Down­town

From nightlife to late-night re­fu­elling and Sun­day brunch to fine din­ing, every side street hosts a crave-wor­thy des­ti­na­tion.

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AR­GYLE BAR & GRILL

The Ar­gyle is a bar that wears many hats: It’s a great brunch date, a killer desserterie, a red-hot pizza-maker, a bang­ing DJ venue with an oft-packed dance floor—plus in the sun­nier sea­son (if/when we get it) it of­fers up side­walk and rooftop pa­tio ac­tion. 1575 Ar­gyle Street, 902-492-8844

AS YOU LIKE IT

Two more lo­ca­tions of the long­time­hal­i­fax cafe, known for its break­fasts, cof­fee and lunches. 5161 Ge­orge Street and 1660 Hol­lis Street, 902-457-2525

ASAP MABUHAY BAR & GRILL

Chances are you didn’t know this place had seat­ing, but you’ve been lured down Blow­ers Road by the smell of its de­li­cious BBQ. Next time go in­side. A great lunch op­tion with an ar­ray of Philip­pine dishes on the buf­fet, and a late-night fave with Rocky’s fa­mous ke­babs. 5237 Blow­ers Street, 902-423-5547

THE AUC­TION HOUSE

Serv­ing up cold drinks and up­scale pub food out of an ac­tual former auc­tion house (it’s one of the city’s old­est build­ings, built in 1765). An ad­mirable burger list, ap­pies like ched­dar stout dip and fried cheese curds and let­tuce wraps, cre­ative brunch op­tions and sam­mies, sal­ads and home­made desserts would tempt any menu browser. 1726 Ar­gyle Street, 902-431-1726

BAAN THAI RES­TAU­RANT

Serv­ing au­then­tic Thai cui­sine to Haligo­ni­ans for more than a decade, Baan con­tin­ues to de­liver Thai-rrific food. Menu items in­clude more than a half-dozen cur­ries like the ever-pop­u­lar red, green and yel­low va­ri­eties, along with chicken sa­tay, Pad Thai and Tom Yum soup. 5234 Blow­ers Street, 902-446-4301

BÂTON ROUGE

Lo­cated in the Morse’s Tea build­ing, this chain looks nothing like a big-box spot, with gi­ant wooden beams, old brick­work and a gi­ant pa­tio. Along with fam­ily res­tau­rant clas­sics like spinach dip and club sand­wiches, Ba­ton Rouge serves up-ca­sual seared Ahi Tuna sal­ads, pork back ribs and sir­loin steaks. 1877 Hol­lis­street, 902-407-0007

BIT­TER END

This award-win­ning mar­tini bar and res­tau­rant has shaken and stirred over one mil­lion of its fa­mous cock­tails since 2000. The food is home-spun and glob­ally in­flu­enced, of­fer­ing dishes like Thai beef sriracha salad and pro­sciutto wrapped por­to­bello sa­tays. 1572 Ar­gyle Street, 902-425-3039

BLUENOSE II RES­TAU­RANT

This fam­ily res­tau­rant is as much a down­town Hal­i­fax land­mark as the fa­mous ship for which it’s named. No-non­sense ser­vice with home­style Mar­itime fare, Greek en­trees and a good diner break­fast make the Bluenose a busy spot, 1824 Hol­lis Street, 902-425-5092

BOS­TON PIZZA, HAL­I­FAX

A pop­u­lar fran­chise and re­laxed sports bar at­mos­phere and a wide range of items, in­clud­ing clas­sic pas­tas, burg­ers and of course, pizza. 1858 Granville Street, 902-422-8600

BUR­RITO JAX, BLOW­ERS STREET

Have you ever fallen for a bur­rito? With a wall full of Best of Food awards, this down­town hot spot wins over the lunch crowd with in­cred­i­bly fresh and flavour­ful bur­ri­tos, gluten-free bur­rito bowls and ooey-gooey que­sadil­las, but also woos many a nightowl, who af­ter a few brew are won­der­ing “Where­fore art thou, Jax chicken?” 5215 Blow­ers Street, 902-406-0088

