High Kick’s Best of 2017


As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on another year of travel, specifically the food and beverage department. Our spring break getaway focused on the southwestern states of Arizona, Nevada and California, while summer had us heading all the way to the tip of Nova Scotia. We had a lot of amazing dining and drinking experiences along the way, but we’ve narrowed the favorites to 15 food items and 15 beverages, plus our favorite overall restaurants, bars and hotels.

Here’s the 2017 collection in chronological order by category:

1 Bumble Bee Sandwich – Welcome Diner: Tucson, AZ
Calamari – Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails: Tucson, AZ
New York Strip – El Tovar: Grand Canyon, AZ
Glazed Donut Bread Pudding – Carson Kitchen: Las Vegas, NV
Toad in the Hole – Cow & Quince: New Glarus, WI
Nova Scotia Rabbit – Le Caveau: Wolfville, NS
French Toast – Olde Lantern Inn: Wolfville, NS
Blueberry Turnover – Aucoin Boulangerie: Cheticamp, NS
Tomato & Watermelon Salad – The Five Fishermen: Halifax, NS
10 Seared Scallops – EDNA: Halifax, NS
11 Lobster Cocktail – An Octopus’ Garden: Alma, NB
12 Seal – Manitoba: Montréal, QC
13 L’aile et la Cuisse – License IV: Montréal, QC
14 Pasty of the Day – Batch Brewing: Detroit, MI
15 Prime Rib Sandwich – Noble Oak: Cedar Falls, IA
Best Food City: Montréal, QC

1 Beer Press: Chai, Coconut, Bourbon and Stout – Good Oak Bar: Tucson, AZ
Desert Spoon – Annex Cocktail Lounge at Tinderbox Kitchen: Flagstaff, AZ
Towns End – Carson Kitchen: Las Vegas, NV
Gypsy Eyes – Hen of the Wood: Burlington, VT
Amaro Whiskey Sour – Hen of the Wood: Burlington, VT
Creamsicle Matcha – Sip Cafe: Yarmouth, NS
Dark as Keji Black IPA – Boxing Rock Brewing: Shelburne, NS
Hopped Pear Cider – Annapolis Cider Company: Wolfville, NS
Baco Noir – Domaine de Grand Pré: Wolfville, NS
10 Cape Breton Rare 14 Year Whiskey – Glenora Distillery: Glenville, NS
11 Maple Syrup Latte – Flyjin Café: Montreal, QC
12 Psidiumism – Bellwoods Brewing: Toronto, ON
13 Summer Late Harvest – BarChef: Toronto, ON
14 Second to the Last Word – Batch Brewing: Detroit, MI
15 Wintergreen IPA – Generations Brewing: Freeport, IL
Best Drinking City: Flagstaff, AZ

Restaurant of the Year: License IV – Montréal, QC
Runners up:
Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails – Tucson, AZ
Carson Kitchen – Las Vegas, NV
Le Caveau – Wolfville, NS
The Five Fishermen – Halifax, NS
Manitoba – Montréal, QC

Bar of the Year: BarChef – Toronto, ON
Runners up:
Good Oak Bar – Tucson, AZ
Annex Cocktail Lounge – Flagstaff, AZ
Field Guide – Halifax, NS

Best Hotel: Lodge on the Desert – Tucson, AZ
Runners up:
Old Lantern Inn – Wolfville, NS
Hotel Monte Vista – Flagstaff, AZ
Auberge McGees Inn – Ottawa, QC

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