Clay­ton Park & area

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the power of Clay­ton Park’s palate. Cuisines from around the world make din­ner in this neigh­bour­hood a must.

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ARIRANG KOREAN & JA­PANESE RES­TAU­RANT

Talk about cov­er­ing all the bases. Arirang serves up a myr­iad of Korean and Ja­panese spe­cial­ties in­clud­ing sushi, dumplings and bibim­bap. Make a point to check out this fam­ily joint, which fea­tures Korean BBQ ta­bles and friendly ser­vice. 30 Farn­ham Gate, 902-405-4650

BOBBLEHEAD’S PUB & EATERY

A neigh­bour­hood joint and gath­er­ing place for cold beers, live mu­sic, DJ dance par­ties, karaoke and of course your stan­dard pub eats. 30 Farn­ham Gate, 902-446-8004

BOOSTER JUICE, CLAY­TON PARK

A smoothie spot to rule the roost, Booster Juice proves that true love runs thick with its fruity con­coc­tions, souped up with a va­ri­ety of pro­tein pow­ders if you please. 278 Lace­wood Drive

BOS­TON PIZZA, BAY­ERS LAKE

Ben Af­fleck’s favourite au­then­tic Bos­to­nian fare. Scratch that. Another lo­ca­tion of the pop­u­lar pizza fran­chise that’s a per­fect stop for fam­i­lies head­ing over to the IMAX. 194 Chain Lake Drive, 902-450-0450

CAFE KARACHI

A res­tau­rant that fills Hal­i­fax’s Pak­istani food void beau­ti­fully, with home-style, tra­di­tional dishes (that are al­ways Ha­lal, BTW), tra­di­tional “lazy brunch,” cof­fee, tea and sweets, and a warm, invit­ing (and welldec­o­rated) at­mos­phere. 16 Ti­tus Street, 902-431-4949

CANA­DI­ANA RES­TAU­RANT & LOUNGE

A blend of Cana­dian and Greek food is the main fea­ture at this no-frills joint. The seafood is what keeps its cus­tomers com­ing back as is their au­then­tic spanako­pita and cab­bage rolls. 15 Lake­lands Boule­vard, 902-450-1286

CAN­TON GAR­DEN

Can­ton Gar­den is a Chi­nese food des­ti­na­tion in Clay­ton Park, known for its great ser­vice, de­li­cious dim sum and large por­tions. 30 Farn­ham Gate Road, 902-406-7788

CHEACHIE’S GRILL

Peo­ple don’t come here for the decor. They come here for the mon­strous por­tions of Mex­i­can and pub grub. An un­usual mix, sure, but it works. An­to­ji­tos, spicy cheesey pin­wheels, sit right along­side their Mooch Burger which is a burger with all the fix­ings—onion rings, ba­con, cheese, let­tuce, mayo, BBQ sauce, to­mato—piled on top of another burger, be­cause meat. 102 Chain Lake Drive, 902-446-3663

CLAY WEST BAR & GRILL

Clay West is an al­ter­na­tive and lo­cally owned des­ti­na­tion for food lovers in Bay­ers Lake. Pro­vid­ing all lo­cally sourced meat for their menu of burg­ers, sand­wiches and more. 120 Susie Lake Cres­cent, 902-876-8555

THE COR­NER POCKET

A Clay­ton park in­sti­tu­tion, a place where you can meet some peo­ple, have a drink, shoot some pool and watch some sports. 3434 Dutch Vil­lage Road, 902-445-5444

OBOF’14 DHABA CA­SUAL FINE DIN­ING AND EX­PRESS

A tasty out­lier in the Bay­ers Lake food scene, Dhaba’s au­then­tic, flavour­ful, af­ford­able eats and fo­cus on lo­cal in­gre­di­ents make it a stand

out. The fam­ily-owned res­tau­rant of­fers a large din­ing room for din­ers to en­joy cui­sine from north­ern and south­ern In­dia, like but­ter chicken, tikka masala, biryani, curry and vin­daloo. Swing by to take out one of Dhaba’s no-fail lunch spe­cials ($7.99 or $8.99), or eat-in for the Satur­day lunch or Sun­day brunch buf­fets. 8 Oland Cres­cent, 902-444-4411

