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Boneheads BBQ

Hot Dining

Photo Credit: Emma Smith

LOCAL FAVOURITE
Go back in time at the True North Diner in Bedford Place mall. This 1950s-themed dinner dishes up burgers, fries, shakes, and more. The “Classic Diner” section of the menu highlights home-style fare such as meatloaf, liver and onions, chicken pot pie, fish cakes, and all-day breakfast.

 

BEER LOVERS’ TRIO
• At cozy RockBottom Brew Pub on Spring Garden Road, you’ll find six different beers brewed on site, plus a selection of other local beers, wines, and ciders. Pair with a tasty dish from the kitchen; highlights include pork-belly sandwich, lobster carbonara, pad thai, and more.
• Before the craft-beer scene exploded, there was The Maxwell’s Plum on Grafton Street. This friendly neighbourhood pub features a broad selection of local brews, plus highlights from around the world.
• Don’t let the strip-mall exterior fool you. Jamieson’s Irish-House & Grill on Cole Harbour Drive boasts 16 taps pouring local beers (and the Irish offerings you’d expect) paired with traditional Emerald Isle pub grub.

 

HEAD OF THE CLASS
Every year, Where magazines across Canada present a series of awards feting Canada’s Best New Restaurants. When it came to picking this city’s representative last year, the Where Halifax team had an easy choice: Rinaldo’s on Windsor Street. This intimate, casual spot—run by two brothers—offers an array of Italian-American favourites. Old family recipes are the key; they’re the sons of the couple that founded Halifax pizza mainstay Salvatore’s in the historic Hydrostone neighbourhood.

 

DESSERT FIRST
If you’re the sort of person who skips dinner to save room for dessert, proceed directly to The Middle Spoon on Barrington Street and at Sunnyside Mall. This stylish spot specializes in decadent desserts paired with creative cocktails. It’s the ideal place to while away an evening with friends.

 

PIZZA PERFECTION
Intimate Morris East, just steps from the waterfront on Morris Street, pairs artfully crafted wood-fired gourmet pizza with creative cocktails and local beer and wine. Not venturing downtown? Visit the newer locations on Nine Mile Drive in Bedford West and on Vernon Street (just off Quinpool Road) in Central Halifax.

 

CASUAL FAVOURITES
• A Southern-style smokehouse tucked away in a tiny Barrington Street spot, Boneheads BBQ is beloved by locals. The menu includes all the slow-smoked mainstays you’d expect: ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and more. Indecisive? Try the mammoth (and ideal for sharing) Pit Boss Sampler and get a little bit of everything.
• Just around the corner from the Atlantica Hotel on Quinpool Road, Relish Gourmet Burgers offers creative takes on the classic burger and fries. The house specialty is the Halifax Explosion: a flash-grilled pineapple ring dusted in habanero powder, plus pancetta bacon, curried onion frites, and aged cheddar.

 

EDITOR’S PICK: CLASSIC CUISINE
At Mappatura Bistro on Spring Garden Road, just steps from the Halifax Public Gardens, co-owners Simone Mombourquette and Chef Terry Vassallo combine their experience working in several world-class restaurants to offer a dynamic Italian menu, showcasing farm-fresh seasonal ingredients. Local favourites include calamari, home-style pasta with hearty ragù, and fresh seafood (delivered twice daily). The carefully chosen wine list embraces the Old World aperitivo tradition, pairing each course with the vintage that best complements it.

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JUST THE TWO OF US

Intimate Lot Six on Argyle Street is a must for serious cocktail aficionados. The bar offers a creative array of cocktails, including offerings like Good Cheer (rye whisky, mulled wine, lemon, gingerbread), True at First Light (white rum, curacao, campari, lime, grapefruit, cinnamon), and Shadows at Dusk (white port, cold-brew coffee, tonic).

With its French-inspired seasonal menu, Agricola Street Brasserie has helped turn the North End into Halifax’s hottest dining destination. Artfully prepared seasonal dishes, including fresh Atlantic seafood, pair with Nova Scotian wine and beer.

 

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ON THE MOVE

Quick, casual, healthy, and flavourful: Burrito Jax on Barrington Street ticks all the boxes for an urban-exploration power lunch. Scratch-made burritos are the house specialty. Pulled pork and pepper steak will bring the big traditional flavours purists demand, or you can give it an East Coast twist with fish.

 

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Photo: Dick de Gier

FISHING FOR FLAVOURS

A 45-minute drive east of Halifax on Highway 7, Memory Lane Heritage Village hosts the annual Eastern Shore Cold Waters Seafood Festival on June 2 and 3. Sample tasty Atlantic Canadian seafood: fresh clams, lobsters, mussels, and haddock prepared numerous ways, plus traditional dishes like smoked fish and Solomon Gundy. Kids will love the on-site demos and activities, including dory rides, buoy painting, net knitting, and lobster-trap building.

