Quin­pool & West End

Award-win­ning break­fast joints, fam­ily restau­rants, din­ers and sushi dec­o­rate this busy din­ing strip, where homey meets hip.

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Quin­pool AN­CHORED ESPRESSO BAR & TOASTERY

Serv­ing up strong-ass An­chored cof­fee and home­made takes on tasty, and in­di­vid­u­ally wrapped, snack cakes like Pop Tarts, Joe Louis’, Swiss rolls and Twinkies, from a tiny but mighty unas­sum­ing cor­ner. in Pro Skate­boards & Snow­boards, 6451 Quin­pool Road

ARDMORE TEA ROOM

Some­times all you need is a thick milk­shake served in an old-fash­ioned glass with a jumbo straw, or per­haps a hot turkey sand­wich with mashed pota­toes to shake off your woes. The clas­sic diner fare at this in­sti­tu­tion is al­ways cheap and cheer­ful; ex­pect a crowd on the week­ends for the pop­u­lar break­fast that in­clude eggs, fish­cakes, baked beans and pan­cakes as big as your head. 6499 Quin­pool Road, 902-423-7523

ATHENS RES­TAU­RANT

Serv­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner since 1982, ex­pect fast and friendly ser­vice, con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent sou­vlaki, mous­saka and other Greek spe­cial­ties, and in­ex­pen­sive Cana­dian spe­cial­ties—seafood, wraps and burg­ers—in large por­tions fill the ta­bles at this pop­u­lar eatery. Presided over by the Panopalis fam­ily, Athens’ break­fasts are hearty and rea­son­able. 6273 Quin­pool Road, 902-422-1595

THE B-WELL SUSHI AND CAFE

This self-de­scribed ’90s-style New York sushi place serves up the ex­pected (and de­manded) clas­sic rolls like Cal­i­for­nia and Salmon, tem­pura and miso soup, as well as a myr­iad of ra­men and udon noo­dles. If you want to step out­side the bento box, there are some ad­ven­tur­ous ad­di­tions: try the Banana Bo­nanza Roll with lightly fried banana and wasabi mayo. 6184 Quin­pool Road, 902-428-4019

BIONE KOREAN-JA­PANESE RES­TAU­RANT

For­merly Rich For­est res­tau­rant, this Korean-ja­panese res­tau­rant has the same af­ford­able menu fea­tur­ing Korean ta­ble BBQ, sushi, home­made noo­dles, veg­e­tar­ian fare and a mighty fine bibim­bap. 6300 Quin­pool Road, 902-407-3811

BLUE OLIVE GREEK TAVERNA

The food is hel­las good at this up­scale Greek taverna, serv­ing tra­di­tional sou­vlaki, mous­saka and pastit­sio. Lo­cal in­gre­di­ents like lamb are used in the burger. Say yea yea to Yi­ayia’s pasta with to­mato sauce and topped with feta. 6196 Quin­pool Road, 902-407-3000

BRAMOSO GOURMET PIZZE­RIA

Hal­i­fax is spoiled when it comes to pizze­rias, but how many can boast house-made ve­gan tofu-based cheese? In ad­di­tion to the wealth of ve­gan op­tions, Bramoso’s menu caters to every type of diet: gluten-free crust, plenty of veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, an em­pha­sis on lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and lots of crust/top­pings/sauce op­tions for the piz­zatar­i­ans. 6169 Quin­pool Road, 902-425-2222

CHERRY BERRY SELF-SERVE YO­GURT BAR

A bright hang­out where you can serve your own soft serve yo­gurt and bury it with candy, fruit, sauces and ce­re­als. Cherry Berry is su­per kid­friendly, but also friendly to any­one who ap­pre­ci­ates a good dessert 6024 Quin­pool Road, 902-405-8088

FREE­MAN’S LIT­TLE NEW YORK, QUIN­POOL

What hits the spot at 3am at the al­most 60-year-old eatery? Well, there’s the Coney Is­land Sam­pler, a col­lec­tion of del­i­cately fried ap­pe­tiz­ers, in­clud­ing gar­lic-laden bread knots, fries, pep­per­oni and fin­gers of mozza, zuc­chini and chicken. Or try the pizza, ar­ti­choke dip or na­chos. Late on sum­mer nights, with the win­dows open to a quiet Quin­pool, the cool air stirs the senses. 6092 Quin­pool Road, 902-429-0241

