Fish and chips
What: Nova Scotia, being a Maritime Province in a Commonwealth nation, is prime fish-and-chips territory. People love this dish here: Particularly on the South Shore but well beyond as well, countless restaurants, fish shacks, and food trucks tout their fish and chips. It’s usually haddock or cod; if you’re lucky, the fry will be perfectly crisp and the chips thick and hand-cut. Plan on eating it at least once in this area!
Where: Shaw’s Landing (6958 Peggy’s Cove Rd./Prospect Rd., map) in West Dover, just a few minutes east of iconic Peggy’s Cove (and her lesser-known, possibly more stunning sister, Polly’s Cove), is celebrated for its lobster but has great homemade food across the spectrum, including fish and chips. Essentially, it also has a beautiful outdoor deck overlooking some tranquil water, a good local beer list, and a great slogan: “Beer + Lobster. Enough Said.”
When: Seasonally open, May through Oct.
Order: The fish and chips ($13) is fresh haddock here, soft and mild and encased in a crunchy fry that’s downright delicious eating. The fries are equally delicious; heck, even the homemade tartar sauce and coleslaw are top-notch. Vinegar and ketchup are available too. While you’re here, you’d best be getting a steamed lobster as well.
Alternatively: This ain’t hard to find. Fear not. Along the South Shore, you might try The Yardarm (8369 Peggy's Cove Rd., map) in Indian Harbour; at the top of St. Margaret’s Bay there’s an inviting little fish shack called Maya’s Favorite (4 French Village Station Rd, Upper Tantallon, map); or in Halifax, grab a counter seat at the iconic (and award-winning) John’s Lunch (352 Pleasant St., map), near the wharf in Dartmouth.