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Our Shop


We're a small sandwich shop in Downtown Dartmouth, serving up chef-inspired seasonal fare for lunch and dinner. 

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Our Shop


We're a small sandwich shop in Downtown Dartmouth, serving up chef-inspired seasonal fare for lunch and dinner. 

THE CONCEPT

At The Canteen we believe in simplicity. We offer a straightforward menu of sandwiches, soups and salads that changes on a daily basis. Although our menu is simple, our attention to detail is anything but. All of our menu items are prepared in house from scratch by our talented team in the kitchen. This includes our breads, meats, sauces and pickles.

We can't tell you how excited we are about serving delicious, reasonably priced food in comfortable, unpretentious surroundings. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

THE LOCATION

We're conveniently located on Ochterloney Street in Downtown Dartmouth above our friends at Two if by Sea Cafe (view map). Our shop is a bright open space with plenty of seating at tables, or at one of two bars overlooking the cafe below. 

Our decision to set up shop in this location was easy. We not only get to share a beautiful space with a like-minded, complementary business, but we also get to be a part of a vibrant community committed to positive change in Downtown Dartmouth.

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Our Sandwiches


We believe that everyone deserves a well-crafted sandwich.

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Our Sandwiches


We believe that everyone deserves a well-crafted sandwich.

Crafting Sandwiches with Care.

A well crafted sandwich is a thing of beauty. It needs to have the right bread, maintain a balance of meat and toppings and in the end it has to taste great. 

We take cues from the classics and inject a bit of our own flare to create sandwiches that will hopefully put a smile on your face and keep you coming back for more. 

View the full menu →

The Meat 

All of the meat, eggs and fish served at The Canteen are carefully sourced from local growers across Nova Scotia. We strive to serve top quality meats that have been raised humanely and sustainably. 

The Bread

Ciabatta, challah, pita, rye, bagels and more. All of our bread is baked in house on a daily basis to suit our changing line-up of sandwiches. After all, what's a sandwich without the bread?

The Toppings

An awesome sandwich is about a lot more than just bread and meat. That's why we bring in the best local cheeses and seasonal produce in addition to making all of our own sauces, pickles and slaws from scratch.

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Our Crew


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Our Crew


Renée Lavallée

OWNER & CHIEF LUNCH LADY

Born and bred in small town Quebec, Renée (aka The Feisty Chef) never thought she would end up cooking for a living, but after more than twenty years in the biz, she has yet to question her calling. She has worked at notable restaurants throughout Canada, as well as spending time working in Italy and the Caribbean.

Several years ago, Renée stepped away from the restaurant world to spend time consulting, hosting the popular Canteen Family Dinners and raising a family. The Canteen is Renee's third "baby" (after her other kids, Zoe and Philippe). She is super excited to get back to focussing on the basics, so she can cook inspired food with amazing people.

 

The Team

We are a group of dedicated culinary professionals united by our passion for honest food, made with love. Our menu at The Canteen is created in collaboration by the entire team. Upon visiting our sandwich shop, one of the first things that you'll notice is that we work in a kitchen without walls. We don't want to hide how much we love our work and our customers. If you have any questions or comments, don't be shy - we love to talk food!