“The only thing that isn’t working so well are the plants.”
Renée Lavallée takes a quick break from working the kitchen to say hello. She is still in the first few weeks of her new restaurant The Canteen and other than her plants, she says the project has been thriving.
The Canteen is one of a growing number of reasons to spend more time in Downtown Dartmouth. It is a gourmet sandwich shop located in the same building as the well known coffee and croissant shop, Two If By Sea. It’s a space Renée has come to know well over the past three years. It is the same spot where she has been hosting TIBS family dinners and community cooking classes.
We’re there to grab one of the last sandwiches of the day, a near sell-out in just a few hours. And while The Canteen only just opened, Renée tells me that they already have some expansion plans. Soon, they’ll offer healthy, frozen, take-home options made on-site with local ingredients.
Renée goes back to work and I go back to the soup and sandwich Drew and I ordered to share. These aren’t just any sandwiches. They are thick, delicious mixes of conventional and offbeat ingredients, most of which were sourced locally. The bread was baked on-site – both non-gluten and regular loaves.
In my rush to eat, I forgot to write down the name of our meal – but that doesn’t matter. The menu is based on local, seasonal food and Renee’s endless creativity, so it changes daily.
66 Ochterloney Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Monday – Friday: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm