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.
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.
Casual eatery La Cucina Café Pizzeria and Spaghetti House slakes hunger pangs with a menu of traditional Italian fare. Explore the creamy realms of the pasta vegetali ($12), penne pasta flanked by a fleet of spinach, toasted pine nuts, and zucchini. The panini Toscano ($10) elevates bread's original function as a pocket protector, loading the slices with chicken, prosciutto, and pesto mayonnaise. La Cucina's skillful pizza architects slather crispy dough foundations with myriad edible scaffoldings, inviting patrons to scale pies such as the Al Forno, topped with pepperoni, genoa salami, italian sausage, and bacon ($10.50–$26). The wine list features red and white varietals available by the glass or bottle, including Ernest & Julio Gallo Twin Valley Vineyards zinfandel ($5/glass) and Stony Hollow merlot from Chile ($5/glass). For dessert, the vanilla bean gelato sundae ($6) cools off even the most heated dinnertime debates over the genetic makeup of sporks.
Train Station Bike & Bean equips cyclists with bikes, gear, and fresh-brewed coffee in a historic train station located midway along the picturesque St. Margaret's Bay Trail. Pedalling duos can rent a pair of hybrid bikes for eight hours of traffic-free exploration on a 33-kilometre grooved pathway following the route of the railway that connected the area's villages in pre-teleportation days. Other routes transport riders through scenic fishing villages, sandy beaches, and popular sites, such as Peggy's Cove and Aspotogan Loop. The rental includes bike helmets and a bike-rack storage bag to hold valuables and fortifying cupcakes en route.
Trendz Cafe & Wine Bar's certified Chef de Cuisine Daniel Delorme arouses mouths with an array of local and seasonal ingredients. The lunch menu’s curried lobster ragout links arms with mango to high-kick atop a cornbread stage ($14), and the Italian chicken sandwich traps sundried tomato and free-range, rosemary chicken between two slices of focaccia ($13). At Dinner, diners bow to pan-fried halibut that dons a saffron-sauce robe and sits regally atop a vegetable-risotto throne ($25). In the grilled bison striploin, Chef Delorme quells a 6-ounce steak's temper with a calming blanket of redcurrant jus and mood crystals that take the tasty form of grilled summer vegetables and roasted potatoes ($28).
Brewdebaker's Tap & Grill welcomes diners to steer hungry stomachs toward the modern interiors of its Halifax grill or its Dartmouth location, inside Sleeman's Brewery, to watch staff freshly craft their brews. Patrons translate a diverse menu into taste-speak with phrases such as sesame Voodoo sticks—chicken skewers bathed in panko breading and spicy chili sauce ($9.99). In-house smoked baby back ribs rubbed in apple-butter barbecue sauce form a temperate coast, kissed by rolling waves of slaw beneath a baked-potato lighthouse ($16.99). Battered haddock, shrimp, scallops, and fries tell tall tales of monstrous mouths while atop a Fisherman's platter ($15.99), and the jalapeno bacon burger ($11.99) heats hands with jalapeno havarti, maple bacon, fried onions, and a well-chosen reading from a romance novel. All burgers come with a choice of fries, kettle chips, or house salad and can be paired with cellar-fresh pours, including Brewdebaker's own ales or Sleeman drafts, which fill litre mugs for $7.99 on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 4 p.m.