HEARTWOOD

Few plates and bowls in Hal­i­fax are this green. The city’s much-loved ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian res­tau­rant pre­pares its lo­cal and or­ganic cen­tric dishes with a se­ri­ous fo­cus on nat­u­ral—mean­ing these eats are fresh, un­re­fined and un­pro­cessed. The cof­fee is fair trade, the wine is or­ganic and the sour­dough bread is out of this world. Try the Wild Card salad, one of Heartwood’s fa­mous bowls or its new se­lec­tion of glutenfree burg­ers. 6250 Quin­pool Road, 902-425-2808

THE OTHER BEAN

This li­censed bou­tique cof­fee house (for­merly known as Ire­land 32) boasts a chic and bright in­te­rior, of­fer­ing lo­cally roasted or­ganic fair­trade cof­fee/tea, spe­cialty drinks, light lunches and baked goods. 6220 Quin­pool Road, 902-444-7555

JI XIANG SUSHI

Ji Xiang re­placed the long-serv­ing China Clas­sic, of­fer­ing au­then­tic sichuan eats that’d tin­gle your taste­buds big time. But its made another transformation, now Ji Xiang

has swapped sweet heat for rock­ing rolls, prey­ing on our glut­tonous side with its all-you-can-eat sushi se­lec­tion. 6311 Quin­pool Road, 902-429-2828

KING WAH RES­TAU­RANT

King Wah boasts of its fresh food and healthy cook­ing style. The res­tau­rant has been in the heart of the Quin­pool com­mu­nity for 30-plus years. The chefs ad­just their menu to the sea­son’s of­fer­ings and try to cre­ate meals that ap­peal to both lo­cal and for­eign tastes. 6430 Quin­pool Road, 902-423-2587

KING’S PALACE

Choose from 29 com­bi­na­tion full-course din­ners at this old-school din­ing room, plus an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of in­di­vid­ual Szechuan and Chi­nese-cana­dian items. If you’re still de­cid­ing, per­haps the buf­fet, avail­able Thurs­day to Sun­day, will solve your din­ing dilemma. Open on week­ends un­til 1am for egg roll crav­ings, with a fine dim sum brunch. 6140 Quin­pool Road, 902-423-1247

MEZZA LE­BANESE RES­TAU­RANT

Mezza spe­cial­izes in ta­pas-style menus. Pick from set three-course menus, or build your own meal of hot and cold mezzet and en­trees. Mezza’s se­lec­tion of lo­cal pro­duce and lamb, along with spices im­ported direct from Le­banon, puts it in a class of its own. Every­thing is pre­pared in-house with spe­cial at­ten­tion paid to taste and qual­ity. 6386 Quin­pool Road, 902-444-3914

PHIL’S SEAFOOD

O Cap­tain! My Cap­tain! Rise up and try the fish! Catch of the day at this seafood res­tau­rant in­cludes scal­lops, clams, had­dock or shrimp— coated in bread­crumbs or poached, served with home­made tar­tar sauce and home­cut fries—and as a bonus, you’ll still have a cou­ple dou­bloons left in your pocket. 6285 Quin­pool Road, 902-431-3474

OR­GANIC EARTH MAR­KET

For­merly Planet Or­ganic, this spot’s now a fam­ily-run busi­ness of­fer­ing or­ganic gro­ceries, fresh pro­duce, green health and beauty care, nat­u­ral clean­ing prod­ucts and more. 6485 Quin­pool Road, 902-425-7400

REL­ISH GOURMET BURG­ERS

At this lo­cal fran­chise of the New Brunswick gourmet burger joint, you can ex­pect a loud, en­thu­si­as­tic wel­come to go along with those juicy, thick burg­ers (both beef and veg­e­tar­ian). Choose from a list of tasty top­pings in­clud­ing crispy onion frites, pep­per jack cheese, pick­led pep­pers, pancetta ba­con, brie cheese, caramelized onions, grainy di­jon mus­tard, sliced av­o­cado, roasted pep­pers, basil pesto, kala­mata olives and tzatziki sauce. 6024 Quin­pool Road, 902-474-4152

SEA­SONS BY ATLANTICA

Some peo­ple like an af­ter-work drink on Fri­days to help the week’s stresses float away. But here you’ll find that, and then some. Some be­ing de­lec­ta­ble, lo­cally in­spired cui­sine cre­ated by ex­ec­u­tive chef Luis Clavel. Atlantica Ho­tel, 1980 Ro­bie Street, 902-490-3331

SHAWARMA STOP

A take-out and cater­ing spot serv­ing up chicken, beef, fish, tofu shawarma, kafta, ke­babs, falafel and de­lec­ta­ble dips. Tasty, quick and flavour­ful! 6290 Quin­pool Road, 902-422-0068

