45th Parallel Motel: Seafood
The 45th Parallel Restaurant/Motel seemed to be one of only a few places to eat on Deer Island and it looked like we picked a good one - listed in 'Where to Eat in Canada 2000'! It was mid-afternoon of our first day on the road when we turned up wet and bedraggled from our little detour across 'Clam Creek' (see my Off the Beaten Path tip for the details), so we were in need of some good food. The restaurant is noted for its seafood, especially since it keeps the largest lobster found in Deer Island waters, Herman, in a glass tank situated in the middle of the eating area. At the end of the lobster season, Herman will be returned to his natural habitat and a replacement will be found again the following season. Maybe Herman and his buddy are a bit worried being displayed in a restaurant lobby, because they are already sporting the cooked 'reddish' look instead of the normal dark green colour of freshly caught lobsters! However, for the moment, just remove those rubber bands on his claws and this 14-pound (6.3-kg) heavyweight champion of Deer Island is ready to take on all comers!
Favorite Dish: Our first sampling of the food was excellent - Club Sandwiches with Fries washed down by cold Alpine and Blue beers. While eating, we had a good chat with a very fit looking young couple who had been biking for 8 days to make it this far from New York City. They were headed for Cape Breton Island on the tip of Nova Scotia but very sensibly planned to fly back from there! We mentioned that the Provincial Campground at New River Beach, NB would be a good target for them for the night.
After spending the rest of the afternoon and early evening at the private campground on Deer Island Point, we returned to the 45th for our evening meal. It was very pleasant weather, so we sat outside on their deck enjoying excellent Fish 'n Chips with Coleslaw and Tartar Sauce (US$8) along with beers and Jost red wine from Nova Scotia (US$4 per drink). It was a perfect way to end the first day of our Summer 2006 bike trip!
- Road Trip
Village School Diner and Take-Out: One of three
There are a total of 3 restaurants on the Island. this is the only one I have eaten at. I was satisfied with my meal and I remember that it was a very reasonnable price.
Favorite Dish: The fresh seafood!!!!