Here we be in Nanaimo BC!
The adventure to the Dinghy Dock starts in “the waiting room” which is a small, old/retired fishing trawler. The actual ferry leaves every hour at ten past from here. We wait…
Then the terminal fills up and it doesn’t look like there will be room. Oh well, off to Ginas Mexican Restaurant (link to Yelp here!).
But that’s not actually why I’m posting this. Nay, tis because of Pirate Chips! Yarrr! We spotted this little place the other night and was so interested in the way it looked we had to try it. The decor is very pirate-y! There are ships and fish, old looking pictures and skeletons! No shortage of bones hanging about in nets and off of lights.
The menu, wild selection. Everything from deep fried pickles & mushrooms to fish/oyster burgers & vegetarian chili! There are a wide variety of seafood options like fish (cod, halibut and wild salmon) oysters, shrimp, clams, prawns and scallops.
The desserts are dangerous!! Keep reading for more on that.
I’ve ordered the poutine with Dr. Pepper pulled pork! Ya, Dr. Pepper pulled pork!! It arrives, smells good looks good. Loaded with chipotle mayo, the pulled pork and chives with some cheese curds mixed in. Must be made from Canadian Dr. Pepper because it’s not as sweet as I was hoping. Still quite good though.
The mussels and clams, good. Say, a 3.5 out of 5. It’s a huge plate of them so that’s great! Did I mention there’s tons that is deep fried?! Even the…
DESSERTS!! We’ve ordered the deep fried Nanaimo bar and the Oreo treat (deep fried Oreos mixed with fudge!) WHAAAAAT?!?!
It’s pretty ridiculous! That white stuff, in the middle of an Oreo is super delicious when it’s warm and melted! The Nanaimo bar? Equally delicious melted. Smokin George’s here in town has Nanaimo bars with bacon in them!! Oh yeah! The blonde bar is better in my opinion, they were having a contest/vote when we were there. We’ll see which one wins in the end! But I be digressing, back to pirate chips!!
The desserts did take a while to show up at the table though, a little to long in my opinion but the prices were reasonable for the experience.