A foodie’s guide to Tofino


Tofino, one of Canada’s most western cities, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers some of the country’s greatest surfing, as well as whale watching. If you want to walk along the beach in the evening to see some of the most stunning sunsets or trek down the coast in beautiful lush rainforest, Tofino is the place for you. Take a scenic tour in a floatplane to gaze at the breathtaking view of alpine lakes, rugged coastlines, or the mountains. Let go of your worries and soak yourself in a relaxing hot spring of Hot Springs Cove surrounded by lush rainforest and crashing waves.

In Tofino, you will find some delectable dishes that you just cannot miss! There are some mouth-watering dishes and tasty dishes like Mussels, Tacos, and Pan Seared Salmon and many more. Continue reading to know more.

1. Mussels

Bivalve mollusks have, in common, a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible clams, which are often more or less rounded or oval. The external color of the shell is often dark blue, blackish, or brown, while the interior is silvery and somewhat nacreous. Mussels are soft and slightly chewy, with a mild “ocean” flavor, so it pairs well in many dishes or even enjoyed by themselves.

The most popular places to try out Mussels are Shelter Restaurant and Tofino.

2. Tacos

Tacos are usually hand sized and can be made with either corn or flour tortillas and can be fried or not. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, bean, and cheese, allowing great versatility and variety. They are often garnished with various condiments, such as salsa, guacamole, or sour cream, and vegetables, such as lettuce, onion, tomatoes, and chilis. A taco is made to your specifications, so add as little or as much as you want.

The most popular places to try out Tacos is Tacofino.

3. Pan Seared Salmon

The honey cornbread at Shelter Restaurant was fantastic served alongside smoked salmon chowder. From start to finish, everything on our plates was fresh and full of flavor. In 2 years of visiting Tofino, dining there was actually the best experience we have had. I recommend the pan seared scallops, as well. Delectable!

The most popular places to try out Pan Seared Salmon is Shelter Restaurant.

4. Seafood Chowder

A seafood lover’s dream, Seafood Chowder has a typical chowder base which consists of milk, cream, bacon, cubed potatoes, onions and spices. What makes Seafood Chowder unique is the addition of different combinations of fish, shrimp, lobster and scallops. There are endless variations on the Seafood Chowder recipe with some calling for additional vegetables and other seafood favorites.

The most popular places to try out Seafood Chowder are The Schooner Restaurant and Shelter Restaurant.

5. Bronut Breakfast Sandwich

The Bronut Breakfast Sandwich is filled with the typical filling of egg, bacon and/or sausage and cheese, but the real star of this show is the Bronut bread. The Bronut is actually a brioche feuilletée pastry which can be described as a delectable cross between a croissant, a brioche and a donut, hence the Bronut moniker. This flaky, airy egg dough pastry elevates the ordinary breakfast sandwich to delicious new heights!

The most popular places to try out Bronut Breakfast Sandwich is RHINO COFFEE HOUSE.

6. Ling Cod

Ling cod is also known as buffalo cod or cultus cod, depending upon region. it is a very popular eating fish that is native to the North American west coast from the Gulf of Alaska all the way to Baja California. Because it is such a popular fish to eat, is is prized by anglers in these areas.

The most popular places to try out Ling Cod are Braedy Mack Charters, Beach Break Lodge and HUGE ling cod!.

7. Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles. Photo 1…This was my favorite lunch spot in Tofina. Great Dan Dan and pork belly steamed buns are delicious. Everything on the menu is fantastic so don’t be afraid to try dishes that may be outside of your comfort zone. To make Dan Dan noodles, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Heat oil in a wok over high heat, then add ground pork and toss with a spatula while cooking.

The most popular places to try out Dan Dan Noodles is Sea Monster Noodle Bar.

8. Polpette (Meatball) Pizza

These pizzas are the star of the show at Basic Goodness where they are served until there is no more ingredients left to make them. They feature a plain menu of local ingredients from cooked meats to fresh veggies. The basic Italian meatball is made with ground beef or veal. They are then baked or steamed and finished with a drizzle of olive oil.

The most popular places to try out Polpette (Meatball) Pizza is Basic Goodness Pizzeria.

9. Morning Bun

Morning buns are a relative of the cinnamon roll, but so much more. Made with a croissant-type flaky dough that puffs up considerably during baking, the west-coast morning bun peels apart into delicate layers. Before being rolled up, the dough is coated with cinnamon, sugar, and orange zest.

The most popular places to try out Morning Bun is Common Loaf Bake Shop.

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