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The Halliburton

October Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

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Held in cities across Canada, the Gold Medal Plates competition showcases top chefs, battling to crown gold, silver and bronze culinary teams. On October 29, eight Nova Scotian chefs will compete in Halifax, including Chef Terry Vassallo of Café Chianti, Chef Bee Choo Char of Gio, and Chef Mark Gray of The Brooklyn Warehouse. Visit www.goldmedalplates.com for tickets.

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At Stories, the intimate restaurant located at The Halliburton hotel on Morris Street, Chef Scott Vail’s inspired menu changes with the seasons. His mainstays include local game, lamb, seafood, and housemade charcuterie.

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A staple of Halifax’s West End dining scene for more than 30 years, Athens Restaurant on Quinpool Road boasts a menu of flavourful classic Greek dishes, including lamb souvlaki, moussaka and calamari. The space seats about 150 people and is a popular breakfast spot on the weekends.

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Baan Thai on Blowers Street has a fresh menu and colourful furnishings from Bangkok. Choose from any number of curries, Pad Thai or a special all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Fridays. The delicious menu offers spicy noodles, cashew chicken, shrimp cakes and spring rolls, plus much more.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Photo: Kelly Neil

Photo: Kelly Neil

Chef Andrew Farrell of 2 Doors Down is making his mark on Nova Scotia’s dining scene, creating soulful recipes like deep-fried mac and cheese, and traditional potpie using fresh local ingredients. Find the restaurant in the heart of the downtown on Barrington Street.

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• Downtown on Prince Street, the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse is a large, three-room pub with live entertainment nightly and no cover charge. A great place to relax with friends, the Old Triangle has a classic pub menu and serves weekend brunch.
• Celebrating one year on Halifax’s brewpub scene, Gahan House is a popular destination in the picturesque Historic Properties. Choose from a range of Gahan’s own handcrafted beers on tap, including blueberry ale and Sir John A honey wheat ale.

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

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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.