Published September 2018
Fall colours get all the glory, but there’s another, more delicious reason that autumn is everyone’s favourite season.... the food. (It always goes back to food, doesn’t it?). There’s SO MUCH good stuff for local chefs to work with this time of year that the menus are downright bursting with yummy harvest-inspired deliciousness. Pair that with a fresh-brewed beer or cider and you’ve got a meal that can rival any showy look-at-me tree.
Head out for a leaf-peeping afternoon followed by eats and drinks at any of these spots and you’ll be Instagramming your way through autumn.
WHERE TO GO FOR LOCAL FALL FLAVOURS
540 Kitchen & Bar, Fredericton
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at this gastro pub in New Brunswick’s capital city. (Seriously, you can’t.) Well edited and ever-changing, it’s based on local, organic, modern cuisine. A 10-tap draught system offers the best brews the Maritimes has to offer.
Restaurant Le Nouvo Caveau, Paquetville
Head to this spot for your seafood fix. It’s literally as fresh as it gets. Just a stone’s throw from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (well known for its thriving fishing industry), you’ll be treated to a local feast paired with personalized beverages by the restaurant’s sommelier.
Port City Royal, Saint John
Known as much for its cool vibe as for the ah-MAZ-ing menu (it’s been called one of Canada’s best restaurants multiple times over), Port City Royal has made a name for itself as one of New Brunswick’s hottest spots to dine... and drink. Order something from the master mixologist and you’ll be in speakeasy heaven (we recommend the Pumpkin Flip, a bold cocktail mix of brandy, spiced rum, Guinness reduction and pumpkin spice).
The adorable yellow house that this restaurant is in sets the stage for an utterly unique meal. Belgian Chef Camille Pluymacker’s seasonally-driven menus change by the day based on what piques her interest in area farmers’ markets. It’s this flexibility that earns her high marks for inventive local cuisine.
Café Europa, Campbellton
Take some time between treks in the Appalachians to grab lunch at this northern café. Handmade pumpkin spice lattes (#PSL 👌) are just the warmup to an uber-autumn meal. Think local apple toffee scones and fresh zucchini soup. Mmmmmmmm...
Fresco Kitchen, Bathurst
Go here for a sophisticated but relaxed meal that’s guaranteed to be memorable. With menu items like steak tartare, lamb and filet mignon, there’s no wrong choice. The owner, former Top Chef Canada contestant Joel Aubie, cooks everything from scratch, from the beef and chicken stock to the hand-rolled pasta.
TRY LOCAL BREWS & CIDERS ON TAP
Red Rover Ciderhouse, Fredericton
Au Bootlegger, Bathurst
Laundromat Expresso Bar, Moncton
Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault, Edmundston
Yip Cider, Long Reach
Saint John Ale House, Saint John
Les Brasseux d’la côte, Tracadie
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