DOOLY’S, CLAY­TON PARK

The Monc­ton-based bar and bil­liard hall chain of­fers a warm and wel­com­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as a wa­ter­ing hole, pub and pool hall, all in one, with five lo­ca­tions in the HRM. 30 Farn­ham Gate, 902-443-6623

EAST SIDE MARIO’S

A fam­ily chain with lots of op­tions in the way of Ital­ian-in­spired pasta and pizza, clas­sic pub favourites, un­lim­ited mini-loaves of bread and plenty of bada booms and bada bings. 186 Chain Lake Drive, 902-450-1311

ELA! GREEK TAVERNA, BAY­ERS LAKE

For­merly known as Opa!, here you’ll find up-scale Greek cui­sine done right—mousaka, sou­vlaki, briam and friends—and decor fit for Zeus. This is one of two Ela!s in town, the other’s at 150 Hec­tor Gate in Dart­mouth. 215 Chain Lake Drive, 902-876-8899

FLIPBURGER, CLAY­TON PARK

Another gourmet burger joint to tan­ta­lize the HRM, this one owned by Chris Tzaneteas of ela! Greek Taverna fame. Sam­pling all of Flip’s fresh and cre­ative burger op­tions should only be in­ter­rupted by stuff­ing your face with de­li­cious truf­fle oil fries and wash­ing it all down with an orig­i­nal milk­shake con­coc­tion. 277 Lace­wood Drive, 902-453-3547

FREDIE’S FAN­TAS­TIC FISH HOUSE

“Fredie” Tammy Fred­er­ick’s lit­tle shop in Bayer’s Lake is pop­u­lar gem amidst a sea of big box stores and na­tional res­tau­rant chains. It’s deep-fried heaven, with ex­cel­lent fish and pretty great fries. 8 Oland Cres­cent, 902-450-3474

FREE­MAN’S FAIRVIEW

The third lo­ca­tion of the pop­u­lar late night eatery and neigh­bour­hood hang, known for pizza, wings and burg­ers, also found on Quin­pool and down­town on Grafton. 3671 Dutch Vil­lage Road, 902-445-5256,

HAPPY SUSHI RES­TAU­RANT

Hun­gry? Re­ally, re­ally hun­gry? Hit up Happy Sushi’s all-you-can-eat Ja­panese buf­fet. Their $13.99 lunch buf­fet has al­most 100 op­tions to drool over, while their $21.99 diner menu fea­tures 150 selections. Both run Mon­day to Thurs­day. On Fri­day and Satur­day, the price goes up a buck respectively. 362 Lace­wood Drive, Unit 11, 902-429-9858

ISSA’S SAJ HOUSE LE­BANESE RES­TAU­RANT

This tiny eatery, lo­cated be­side a Le­banese bak­ery, is big on por­tions and daily spe­cials that won’t make a dent in your wal­let. Issa spe­cial­izes in ma’noosh, or Mid­dle East­ern flat­breads, and fa­tay­ers, turnovers filled with spinach, cheese and other good­ies. 19 Alma Cres­cent, 902-446-3646

KING OF DON­AIR

One of the many palaces in the KOD king­dom, serv­ing up Best of Food award-win­ning don­airs, big-ass slices and other cheesy de­lights. 278 Lace­wood Drive, 902-445-0000

LAYLA SEAFOOD AND MEDITER­RANEAN CUI­SINE

In­spired by their grand­mother Layla, who taught them the ropes when it came to cook­ing, Elie Sarkis and his brother Kamil Sarkis opened this resto in Clay­ton Park west, where the spe­cial­ties are fresh seafood and shawarma, in chicken, beef or fish. 480 Park­land Drive, 902-420-0200

LOWER DECK, CLAY­TON PARK

Those pop­u­lar Lower Deck brouha­has that rock the wa­ter­front reg­u­larly have spread into Clay­ton Park, mak­ing res­i­dents mighty happy that they can spend that cab fare on another pitcher. 278 Lace­wood Drive, 902-443-7024

