Restaurants in Truro


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Roadside Willies offers its valued patrons casual dining with a touch of class. Whether stopping by to unwind with your favorite beverage, or savoring a full course meal with family and friends, Roadside Willies offers up something for everyone. Our extensive menu features tastes from around the world.
27 Jennifer Dr
Truro,
NS
CA
It’s hard to know where to look first upon walking into one of Jungle Jim’s two-dozen locations. Nearly every inch of wall space overflows with such safari-themed accoutrements as palm fronts, bamboo poles, colored lights, and a tiki bar. Although the restaurant aims to transport families to an exotic tropical wonderland, the huge menu is stuffed with familiar favorites designed to appeal to nearly every kind of diner. Chicken panini wraps and zesty buffalo wings swing quickly from the kitchen, but for more ceremonious occasions there are also a number of upscale, steakhouse-style options. A favorite is the St. Louis-style Rhino Ribs, a heft half-rack made sticky with honey garlic or barbecue sauce. Alongside such decadence, the special Slim Jim menu showcases entrees with 550 calories or fewer, such as pan-seared tiger shrimp and grilled chicken salad. Kids can dig into smaller portions on their own menu—which, once they’ve decided between alfredo pasta and animal-shaped chicken nuggets, they can fold into a tiki-style mask.
245 Robie St
Truro,
NS
CA
Built in 1928, the renovated passenger car that now serves as Tatamagouche Railway Dining Car whisked travellers to and fro on the Canadian National Railway. These days, it stays stationary while taste buds do all the travelling during lunches and dinners every summer and autumn. The kitchen specializes in steak and seafood entrees?such as lemon-dill salmon?that complement the veggies and edible, pesticide-free flowers grown in the restaurant's private garden. The dining car is part of the Train Station Inn at the 19th-century Tatamagouche Station, whose other railways cars now serve as bed-and-breakfast suites.
21 Station Road
Tatamagouche,
NS
CA
Every six months, according to The Coast magazine, Chef Stefan Bruchmann begins updating his menu at Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar. Those seasonal changes have been met with consistent acclaim, including The Coast's honor of "Best Dartmouth Restaurant" five years running. The ever-evolving menu has been known to spotlight mains such as crispy arctic char with a crusted potato cake, wilted spinach, vine roasted tomatoes and honey mustard vinaigrette and a chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, havarti, and oyster mushrooms served with a red pepper jam. Chef Stefan combines the secrets and techniques that he garnered from his culinary experiences in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Nectar's bartenders match that creativity with a slate of inventive martinis?which includes the garlic-tinged Janes' Bond and the mandarin-kissed Southern Peach?and an extensive wine list. High-backed, white chairs juxtapose the dining room's black floors and tables, creating a striking tableau accented with damask-patterned wallpaper and bright chandeliers. Tucked in the back and upstairs, the patio awaits guests who wish to dine outdoors. Amid this upscale ambiance, the staff hosts themed occasions such as bring-your-own-wine Tuesdays and vegan Wednesdays. On Sundays, Nectar presents live performances from local musicians Daniel Matto, Nadia Moore, and Georges Hebert, who enliven the air with a blend of jazz standards.
62 Ochterloney St.
Dartmouth,
NS
CA
Back in 2003, when Hurricane Juan left Nova Scotians stranded for a few days, Lil MacPherson grew concerned about food. She noticed that there were few local options in their relative isolation, and that much of their food was both shipped from far away and treated with additives. This discovery inspired her to start supporting nearby farmers and purveyors in the hopes of strengthening Nova Scotia's foodscape. But she didn't want to stop there?she wanted the rest of her home province to embrace sustainability, too. The Wooden Monkey, a restaurant devoted to the local culinary culture, was the next step in her journey. Under the guidance of partners Christine Bower and Matthew Gass, The Wooden Monkey in Halifax and Dartmouth shine a spotlight on the work of farmers and fishermen. The menu rejects artificially enhanced ingredients and cutlery grown in a lab in favor of homegrown meals. In fact, every meat in the kitchen has been sourced from Nova Scotia: lamb from Nothumberlamb is used for the lamb burger, and the rustic chicken dinner is made from Pasture Hills poultry. The Monkey isn't just for meat-eaters, however. The staff also prepares an abundance of vegan and vegetarian options, including plates of gingered tofu served over organic quinoa-rice noodles. In fact, the menu is conscious of several dietary restrictions, including Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and nut allergies.
40 Alderney Dr.
Dartmouth,
NS
CA
Joe's Food Emporium boasts on its website that its menu has "everything you'll ever want to eat," and it's hardly an exaggeration. The menu spans countries as well as continents—though the kitchen prizes locally grown vegetables as well as healthful doses of extra-virgin olive oil and pure canola oil. North American starters of Cajun chicken and cheese quesadillas work their way up in longitude, eventually settling on poutines that can incorporate cheese curds, chili, or donair meat. Mediterranean recipes yield plates of falafel, pesto pizza, and seafood penne, and stir-fries toss veggies and curry tiger shrimp in flavorful Asian sauces. The selection of oven-baked subs is an atlas all its own, ranging from the hawaiian to the Old English, whose turkey, ham, mozzarella, and vegetables are served atop a page of the Charter of Cnut. Adults belly up to the old-fashioned wood bar to watch the game, whereas diners of all ages enjoy cheesecake and banana splits on the open patio.
434 Main Street
Wolfville,
NS
CA
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