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Hot Dining

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By Kim Hart Macneill

Bottoms up
• Rockbottom Brew Pub on Spring Garden Road highlights house-made beers and offers live entertainment most nights. Pair a hearty burger with the Stay or Go dark mild, or the curried chicken penne with Fathom IPA.
• For a classic Nova Scotian experience, try The Old Triangle Irish Ale House on Prince Street. This boisterous spot is known for live Celtic music and traditional pub grub. The menu features an unofficial provincial beer tour with local breweries aplenty.

Weekend feasts
• Cora is known nationwide for titanic breakfasts served with towers of freshly cut fruit. Halifax offers five locations to get your fill. From eggs Benedict to savoury crepes, and teen favourites like the brunch burger, you’ll wonder how to decide on just one plate.
• Dartmouth visitors can discover local favourite Nena’s All Day Breakfast on Wyse Road. This old-school dinner serves-up classic breakfasts like steak and eggs and pancakes. Or try something different: the breakfast poutine features hashbrowns mixed with diced bacon and sausage, smothered in Hollandaise sauce and topped with two eggs any style.

Sushi salvo
• One of Halifax’s best-known sushi houses, Sushi Nami Royal, offers four locations for fine Japanese cuisine. In addition to the expected rolls, the menu features a host of innovative creations, and a wide array of hot Japanese dishes.
• New on the sushi scene is Kitsune Food Co. on Young Street. This pint-sized eatery is built for take-out with only 4 seats, but those who dine-in get a show. Long-time restaurateur Ami Goto produces sushi, dumplings, and other home-style eats in full view of the counter.

Afternoon elegance
Take an afternoon off from sight-seeing for high tea at Ma Belle’s Café on Octerloney Street. Reservations are required (and worth it). Enjoy your choice of coffee or tea alongside an elegant high-tea stand featuring dainty sandwiches, raisin scones, jam, and assorted squares and treats.

Sublime seafood
• Hidden away in a strip mall on Oland Cres. in Bayers Lake sits Fredie’s Fantastic Fish House. The whole eatery seats only 12. The casual stop is small but the portions aren’t. A two-piece fish and chips features two sizable pieces of lightly battered haddock with a mountain of chips.
• Waterfront Warehouse on Lower Water Street is a downtown favourite for a seafood feast. Housed in a historic building, this restaurant boasts the city’s largest selection of oysters. The Atlantic lobster dinner is a must-try, and the seafood tower artfully displays the bounty of local seafood. Reserve a spot near the fireplace for a romantic evening, or a large octagonal booth for larger parties.

Editor’s Pick
Taste of Turkey
New bistro-cafe Agora Café Bistro on Agricola Street offers an array of light lunches in a cozy, light-filled atmosphere. The menu is largely foods from Turkey’s Aegean region: Borek, a phyllo pastry filled with vegetables, meat, or both; lacha paratha, a flat bread that requires 12 hours of resting time before baking; and moon cookies filled with raisins, chocolate, and walnuts.

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