Thanks to its location on the fertile soil of the Saint John River and its thriving artisanal scene, New Brunswick’s capital city is teeming with farm-fresh and handcrafted products. Here’s what to try.
1. Isaac’s Way
Inside downtown’s historic former courthouse is a restaurant and gallery showcasing the best of the area’s food and art. Everything on Isaac’s menu, from the apple chutney to the triple layer mocha fudge frosting chocolate cake, is made in-house from scratch. Try the maple curry salmon made with Bay of Fundy fish or the Maritime seafood chowder made with local smoked mackerel, haddock, salmon and scallops.
Check out the 69-year-old market’s two food truck alleys and more than 250 vendors every Saturday morning on George Street, and be sure to try Cap’n Mike’s lobster rolls, Milda’s fiddlehead pizza and Fromagerie Au Fond des Bois’ 22 varieties of goat cheese.
Named after a tool used in New Brunswick’s logging industry, Picaroons is one of the province’s oldest microbreweries. Since the brewery opened in 1995, its small-batch, British-style ale made with homegrown organic hops has won all kinds of national and international awards and accolades. Pop into the brewtique on Queen Street for a sample or fill a growler with one of eight beers on tap, like Maple Cream and Pivot #12 Imperial IPA.
Graystone Brewing has eight of its small-batch ales on tap, including Patagonia pale ale. Hungry? Grab a tasty “naanwich” from the Monks and Jonesie Gastro Truck that can often be found parked outside. Try the Pulled Duck, which is roasted in Graystone beer.
5. 11th Mile
Chef Peter Tompkins and wife Jennie Wilson opened the 11th mile in 2017 and gave the city’s fine dining and cocktails scene an injection of sophisticated fun. Order the unforgettable beef and brussels sprouts with gochujang vinaigrette, then finish with the tequila lemon tart.
Must-try dish: The Atlantic-Canada Donair
This East Coast specialty consists of spiced beef (cooked on a vertical spit), onion and tomato wrapped in a pita and drenched in creamy garlic sauce. Find it at just about any pizza place along with garlic fingers, another Atlantic-Canadian staple.
[A version of this story was originally published in May 2015 and has since been updated]
Three Days in Miramichi, New Brunswick
Located an hour and half north of Moncton, spend a long weekend in Miramichi to explore all this 3,000-year-old region has to offer. Go salmon fishing or stand-up paddleboarding on the Miramichi River, tour National Historic Sites and canoe through Kouchibouguac National Park.