We had planned on visiting the Miner’s Museum during our trip to Cape Breton. But, on advice of the gentleman at the Museum of Industry, we decided to check out the restaurant. He told us that the Miner’s Museum had one of the best restaurants on the island.
First, I must highly recommend the Miner’s Museum. We emerged with heavy hearts after learning more about the poor treatment, poor pay, and poor conditions miners faced and continue to face. The highlight of the museum is a tour of an actual mine led by a retired miner. You get a sense of how cold, dark and confined the working space is…and that is without all the equipment, noise and men surrounding you. The museum also features mining technology through the ages and several videos about past and present mining in the Glace Bay region of Nova Scotia.
The Miner’s Museum restaurant is located in the replica Miner’s Village depicting homes in a coal-mining town. The restaurant was warm and cozy on a cold October day. Several tables were already reserved but we easily found a table.
There were several options that could have been easily modified for a vegetarian as they had a wide selection of sandwiches and toppings.
The vegetarian stir-fry was served on a bed of white rice. The vegetables were colorful and fresh. But, the stir-fry was in that uninteresting sauce restaurants tend to use when stir-frys are not their specialty. Perhaps this dish could use a bit of a make-over?
The egg salad sandwich, however, was excellent. It tasted like deviled eggs except served on bread. It’s served “tea style” as little triangles with the crusts cut off. I could have easily eaten more. I actually regretted not getting another one for the road.
I’d recommend going to the restaurant after you’ve had a chance to tour the museum in it’s entirety. You’ll definitely have a lot to talk about after seeing the exhibits. The restaurant gives the perfect atmosphere to sit and reflect. (And, if you are hungry, there really isn’t anything close by that was as interesting as this place.)
Miner’s Museum Restaurant
Located one mile from downtown Glace Bay on Birkley Street (off South Street).
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Note: The restaurant takes all credit cards…except Visa.