Blackfin Pub – At the recommendation of our B&B owners and TripAdvisor, we hit this place up for a late dinner on our first night and for a more reasonably timed dinner on our third night (see Flying Canoe below). We each tried a local beer, and the Vancouver Island dunkelweiss turned out to be my favorite beer of the trip. The food was definitely on the pub-side but the quality was good and satisfying. Plus, it has a great view of the Comox harbor.
Martine’s Bistro – This bistro was very popular on the busy holiday weekend, but we managed to snag a table near an open window with a lovely view of our parked car and a deer eating someone’s shrubs. We ordered a bottle of the local Pinot Gris and were pleasantly surprised at the quality. (Our waiter gracious let us sample it first because it was available by the glass.) I ordered the mussels and Eric had the curried chicken fettucine. The shellfish were huge and plump and well, looked a little naughty, frankly. My only complaint was that this place did not have air-conditioning and it was HOT. I spent the entire meal sweating, kinda yucky.
my scandalous mussels and a good blush pinot gris
Flying Canoe – The best thing I can say about this place is that I’m glad we didn’t stay for dinner. (We went back to the Black Fin, above, instead.) It’s a small miracle we even got our beers as the wait staff essentially ignored us and didn’t have any of the advertised bar snacks available at 7pm. We spied a few tables worth of sad-looking food on our way out and never looked back.
Longwood Brewery – Our last stop on the way to the return ferry for some tasty poutine and beers! We sat out on the balcony and gave our feet a well deserved rest while sipping on some nicely crafted beers. I had the Russian Imperial Stout and Eric choose the Dunkelweizenbrau. I passed on the Scotch Ale because it tasted more like a sour to me, but Eric was willing to trade his in, so I guess he liked it. :)
The Longwood sign and a heart attack in a dish.