Monday, August 27, 2012

Jonny's Cookhouse | Berwick, NS

I pulled up to the stop sign.  Left or right, I asked.  We were out for an adventure, checking out rural Nova Scotia, heading in whatever direction popped into our heads.

Mmmmmm... left.

And with that we left the subdivision and headed out on the old Highway 1.  I don't really know the area, but we passed my nephew's school, we passed some cows and horses, and fields of hay.  We stopped here and there for pictures.

I took a side street at one point and turned us around and headed for home.  Wait.  Or did I?  Nope, it's okay, we ventured onward.

We passed a roadside diner, Jonny's Cookhouse.  It didn't look like much, but boy, was it packed!  About 20 minutes later, the food conversation started.  Should we stop?  Maybe?  Why don't we just get a snack?  We passed a few spots but didn't stop.  Why don't we try that other place, the diner? 

By the time we got back to Jonny's, the parking lot had cleared out.  Inside we grabbed a wooden booth and settled in.  There are only about ten tables in the restaurant so we were thankful for our good timing.

We checked out the menu.  We wanted a snack, but by now we've worked up an appetite.  Burgers, fries, clubs, salads, how do we decide?  My eyes found the poutine.  I love a good standard poutine (fries, cheese curds, and gravy), but Johnny's listed an assortment of poutine choices.  The True Newfie Poutine caught my eye - fries, gravy, homemade bread dressing, mozzarella cheese, and more gravy!

Jason settled on a caesar salad and the Apple Capital Burger - local beef, Jonny's spice, grilled apple slice, red onion, and havarti.

Of course, we shared.  We expected Jason would get a small sized caesar salad and a huge burger, instead he got a giant salad and little burger.  Hmmmm.   Not to worry, that small burger came with a boatload of taste.  I would never purposely put apple on a burger, but it was fantastic.

And the poutine?  Oh my, delicious.  The homemade bread dressing was more like bread crumbs, and there was a bit too much for my liking, but over all it definitely got two thumbs up.

We filled up on our "snack" and didn't have room for anything else.  Til we turned to walk out the door and saw the ice cream list.  We couldn't pass up the Kejimkujik Campfire S'mores ice cream so we got a large cone to split.  It was huge and perhaps the best ice cream I've ever had.  We'd go back to Jonny's just for the ice cream.

If you're roaming around the valley and looking for somewhere to stop, Jonny's is the place to do it.  Directions:  head to the valley on Highway 101, take exit 15 and go left to Highway 1, turn right on Highway 1, Jonny's will be two minutes down the road on your right.  Go hungry.  Or sort of hungry.  Either way, you'll leave satisfied.

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