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In the capital, Saint John and Moncton, chef restaurateurs have been setting the scene to revamp the notorious “drive-through” province into a foodie destination.

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Chef Michel Savoie, owner of Moncton’s Les Brumes du Coude, seasons a salad during lunch service at the restaurant.Darren Calabrese/The Globe and Mail

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After moving back to New Brunswick from Ontario, Jennie Wilson and Peter Tomkins opened 11th Mile, a restaurant focused on shareable plates, craft cocktails and local ingredients.Darren Calabrese/The Globe and Mail

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The beef tenderloin carpaccios just one of the dishes on Ms. Wilson and Mr. Tomkins’s American modern, Japanese- and Korean-influenced menu.Darren Calabrese/The Globe and Mail

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Mr. Tomkins, centre, plates dishes in the kitchen at 11th Mile.Darren Calabrese/The Globe and Mail

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In 2017, Lonely Planet for North America named Manuka restaurant, pictured here, as the top choice for where to eat in Moncton.Darren Calabrese/The Globe and Mail

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Shortbread, vanilla, caramel mousse, and chocolate pecan icing - the Mont Carmel dessert at Manuka.Darren Calabrese/The Globe and Mail

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