CABIN COF­FEE

Re­li­able home­made sand­wiches, soups and baked goods make this a pop­u­lar lunch crowd des­ti­na­tion and Satur­day af­ter­noon hang. Take it to go, or stop for a well-de­served break

in one of the Cabin’s com­fort­able arm­chairs. 1554 Hol­lis 902-422-8130

CAN­VAS RESTO LOUNGE

A res­tau­rant within the Cam­bridge Suites Ho­tel, Can­vas’ at­mos­phere is ri­valled by its cre­ative plate pre­sen­ta­tion. This mod­ern, ca­sual-meet­sup­scale spot is sort of like fine din­ing, with­out the fine-din­ing prices, serv­ing up burg­ers, sand­wiches and ap­pies in­spired by the sea­sons. 1583 Brunswick Street, 902-425-4278

THE CAR­LETON MU­SIC BAR & GRILL

Mike Camp­bell’s Car­leton has been earn­ing its rep­u­ta­tion for great tunes and great times since 2008. In 2013 it upped the ante by giv­ing its stage and seat­ing a facelift, and fresh­en­ing up the menu with the help of Jane Wright. Check out the brunch, crave the frites, stay for the songs. 1685 Ar­gyle Street, 902-422-6335

CHEERS BAR & GRILL

Cliff Clavin and Norm Peter­son would love down­town Hal­i­fax’s take on Cheers. There’s never a dull mo­ment at The Dome’s more ma­ture sib­ling bar, where you can take in karaoke with the le­gendary Jackie Smith (Mon­days), killer DJS and video par­ties and live mu­sic every Thurs­day through Satur­day. Sure, ev­ery­body doesn’t know your name, but the beers are cold, the com­pany’s great and the dance floor’s packed. 1741 Grafton Street, 902-421-1655

DHARMA SUSHI

Hideki Ya­mamoto opened Dharma Sushi to hun­gry mouths back in 1995, and its been serv­ing up rock­ing rolls, fresh sashimi and de­lec­ta­ble Ja­panese cui­sine ever since. Now un­der the lead­er­ship of Dharma vet Ami Goto, the res­tau­rant con­tin­ues to ex­pand upon its de­lec­ta­ble dishes, of­fer cater­ing ser­vices and per­fect pa­tio sea­son. 1476 Ar­gyle Street, 902-425-7785

THE DOME

Those look­ing to dance usu­ally find them­selves on one of the four dance floors in this three level venue. This sprawl­ing maze of con­nected rooms fea­tures 10 bars and ocal and vis­it­ing DJS keep the floor packed with top 40, hip-hop, house and elec­tronic jams un­til the wee hours. 1726 Ar­gyle Street, 902-454-9344

DURTY NELLY’S AU­THEN­TIC IR­ISH PUB

Durty Nelly’s was com­pletely de­signed and built in Ire­land and shipped over piece by piece to be re­con­structed in the heart of Hal­i­fax in 2009. The food ranges from tra­di­tional Ir­ish fare (lamb shanks, fish and chips) to more cre­ative ev­ery­day fare. So, stop by be­fore the Moose­heads or Rain­men for din­ner, or af­ter a Nep­tune play for a drop of dark stuff. 5221 Sackville Street, 902-406-7640

ECON­OMY SHOE SHOP

A Best of Food read­ers’ poll Hall of Famer for its na­chos and its eclec­tic bistro-style decor, Haligo­ni­ans and vis­it­ing celebri­ties love schmooz­ing around the bar or shar­ing an in­ti­mate se­cret or two up front. Both the ex­ten­sive bar and food menus high­light the Shoe’s rep as a great place to eat, see and be seen. 1665 Ar­gyle Street, 902-423-8845

THE FIVE FISH­ER­MEN RES­TAU­RANT & GRILL

In a build­ing that was orig­i­nally a her­itage Na­tional School and an art col­lege, the chefs at Five Fish­er­men are well-versed in the art of pleas­ing cus­tomers. For over 30 years, pa­trons have kept com­ing to Hal­i­fax’s pre­miere seafood res­tau­rant for fresh, beau­ti­fully pre­sented seafood. A mul­ti­ple win­ner in our Best of Food read­ers’ poll and a Wine Spec­ta­tor award-win­ner for its ex­ten­sive wine list, the Five Fish has a rep­u­ta­tion that won’t quit. 1740 Ar­gyle Street, 902-422-4421