 

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SO MUCH TO SEA

Just steps from the waterfront, Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar on Salter Street offers lightly cooked and raw fare. The raw menu feature scallops and an array of local oysters, plus crab, lobster, shrimp, and much more.

In addition to one of the waterfront’s largest patios, Salty’s on the Waterfront in the Historic Properties boasts an array of fresh local seafood. It’s an ideal place to get your mandatory Maritime feed of fish and chips.

 The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar raises the bar on local surf and turf. This stylish restaurant in the heart of the downtown features Atlantic Canadian beef and oysters, alongside an expertly curated wine list.

Perched over the harbour, Murphy’s The Cable Wharf has harbour views from almost every seat; an ideal spot to while away a sunny afternoon.

With fine seafood and traditional Maritime fare aplenty, McKelvie’s on Lower Water Street has long been a downtown favourite. The Signature Fish Platter, featuring half a lobster and selection of market-fresh fish is a can’t-miss for visitors.

 

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I’M A LUMBERJACK AND I’M OK

Enjoy a rustic evening in the heart of North End Halifax. Agricola Street’s Timber Lounge is a lumberjack-themed bar decked with raw wood and acres of plaid. The bar features local taps and bottled beers, but axe throwing is the main draw. Fear not: staff are always nearby to train and supervise.

 

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A BONE TO PICK *Editor’s Pick*

Running from June 29 to July 2, Halifax Ribfest showcases ribs (and lots of other BBQ dishes and sides) from local favourites like Boneheads BBQ and vendors from around North America. Live entertainment and free admission (pay per serving). The annual festival is a fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Halifax. Find it on the Halifax waterfront off Lower Water Street.

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5 FOR BEER LOVERS

—Stylish Stillwell on Barrington Street is a must-visit for craft-beer aficionados, with 12 taps plus cask and bottled brews.

—Dartmouth’s Battery Park showcases the local-beer scene: 13 different beer on tap, plus local craft cider.

—At Rockbottom Brew Pub on Spring Garden Road, you’ll find seasonal and flagship beers brewed on site, plus a selection of other local beers, wines, and ciders.

—Before the craft-beer scene exploded, there was The Maxwell’s Plum on Grafton Street. With dozens of brews from around the world on offer, you’ll find something for any taste. 

—Don’t let the strip-mall exterior fool you. Jamieson’s Irish-House & Grill on Cole Harbour Drive keeps locals coming back for craft beers (and the Irish offerings you’d expect) paired with traditional Emerald Isle pub favourites.

 

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MARITIME CLASSIC

It’s not on the waterfront, but Fredie’s Fantastic Fish House, tucked away in Bayer’s Lake on Oland Crescent, is among your best bets for a traditional feed of fish and chips. The tiny casual diner boasts friendly service and huge portions. Try the perfectly fried fresh Atlantic haddock or hearty chowder.

 

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GOOD THINGS IN SMALL PACKAGES

Looking for a pleasant nook to while away an evening with friends? Intimate Little Oak on Lower Water Street is just steps away from the waterfront boardwalk. It boasts a small and dynamic menu showcasing global influences and seasonal ingredients, a huge (yet artfully chosen) wine list, and a selection of craft beer and ciders.

 

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DESSERT FIRST *Editor’s Pick*

If you’re the sort of person who skips dinner to save room for dessert, proceed directly to The Middle Spoon on Barrington Street and at Sunnyside Mall. This stylish spot specializes in decadent desserts paired with creative cocktails. It’s the ideal place to spend an evening with friends.

 

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PERFECT PAIR

Bramosa Pizzeria & Beer Bar on Quinpool Road is the ideal spot to indulge in the classic beer and pizza pairing. Local craft brews pair with signature creations like the Tuscan Sun (white sauce, hot banana peppers, pineapple, sun-dried tomatoes, green olives) and Lombardy’s Fire (smoked bacon, jalapeño, pineapple). Free delivery on the Halifax Peninsula (on orders over $15) after 4pm.

 

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CASUAL FAVOURITES

—A Southern-style smokehouse tucked away in a tiny Barrington Street spot, Boneheads BBQ is beloved by locals. The menu includes all the slow-smoked mainstays you’d expect: ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and more. Indecisive? Try the mammoth (and ideal for sharing) Pit Boss Sampler and get a little bit of everything.

—Just around the corner from the Atlantica Hotel on Quinpool Road, Relish Gourmet Burgers offers creative takes on the classic burger and fries. The house specialty is the Halifax Explosion: a flash-grilled pineapple ring dusted in habanero powder, plus pancetta bacon, curried onion frites, and aged cheddar.

Hot Dining: Steak expectations

By Trevor J. Adams

STEAK EXPECTATIONS
Succulent steak and top-notch service are hallmarks of The Keg. Visit the popular chain in Halifax in the heart of the downtown on Market Street.

As the name suggests, Primal Kitchen on Brenton Street is a carnivore’s haven, boasting local meats smoked, cured, and butchered inhouse. The 35-ounce bone-in prime rib for two, paired with truffle fries, is a guaranteed date-night all-star.

