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Old 24 Jun 2018
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Your favourite Canadian local eateries for road trips?


Am prepping to work from the road for a month (August), driving from the Maritimes and back to BC, and staying on Canadian roads with some exploratory detours for curiosity's sake. Camping about 99% of the time and camp cooking about 95% of the time with occasional meals at some cosy local place. That's where you come in.

Got any recommendations for your cross-Canada absolute favourite eateries that you frequent on your rides/travels? You know the kind: hearty meals for cheap, good coffee, friendly folks, maybe a little out of the way outside of major centres or in a remote town somewhere - essentially, the kind of place you'd eat at after riding for half the day and want some good food and low-key ambience with "local" character. Interested in all provinces. Not interested in a lot of fried, fast or "pub"-y foods, thanks. Maybe more for breakfasts and lunches. Sadly, no time to explore Nunavut, NWT, or Yukon.

Would normally ask this on FB, but deleted my account. Many thanks!
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Maritimes have great places. What is your budget?

Chives in Halifax for the molasses butter alone worth the stop.

QUÉBEC Buffet de l’antiquaire worth a stop for real family Québec dlumch or dîner.

Montréal: Schwartz to taste the real smoked meat.


Kuma Tofino... in Tofino ...

Many more in the middle...
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Merci! Chives in NS looks good. Am visiting a friend in Halifax, so will check it out. I've also heard of the famous Schwartz sandwiches.

Budget is low-end modest, but not cheap. I'm not a froo-froo foodie, but do like unusual, hearty, cultural kinds of meals, and not necessarily the stereotypical. My mantra for eating is "as long as it has no more than 8 legs (but not 6) and it's dead", then I'm pretty open to trying new things. Most of the travel budget is for gas, so an extra $10 saved is 20% of the gas tank which translates into another x km. Part of the fun is also to see how creative 1-pot camp cooking can be, so eating out is not a major feature of the trip.
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