SI­CIL­IAN PIZZA, DON­AIRS & SUBS

Pre­sent­ing, the pizza slice that doesn’t quit—yet another lo­ca­tion of the le­gendary Si­cil­ian. 6302 Quin­pool Road, 902-455-5555

SONG’S KOREAN RES­TAU­RANT

A Korean eatery with rea­son­ably priced spe­cials and all the de­li­cious mar­i­nated rib dishes you can shake a Yut stick at. 6249 Quin­pool Road, 902-444-3030

SWEET HEREAFTER CHEESECAKERY

If your last meal was at this desser­tad­dicts dream, you’d be go­ing out on a re­ally high note. Dozens and dozens of rich flavours of home­made cheese­cake, both tra­di­tional and out- of-the-or­di­nary, plus Laugh­ing Whale or­ganic cof­fee and tea, Sweetie Cakes cup­cakes and Pop Shoppe Soda make this pretty Quin­pool spot a di­vine din­ing choice. 6148 Quin­pool Road, 902-404-8001

THAI IVORY CUI­SINE, HAL­I­FAX

The sec­ond lo­ca­tion of Bed­ford’s favourite Thai resto brings over 100 choices of flavour­ful rice, noo­dle, curry dishes of­fer­ing great lunch spe­cials, cater­ing and a warm, fam­ily-friendly at­mos­phere. 6303 Quin­pool Road, 902-431-8424

TRULY TASTY RA­MEN AND DUMPLINGS

Home­made dumplings are the name of the game, with a va­ri­ety of sauces (sriracha, chili, soy sauce, vine­gar) and flavours, but don’t dis­count the heap­ing bowls of noo­dles ei­ther. If you’re look­ing for a warm hug of a meal, head here. 6214 Quin­pool Road, 902-407-4047

WASABI HOUSE

Wasabi House has quickly be­come a go-to spot for fresh fish, cre­ative cre­ations and killer ser­vice. Whether meet­ing friends for a quick lunch spe­cial, or snug­gling up for an in­ti­mate din­ner, Wasabi’s large menu’s got you cov­ered, and the best? The Happy Hour eats from 9pm un­til close—the per­fect post-movie night­cap. 6403 Quin­pool Road, 902-429-8858

West End THE ARMVIEW RES­TAU­RANT & LOUNGE

Don Draper would love the Armview’s cozy retro-chic at­mos­phere, and so would you. A fo­cus on fresh, from-scratch cook­ing and twists on the clas­sics make this diner a plea­sure for any­one to keep com­ing back to. Burger lovers should try some of the in­no­va­tive op­tions like the Hy­land or the lamb burger. 7156 Che­bucto Road, 902-455-4395

BUBBA RAY’S TOO

A sec­ond serv­ing of a su­perb sport bar, serv­ing a bazil­lion (or 60) types of wing sauces, more TVS than your eyes can han­dle and ice cold beer of all kinds. No mat­ter what “the game” is to you, chances are its on here. 7071 Bay­ers Road, 902-406-1234

DIM­ITRI’S PIZZA

A fam­ily busi­ness known for clas­sic piz­zas ga­lore, plus don­airs, sal­ads, sand­wiches, since 1987, Dim­itri’s has been an unas­sum­ing west end in­sti­tu­tion that doesn’t quit. 6469 Che­bucto Road, 902-453-5333

EURO PIZZA

This pizze­ria is well worth the trip off the beaten path, out on St. Mar­garets Bay Road. In the sum­mer you can sit at one of the ta­bles out­side, scarf­ing down one of Metro’s best slices or stel­lar cae­sar sal­ads. Some ad­vice from a sea­soned Euro Pizza vet­eran: try the chicken plat­ter, and wash it down with a serv­ing of home­made Greek yo­gurt with honey and nuts and your life will never be the same. 31 St. Mar­garets Bay Road, 902-479-7979

FRIES & CO.

When it comes to fish and chips, there’s golden-brown de­li­cious­ness, and there’s golden-brown de­li­cious- ness. Then there’s Fries & Co. The aroma alone lets you know you’re in for a treat—and the tast­ing’s only bet­ter. Smoth­ered in ketchup, drown­ing in malt vine­gar, sprin­kled in salt. Re­ally, it doesn’t mat­ter how you dec­o­rate this tiny take­out’s hand­cut French fries, you love them with bat­tered fish. 2603 Connolly Street, 902-455-5250

FUNG WAH RES­TAU­RANT

All the Chi­nese cui­sine spe­cial­ties are avail­able, from chicken, beef, veg­etable and noo­dle dishes to dai chop woey, Szechuan-style fried shrimp and shred­ded pork with eg­g­plant. A pop­u­lar neigh­bour­hood take-out spot, some­times the best thing to do is sit down and or­der what your ta­ble-neigh­bour is hav­ing. 3665 Dutch Vil­lage Road, 902-455-3366