The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar gives the classic chop-house experience a 21st-century spin. You can’t go wrong with a classic New York striploin paired with a couple of big, juicy, fresh Atlantic scallops.

The Keg.

The Keg.

CASUAL FAVOURITES
A Southern-style smokehouse tucked away in a tiny Barrington Street location, Boneheads BBQ is beloved by locals. The menu includes all the slow-smoked mainstays you’d expect: ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and more. Indecisive? Try the mammoth (and ideal for sharing) Pit Boss Sampler and get a little bit of everything.

Boneheads BBQ

Boneheads BBQ

Just around the corner from the Atlantica Hotel on Quinpool Road, Relish Gourmet Burgers offers creative takes on the classic burger and fries. The house specialty is the Halifax Explosion: a flash-grilled pineapple ring dusted in habanero powder, plus pancetta bacon, curried onion frites, and aged cheddar.

A SHORE THING
The Shore Club Lobster Suppers in Hubbards are a must for Nova Scotian visitors. Enjoy a huge feed of fresh Atlantic lobster in the rollicking and informal setting of a community supper at one of the province’s last old-fashioned dance halls. The menu also includes all-you-can-eat mussels, with vegetarian, steak, chicken, and kids’ meals

FEELING CRAFTY?
Take a break from the bustle of Spring Garden Road in the subterranean refuge of the Rockbottom Brewpub. The menu offers all the pub grub you’d expect, but the house-made craft-beer is the real draw. Locals love the zesty IPA and rich oatmeal stout; keep an eye out for the brewer’s latest seasonal creations. But why play favourites? A sampler tray is a tasty way to experience all the newest brews.

Rockbottom Brewpub

Rockbottom Brewpub

HOW SWEET IT IS 
If you’re the sort of person who skips dinner to save room for dessert, proceed directly to The Middle Spoon on Barrington Street and at Sunnyside Mall. This stylish spot specializes in decadent desserts paired with creative cocktails. It’s the ideal place to while away an evening with friends.

September Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

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LOCAL FLAVOUR
Edna is a vibrant eatery on Gottingen Street that offers a unique dining experience. Showcasing fresh local ingredients like oysters, charcuterie from nearby Ratinaud French Cuisine  and free-range chicken, the menu changes with the seasons. Socialize at the restaurant’s communal harvest dining table that seats 18 and is made of salvaged barn board. Open daily for dinner and weekend brunch, plus late-night tapas from Thursday to Saturday.

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CALLING CARNIVORES
With a private patio for two overlooking the courtyard, Cut Steakhouse on Lower Water Street is ideal for a romantic late-summer meal. One of the city’s finest steak restaurants, Cut matches its premium beef (dry-aged on-site) with an artful wine list, delicious sides, and attentive service. Choose your steak from the rolling display trolley of cuts.

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THE PERFECT PINT
Rockbottom Brewpub’s Wreckoning Russian Imperial Stout won top honours in the Imperial Stout category at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards. The only East Coast beer to earn a prestigious gold medal at the event, Wreckoning is a dark, small-batch, premium brew that Rockbottom brew master Greg Nash ages in casks for four months to achieve a rich, unique taste. The Spring Garden Road brewpub boasts six eclectic handcrafted brews.

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GOOD TO THE BONE
Southern flavours rule at Boneheads BBQ on Barrington Street. This BBQ joint has all the classics in fine form: brisket, pulled pork, baby-back ribs, all hand-rubbed with special spices and slow-roasted over a low, hardwood-fired grill. Pick from a variety of generous-portioned sides, including coleslaw, baked beans, mac and cheese or spiced hand-cut fries smothered in smoked sausage gravy. Finish things off with a slice of chocolate peanut-butter pie.

Photo: Dennis Evans

Photo: Dennis Evans

CREATIVE COMFORT
Downtown at Gio on Market Street, Chef Bee Choo Char offers an imaginative array of tastes and textures. Try the poutine, featuring polenta fries with duck confit and blue “cheese whiz.” Or the game hen stuffed with leg confit and kimchi. Featuring three mini desserts, the “nibble or bite” is the perfect coda to your meal. Open for lunch and dinner, Gio also offers an extensive bar with a sommelier-chosen wine list, plus inventive cocktails and martinis.

Photo: Julé Malet-Veale

Photo: Julé Malet-Veale

EDITOR’S CHOICE
Agricola Street Brasserie serves up French-inspired home-style cooking that reflects the changing seasons. Chef Ludovic Eveno combines classic culinary techniques from his native France with fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers and farms. He makes charcuterie, cured meats, sausages, breads, desserts, jams and preserves from scratch. A popular entrée is the roasted duck breast with wild mushrooms, spätzle, cognac and cassis sauce. Save room for a decadent vanilla crème brûlée with house-made Oreo-style cookies.