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Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn Named One of Top Three in Air Canada EnRoute’s 2013 “Canada’s Best New Restaurants”

Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada, has been selected as #3 of Canada’s Best New Restaurants for 2013 by enRoute, Air Canada’s award-winning in-flight magazine.

“The Fogo Island Inn is absolutely delighted by this recognition”, says Murray McDonald, Executive Chef of the newly-opened Fogo Island Inn. “With only four months behind us, we are honoured to be in the stellar company of our urban colleagues.”

The culinary team at Fogo Island Inn – led by Chef McDonald – is devoted to the use of local ingredients. The kitchen’s motto, “to find new ways with old things”, celebrates all that can be locally foraged, fished, hunted, and grown on Fogo Island.

During this past year, enRoute sought out newly opened restaurants instrumental in advancing Canada’s culinary identity. During a month-long gastronomic odyssey, 35 restaurants were visited and judged anonymously by international food and wine writer, Andrew Braithwaite.

“This year’s search wasn’t just about what was on the plate,” explains Braithwaite. “We went looking for good people who’ve dedicated themselves to delivering memorable experiences. There’s a terrific survivalist spirit bursting out of Chef McDonald’s kitchen, where most everything is made from scratch.

From chefs to sommeliers, these are talented people we want to champion. I think readers will be intrigued by the diversity in our 2013 Top 10 list.

The Top 10 restaurants are:

  1. Bar Isabel, Toronto
  2. Shoto, Toronto
  3. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
  4. Supply and Demand, Ottawa
  5. Pidgin, Vancouver
  6. Carino Japanese Bistro, Calgary
  7. Maison Publique, Montreal
  8. Le Bouchon du Pied Bleu, Quebec City
  9. The Acorn, Vancouver
  10. Electric Mud, Toronto

“We’re very proud of the strong regional representation from coast to coast this year,” said Ilana Weitzman, the editor-in-chief of enRoute.