THE GOOD FOOD EM­PO­RIUM

Known as much for its laid­back, re­laxed at­mos­phere as for its home- made bread and hearty daily spe­cials, this com­mu­nity res­tau­rant north end favourite. Look for some of the best fish­cakes and chut­ney in town, a cham­pion break­fast menu and the favourite of many, the av­o­cado, cheese and to­mato med­ley bet­ter known as the Ghet­tosocks sand­wich. 2186 Wind­sor Street, 902-422-3150

HAL­I­FAX SHOP­PING CEN­TRE FOOD COURT

Give those tired feet (and credit cards) a break. Choose from one of the many chains (or the one lo­cal star, Venus), grab a seat and watch ev­ery­one else spend their dough. 7001 Mum­ford Road

JA­PANESE & KOREAN FOOD MAR­KET HEIWA

Ad­ven­tur­ous chefs and sushi en­thu­si­asts will love this tiny store, hid­den in the shadow of the CBC. Plenty of Ja­panese food­stuffs—sticky rice, vine­gar, nori sea­weed, wasabi and more—plus amaz­ing home­made dumplings, fresh or frozen. 7018 Che­bucto Road, 902-455-8383

LA PI­AZZA RESTO & CAFE

The ol’ Che­bucto Cafe gets a reno and a con­cept re­vamp, bring­ing wood­stone piz­zas, a new pa­tio and a liquor li­cense into the mix. 6430 Che­bucto Road, 902-404-5885

LO­CAL JO CAFE & MAR­KET

Set­tle the tots in their spe­cial play area and en­joy a spe­cialty fair trade cof­fee or the house made chai one of its fa­mously de­li­cious treats. Still hun­gry? You’ll also find farmers’ mar­ket pro­duce, free-range items and freshly baked Ven­denne breads to take home with you. 2959 Ox­ford Street, 902-455-6225

LOOK HO HO RES­TAU­RANT

Look Ho Ho first opened in 1959. Ever since then it’s been serv­ing Hal­i­fax Cana­dian Chi­nese cui­sine. The res­tau­rant boasts a va­ri­ety of au­then­tic dishes and a friendly staff. 6420 Bay­ers Road, 902-455-5479

THE MIND­FUL MANGO CAFE

The Mind­ful Mango Cafe serves spe­cialty cof­fee and soups, sand­wiches and sal­ads, made from in-house recipes, us­ing lo­cally sourced and fairly traded in­gre­di­ents. The Mango’s also a so­cially con­scious busi­ness aimed at help­ing its em­ploy­ees dis­cover their paths to self-suf­fi­ciency. 7071 Bay­ers Road, 902-455-9686

PAPA MARIO’S PIZZA, WEST END

Slice up your life, with pizza, pizza, pizza, pasta, wings, don­air egg rolls and other take­out treats just wait­ing to be de­liv­ered to your door . 6954 Mum­ford Road, 902-421-2121

STONE HEARTH BISTRO

As a full-ser­vice bistro and bar on one side of the space with seat­ing for 95. Great for busi­ness meet­ings more ca­sual gath­er­ings, with a pri­vate din­ing room seat­ing 30. On the other side of the space is Stone Hearth Cafe, of­fer­ing cof­fee, lunch and baked goods for take away. And the busi­ness is a not-for-profit ven­ture in­cor­po­rat­ing a train­ing fa­cil­ity to help those who may have a dif­fi­culty in find­ing mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment. 7071 Bay­ers Road, 902-454-2888

WESTCLIFF RES­TAU­RANT & CON­VE­NIENCE

The lov­able Westcliff, with its pen­cils and or­der slips you fill out your­self, has a loyal fan­base. How could it not, with the best value, hand­made ham­burger plat­ter in the city and slur­pable milk­shakes? It’s a fam­ily op­er­a­tion, where the prices stay low and the qual­ity stays high. 3089 Ox­ford Street, 902-454-8140

WILD LEEK FOOD & JUICE BAR

The de­li­cious brain­child of lo­cal ve­gan culi­nary artist and food blog­ger Kirsten Taggart brings a re­fresh­ing dose of ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian eats—and a juice bar—to west-end Hal­i­fax. 2156 Wind­sor Street, 902-444-5466

Song’s Korean Res­tau­rant. JOR­DAN BLACK­BURN

Wasabi House. MEGHAN TANSEY WHIT­TON

Heartwood. JOR­DAN BLACK­BURN

Athens Res­tau­rant. JOR­DAN BLACK­BURN

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