Fresh and local

The Coastal Kitchen Café is a local institution. Manager Chelsea started working here when she was 13. She may know their regulars by name, but this is hardly mom ‘n’ pop fare. The beachy, laid-back restaurant serves up modern West Coast eats: super fresh seafood (local catch, buckets of mussles, rich chowders), organic salads and power-packed smoothies. Still, it’s food that doesn’t take itself too seriously: consider the Coastal Burger is “6 oz. of redneck heaven.”

The Fisherman’s breakfast fuels a morning on the water. The focus is local: Cowichan Valley eggs, Comox Valley clams, Galloping Goose sausage. The house-made granola smells like home baking. Even the bevvies are from around here. The Kickass Currant Mead comes from Tugwell Creek Meadery, just down the road. If you love it, stop in and stock up on your way to or from Sooke.