Taste the Coast
There’s one word you’ll hear often while you taste Prince Rupert’s cuisine: ‘local’.
People here are proud to cook up meals from ingredients found in the surrounding landscape. Seafood is, of course, on most menus, and typically it’s local and fresh—always tasty. For meat or vegetarian options, many restaurants source their ingredients from within the region, or failing that, elsewhere in BC. Much of what you experience in Prince Rupert embodies this same sense of pride, attention to detail, and connection to the landscape and community. This place has a huge variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars, each of which showcases something special about Prince Rupert…and there’s a lot to show off.
The best way to figure out what—and where—to eat, is to look at your three meals.
So, breakfast first then. If you’re like a lot of people, you need a caffeine fix. Rupert has a great selection of cafés and restaurants, from the quirky to the cultured, from the nationwide chains to the purely Prince Rupert, there’s a spot for everyone. In the small—but very awesome—Cow Bay district kick back with a coffee and a morning snack, or take it with you on your adventures. A favourite haunt of locals and visitors alike has a funky ambience, a healthy selection of food, drinks, including all kinds of fancy caffeinated beverages, and an amazingly friendly vibe. You’re guaranteed to start the day off on a good foot in here.
Further into town you’ll find more selections for the morning. If you’re looking for a hearty meal to complement your morning fix and kick-start the day, most of the cafés around offer some kind of breakfast fare and any restaurant open to early morning diners will have hot drinks that accompany good eats.
Any of the restaurants you visited for a morning coffee will also serve lunch, but there are lots of other options too. If you want a view, stick to Cow Bay or some of the spots along 1st Ave. For specialty foods (like sushi), you can find a few options for take-out or dine-in in Cow Bay. For seafood—take your pick! Almost every restaurant in Rupert offers some kind of seafood fare. One particularly good option for fresh seafood cooked well is in the fish market. In the heart of Cow Bay, the little shop sells a variety of locally caught fish and serves an amazing lunch menu. If it’s a burger and fries kind of meal you’re looking for, check out one of Rupert’s pubs.
In the summer, the sun drops below the horizon late in Prince Rupert and it’s worth trying to get to a good spot to watch it. Sunsets in this northern town, when the weather permits, are the kind where everyone gets quiet for a few minutes. The landscape starts to look like a painting. And you know that the picture you just took won’t do it justice because when you look later you’ll realize that it was one of those moments where you just had to be there. Here’s the good part: you were there. You had good company, a delicious drink, and an unforgettable dinner. In Prince Rupert, it’s easy to make this scenario a reality. Scope out the restaurants along the waterfront and ask for a table with a view.
But sometimes, an evening out has nothing to do with the view—it’s about the meal itself. If the food is this good, then who cares what you’re looking at? Close your eyes and just taste. The people who open up restaurants in Prince Rupert are almost always proud of their home and excited to showcase cool culinary creations.
When your belly is full and you think drinks might finish the evening off nicely, check out Prince Rupert’s own craft brewery, just up the hill from the heart of Cow Bay. With a few regular ales—golden, pale, and brown—plus rotating “seasonal” brews, most tastes are catered to. If you stop by but they’re not open, don’t worry, many of the town’s restaurants and pubs offer their beers on the menu. If you get your timing right and they are open, you’re in luck. The brewery is pretty new and has an amazing semi-industrial feel, accentuated by warm wooden accents and clever lighting. The whole place has a nautical theme—honouring Rupert’s longstanding connection to the sea—and the general vibe inside is like more like a family gathering than a business. Oh, and the beer tastes great, too.