By Janice Hudson
THE BIG SCOOP
In the North End on Cornwallis Street, Dee Dee’s Ice Cream has been leading the Halifax charge for artisanal ice cream made with locally sourced ingredients like rhubarb, blueberries and Haskap berries. With its large historic windows, colourful décor and cozy booths, the place has an old-fashioned ice cream-parlour vibe. At Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax Waterfront, handmade gelato is the star of the Italian desserts at Ristorante a Mano and the Bicycle Thief. Both spots offer daily handmade gelato and sorbetto flavours, as well as gelato desserts based on Old World classics. You can also order gelato by the scoop at the counter.
For over 25 years, Bearly’s House of Blues on Barrington Street has hosted great live blues and jazz. There are shows almost every night at this busy venue: on Sundays, join local music buffs for Bearly’s Blues Jam; on Tuesdays, a different guest band takes the stage. With Ace Burger at the helm in the kitchen, gourmet burgers and hand-cut fries are the specialty.
Tucked behind The Halliburton Hotel on Morris
Street on one of Halifax’s most historic blocks
is an oasis of flowers and ornamental trees. Tall
elms provide shade and there’s even a bubbling
fountain. The Stories courtyard is open Tuesday
through Saturday from 4pm to 7pm. Enjoy flavourful
menu items from Chef Scott Vail featuring
fresh local ingredients.
A North End landmark since 1932, Smith’s Bakery & Café on Agricola Street is Halifax’s oldest independent bakery, offering all manner of breads, cookies, cakes, biscuits and squares, freshly baked on-site. Smith’s uses the same Hobart mixer (a large commercial mixer) from that era for its white cake. Pop in for breakfast or lunch and choose from hearty sandwiches, chowders and potpies, and enjoy your meal among the scent of freshly baked bread.
– At Boneheads BBQ on Barrington Street, authentic Southern flavours abound in barbecue classics like brisket, pulled pork and baby-back ribs, all hand-rubbed with spices and slow-roasted
– Woody’s Bar-B-Q in Hector Gate, Dartmouth Crossing has a menu of authentic Southern classics, from baby-back ribs to pulled pork, among much more. On Mondays, kids eat for free from 3pm to close. Recently renovated, the restaurant now has a children’s play area.
SERIOUS ABOUT SEAFOOD
For a waterfront view and fresh seafood galore, Salty’s on Upper Water Street is hard to top. The seafood offerings cover all of the bases: crab cakes, lobster, bacon-wrapped scallops and more.
Perched on the end of Cable Wharf, Murphy’s The Cable Wharf is another must-visit spot for seafood connoisseurs. The big patio with ocean on three sides is an ideal spot to while away a sunny afternoon while noshing on fresh mussels and seafood chowder.