Apart from its fresh, smoked and candied salmon, Port Hardy also has a good selection of casual, family oriented restaurants, along with a handful of waterfront pubs, coffeeshops, and fast-food outlets.
The mood is relaxed, the prices reasonable, and the service small-town friendly and hospitable.
The Airport Inn's Restaurant & Pub offers first-rate Cantonese food in the evenings plus a menu of big breakfast platters. Glen Lyon Restaurant & Pub (6435 Hardy Bay Road) has good, rib-sticking meals and casual oceanview dining. Quarterdeck Pubstyle Restaurant (6555 Hardy Bay Road) serves upscale pub grub ranging from calamari and oyster burgers to ginger-infused duck breast. Top pick here: Fresh halibut and chips. Hikers fresh from Cape Scott can refresh and feed themselves at The Scarlet Ibis (Holberg) a cozy, no-fuss Holberg restaurant/pub near the park's turnoff.