4. The Sugar Shack, Quebec
A meal at the cabane à sucre is a springtime tradition in Quebec, even though the hard work hauling buckets of sap through the snow that makes a heavy meal a necessity is more or less a thing of the past. For high-end maple syrup dining, head to the Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack run by famed Montreal restaurateur Martin Picard – if you can get a reservation. Another favourite? Cabane à Sucre Chez Dany in Trois-Rivières, whose year-round offerings include maple taffy produced, in the warmer seasons, on freshly made snow.
5. Carbone Coal Fired Pizza, Winnipeg
Coal-fired ovens, the theory goes, heat up hotter than wood-fired, meaning thin-crust pizzas are cooked quickly enough to be enjoyably crispy without losing moisture. The debate’s still going on which kind is better, so head to Carbone – Winnipeg’s only coal-fired pizza place – to try for yourself. Their pizza dough is made with organic Alberta-grown flour, sauce is prepared fresh daily and other menu options include oven-roasted chicken wings, white bean hummus, fresh salads and the Ferrero, a personal-size dessert pizza with Nutella, roasted banana and optional gelato.
(Photo courtesy of Carbone Coal Fired Pizza)
6. The Shore Club, Hubbards, N.S.
If lobster’s a must-eat on your visit to Nova Scotia, then go no further than the Shore Club at Hubbards Beach, which has welcomed no less than Prince Charles and Lady Diana among the more than one million guests served since the location’s first lobster supper in 1936. Come hungry – in addition to lobster, your dinner includes all-you-can-eat salad bar and mussels, plus potato salad and your choice of dessert.
(Photo courtesy of The Shore Club)