John Catucci’s City Guide: Tofino

Big Food Bucket List takes viewers on weekly epic food journeys across cities in North America. And if you’re anything like John Catucci (or us!), you pick restaurants in the cities you’re about to visit – before – you book your vacation. With this in mind, we’ve created the ultimate foodie’s guide to each location John visits in this season of the show. Read on and watch to see where John eats and drinks when in beautiful Tofino, BC.

The Hot Spots

Lil Ronnie’s Beachside BBQ


John’s Must-Eats at Lil Ronnie’s

You can’t visit Tofino and not try Lil Ronnie’s Beachside. A traditional BBQ joint with live music, it’s the place to eat and be seen. John says The Brisket is the best he’s ever had. Served with a housemade BBQ sauce, the crisp on the brisket is out of this world. For those with a bigger appetite, The Bonanza is a plate of BBQ on top of BBQ: turkey, 14-hour smoked brisket and sausage with all the fixings. Only the Brave is a dish for the adventurous eaters; the pulled pork, queso and mac and cheese sammy is a mouthful, but we’re not complaining.

Where to Go

The hub of the town is chill and quaint, but you can still find many things you could want or need near Tofino’s Main Street. Cafes, shops, groceries and restaurants line both sides of the street with one side facing the ocean where the popular whale watching tours can be found.

When to Visit

Tofino is a year-round destination but the summer months tend to be more enjoyable with less rain and warmer weather.

John’s Tip

Don’t forget to pack your surfboard (or at least some gear). Tofino offers some of the best waves to explore all year-round. Chesterman Beach is my favourite.

See More: Here is the complete list of restaurants on this season of Big Food Bucket List

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