Six restaurants worth booking a vacation around

Must-take food road trips

The Bite House
As if you need an excuse to go to Cape Breton but, if you're a fickle road trip-taker, allow the 12-seater Bite House to make up your mind. After spending years cooking in Montreal and Europe, Bryan Picard opened in an adorable farmhouse in Baddeck in 2014. The restaurant takes much inspiration from its place, what's in season, what's foraged by locals or grown on its own property. Menus change monthly, reservations (like, months in advance) are a must. 1471 Westside Baddeck Road, Forks Baddeck

Charlotte Lane Cafe
Shelburne's a sort of off-the-tourist-track town, but this casual cafe—with Swiss-inspired eats from chef Roland Glauser—has won its share of awards, dubbing it one of the province's best eateries. 13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne

Fleur de Sel
For 13 years, Martin and Sylvie Ruiz Salvador's south shore spot has been turning heads and winning awards for its intimate, historic setting (complete with garden terrace) and its seafood-heavy, seasonally guided menu. There's also a guest suite above Fleur de Sel for overnight travellers—and package deals for room and board. 53 Montague Street, Lunenburg

Flying Apron Inn & Cookery
A summer stop in Hants County's Summerville is a must, thanks to chef Chris Velden and his family's sweet little inn and restaurant. Making most of his culinary moves based on the nearby farmers and producers he works with, The Flying Apron's dining room is relaxed, and its plates well considered and full of local flavour. 3 Summerville Wharf Rd & Highway 215, Summerville

Lincoln Street Food
A small space that packs an unforgettable punch, Lincoln Street Food is another stand-out on Lunenburg's roster of restaurants. Maintaining a vibe that's somehow both neighbourhood-y and imported from a big city somewhere, Jody Manley and Paolo Colbertaldo's beloved eatery serves meals based on seasons from its open concept kitchen. 200 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg

Wild Caraway
Wild Caraway has no choice but to serve stunning, unforgettable meals because it has to measure up to its backdrop in the heavenly Advocate Harbour. And somehow it manages to outshine, or at least share the spotlight with, the epic Bay of Fundy. So fresh the menu changes weekly—so local you seafood may have come from across the street—Wild Caraway's century-old space is casual and comfortable, and the food is fucking incredible. 3721 Highway 209, Advocate Harbour —AS

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