While a trip to Charlottetown wouldn’t be complete without a traditional lobster supper, there’s way more to the city’s fab dining scene than seafood. Here are six hotspots—old and new—to please your palate.
Housed in a former 1800s warehouse and centred around an open-concept kitchen, guests at this stylish three-storey oasis can watch the chef get creative with locally sourced ingredients or hang with pals in the lounge or bar.
Must try: The Brickhouse Greens—mixed baby greens, goat cheese, red wine beets, sliced radish, and pumpkin seed brittle with a light cranberry vinaigrette—is a restaurant staple. The salad pairs well with salmon or chicken for summer lunches.
Terre Rouge Craft Kitchen
A chill vibe and an innovative menu (think killer charcuterie plates, bone marrow, and handmade pasta) highlight this hip and popular farm-to-table downtown restaurant.
Must try: The Mushrooms Toast on organic sourdough is heavenly with roasted shallot aioli, three kinds of mushrooms, kale, goat cheese, toasted almonds, frico and beet gastrique.
This modern steakhouse has not one, but two, sought-after patios, one of which faces Sydney Street’s nightly live entertainment. This rustic eatery is also known for using only PEI-raised beef (the cows are fed only grass, potatoes and grain), and cutting and aging its mouthwatering steaks in-house.
Must try: The Beef, Bacon & Bleu appetizer amazes with beef tenderloin stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon in a pepper port reduction.
This intimate 35-seat restaurant with a cozy 20-seat patio quickly gained a following for its fresh and original multi-ethnic bistro-style menu. Another draw? Its delicious gourmet take-out market.
Must try: The Mediterranean lamb flatbread is a flavourful mix of PEI organic lamb, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, marinated artichokes and locally-made mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
This downhome family-style restaurant and pub serves weekend breakfasts until 2 p.m. and is a local favourite for its friendly atmosphere, kids’ menu, budget-conscious specials and Island-raised beef.
Must try: Big and meaty, the bacon double cheeseburger is a menu winner.
A trip to Charlottetown must include a scoop (or three) of this legendary, award-winning and much-loved ice cream that is made from a generations-old recipe. Choose from over 32 flavours many of which have bovine inspired names.
Must try: Why stop at one? Mix it up with bestsellers Wowie Cowie, Gooey Mooey, and Messie Bessie in a triple cone.
Vegan Meat and Cheese for Your Charcuterie Board
As the vegan lifestyle continues to gain popularity, creative businesses across Canada are offering up a variety of delicious, plant-based cheeses and meat alternatives. Here's where to get cashew cheese, smoked meats and more while visiting Ottawa, Victoria, Charlottetown, Montreal or Toronto.