On Highway 331 between Liverpool and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, there’s a tiny community called Broad Cove. We drive through it often when exploring the scenic South Shore, and every time we pass the Best Coast Coffee Gallery I say – out loud – “we’ve got to check that place out sometime.”
After a morning run on Crescent Beach last week, Gary pronounced that it was finally “sometime”. Running on the beach is hard work, and neither of us had eaten yet (although I was still full from the previous night’s Lobster Linguini at Magnolia’s Grill in Lunenburg, to be honest).
The Best Coast Coffee Gallery’s traditional building with its quintessentially South Shore decorations (brightly coloured Adirondack chairs are to the South Shore what flying the US flag in your yard is to Maine) just looks like a friendly place to stop. The parking lot is across the road, but since this area isn’t heavily travelled, and the road in question is very small, it isn’t an issue.
Stepping inside, we realised why it’s called a “gallery” – not only is there food and coffee here, but the works of local artists are displayed on the walls, and for sale. This is a comfortable café, with the cheerful old-fashioned décor continuing inside. It’s also a popular spot with cyclists and locals, which was a nice mix, as the cyclists meant I didn’t need to feel too badly about my running gear and the locals’ show of support meant it was likely to serve quality food.
With no shortage of patrons, it’s perhaps understandable that the service wasn’t as prompt as it ought to have been, but empty post-morning-run bellies aren’t known for their understanding nature. Luckily, there are plenty of tourism materials on each table to keep you occupied once you’re done admiring the artwork and South Shore décor.
Amazingly, the bowl o’latte is also “bottomless” and you can refill with the brewed coffee to your heart’s content.
By the time our food arrived, I was very hungry, highly caffeinated, and full of new ideas for our vacation. Heroically, I managed to hold off long enough to snap one photo before diving in.
The sandwich was worth the wait.
Fresh, homemade bread, thick cut turkey, and that hint of lime in the mayo made this one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. Wait or no, I’d go back. We chose an orzo salad for our side dish, and it too was full of light, “herb-y” flavour (the waitress’s description, not mine).
The gallery boasts its own organic garden, from which many of its ingredients are harvested, and sources coffee from Java Blend Coffee Roasters in Halifax as well. That means that on top of your delicious meal you’ll be full of good feelings about supporting the local economy.
It’s open for dinner, too, but by reservation only and there’s a set menu, so call ahead if you’re thinking of heading their way.
Best Coast Coffee Gallery
What: Café, restaurant & art gallery
Where: 7070 Hwy 331, Broad Cove, Nova Scotia
Facebook (Note that they have a website, but it appears to be out of date)
Tips: try the club sandwich, and bring cash – no debit or credit is accepted here. And make sure you leave lots of time to enjoy the scenic drive!