at the choices, the raw bar display is located at the back of the restaurant.

Raw Bar from Highwayman at Halifax, Nova Scotia

Website / Address: 1673 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z9

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Mussels/Clams

Eating shellfish in Nova Scotia is such a huge thing, and it doesn’t stop at just lobsters, scallops and oysters. Mussels and clams are quite popular too!

Mussels are typically steamed with white wine or in a chowder. What I was surprised though is fried clams are so popular in Nova Scotia since I’ve only ever had them in the US.

Most seafood joints outside Halifax offer fried clams, typically as Clams N’ Chips! Surprisingly, it’s less common in Halifax proper itself.

Lobster, Mussels, Clams and Corn at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia

Best Restaurants for Oysters in Nova Scotia

Blomidon Inn Restaurant

At Blomidon Inn Restaurant in Wolfville, the big bowl of steamed mussels is great to share, or eat on your own as I did.

Fresh, plump and juicy mussels! The white wine with garlic broth was so good I was drinking it after.

Steamed Mussels at Blomidon Inn Restaurant in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Steamed Mussels ($11) – with sweet peppers, white wine & garlic

Website / Address: 195 Main St, Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1C3


The Crow’s Nest

You can get your dose of fried clams at The Crow’s Nest in Digby. They have Clams N’ Chips, Clam Burger, or a Seafood Platter that includes fried clams.

Platter of Pan-Seared Scallops, Fried Haddock and Clams at The Crow's Nest in Digby, Nova Scotia
Seafood Platter ($21) – fried haddock and clams with pan-fried scallops

Website / Address: 40 Water St, Digby, Nova Scotia B0V 1A0


Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar

At Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar in Halifax, aside from the mussels and clams in the Shuck Boil, they also have clams in the raw bar you can enjoy fresh.

When I went, it was the Malagash Clams from North Coast, Nova Scotia.

Shuck Boil with Texas Toast at Shuck Halifax
Shuck Boil ($46) – full lobster, mussels, clams, canner lobster, baby potato, house sausage, seasonal veggies, black garlic & chive butter, garlic texas toast

Website / Address: 5120 Salter St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0A1


Other dishes with mussels/clams already covered in the guide

I had the best fried clams from The Captain Hall’s Fisherman’s Platter at Hall’s Harbour Lobster Pound in Centreville. Similarly, they have Clams & Chips Basket.

The Traditional Lobster Dinner as part of the Ultimate Lobster Bay & Tusket Island Tour package at The Argyler Lodge & Restaurant has both clams and mussels.

The Summerville Seafood Chowder at The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville and the Manhattan Seafood Stew at The Mercantile Social in Halifax are garnished with mussels.

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Fish

With both saltwater and freshwater coastlines, including 6,700 lakes and 100 rivers, fish is abundant in Nova Scotia. Fish is served in different ways in Nova Scotia, from raw and steamed, to deep-fried Fish and Chips and Fish Cakes.

Fish and Chips are such popular snacks in the province. One thing I noticed with the fish and chips in Nova Scotia is it’s typically with haddock only (no other fish choices) and, most of the time, the chips are from frozen or are not hand-cut fries.

One of the must-try Nova Scotia Food that’s fish-based is Fish Cake. Fish Cakes are a common staple in Atlantic Canada, not just Nova Scotia. Each province tends to have its own version of making fish cakes.

In Newfoundland, patties of salt cod are typically used due to its history of salt cod production. In Nova Scotia, haddock is typically used instead and comes with Nova Scotian green tomato chow, a sweet and tangy relish.

Haddock is indeed Nova Scotia’s fish of choice, but there is no shortage of fresh fish when dining in the province. If not harvested in Nova Scotia, they are harvested in the Maritimes.

Fried Haddock Fish at The South Shore Fish Shack in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Best Places To Eat Fish in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best restaurants serving fish in Halifax, Dartmouth, Digby, Yarmouth and Acadian Shores, LaHave, Lunenburg, Centreville, Summerville and Argyle. I’ve also included ones with fish harvested outside Nova Scotia.

