Both Drew and I, at various points in our pre-married life, have had a bad habit of discrediting Truro. To be fair, Drew’s distaste for Truro was based solely on the fact that he’s from New Glasgow and there’s some kind of weird northern NS rivalry. To be even more fair, my distaste was based solely on Drew’s distaste. As we’ve recently been discovering, Truro has a lot to offer in both food and entertainment.
A few weeks back, I met up with my parents and Nan for dinner in Truro. This is not the first time we have met mid-way to catch up. We meet a few times a year in Truro, but typically frequent the Swiss Chalet. On our most recent gathering, I talked the fam into diverging from our ‘usual spot’ and checking out Roadside Willies (@roadsidewillie).
I came across Roadside Willies by a random internet search. I had a moment of hesitation after seeing the restaurant’s exterior. When you first pull in, you see a bowling alley and a large building with some ranch inspired signs.
After seeing the outside, the inside is a bit of a shock. The interior boarders on elegant. The space is dimly lit with dramatic deep red walls. On the night that we were there, a two-man band played jazz standards while we dined. Music at Roadside Willies is apparently not uncommon, they are also home to the Los Primos Live Program.
The menu contained some classic pub fare – fish and chips, wings, nachos, and burgers – but it also featured some classier options like a mushroom stuffed ravioli and a Digby scallop spinach salad. I had the latter topped with a honey lime dill vinaigrette, while my dinnermates dined on fishcakes and lemon dill haddock. Other than the temperature of the fishcakes (which were tasty but decidedly too cold), the meal received excellent reviews. I was driving so I didn’t take much note of the drinks menu. I did notice, however, that they have a pretty extensive coffee menu, and a deal for coffee and dessert for $4.95.
The 4 person meal (with three drinks) came to just under $70 after tax, not bad overall, and definitely better than a trip to the Swiss Chalet.
Side Note: If you have pics of Roadside Willies and are willing to share, please send to [email protected] I only had a dying iPad with me and, well, you can see how that turned out…
27 Jennifer Drive
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
Monday – Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday – Saturday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM