Just about everyone knows Canada as "the Great White North", but what about as great place to eat?
Yes, there are the staples like poutine, Beaver Tails and maple syrup but if you're looking to see what else Canadian cuisine has to offer, then that's going to take some leg work.The good news is that there's no shortage of options for hungry travellers.
From the coastal province of P.E.I. to savoury sights waiting in Saskatchewan, famished adventurers can drive through the cities of Ottawa, Winnipeg, Moose Jaw and Charlottetown sampling things like East Coast oysters, Trappist monk cheese or beer-brined pork loins.
Those willing to venture down the road less travelled might even find a few sweet surprises like the home of 'Canada's best ice cream' (hint: it's probably not where you think it is), the country's old seafood market and more.
Still hungry? Then head to MapQuest Discover.com for suggestions on where to eat and what else Canadian cities have to offer those smitten with wanderlust.
How To Eat Your Way Across Canada
Bistro 71/4, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Cheese plates, charcuterie boards and a standout pound cake with flambéed bananas and ice cream are just some of the standout dishes at Bistro 71/4.
Champs Sports Bar And Nightclub, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
If you're looking for a restaurant with livelihood, Champs Sports Bar and Nightclub. Highlights include plenty of beers on tap like Stella Artois and Labatt 50 and a menu that's big on portions and variety. Try their perogies, Pogo dog or The Pot Belly burger, a pork patty topped with grilled apple and plenty of sharp cheddar.
Chez Sophie Bistro And Pizzeria, Winnipeg, Manitoba
If you're in the mood for French, Chez Sophie may be just the right spot for you. The restaurant's cozy and quaint atmosphere is inviting but what keeps people coming back is the food. There’s a generous heaping of locally made Trappist monk cheese in the tartiflette, a bubbling casserole of potatoes, onions, bacon and cream and should be a must-try for visitors.
Cow's Creamery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Travellers with a sweet tooth will want to stop by the Cow's Creamery for what locals call some of the best ice cream in the country. What sets this ice cream apart from the rest is that it's only made from the milk of P.E.I. cows.
Deer + Almond, Winnipeg, Manitoba
For a meal that's both inventive and creative, check out Deer + Almond. The restaurant is the home to Mandel Hitzer, a chef who likes to get creative with his cooking. Patrons shouldn't be alarmed if their dishes include things like horseradish, trout roe or furikake, a salty Japanese condiment. Pictured is the restaurant's St Andre Agnolotti.
Dutch Bakery, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
If you're hankering for a pastry, the Dutch Bakery can help. But come early and prepare to wait as lines of patrons peer at the enormous cinnamon buns, glazed poppy-seed buns and jam busters.
Gahan House Pub Brewery & Mercantile, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
If you're craving fish and chips, The Gahan House Pub & Brewery has what you're looking for. The pub is known for its famous brown-bag fish and chips, which looks exactly as it sounds. Other stand out fare include PEI mussels steamed in Gahan lager and the pub's seven hand-crafted beers
Hopkins Dining Parlour, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
For a dining experience that's elegant as it is delicious, check out Hopkins Dining Parlour, located inside a stunning old mansion. The restaurant is known for its beef dishes, with the prime rib, filet mignon and strip loin round being the standout. Fans of seafood will also be right at home with Alaskan crab, lobster, sole and salmon also available.
Kergano's Bar & Grill, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
If you were to summarize Kergano's in three words, they'd have to be: "local", "hip" and "delicious". If you want to describe it in six, add in "pork side ribs" into the mix. Travellers can get a sense of what's cooking based on the specials scribbled on the chalk board outside the door. The restaurant also features free mini-concerts with local musicians.
Lobsters On The Wharf, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Regarded as Charlottetown's oldest seafood market, this East Coast gem is also known as MacKinnon’s to the locals. Whatever you call it, just be sure to stop by and pick up a lobster for an authentic PEI dining experience.
Lot 30, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Travellers looking for an ethnic twist on P.E.I.'s fresh and local produce will want to check out Lot 30. Here, chef and owner Gordon Bailey likes to make use of the province's seafood and culinary flare, like his citrus vanilla vinaigrette.
Moulin De Provence, Ottawa, Ontario
Located in the heart of Ottawa's ByWard Market, this bakery's claim to fame is their colourful iced sugar cookies. They're the same cookies that have designs commemorating visits by President Barack Obama and the Royals Will and Kate.
Ottawa Zak's Dinner, Ottawa, Ontario
Another ByWard Market favourite, Zak’s Diner is well-known for their burgers, poutines and the thickest of milkshakes.
Raw Sugar Café, Ottawa, Ontario
Travellers looking to get their caffeine fix can't go wrong with Raw Sugar Café. The laid-back eatery features veggie-friendly eats, a wide selection of treats and a funky atmosphere thanks to its mismatched chairs and local art that hangs on the walls.
Segovia Tapas Bar, Winnipeg, Manitoba
At Segovia, patrons can reward their taste buds with seared scallops, chorizo with gala apples and confit rabbit. Just be sure to leave room for their cinnamon churros and Spanish hot chocolate.
Sim's Steakhouse And Oyster Bar, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Want to know what the city of Charlottetown tastes like? Then you'll be hard pressed to find another restaurant that does local food like Sim's. Highlights here include the oysters and the steak, both which come from the island.
Terre Rouge Bistro Marche, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
This little bistro is well-known for their locally made charcuterie which highlights the restaurant's farm-to-table focus and partnerships with P.E.I. farmers.
The Courtyard, Ottawa, Ontario
For the hungry traveller looking to grab dinner, Courtyard Restaurant offers just that against the scenic backdrop of its old stone building. Highlights from the menu include the duck, elk and steelhead trout.
The Scone Witch, Ottawa, Ontario
Whether you're heading into or head out of Ottawa, a trip just isn't complete without a stop at Scone Witch for lunch. Make no mistakes, these aren't your average scones and include filings like mushroom ragout and scrambled eggs or goat cheese and pesto.
The Wellington Gastropub, Ottawa, Ontario
For inventive fine dining, head to The Wellington Gastropub which features something for everyone from their asparagus risotto to their arctic char and beer-brined pork loin. Don't forget to finish things off with a round of Adriana’s ice cream -- available both for ordering in or for take out.
Veroba's Family Restaurant, Moose Jaw Saskatchewan
If you're in the city of Moose Jaw and looking for breakfast, Veroba’s is the place to go. Highlights include their eggs Benedict which come with a heaping side of hash browns dotted with green onions.
Water Prince Corner Shop, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
This rustic restaurant specializes in Atlantic lobster and boats a creamy, chunky seafood chowder that's well worth the trip.
Young Folk And The Kettle Black, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
This Charlottetown gem stands out amongst its coffee-shop peers thanks to its low-key atmosphere, art-lined walls and freshly baked goods.
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