FLIPBURGER, AR­GYLE STREET

A bright sec­ond it­er­a­tion of Clay­ton Park’s Flipburger, serv­ing up a cre­ative ro­ta­tion of burger cre­ations, thick and rich milk­shakes and boozy drinks all the way from lunchtime to late-night. 1565 Ar­gyle Street, 902-431-3547

THE FOGGY GOGGLE

The list of rea­sons why the Foggy Goggle tends to be packed is a long one. Of­fer­ing “com­fort food with at­ti­tude” its menu boasts made-from­scratch dishes like lob­ster mac and cheese, the Goggle Burger, Foggy Spuds, ve­gan and veg­gie op­tions, as well as a boun­ti­ful week­end brunch. Its kitchen stays open un­til 2am on Fri­day and Satur­day nights. 1667 Ar­gyle Street, 902-444-1414

FREE­MAN’S LIT­TLE NEW YORK, DOWN­TOWN

Con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of uber-latenight food and drinks on Grafton Street. Pizza is the star of this menu, but there are tons of op­tions to de­light both the post-bar crowd, and those eat­ing at reg­u­lar meal times. 1726 Grafton Street, 902-444-7008

FUJIYAMA RES­TAU­RANT

In the former lo­ca­tion of La Cave and Stone­haven comes a dif­fer­ent kind of place: Ja­panese cui­sine, of­fer­ing every­thing you might be crav­ing this side of a bul­let train: from miso soup to steak udon, from teriyaki to sushi. 5244 Blow­ers Street, 902-492-1133

GIO

Toss out any pre­con­cep­tion about ho­tel restau­rants: Gio has re­de­fined fine din­ing in ho­tels and in the city. Al­though it shares space with the Prince Ge­orge Ho­tel, it stands alone and apart from the oth­ers, with a chic, shim­mer­ing in­te­rior and thought­ful menu of cre­ative eats and cock­tails. 1725 Mar­ket Street, 902-425-1987

GRAFTON STREET DIN­NER THE­ATRE

If you’re wor­ried about un­com­fort­able din­ner con­ver­sa­tion or need a night away from the tele­vi­sion, head here. Grafton Street Din­ner The­atre has been en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences for over 27 years with orig­i­nal mu­si­cal come­dies high­light­ing lo­cal tal­ent paired with sev­eral menu op­tions from a set three-course meal, 1741 Grafton Street, 902-425-1961

HAL­I­FAX ALEHOUSE

A stone’s throw from Ci­tadel Hill, the Hal­i­fax Alehouse, sit­u­ated in a brick-fronted his­toric build­ing, pays homage to the past with tra­di­tional wood-heavy decor, live Celtic bands and cheeky cos­tumes for the staff. 1717 Brunswick Street, 902-423-6113

HAMACHI HOUSE

Hamachi House has cre­ated and ex­panded the unique sushi and Ja­panese of­fer­ing in Hal­i­fax since 2001. The menu con­sists of fresh sushi, au­then­tic Ja­panese cui­sine and fu­sion cre­ations for the ad­ven­tur­ous. Try the late-night Happy Maki Hour, fea­tur­ing fresh-rolled sushi, wine, mar­ti­nis and Sap­poro on tap. 5190 Mor­ris Street, 902-425-7711

HFX SPORTS BAR & GRILL

With a beer se­lec­tion al­most as mam­moth as its wall of LED screens, this is pretty far from your typ­i­cal sports bar. HFX Sports Bar & Grill of­fers up­scale pub food—from fish tacos to Philly cheeses­teak spring roll to chicken and waf­fles—drinks aplenty and a glitzy at­mos­phere in which to root for the home team. 1721 Brunswick Street, 902-420-0015

KEE HEONG CAN­TONESE BAK­ERY

Fresh baked good­ies, both sweet and savoury, will tempt you to fill your pocket, purse and stom­ach, but make it you busi­ness to check out Kee Heong’s ev­ery­day dim sum, too. With most items un­der five bucks— dumplings, steam buns, ribs—you can feast like roy­alty for very lit­tle. 1532 Granville Street