MEX­ICO LINDO

Mex­ico Lindo is a favourite spot for Haligo­ni­ans in the know, with its home­style (and com­pletely au­then­tic) Mex­i­can cui­sine bring­ing ’em up to Fairview in droves for 15 years. Eat here once and dream of it for­ever. 3635 Dutch Vil­lage Road, 902-445-0996

MON­TANA’S COOK HOUSE & BAR

An On­tario-based res­tau­rant well­known na­tion­ally for a ca­sual, fam­ily vibe, serv­ing de­lec­ta­ble ribs, steaks, chicken and pasta. 194 Chain Lake Drive, 902-450-1011

NEW FOR­TUNE CHI­NESE RES­TAU­RANT

Al­though there’s Szechuan and Can­tonese on the menu, it’s the Viet­namese food that stands out— the pho, rice noo­dle soup served with a va­ri­ety of top­pings, makes New For­tune one of the city’s hid­den gems. 480 Park­land Drive, 902-431-7575

9 + NINE CHI­NESE CUI­SINE

Tucked into the same Clay­ton Park strip as Mon­soon Cafe, 9 + Nine is a small Chi­nese resto, of­fer­ing sta­ples of Chi­nese food in­clud­ing fried buns, chicken of all sorts, seafood, Szechuan shred­ded pork, Shang­hai noo­dles, rice and more. 480 Park­land Drive, 902-431-7575

RED­WOOD GRILL

Al­though it’s lo­cated in the Fu­ture Inn, the Red­wood Grill caters to the lo­cal Clay­ton Park crowd as much as hun­gry trav­ellers. A sub­stan­tial menu of pas­tas, stir­frys, steaks and ribs, plus “the best na­chos in town for the price,” makes this a pleas­ant al­ter­na­tive to nearby fam­ily-style chain restau­rants. 30 Fairfax Drive, 902-446-4243

SHENG’S CHI­NESE RES­TAU­RANT

This Chi­nese eatery fea­tures a build your own combo plate, bub­ble tea and pop­ping boba, and an ex­ten­sive menu of house and chef spe­cials. 6-362 Lace­wood Drive, 902-446-3838

SUSHI NAMI ROYALE

The sec­ond lo­ca­tion of SNR in a more fam­ily-friendly en­vi­ron­ment. You’ll find a sushi bar for the hard­core but also kids’ meal spe­cials and cooked and hot food, too. 278 Lace­wood Drive, 902-422-9020

SUSIE’S SHORTBREADS, BAY­ERS LAKE

Susie’s sec­ond lo­ca­tion is where a lot of the bak­ing magic hap­pens—all those cook­ies, cup­cakes, cake pops and whoopie pies—but it’s also a spot to pick up sweets for a party or event, or just be­cause. That’s rea­son enough. 218 Chain Lake Drive, 902-406-7075

TAKO SUSHI AND RA­MEN

Hid­den in Glen­bourne Plaza, over yon­der in Clay­ton Park, lies a res­tau­rant for the true lover of Ja­panese cui­sine. With unique sushi cre­ations like the Venus and Love rolls, along with their more tra­di­tional cousins Cal­i­for­nia and Dy­na­mite, din­ers can also par­take in cur­ries, ra­men noo­dles and sushi pizza. 480 Park­land Drive, 902-405-8855

ZEN CHI­NESE CUI­SINE

Since open­ing in ’95, Zen con­tin­ues to fol­low its culi­nary tra­di­tion with a vast ar­ray of Chi­nese dishes. To­day, the folks up in Clay­ton Park can still in­dulge in favourites like ginger beef, Can­tonese chow mein and Sin­ga­pore noo­dles. But if it’s choices you want, then choices you’ll get as all are wel­come to try any one of Zen’s 100-plus menu items. 287 Lace­wood Drive, 902-457-6868

Layla Seafood and Mediter­ranean Cui­sine. JES­SICA EMIN

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