John’s Lunch

Established in 1969 by John, John’s Lunch in Dartmouth is one of the most popular places to eat fish & chips in Nova Scotia, having designated the title Best Fish & Chips in Canada by multiple media outlets like CBC and Globe & Mail.

Their award-winning Fish and Chips comes with fresh battered haddock and fries, using the same recipe made fresh every morning. The haddock itself was one of the freshest I’ve had.

Depending on your batter preference, the batter is thicker and on the hard crunchy texture instead of crisp flaky. The fries are store-bought instead of fresh-cut, and the tartar sauce is also the packaged ones instead of homemade.

Fish and Chips at John's Lunch in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Battered Haddock ($8.50) – 1 piece, served with fries

Website / Address: 352 Pleasant St, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 3S5


Gio

Located at the Prince George Hotel, Gio is one of the few hotel restaurants you’ll typically find listed as part of best restaurants in Halifax. I’m glad to dine here again as part of the Local Tasting Tours.

Gio brought the Newfoundland version of fish cakes to Halifax with their Salt Cod Cake, but using local cod from either A.C. Covert Distributors and Fisherman’s Market in Nova Scotia.

It’s a great way to compare the Newfoundland version with the Nova Scotia one. The Salt Cod Cake even had the Newfoundland mustard pickles.

Fish Cake at Gio at Prince George Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Salt Cod Cakes ($14) – sous vide egg, kale, mustard pickles

Check pricing and availability for Prince George Hotel in Booking.com / Agoda

Website / Address: 3N9, 1725 Market St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N9


Churchill’s Restaurant at Digby Pines Resort

At Churchill’s Restaurant in Digby, the P2P Smoked Haddock & Bacon Chowder was a unique change to the typical seafood chowder in Nova Scotia. You can even taste the delicious smoked flavours on the thyme-infused soup itself.

Did you know? P2P stands for Palette to Palate, a culinary & visual experience cookbook by Chef Dale Nichols with artist Lynda Shalagan. Dishes marked P2P on the menu, including the chowder, mean it’s available in the cookbook.

Smoked Haddock & Bacon Chowder at Churchill's Restaurant in Digby Pines Resort in Nova Scotia
P2P Smoked Haddock & Bacon Chowder ($9) – thyme-infused broth, cream, potatoes, onions and bacon

Check pricing and availability of Digby Pines Resort on Booking.com / Agoda

Website / Address: 103 Shore Rd, Digby, Nova Scotia B0V 1A0


Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant & Brew Pub

Rudder’s Brew Pub & Seafood Restaurant in Yarmouth is a popular waterfront restaurant serving Maritime classics, pub food and craft beers from their own microbrewery.

Did you know? This 5th craft brewery in Nova Scotia was built in 1996 as The Queen Molly before it became Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant & Brew Pub in 2000.

At Rudder’s Brewpub, you’ll get to try the Nova Scotia version of fish cakes. I had the Haddock Fish Cakes paired with beer samples of Blonde Rock and Yarmouth Town Brown during the Pirates and Pints Pub Crawl with Yarmouth Walking Tours.

Haddock Fish Cakes at Rudder's Seafood Restaurant & Brew Pub in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Haddock Fish Cakes ($12.99) – homemade, served with salad

Website / Address: 96 Water St, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 4P5


LaHave Bakery

One of the most popular bakeries in Nova Scotia is LaHave Bakery, located in a 20th-century shop in Lunenburg offering fresh bread and coffee. You’ll find their bread and baked goods used in a lot of restaurants and cafes in the province.

I went to their cute bakery which is in a 20th-century landmark that used to be a fish processing plant in 1896. You must try the smoked trout bagel with the cold-smoked trout harvested in Atlantic Canada by Nova Scotia’s J. Willy Krauch & Sons.

