Local Food Heroes
by Ann Thurlow
One of the great things about an Island summer is the chance to get out on the roads and visit some of the many great eating places (as my grandfather used to call them). Some are year ’round, others are summer friends. Here’s some that I love, each for its own reason—all for good food.
The Yellow House—This is the second year for this fun and delicious place in Rustico. It started as a small take-out but now has added a few tables and some picnic benches in the yard. What’s on the menu? What day is it? The day we arrived there had been a pig roast in the community so there was a pulled pork platter, the pork tender and savoury and not sticky sweet. Most everything else was seafood—blamelessly fresh and beautifully prepared—lobster rolls, fish sandwiches—that style of dining.
On the Dock Eatery—the little place has, bar none, the best seating area on the Island. New management took the already good food up a notch. It’s a great, great spot.
Both The Yellow House and On the Dock Eatery are on Harbourview Drive in Rustico
Evergreen Café Souris—Maybe I’m just being sentimental. The mother of the owner of this lovely café was Margie Fraser, the queen of great cooking in Souris for many years. This spot opened eight years ago and is a worthy tribute to the legacy of great food. The chowders are delicious, the quesadillas come with your choice of many, many vegetable toppings, there’s pizza and a daily vegan special. Plus, great coffee and wonderful biscuits.
The Lobster Shack—Is there anything better than eating Colville Bay oysters while staring at Colville Bay? No, there is not.
Both Evergreen Café Souris and The Lobster Shack are on Main St. in Souris.
Open Eats—Creative food, a tiny kitchen that puts out big flavours, a car in the dining room. This is Summerside’s answer to “where’s the bistro?” This spot opened a couple of years ago and has been consistently imaginative food ever since. Remember hearing about lobster ice cream? That was these folks. How about a lobster roll sushi roll? Everything has an inventive twist and it’s fun to drop in and see what’s up. Along with Samuel’s Coffee House, Water Street in Summerside is now anchored by two good places to eat.
Ship to Shore, Darnley—This place has been opened and closed over the years—most serving seafood. Now it’s open again and home to a smoker—the kind that sits out back and turns ribs into something worth driving for. Seriously delicious.
Some of these spots have erratic opening hours—but all of them have Facebook pages that will give you the latest.