It has been two years and two months since I was last in Fredericton. To say I have been excited about my return visit is an understatement. I had the best time visiting New Brunswick and Fredericton was the first stop of my month long adventure here. During my week-long stay, I was able to dive deep into the food scene and came up with a great list of restaurants to dine at. A lot has happened in two years and I am excited to add to my Fredericton restaurant guide with a couple of new spots and two new to me options. Are you hungry because I am and I am ready to eat!
For a full list of the eight restaurants included in my previous adventure, you can find them here. Great news they are all still open and thriving. From Coffee and pastries in the morning to a wine bar for some relaxed enjoyment at the end of the night.
#1 11th Mile is located next to Corked Wine Bar at 87 Regent Street in the heart of downtown Fredericton. My favourite dining spot of the entire trip 11th Mile brings a Toronto quality menu with service and pricing that can only be described as coming from Fredericton. The owners are local but have spent the past years away in Toronto and have returned home to bring a bit of what they’ve learned with them. Skip the beer and wine and go straight for one of their craft cocktail creations or enjoy a classic. Finally a great cocktail bar in Fredericton.
As for the food, Chef Peter serves up my favourite way to dine, small share plates. Order a few and share amongst yourselves. I sampled the Deviled Egg, Fried Olive and Beef Croquette (your portions will be bigger BTW). Freekah, Shitake Mushrooms and Gren Bean Risotto was another star plate closely followed by the Gnocchi with Pork Ragu. You may have noticed that each plate is different. Just one of the fun quirks at 11th Mile.
#2 Wolastoq Wharf is famous for their seafood and is a destination spot if you are craving a seriously good Lobster Roll. Located on the North side of the Wolastoq River, now known as the Saint John River, Wolastoq Wharf is a bit of a walk from downtown Fredericton, but only a quick bicycle or drive if you have a car.
If you are craving seafood in Fredericton this is where you come. I started off with an order of Bannock and molasses plus a serving of Mussels in a garlic and leek broth. For my main meal, I had to try their Lobster Roll with a side Spinach Salad. Absolutely fantastic and there was plenty of Lobster in that roll! For dessert, you must have the Carrot Cake. It is their signature dessert and baked fresh daily. Can you say cream cheese frosting?
#3 Moco Downtown also located on Regent Street is where to go if you are craving Italian food. I started off with a dish called Mushrooms on Toast. Topped with a soft poached egg, locally sourced mushrooms and a truffle cream sauce it is a rich and decadent start to your meal. My main meal was the Sunday Pasta. House-made Fettucini noodles with Nonna C’s marinara sauce, meatballs and covered in Parmesan Cheese. It’s good to have a Nonna!
#4 Catch Urban Grill located within the Delta Fredericton has one of the best patio views in the city. Located on the South shore of the Saint John River you can enjoy your meal and catch a glorious sunset all at the same time. I was challenged with what to have so I had a few things starting off with the house made Pork Dumplings. For my main meal, I was conflicted. Should I go with the best-selling Beef Tenderloin or try the Strawberry Hill Farm Harvest Box special? The Harvest Box is a weekly delivery from the farm of what has just been harvested and the kitchen staff then make up a weekly special. This week it is Jambalaya. Chef Chris suggest I have both, problem solved!
For dessert I again take Chef Chris’ advice and go with the in-house made Lemon Bar. OMG, I hope this available by room service as I would order this every night if I was staying here.
There you have it, twelve great places to eat out when you are in Fredericton. An often overlooked Fredericton restaurant you also may want to consider is the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Terrace restaurant. Over 50% of the way through a complete renovation the restaurant still serves up a mean breakfast and has a lovely view of the river from their back patio. Best of all I rarely find it packed.
For a town this size the Fredericton restaurant scene is very good. I won’t let two years pass until my next visit you can be guaranteed. Bon Appetite.