Smoked Trout on Bagel at LaHave Bakery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Smoked Trout on Bagel ($7) – half bagel, with cream cheese, capers and red onion

Website / Address: NS-331, LaHave, Nova Scotia B0R 1G0


The South Shore Fish Shack

The South Shore Fish Shack is a fast-casual seafood joint located in the heart of Lunenburg offering waterfront views with lobster dishes and fried seafood and chips! The fried haddock here was my favourite overall this trip.

Opened Fried Fish at The South Shore Fish Shack in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Fish Only ($5.99) – beer-battered haddock, tartare sauce

Website / Address: 108 Montague St, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0


Other dishes with fish already covered in the guide
  • The Captain Hall’s Fisherman’s Platter at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound in Centreville has fried haddock.
  • There’s haddock in the Seafood Chowder at the Argyler Lodge & Restaurant in Argyle, Tusket Island Tours in Wedgeport, The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville and Blomidon Inn Restaurant in Wolfville. The same goes for the Manhattan Seafood Stew at The Mercantile Social.

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Deep-Fried Pepperoni

When you think of pepperoni, you usually think of pizza. You’ll realize how much fried food there is in Nova scotia when they also deep fry pepperoni.

In Nova Scotia, you’ll find deep-fried pepperoni to be a very popular dish in most pubs and pizza shops. It was my first time having them, and it was so good!

I can definitely see why it’s a staple in pubs because it really goes so well with beer. These thin-sliced pepperonis deep-fried to a curl are crispy and delicious with a bit of spice, typically served with honey mustard.

This pub favourite was brought by Polish immigrants, Max and Chris Kielbratowski who immigrated to Nova Scotia opened up two delicatessens, Brothers and Chris Brothers, in the ’50s and ’60s specializing in naturally smoked meats.

Because of the popularity of both brands, you’ll typically find restaurants specifically mentioning the use of either brand for the deep-fried pepperonis.

Where To Eat Deep Fried Pepperoni in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best restaurants for deep-fried pepperoni in Digby.

The Crow’s Nest

Aside from the delicious seafood you can get at The Crow’s Nest in Digby, you can also get the Deep-Fried Pepperoni. Here they deep fry Chris Brothers mild pepperoni to a crisp.

Deep-fried Pepperoni at The Crow's Nest in Digby, Nova Scotia
Deep-Fried Pepperoni ($6) – Chris Brothers Mild Pepperoni with Honey-Mustard Dipping

Website / Address: 40 Water St, Digby, Nova Scotia B0V 1A0

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Oatcake

Oatcakes are the most popular Nova Scotia foods that came from Scottish settlers since oats were northern Scotland’s staple grain. Traditionally cooked on a griddle but can now be baked, these sweet and salty Scotties pastries are made with oats, flour, sugar, and a bit of salt.

You can find oatcakes at bakers and cafes throughout Nova Scotia because they go so well with tea and coffee, which makes for a great breakfast or on-the-go food.

There are two versions of this in Nova Scotia. The Halifax version is robust, thick, chewy and sweeter as it often includes chocolate or peanut butter. And the Cape Breton version is thin and crispy.

Where To Eat Oatcakes in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best places to eat oatcakes in Halifax.

World Tea House

Opened in July 2010, World Tea House in Halifax is owner Philip Holmans’ passion come to life. As the name suggests, World Tea House offers 120 blends of organically grown teas from 17 countries.

Did you know? Philip’s passion for tea came because of his parents. His dad would bring tea from all around the world so the family can try, and his mom usually grew herbs for tea.

I visited World Tea House as part of the Local Tasting Tours. It’s been said that oatcakes pair well with tea, and, in this stop, I got to try oatcakes with the Black Fusion tea blend from Bihar India.

Scottish Oatcake and Organic Black Tea at World Tea House in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Black Fusion Tea and Oatcake

Website / Address: 1592 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B3


Best Things To Drink in Nova Scotia

Aside from Nova Scotia food, the beverage scene in Nova Scotia is booming with wineries, distilleries, breweries and cideries popping up. The biggest growth is in wineries with 23 licensed wineries as of 2018 compared to 2 wineries in 1993.

