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Edna

April Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

Photo: Bruce Murray/VisionFire

Photo: Bruce Murray/VisionFire

PASTA PERFECTION
Pasta reaches new palate-pleasing heights at da Maurizio Fine Dining, located downtown in the Historic Properties. Using time-honoured techniques, Chef/owner Andrew King makes a range of pasta from scratch with recipes that feature flavourful local ingredients. Try the fettuccine with lobster for a truly decadent entrée.

Photo: Janice Hudson

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EXPANDING HORIZONS
Specializing in wood-fired pizza, Morris East has revamped and expanded the bar at its downtown location on Morris Street in Halifax’s South End. With ample space for wine storage, the new bar now offers more wines by the glass, plus two local craft beers on tap: its exclusive Morris East Fire Tap beer by Garrison Brewing and a rotating local seasonal beer.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE
Athens Restaurant on Quinpool Road in Halifax’s West End has been the go-to breakfast spot for more than 30 years. Be sure to get there early on weekends as the booths fill up fast. Come back for lunch and try flavourful Greek specialties like lamb souvlaki, calamari and moussaka.

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Edna

NORTH END FLAVOURS
•One of Halifax’s hottest eateries, Edna offers a unique dining experience in a revitalized part of Gottingen Street. Sit at the communal dining table made of salvaged barn board for a fun group-dining atmosphere. The menu showcases what’s fresh: sample local oysters, free-range chicken, and charcuterie from nearby Ratinaud French Cuisine.
•Heading north on Agricola Street, Agricola Street Brasserie boasts home-style French cuisine with ingredients from local suppliers and farms. Watch Chef Ludovic Eveno and his team at work in the open-concept kitchen. They make the charcuterie, sausages, breads, desserts and more on-site from scratch.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q

Woody’s Bar-B-Q

FAMILY FUN
Woody’s Bar-B-Q in Hector Gate, Dartmouth Crossing has a menu of authentic Southern classics that will please even the fussiest eater. Choose from baby-back ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork, among much more. On Mondays, kids eat for free from 3 p.m. to close. Recently renovated, the restaurant now has a children’s play area.

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COZY VIBE
Fireplaces dot the interior of The Fireside on Sackville Street, the perfect spot for whiling away a chilly spring evening over a Spanish coffee or an inventive martini. Drop in on a Monday and the martinis are half price. Nosh on a gourmet sandwich, French onion soup or warm spinach salad.

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.

May Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

NEW DIGS

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After 10 years in business, Onyx moved recently to a sleek new location on Argyle Street, boasting a new wine bar and an expanded kitchen. The chic, award-winning resto bar specializes in small-plates and inventive cocktails. Executive Chef Tahir Salamat, voted this year’s Culinarian of the Year by the Nova Scotia Association of Chefs and Cooks, brings a unique global influence to the menu, showcasing fresh local flavours, including Northumberland rack of lamb and charcuterie from Oulton’s Farm in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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A bright and colourful eatery showcasing repurposed and vintage décor on Gottingen Street, Edna offers a unique dining experience ina revitalized part of the North End. Sit at the communal dining table that seats 18 for a fun group-dining atmosphere. Share some fresh oysters or order a customized charcuterie board showcasing fresh local ingredients. Open daily for dinner and weekend brunch, also offering late-night tapas from Thursday to Saturday.

BRUNCH IT UP

Chef Geir Simensen, Saege Bistro

Chef Geir Simensen, Saege Bistro

•Craving a fresh croissant and a cheerful atmosphere? Visit Two if By Sea Café on Upper Water Street in Halifax’s Historic Properties and Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth. Drop in for a fresh cappuccino or nosh on a variety of baked goods, including a fresh pain au chocolat or a prosciutto and cheese croissant.

•A staple of Halifax’s brunch scene, Saege Bistro near the Halifax Gardens on Spring Garden Road, boasts a bevy of colourful brunch dishes, including Norwegian waffles, panko-crusted crab cakes, and over six decadent options for eggs benedict. Try the butter-poached lobster or the mushroom and brie.

POUR A PINT

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The Henry House on Barrington Street is your go-to spot for a relaxed night out. The building dates back 1834 and inside you’ll find pub fare classics like pan-fried haddock, tasty burgers, house-made baked beans and fish cakes. On the drink side of things, choose from an extensive list of beer, including five local ales from Granite Brewery.

HIT THE HIGH NOTES

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The Carleton Music Bar and Grill on Grafton Street is an ideal spot to enjoy a night of live music with friends. Nosh on comfort food staples like steak and frites, seafood chowder or lobster mac and cheese. This award-winning live-music venue hosts sold-out shows of top local and national bands, while the bar offers a range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.