EDITOR”S PICK: GET OUTSIDE
Craft-beer mecca Stillwell opened its beer garden in June. This year the Stillwell Beer Garden moves from the Halifax waterfront to the bustling Spring Garden Road shopping district. In addition to pouring Canadian microbrews, the garden hosts Manual Food + Drink Co.’s pop-up dairy bar slinging soft serve and baked goods.
Halifax’s newest seafood spot, Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar on Salter Street, is known for lightly cooked and raw fare. The raw menu feature scallops and an array of local oysters, plus sashimi and ceviche.
After 70 years, the Shore Club in Hubbards boasts serving over one million of its world-famous lobster suppers. A fresh Atlantic lobster stars in the meal, supported by potato salad, and unlimited local mussels. Stick around for the Saturday night dance. July’s live acts include the Joel Plaskett Emergency (July 8) and the Mellotones (July 23).
Burrito Jax dishes up fast-casual Tex-Mex eats in three locations on Blowers Street, Kempt Road, and Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville. Customize your made-from-scratch burrito with chicken, beef, vegetables, or North Atlantic cod and toppings aplenty.
WAKE AND BAKE
Quinpool Road brings the taste of Montreal to Halifax at the recently opened East Coast Bakery. This new spot doles out chewy, Montreal-style bagels laced with poppy or sesame seeds. Get there early for that hot out of the oven taste.
The city’s oldest independent bakery, Smith’s Bakery on Agricola Street, dishes up fresh bread, sweet treats, and fair trade coffee. Start your day in the cozy café with a breakfast sandwich topped with a local egg, tomato, and a house-made sausage patty, bacon, or ham.
Dartmouth recently welcomed Downeast Beer Factory on Windmill Road. In addition to three house-made beers, this sizable pub serves local microbrews like Propeller and Nine Locks. The menu features pub grub classics like burgers and noodle bowls, plus a kid’s menu.
Agricola Street’s Timber Lounge is a lumberjack themed bar decked with raw wood and plaid. The bar features local taps and bottled beers, but axe throwing is the main draw. In a separate area from the bar, patrons throw full-size axes at a target. Fear not: staff are on-hand to train and supervise.
WOK ON THE WILDSIDE
Bedford Row is home to the city’s oldest Chinese eatery, Great Wall. The 30-some year old dining pick keeps locals coming back for Cantonese and Szechuan delicacies and old standbys such as ginger beef, eggrolls, and almond soo guy, plus a popular weekend Dim Sum menu.