As luck would have it, what we imagined would be a vibrant city centre, turns out to be a deserted college town. During the summer months, the city of Moncton is deserted by its student population, which results in little activity for tourists. Needless to say we were taken aback, as this is where we headed for our birthday celebration dinner… The upside however was a classy restaurant called Little Louis’ Oyster Bar that serves up refined regional and seasonal dining at a very affordable price. My personal favorite was the lobster ravioli with fried sweet bread and lobster bisque.
As for every first-time visitor to the lobster capital of the world, a visit to a fishing wharf is imposed. With incoming boats, lobster crates, and countless locals bargaining the $3-a-pound lobster with a cauldron overflowing of crustaceans in one hand and money in the other, the Pointe-du-Chêne Wharf is bustling with activity and not to be missed! Although the scent of fried and grilled seafood emanating from Captain Dan’s Bar and Grill might entice you to try it, you’re best to deal with fishermen and enjoy your feast at home.
Chez Camille Take Out
If cooking is an issue and you’re looking for something laid-back, then a take-out cantine or dinner is a must. Drop by the family-run diner off the side of the Chemin Acadie, Chez Camille. Their lobster rolls pack a powerful punch of shellfish goodness on a lightly seared hotdog bun, and their fried clams, or “palourdes frites”, will melt in your mouth: trust me, your tastebuds will thank you!