THE KEG STEAK­HOUSE & BAR

There’s some­thing en­tirely sat­is­fy­ing in a juicy, well-cooked—but not well-done—steak. And The Keg de­liv­ers it every time. Win­ning Best Steak in the Best of Food poll for time im­memo­rial, we in­ducted The Keg into our Hall of Fame and gave it this meaty award to keep. 1712 Mar­ket Street, 902-425-8355

KO DORAKU

A sec­ond help­ing of Spring Gar­den Place’s prized sushi spot at Purdy’s Wharf. Best lunch deals ever. 211-1949 Up­per Wa­ter Street

BISTRO LE COQ

A beau­ti­ful and invit­ing French bistro on Ar­gyle Street that blends the new with the old. In this lit­tle slice of Paris you’ll find French com­fort food on the menu, a great se­lec­tion of wines be­hind the bar plus solid ser­vice and a friendly at­mos­phere. 1584 Ar­gyle Street, 902-407-4564

LE FRENCH FIX PÂTISSERIE

Ge­of­froy Che­val­lier makes fine French pas­tries and the sweet­est look­ing mac­arons in this de­li­cious lit­tle cafe on Prince Street. Wash it all down with a cof­fee from Pig Iron Roast­ers or sign up for one of Che­val­lier’s bak­ing classes and learn how to make deca­dent desserts for your­self. 5233 Prince Street, 902-497-5308

THE LOOSE CANNON

The Scot­tish-style pub brings every­thing you’d ex­pect from a water­hole in Edinburgh: A “real place for reg­u­lars,” with draught beers, mul­ti­ple brands of do­mes­tic and im­ported beer in bot­tles and dozens of dif­fer­ent types of scotch. The pub ex­pe­ri­ence con­tin­ues on the food front, with fish and chips, Shep­herd’s pie and bangers and mash, with hag­gis pre­pared for spe­cial oc­ca­sions. 1556 Ar­gyle Street, 902-407-8797

LOT SIX

Named for the plot of land the build­ing was orig­i­nally built on, Lot Six comes to us from Press Gang fam­ily, with the hopes of push­ing palates mul­ti­cul­tur­ally in­flu­enced small plates, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents, clas­sic cock­tails (cour­tesy of Jeff Van Horne) craft beers and hand­picked wines. The res­tau­rant, and a re­vived atrium, de­but in June 2015. 1685 Ar­gyle Street

THE MAXWELL’S PLUM

If you’re on the hunt for suds, check out this Grafton Street leg­end, a big split-level beer bar. One per­cent

fancy, 99 per­cent beer. Maxwell’s has the widest se­lec­tion of lo­cal and craft beer in Hal­i­fax with 60 beers on tap. If you can’t de­cide, choose a sam­ple tray of four. 1600 Grafton Street, 902-423-5090

MONGOLIE GRILL

The con­cept here de­scends back to the 13th Cen­tury when Genghis Khan and his war­riors were fight­ing to es­tab­lish an em­pire. Hun­gry and tired, they would grill what­ever fresh food they could find over a camp­fire. At Mongolie Grill cus­tomers choose from a va­ri­ety of fresh veg­eta­bles, meats and sauces that are then cooked fresh for their en­joy­ment. If your eyes are big­ger than your stom­ach, be care­ful, prices vary based on the weight of your dish. 1645 Granville Street, 902-406-4004

MOR­RIS EAST

Mor­ris East of­fers de­li­cious gourmet piz­zas baked in a wood-fired oven shipped over from Italy. With a fo­cus on sea­son­ally fresh in­gre­di­ents, the in­ti­mate 37-seat eatery’s reg­u­lars will note that the menu changes all the time, de­pend­ing on what comes avail­able at the Farmers’ Mar­ket: Piz­zas with peach, pro­sciutto and goat cheese one month; pear, wal­nut and crispy sage the next. 5212 Mor­ris Street, 902-444-7663

ONYX

Af­ter 10 years of hold­ing down se­ri­ous cock­tails, cre­ative ap­pies and some of the city’s hottest live jazz, Onyx made the jump over to Ar­gyle Street, breath­ing new life into the bar. The lo­ca­tion is stun­ning (leather coaches and ban­quettes, sexy am­bi­ent light­ing and the star of the show, the bar) and the menu is in­spired (kobe corn dogs, cor­nish game hen, lob­ster dumplings, fried oys­ter tacos). 1580 Ar­gyle Street 902-428-5680

