This looks fabulous! Thanks for all the inside tips, George.
I'm *really* looking forward to this AGM. But then, I've attended every AGM since, um, 1927 or so.
Some of them will be part of our restaurant roulette night so will be a perfect time to try them! Details on that event coming soon!
Thanks for this awesome list of recommendations, George. I remember how lovely the Fredericton market is, and I'm really looking forward to reacquainting myself with that. Looking forward to trying some of the places you've mentioned on your list!
Hello, all you foodies. Here's some personal intel on some downtown spots in Freddie Beach.
If you have even a passing interest in great desserts, you must visit the Chess Piece Patisserie on Queen Street. Patti, the owner and head chef, is a pastry genius. (Salted caramel macarons are so good they’re nearly evil.) The place is very funky with barn board walls and a mismatched collection of tables and chairs. She bought the barn boards up north, then discovered they came from her grandparent’s barn. Say hi to Patti for me.
Dmitri’s Souvlaki Restaurant is a Fredericton landmark, and I’ve never met a guy who works harder. The menu hasn’t changed in the 25 years I’ve been here, and that’s exactly what the locals want of our one and only downtown Greek restaurant: consistently good food at a decent price. We love the small Pikilia platter for 2-3 people, or go with the big version if you have double that. And make sure to tell Dmitiri that George sent you. (He's in what the locals call The Tannery District.)
The James Joyce Pub used to be called the River Room and was a favourite haunt of the Hatfield era politicos (nicknamed the Liver Room for the high times and misdemeanours hatched there over too much late night booze - until Frank McKenna took over and Cabinet meetings went from 1 pm-ish to 7 am on the dot and a clamp down on MLA expense accounts). The view of the river is still pretty much the same.
Isaac's Way is in the old renovated York County Courthouse. It is usually pretty good, but can be inconsistent (a recent visit included eggs Benedict with eggs that were on the verge of hard boiled - but consistent for all four of the six who ordered variants of that famous dish - if you order EB, you expect perfectly poached and beautifully runny).
The Palette started as a tiny in the wall and then grew into a real restaurant thanks to the chef-owner's consistency. Lots of locally-sourced ingredients, decent soups, and one of the better lamb dishes in town.
On Saturday morning, get thee to the market. Even in mid-winter, there are outdoor food stalls turning out some fine street food, including fresh lobster sannies, buffalo sausages and burgers, the weekly Samosa take-away lineup that goes around the block, and indoors a phenomenal cheese shop, German bakery, smoked seafood, fresh squeezed juice..and that's just the Southside market. The newer market, on the Northside, is a cultural mosaic that includes some of our newer entrepreneurs from around the globe who've turned tiny wooden cabins into a great mix from Thai to Syrian.
The Lunar Rogue is another Fredericton landmark that lost most of its fabulous outdoor deck when the city decided to build a parking garage up against this local hot spot. It's directly across from the main government office building - and it's where you'll find the usual selection of bar food, draft beers and the city's best selection of single malt Scotch. (Co-owner Frank Scott is Fredericton's single malt evangelist who's behind a number of local and provincial festivals focused on what the great Scottish poet Robbie Burns epitomized as among the best the auld sod has to offer. Maybe Frank can be talked into a tasting...?)
Yes, we have Tim's, and the other usual franchise suspects. But you can get them anywhere. Go local.
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