Did you know? The Annapolis Vallery wine country in Nova Scotia was one of North America’s first areas to cultivate grapes for wine.

Here’s a list of must-try local Nova Scotia drinks and where to drink them in Nova Scotia.

Tidal Bay Wine

For wine lovers, you cannot miss Tidal Bay Wine which is white wine that’s unique to Nova Scotia and produced by wineries since 2011. The wine, which you can find in most restaurants, makes perfect sense for Nova Scotia’s abundance of fresh seafood.

Tidal Bay wine is Nova Scotia’s first wine appellation highlighting its fresh, crisp, aromatic and bright characters that reflect the province’s terroir, cooler climate, and coastal breezes.

To be designated as Tidal Bay, the wine must use only specific grape varieties that are 100% Nova Scotia grown, follow specific standards and be approved every year by an independent blind tasting panel.

Tidal Bay Wine 2017 at Luckett Vineyards in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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Best Tidal Bay Wines in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best Nova Scotia wineries offering Tidal Bay Wines.

Avondale Sky Winery

Located on the Avon Peninsula on one of the oldest vineyards in the province, Avondale Sky Winery opened in 2011 to let the public enjoy their award-winning wines with a backdrop of rolling hills, the tidal landscape and the panormic Avondale sky.

Did you know? The St. Mathews church, also called the travelling church, in the winery was transported 40 kilometres from Walton to be saved from destruction. It is now the tasting room of Avondale Sky Winery.

Avondale Sky Tidal Bay Wine at Stories Fine Dining in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tidal Bay 2017 at Stories Fine Dining ($16) – 8oz, Avondale Sky, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Website / Address: 80 Avondale Cross Rd, Newport, Nova Scotia B0N 2A0


Luckett Vineyards

Named after owner Pete’s last name, Luckett Vineyards opened in 2010 in Gaspereau Valley of the Annapolis Valley region overlooking Minas Basin and Blomidon

Drip Shot of Tidal Bay Wine at Luckett Vineyards in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Did you know? There’s an authentic London phone booth at Luckett Vineyards because of Pete’s British roots.

British Red Phone Booth at Luckett Vineyards in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Website / Address: 1293 Grand Pré Rd, Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 2R3


Domaine de Grand Pre Winery

Established in 1979 in Annapolis Valley, Domaine de Grand Pre Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Nova Scotia and is oldest farm winery site in Atlantic Canada.

Did you know? Domaine de Grand Pre’s restaurant, Le Caveau, was listed as one of the world’s best winery restaurants in 2011 by Wine Access Magazine.

Tidal Bay Wine 2018 by the vineyards at Domaine Grand Pre Vineyards

What makes their Tidal Bay Wine different from other wineries? Consistency. They never change their blend, always using the same five grape varietals and the same percentage.

The Tidal Bay Wine at Domaine de Grand Pre Winery has won the Best of Tidal Bay, and also won silver in all Canadian wine championships.

Pouring Tidal Bay Wine at Domaine Grande Pre Vineyards in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Website / Address: 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia B0P 1M0


Casa Nova Fine Beverages

Previously Annapolis Highland Vineyards, Casa Nova Fine Beverages is a unique winery because it not only produces wines but also cellos (fortified wines) and craft cider made with 100% Nova Scotia apples.

Tidal Bay Wine 2016 from Annapolis Highland Vineyards at Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia
Annapolis Highland Tidal Bay Wine 2016 at Argyler Lodge & Restaurant ($11) – 8oz

Website / Address: 2635 Clementsvale Rd, Bear River, Nova Scotia B0S 1B0


Planters Ridge Winery

Located in Annapolis Valley, Planters Ridge Winery is an artisanal winery on the sandy-clay slopes of a ridge in Port Williams overlooking Wellington Dyke.

