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Shuck Seafood & Raw Bar

Hot Dining

COFFEE TO THE PEOPLE
Glitter Bean Café is a worker-owned queer-friendly (and welcoming to all) café, a block west of the Halifax Public Gardens on Spring Garden Road. Relaxed and funky, it offers organic fair-trade coffee, specialty drinks, baked goods, and snacks.

Ribfest Halifax

PERFECT TIMING
Visiting Halifax for Canada Day? You’re just in time for the final day (July 1) of Ribfest Halifax. Head to the Halifax waterfront on Lower Water Street for a feast of ribs (and lots of other barbecue dishes and sides) from local favourites like Boneheads BBQ and vendors from around North America. Live entertainment and free admission (pay per serving). The event is a fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Halifax.

Photo: Tammy Fancy

ON THE ROCKS
For five decades, The Sou’wester has been serving up local seafood and Maritime hospitality alongside the wild North Atlantic in Peggy’s Cove. Perched upon the rocks with a spectacular view of the ocean and the village’s iconic lighthouse, this is an ideal spot to try East Coast essentials like fish and chips, boiled lobster (fresh from the tank), and scratch-made gingerbread.

CATCH OF THE DAY
Just steps from the waterfront, Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar on Salter Street offers lightly cooked and raw fare, sustainably harvested and locally supplied. The culinary team treats the quality ingredients with artful care and respect; the raw menu feature scallops and an array of local oysters, plus crab, lobster, shrimp, and much more. Pair with a selection from the eclectic wine list, featuring local offerings and international imports.

MARITIME FEAST
The Shore Club Lobster Supper in Hubbards is an essential Nova Scotian experience. From Wednesday–Sunday, enjoy a huge feed of fresh Atlantic lobster in the relaxed and historic setting of the Shore Club, one of the province’s last old-fashioned dance halls. The menu also includes all-you-can-eat mussels, plus vegetarian, steak, chicken, and kids’ meals.

Highwayman Restaurant & Bar

BY THE BOOK
The Watch That Ends The Night pairs an ambitious name with an ambitious concept. The Dartmouth waterfront spot is a cocktail and wine bar with a kitchen headed by Mark Gray (Gold Medal Plates winner 2016) and focused on developing a new Canadian cuisine through curing and fermenting local seasonal ingredients. It’s named for Hugh MacLennan’s 1958 novel, sharing an aesthetic with the same North American late-modern tastes.

Highwayman/Katie Tower

JUST THE TWO OF US
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. Foodies flock to Highwayman Restaurant & Bar on Barrington Street for Spanish-inspired sharing plates and original cocktails. This cozy, up-market option serves a menu of seafood, cured meats, cheeses, and more. Save room for a decadent dessert and something from the carefully-curated wine list.

Upstreet BBQ Brewhouse/Visionfire/Bruce Murray

BARBECUE BOSSES
Halifax restaurateur Bill Pratt—the man behind local favourites Habanero’s and Cheese Curds—joins forces with Prince Edward Island’s Upstreet Brewing at Upstreet BBQ Brewhouse on Windmill Road in Dartmouth. The menu includes the brewery’s distinctive craft beer (made on site) and Southern barbecue staples aplenty: pulled pork, brisket, cheddar-and-beer sausage, and more.

Hot Dining

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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.