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The Fireside

April Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

Photo: Bruce Murray/VisionFire

Photo: Bruce Murray/VisionFire

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

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.


Athens Restaurant


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.



•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

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.


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.

Concierge Q&A

Unknown-1-webSandra Smith is a concierge for Air Canada at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. She joined the airline industry 25 years ago after graduating from Saint Mary’s University. She has a deep passion for the hospitality and travel industry and joined the membership of Les Clefs d’Or Atlantic Region earlier this year.

What’s your favourite holiday event in Halifax?

The Parade of Lights—when the sun goes down on November 15, close to 100,000 people will line the streets of downtown Halifax to feel the magic and ignite the spirit of the holiday season.

What’s your favourite undiscovered restaurant downtown?

Le Bistro by Liz on South Park Street has an upbeat staff, charming Parisian décor and a welcoming atmosphere. The menu offers French inspired favourites and there’s live entertainment Wednesdays through Saturdays.

What’s the best place to find a unique memento of your visit to Halifax?

If you are fortunate enough to be in Halifax in November, don’t miss the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council Christmas Show at Cunard Event Centre, from November 21 to 23. There will be lots of unique contemporary fine crafts by local artisans.

What’s the best way to spend a blustery winter day in Halifax?

The best way to spend a blustery winter day in Halifax would be cozied up by a fireplace enjoying a locally crafted beer either at The Henry House on Barrington Street or downstairs at the Fireside on Brunswick Street. The casual atmosphere at both of these venues would melt all thoughts of the cold blowing snow outside!

What is Halifax’s must-visit attraction?

The city’s top must-visit attraction is Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Within the walls of this fortress is an interesting Army Museum. Don’t miss the annual Victorian Christmas at the Citadel on November 22 and 23.