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Hot Dining for April

How sweet it is

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Towering cake slices and intricate cocktails top the menu at The Middle Spoon Desserterie and Bar Think of an old-timey speakeasy with dessert. Baked goods are made in-house and sure to delight. The cocktail list is extensive and loaded with fresh ingredients. The menu also features soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Styled like a sumptuous boudoir, The Sweet Hereafter Cheesecakery does only one thing, and does it well. The flavour list is sizable, with a smattering of vegan and gluten-free options. Pair your dessert with some locally sourced java or a glass of milk.

Bar bites

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Craft beer and comfort food play well together at Stillwellon Barrington Street. This contemporary craft-beer haven is known its wide array of local brews and hard to find options from across the country. The food menu changes with the season and the burger is always a popular choice.  The Local on Gottingen Street boasts a warm pub vibe for a laidback hangout. In addition to carrying a house beer made by neighbouring Propeller Brewery, the menu features pasta dishes, pub grub, and plenty of vegetarian choices.

Catch of the day
Make a trek to Peggy’s Cove before tourist season heats up. After visiting the famous rocks, grab some grub at the Sou’Wester Restaurant and Gift Shop. This homey eatery is renowned for its seafood chowder and house-made gingerbread.Housed in a century-old former fire station, McKelvie’s Restaurantoffers familiar and novel seafood fare. An array of lobster and fish platters lets dinners try all that Nova Scotian seafood has to offer. Premium Black Angus steaks round out the menu.

Local favourite
A mainstay of the downtown dining scene, the Great Wall on Bedford Row has dished up Cantonese and Szechuan delicacies for some 30 years. Locals love the Dim Sum, served on Sundays from 11:30am to 3:00pm. Arrive early to ensure you eat your fill.

Editor’s choice

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A recent addition to downtown Dartmouth’s craft-beer scene, Battery Parkon Ochterloney Street brings two Halifax fixtures across the harbour and under one roof: beers from North Brewing Co.and eats from the culinary team at Brooklyn Warehouse. The menu stars mezes-style share plates that dinners can customize with breads, cheeses, meats, and seafood.

That’s using your noodle
Star Anise Vietnamese Noodle Restaurant is a simple spot specializing in big, steaming bowls of pho. Try it with rare beef, which cooks in the broth at your table, beef balls, or tripe. On the side you’ll find lime, fresh basil and coriander, green onion, bean sprouts, and hot sauce to make your bowl your own.

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