A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town of Lunenburg traces its lineage back to the mobile peoples of Germany, Switzerland, and the Montbéliard region of France. Early settlers found the area's picturesque waters teeming with silver-skinned quarry; they quickly began to cast their lines, and they haven’t stopped since. Today, the town maintains its legacy as a North American fishing mecca and entices tourists with the small-town charm of historical Cape architecture. In addition to the brightly hued houses clad in shades of orange, lemon, and fire-truck red, the local vibe is colored by romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, fresh seafood restaurants, and nearly 200 specialty shops and art galleries. Lunenburg Harbour Port plays host to a revolving showcase of majestic tall ships, many of which were erected and christened by the town’s legendary shipbuilders. Although the ships in the port vary by date and season, visitors often have the opportunity to photograph and board some of the tall ships in dock.
The lunch artisans at The Hydrostone Café assemble an array of savoury sandwiches served alongside homemade soups and pastas. Sandwich fillings span the light-to-heavy spectrum, from beef brisket ($7.25) to tuna or veggie ($5). While hands busy themselves with sandwiches, forks and spoons pierce, scoop, and sculpt busts of Queen Victoria from sides such as creamy pasta, coleslaw, or chili ($2.50 for a small, $5 for a large). Homemade soups ($2.50 for a small, $5 for a large) pair with half sandwiches, and the kitchen can tag out any regular bread for a gluten-free version ($1 extra). Patrons can spelunk in the endless caverns of the Internet by using the eatery's free WiFi while sipping coffee, tea, or pop ($1.50–$2.50) or can take their meals to go for enjoying while safely ensconced in their underwater domes.
Gathering locally sourced ingredients, Athens Restaurant builds its menu upon a foundation of authentic Greek recipes and specialty house dishes. Commence your trek through Mediterranean bliss with saganaki, a breaded graviera cheese flambéed with Metaxa brandy ($9.99). The spinach and feta pierogies make appetizing filler for empty throat pouches or toasty lining for threadbare greatcoats. Strata of noodles, ground beef, and lamb undulating in an authentic pastitsio ($13.99) complement a tablemate's plate of roasted mushroom ravioli ($13.99). Athens Restaurant greets the sun with standard Western egg breakfasts ($5.99) and unique Greek morning feasts such as homemade salt fish cakes, two eggs, and skorthalia ($8.99). Not to be ignored, the baklava ($5.99), stuffed with spiced almonds, walnuts, syrup, and honey, evokes layer upon layer of phyllo pathos when left untouched.
Peanut-butter cream cheese, a bacon weave, and banana chips are stitched together on the 8-ounce peanut-butter-banana burger. It's one of Clay West Bar & Grill's many innovative takes on comfort food. Though chefs cook up familiar menu items, such as the Grown-Up grilled cheese, they man the kitchen like mad scientists when it comes to creating more inventive options such as the Atomic burger with banana peppers, sharp cheddar, and Loco sauce, or the Southern barbecue pizza with slow-cooked pulled pork, onions, cheddar, mozzarella, cornbread croutons, and housemade barbecue sauce. This is their MO—skew comfort food until it's somehow both comfortable and adventurous, the finest culinary line walked since chocolate ice cream was packaged as a product to reduce swelling. Not only are the chefs bold, but they are also keen on sustainability. Whenever possible, they source locally grown and produced ingredients.