Where to eat on Salt Spring Island? There are lots of choices and almost without exception they are fantastic. Farm fresh produce, Salt Spring Island Lamb, freshly baked pies and bread still warm from the oven. These are characteristics many Salt Spring Island restaurants share and I for one couldn’t be happier. I’ve never come to Salt Spring and had a bad meal, in fact, I usually leave a pound or two heavier than when I arrived by float plane. Let’s start the culinary adventure.
El Loco Taco – Open since 2014, El Loco Taco has taken over the food cart on Lower Ganges Road once home to T&A Cafe. Bringing the flavours of Mexico to Salt Spring Island El Loco Taco is a must visit. Their fish tacos are famous, but if you are hungry, the Carne Asada Stuffed Burrito will fill you to the brim and then some. I swear my burrito weighed in at a full pound!
Penny’s Pantry On The Green – Penny’s Pantry is in the final stages of setting up at the Salt Spring Golf Course. This is a “local” secret. Everything served at Penny’s is made in house. From bread to dessert it is all made in house. They even have a retail freezer where you can pick up meals ready to take home and heat up like Shephard’s Pie. I visited for an early morning breakfast and enjoyed the Delux Skillet. The baked goods case caught my eye so I picked up a little Chocolate Mouse Pie for later on… Rumour has it that starting soon Prime Rib Sunday’s will be a regular thing. Maybe I should stay on the Island just a little bit longer.
Seaside Restaurant – If you want Fish & Chips on Salt Spring Island there is only one place to go, Seaside Restaurant. Located in Vesuvius Bay next to the Vesuvius Ferry Terminal you come here for two reasons, the view and the Fish & Chips. Unfortunately, it was raining hard when I arrived so I didn’t sit on the patio, but the rain couldn’t ruin the view or the taste of my Daily Catch Red Snapper Fish & Chips. Hands down the best French Fries I’ve had in months.
B Nurtured – The newest food truck to open on Salt Spring embodies everything I have come to love about the Island. Chef Brooke Winter has created a “hyper-local” healthy alternative to fast food. Sourcing only what is in season from local farmers Brooke makes a mean breakfast and lunch. I grabbed her signature Winter Bowl packed with Squash, Beets, Yams, Kale, Brown Rice and Salt Spring Island Cheese to take for lunch on one of my hikes. Open from 9:30 am to 3 pm you can find B Nurtured on Jackson Ave just one block from Lower Ganges Road.
Moby’s Pub – The nightlife hub of Salt Spring Island is Moby’s Pub. Located at 124 Upper Ganges Road, Moby’s offers an amazing view of Ganges Harbour and the Marina. I visited on Tuesday which is Burger and Beer night so of course I had to have a burger. Blue Cheese Burger with half fries and salad just to be healthy. Delicious and perfect fuel to fill up on before I play pool or enjoy a live musical performance. Want to gather with friends on Salt Spring Island, meet at Moby’s Pub for a pint.
Cafe Talia – Whether it is a casual start to your day or a lunch date with a friend a stop at Cafe Talia is in order. This little Cafe on Hereford Ave in Ganges Harbour serves up great coffee, made to order sandwiches and pastries. I met a friend here and gobbled down a fresh Croissant Sandwich before I realised I should have taken a photo of it. Quaint and friendly are the staff and the other patrons. I was lucky to find a seat inside when one of the guests offered to share her table with me. True Salt Spring friendliness.
Salt Spring Inn – Located right in the heart of Ganges Harbour I have driven by Salt Spring Inn hundreds of times and finally decided to pop in for a bite to eat. I wasn’t disappointed. I felt like a lighter dinner so went with the Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese and finished off my meal with fresh from the oven Apple, Plum and Cranberry Pie. OMG, the pie alone is worth coming for a visit. This is a family friendly place to be so if you’ve got kids travelling with you they will be ok here.
Salt Spring Coffee – It has to be good if the coffee is named after the Island. Salt Spring Coffee is a favourite place of mine to stop at to grab a java while I am on the Island. Work on the laptop with a slice of Pecan Pie or grab it to go for a hike on one of the many trails nearby. Either way, Salt Spring Coffee brews a mean cup of coffee and gets two thumbs up from me.
These are eight fabulous places along with our from my first visit I hope you check out. The four Salt Spring Island restaurants from my original adventures that you should also consider are Auntie Pesto’s, Harbour House (open in the Spring 2016), Tree House Cafe and the new Bistro at Hastings House.