Summer is over and most of the seasonal restaurants are closed. It’s always a bittersweet time of year, so many seasonal places close, but we also have new menus on the horizon; it’s a great time to rediscover some old favourites.
One of the biggest events of the Summer is the long-awaited opening of the market in Founder’s Hall. Founder’s Hall holds a blend of local artisans, such as Maritime Marzipan and Matos Winery, alongside great food vendors. I’m thrilled to see Stir it Up expand to a larger space while retaining the same quality and passion for local ingredients.
Rising Tide oyster bar offers a great selection of some of PEI’s best oysters. I stopped by for a few Sand Dunes from the East Cape Oyster Company in Souris. They were expertly shucked and accompanied with lemon and Maritime Madness hot sauce. The best part is, if they don’t have the hot sauce you want, Maritime Madness’ booth is located right behind.
Its nice to be able to grab a Rawsome cold-pressed juice or smoothie to go along with my crispy jerk sandwich. Founder’s Delicatessen offers a great selection of local charcuterie and fresh sandwiches. Founder’s Hall is a great stop for lunch if you’re in the area or the perfect place for a beer from Upstreet and a snack with friends on a Sunday afternoon.
I recently had some of the best Indian food I’ve had in years. Confession: I lived in England and my standards are pretty high. The newly opened Bombay, located at 339 University Ave. in the former Old World Pizza location, is definitely the best I’ve had since moving home to Canada. Their curries are rich and have an amazing depth of flavor. I highly recommend the classic lamb curry or the vegetarian potato-based Aloo Gobi. The garlic naan is also fantastic.
Rumour has it that the new restaurant from the owners of the Blue Mussel Café in North Rustico will open this fall on Fitzroy Street. The Blue Mussel never disappoints, so it will be exciting to see what they will do with this new location. I’ll be keeping my eye open for what’s new over the fall and winter months.
To close, I’d like to do a quick wrap-up of some of my favourite places and things I ate this summer on PEI.
Best Plate: TIE Chef Lucy Morrow’s Raw Scallops at the Local Supper Club and Chef Shak’s Halibut at The Wheelhouse in Georgetown
Best New Restaurant: Landmark Oyster House in Victoria-by-the-Sea
Best Returning Restaurant: The Wheelhouse in Georgetown
Best Patio: Point Prim Chowder House in Point Prim
Best Lobster Roll: Richard’s Seafood in Cove Head
Best Chowder: Bogside Brewing in Montague
Best Seafood Charcuterie Board (this is a thing now!): Blue Mussel Café in North Rustico
Best Fish and Chips: Portuguese Fish and Chips at 21 Breakwater in Souris