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halifax dining

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.

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

Morris East. Photo: Janice Hudson

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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Athens Restaurant

 

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.

Edna

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.

March Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

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VEGGIE SOCIAL

A leader in Halifax’s emerging vegan scene, Wild Leek on Windsor Street specializes in made-from-scratch vegan comfort food. Chef Kirsten Taggart brings her extensive background working in many of Canada’s top restaurants to her menu at Wild Leek, boasting an array of classic options and daily specials (many items are gluten, dairy and nut-free), such as mac’n cheese, seitan sandwich, and the popular coconut bacon “CBLT.” Wash it down with a fresh-squeezed juice or smoothie and be sure to save room for one of Taggart’s famous gourmet cupcakes.

Chef Luis Clavel. Photo: Riley Smith

Chef Luis Clavel. Photo: Riley Smith

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Check out the latest creations from award-winning Chef Luis Clavel at Season’s by Atlantica on Robie Street, overlooking the Halifax Common. Specializing in modern, eclectic Canadian food, Clavel dishes up the classics with a twist and loves featuring fresh local ingredients. The restaurant has been undergoing a major renovation this winter and is due to open early this month, unveiling a chic new layout and décor.

Sawadee Tea House

Sawadee Tea House

COZY VIBE

•With over 375 varieties of premium and loose tea on offer, Sawadee Tea House on Granville Street has a flavour to match every taste. Originally from Thailand, proprietress Mie Mie Sein loves sharing with customers her extensive knowledge of tea and her background as an herbalist and Ayurvedic apprentice. Check out the exotic wares, furniture and unique décor in the on-site shop.

•Savour a pint of good brew at Rogue’s Roost, a second-level microbrewery tucked away uptown on Spring Garden Road. Brewmaster Lorenzo Romano makes some of the finest brews in Halifax, including a variety of ales and the popular Russian Imperial Stout. The menu offers classic pub fare with nachos, sandwiches and seafood chowder.

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NACHOS AND RHYTHM

The Economy Shoe Shop on Argyle Street is the perfect go-to spot for nacho lovers. But this popular hang out for locals has lots more to explore. The walls showcase eclectic local artwork (the owner is a local set designer) and jazz music abounds every Monday night, perfect for jazz aficionados wanting to check out the scene in Halifax.

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STORY TIME

Specializing in innovative food and wine, Stories at The Halliburton on Morris Street is an intimate, multi-level setting to savour some of Halifax’s best regional cuisine. Chef Scott Vail’s menu changes with the seasons to showcase flavourful local ingredients and fresh East Coast seafood, as well as several innovative game options, including duck, boar and venison.

3 Can’t-Go-Wrong Halifax Seafood Restaurants

Halifax Seafood Restaurants

Halifax Seafood Restaurants: McKelvie’s on Bedford Row in Halifax (Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency)

SOU’WESTER
Situated next to the world-famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Sou’westeron Peggy’s Cove Road offers some of the best local seafood, including chowder, fish and chips and lobster.
• Sou’Wester, 178 Peggy’s Point Rd., Peggy’s Cove, 902-823-2561, peggys-cove.com
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