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Loyal reader and friend of the Double P’s, Romina, recently visited Charlottetown, PEI. Sure she was on vacation, but that didn’t stop us from insisting she report on the best eats from out East.

The nice thing about returning to a place you love with someone who’s never been before is experiencing it with fresh eyes…and taste buds. This summer, my partner joined me in Charlottetown where I was visiting my best friend, Mo. I love everything PEI: the breezy weather, the boardwalks, the red sand, and of course, the yummy food. Charlottetown may be small, with fewer than 35,000 citizens, but it does not disappoint when it comes to exceptional cuisine (and is, surprisingly, home to the most Lebanese restaurants per capita in Canada).

We were lucky enough to stay with the lovely Duffy-Cobb family who treated us to a lobster dinner at their cottage. Each of us devoured a two-pound lobster that we picked up at MacKinnon’s, aka Lobster on the Wharf (2 Prince St.). You can purchase both the live and cooked variety here, and if you’re going for the latter, I would highly recommend forking over the extra $2 to get them cracked. But you don’t need to fly all the way to Charlottetown to partake in this lobster fantasy.

MacKinnon’s takes orders online and ship anywhere serviceable by Air Canada, FedEx or UPS. The sumptuous fare was rounded out by mussels steamed in a white-wine sauce, plenty of creamy potato and pasta salad, and fresh buns from the Farmers Market (100 Belvedere Ave.).

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If you’re not blessed with your own Charlottetown crew to prepare a home-cooked meal, you can indulge in much lobster-related fare throughout the city. Fishbones Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill on Victoria Row (136 Richmond St.) specializes in seafood and offers a Sunday Jazz Brunch.

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The pan-seared Digby Scallops ($13) with leek “frizzle” and mango “fresco” were delectable and bigger than imagined. The “Chow-Dah” ($10) was substantial enough to be a meal in itself, with large chunks of scallops, lobster, clams and other seafood treats within the smooth creamy base. Though the Frites ($9) themselves were disappointingly dry, they were paired with an amazing — and not overpoweringly spicy — Lobster Chipotle Aioli. (For a more flawless spud experience, I recommend checking out Taters in Peake’s Wharf.)

Devouring lobster, scallops, chow-dah and potatoes may all sound stereotypically PEI, but when you’re visiting with a first-timer you’ve got to show them the best of the best. And when they insist on meeting Anne of Green Gables, well, you’ve got to oblige and do that too.

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Charlottetown Farmers Market / 100 Belvedere Avenue
902 626 3373 / Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm

MacKinnon’s aka Lobster on the Wharf / 2 Lower Prince Street
902 894 9311

Fishbones Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill / 136 Richmond Street
902 628 6569 / Monday to Sunday, open at 11 am

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