Anybody who has ever read this blog knows that I love to eat, so I thought I would share some of the special places we’ve found to eat in New Brunswick.
When driving up to Moncton for the Book Sale last night, we stopped for supper at a little place in Sussex we’d never tried before: The Broadway Café at 73 Queen Street (http://www.broadwaycafe.ca/).
The café only has a few tables, but the atmosphere is cosy and inviting – the booths are made of light-coloured wood with rounded corners. Since we arrived at 4:30, it was too early for the supper menu, so we ordered from the lunch selections. We both opted for sandwiches – Jim got the smoked meat, and I had smoked chicken. The sandwiches were served on beautiful homemade multigrain bread with cucumber and tomatoes (Jim’s had dill pickles slices on top too). Instead of fries, there was a lovely side salad made with a variety of greens, and slivered carrots. The dressing was pleasantly garlicky and tasted homemade as well. If we’d had more time, we probably would have had dessert, but we were on a schedule. We had water to drink (although the café is licensed)…with tax and tip included, two of us had a nice meal for $20! We agreed that the Broadway will be added to our list of favourite restaurants!
Our favourite place in St. Martins is Fiori’s, the restaurant at Salmon River Bed and Breakfast (http://www.salmonriverbandb.com/) …it is on the main drag and only open March to November. The dining area is small, but cosy. The walls are covered with local art, and there are shelves around the room with lots of books (St. Martins is a “Booktown”). The owners are Mike and Barb Fiori, transplants from Colorado. Mike, a retired police officer, does the cooking, while Barb serves the meals. Barb makes wicked desserts, which she delights in telling customers are calorie-free because they’re homemade! The carrot cake is to die for, chock-full of walnuts and raisins – we split a piece because the serving is so large! My usual choice for the main course is the Grilled Chicken Breast Platter…I choose fries instead of chips as a side. There is also a small salad with raspberry vinaigrette. Last time we went, Jim had the Fiesta Platter, a Mexican-inspired combo of a taco, a burrito and a tostada. He enjoys spicy stuff more than I do! Fiori’s is also licensed if you’d like to have a glass of wine or a beer. With drinks and dessert, a meal for two comes in at around $35.
My favourite lunch place in Saint John is currently the Urban Deli at 68 King St. (http://urbandeli.ca/). I love a good spinach salad, and the Urban makes the best one I’ve had in a while! It has grilled portabella mushrooms, feta cheese, tomato, smoked meat bits, and egg, all drizzled with an amazing maple vinaigrette! It is well worth the $10 it costs. The service is excellent at the Urban. It is recommended that you get there slightly before noon if you want to get a table! They also have great soups and sandwiches, some served on Montreal-style bagels. The Urban has a good selection of wines and beers on tap.
Our favourite pizza place is Pomodori at 83 Hampton Road in Rothesay (http://www.pomodori.com/Pomodori/Home.html). The restaurant cooks all its pizza in a wood-fired oven, and all ingredients are as local and organic as possible. Two types of pizza are offered: Pomadoro (tomato) and Bianca (white) – prices range from $8 to $13 each depending on toppings. We usually get one of each and share them. For the red: the Con Carne with Italian sausage, bacon and pepperoni. For the white: the Chicken Pesto with feta and homemade pesto. These are traditional Italian thin crust pizzas – the dough does not overpower the taste of the toppings. For dessert, there’s homemade gelato and/or biscotti, which you can chase with a shot of espresso if you like. Pomodori is also licensed with many local offerings on the beer list – the fittings aren’t fancy – wine is served in juice glasses. While you eat, there is a large screen on the wall with a slide slow running – sometimes local photos, sometimes info on local food. A few months ago, Pomodori introduced a rewards program for regulars like us, Casa di Pomodori – you get a reward for every four pizzas you buy. Jim and I will celebrate our 2nd Anniversary at Pomodori on Sunday night – I’m going to try their Spinach Salad – they put spiced pecans in theirs! Yummy…can’t wait!