The first time I tried the Tidal Bay Wine was at Planters Ridge Winery itself during the Good Cheer Trail Tour by Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours.

Planters Ridge Tidal Bay Wine 2018 at The Quarterdeck Grill in Summerville, Nova Scotia
Planters Ridge Tidal Bay Wine 2018 at The Quarterdeck Grill ($12) – 6oz glass

Website / Address: 1441 Church St, Port Williams, Nova Scotia B0P 1T0


Blomidon Estate Winery

Situated with the seaside views of the Minas Basic, Blomidon Estate Winery is a boutique winery producing award-winning 100% Nova Scotia wines in small lots.

Blomidon Tidal Bay Wine 2018 at Shuck Bar in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tidal Bay 2018 from Blomidon Estate Winery

Website / Address: 10318 NS-221, Canning, Nova Scotia B0P 1H0

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Bluenose Rum

One thing I learned is Nova Scotians are called Bluenosers. One theory about this is the popular Bluenose schooner ship that can be seen on Canadian 10c coins.

Another theory is about Nova Scotian sailors whose nose would turn blue while sailing in the cold weather. There are others but, nonetheless, Nova Scotians have embraced the term.

Ironworks Distillery produced a rum called Bluenose Rum as a tribute to Bluenosers and their love for rum. The Ironworks Bluenose Rum is a dark rum made from all-natural molasses then aged in ex-bourbon barrels for at least a year.

Where To Drink Bluenose Rum in Nova Scotia

Here are some of the best places to drink Bluenose Rum in Lunenburg and Yarmouth & Acadian Shores.

Ironworks Distillery

Founded in 2009 on old port Lunenburg, Ironworks Distillery is the first micro-distillery in Nova Scotia featuring international award-winning spirits, distilled by hand using as much Nova Scotia ingredients as possible.

Did you know? Ironworks Distillery is situated in an 1893 heritage building that used to be a marine blacksmith’s shop producing ironworks for shipbuilding. This is how they got the name Ironworks.

Website / Address: 2 Kempt St, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0


Tusket Island Tours

When you take the Tusket Island Tours, you can opt for an add-on experience of getting initiated as an official Bluenoser. To be a certified Bluenoser, you’ll be taking a shot of Ironworks Distillery Bluenose Rum and getting a dot of blue paint on your nose.

Shot of Ironworks Distillery Bluenose Rum at Tusket Island Tours in Arcadia, Nova Scotia
Bluenose Rum

Official Bluenoser certificates are provided after the tour. Suffice to say, I was officially Bluenosed!

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua bluenosed at Tusket Island Tours in Nova Scotia

Website / Address: 142 Jacquard Rd, Arcadia, Nova Scotia B0W 1B0

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Nova Scotia Food & Drink Tours

There are multiple tour companies in Nova Scotia that offers a taste of Nova Scotia food and drinks. Some are walking tours, and some are driven tours.

Note: The food in these tours do not cover all Nova Scotia foods. They also include popular or hidden gem restaurants, and local hot spots.

Cheese Pizza at Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cheese Pizza at Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo

The best part about these tours is they also go visit some sights and attractions along with history so it’s a good mix of food and travel.

Here is the list of Nova Scotia Food Tours that were covered in this guide.

Halifax Food & Drink Tours

Here are some of the best tour operators in Halifax.

  • Local Tasting Tours / Website
  • Taste Halifax Food & Drink Tours / Website
  • Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours / Website

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Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Food & Drink Tours

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Map of Nova Scotia Food & Drinks


Hope this Food Guide to Nova Scotia helps you prioritize what local Nova Scotia food and drinks you want to try first and some of the best places to try them!

Let me know what other Nova Scotia food needs to be on the list, and the best restaurants to try them in Nova Scotia. Be sure to PIN or Bookmark this page because the guide will be updated as I try more.

Nova Scotia Food Guide: Must-Try Local Food & Drinks and the Best Places To Try Them

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Nova Scotia Food Guide on What To Eat & Drink and Where

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