PI­ATTO PIZZE­RIA + ENOTECA

A cel­e­brated thin-crust pizza place in St. John’s, Pi­atto ex­panded into the rest of Canada with this Hal­i­fax branch a few years back. The Ves­pas in the high-ceilinged din­ing room sug­gest a com­mit­ment to things Ital­ian, Pi­atto’s Ver­ace Pizza Napo­le­tana cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (ap­proval from a group of pizza-mak­ers in Naples) proves it. 5144 Mor­ris Street, 902-406-0909

PRESS GANG RES­TAU­RANT & OYS­TER BAR

The Press Gang is a Hal­i­fax fine din­ing in­sti­tu­tion, sit­u­ated in a 1789 his­toric build­ing. The menu is ex­ten­sive, promi­nently fea­tur­ing lo­cal seafood, and the oys­ter bar is per­fect for lighter meals and sam­pling the Gang’s su­perb wine list. 5218 Prince Street, 902-423-8816

REFLECTIONS CABARET

This no-la­bels club brings in in­ter­na­tional DJS, great lo­cal and vis­it­ing bands, hosts theme par­ties and drag shows, and caters to any­one as long as the goal is to have fun. If you are ready to break a sweat, this night­club is call­ing for you. 5187 Sal­ter Street, 902-422-2957

ROUSSEAU CHOCO­LATIER

France-born choco­latier Julien Rousseau-du­marcet and his partner Nathalie Morin up and moved to Hal­i­fax (lucky us!) and brought us hand­made cho­co­lates, gourmet brown­ies, fresh mac­arons and a crazy good hot choco­late. 1277 Hol­lis Street, 902-802-6463

SCANWAY CATER­ING & PAS­TRY

There’s than beau­ti­ful cakes and sweets to peep at here, Geir Si­mensen and Ray Bear team up to merge this dessert haven with a cafe—of­fer­ing up sand­wiches on fresh baked bread, cof­fee, dough­nuts, Ital­ian ge­lato, al­co­holic bevies and rooftop pa­tio that ranks among the city’s best. 1567 Grafton Street, 902-425-0386

SCO­TIA SQUARE FOOD COURT

Heaven is a place on earth and it’s tucked in­side this con­crete mono­lith. A food court to rule them all, Sco­tia Square boasts cheap, de­li­cious eats

from Korea Gar­den Ex­press, Thai Ex­press, Freshii, A Taste of In­dia and Sushi You & Me. Yes, Mickey Dee’s has in­fil­trated, but we’ve still got lunchtime love for this place. 2000 Bar­ring­ton Street

SEOUL RES­TAU­RANT

A fresh source for Korean and Ja­panese cui­sine be­tween Hol­lis and Granville, of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of Korean dishes in­clud­ing bul­gogi, gam­jatang and kim­chi ji­gae. En­joy an elon­gated evening meal here by cook­ing up your own Korean bar­be­cue. 5170 Duke Street, 902-404-3414

SI­CIL­IAN PIZZA, DON­AIRS & SUBS, PIZZA COR­NER

Reg­u­larly voted the best pizza slice in the city by Coast read­ers, the Si­cil­ian shines like a light to down­town denizens in need of late night sus­te­nance. The last re­main­ing pil­lar of Pizza Cor­ner, this mecca to the hun­gry boasts a staff that’s among the most pa­tient in town, tol­er­at­ing count­less drunken re­quests for more don­air sauce and de­liv­er­ing each slice with a smile. 5245 Blow­ers Street, 902-423-5555

SMOKE’S POUTINERIE

This On­tario-based eatery, of­fer­ing 22 kinds of pou­tine on the menu, has found the per­fect home in Hal­i­fax, on Pizza Cor­ner—our par­adise for late-night food lovers. Brace your­self for a whole lotta every­thing. 5236 Blow­ers Street, 902-422-6762

STO­RIES FINE DIN­ING

You’ll note the el­e­gant set­ting at The Hal­libur­ton Ho­tel, but there’s also a dis­tinc­tive Cana­di­ana mood to Sto­ries’ of­fer­ings, which in­clude striped bass, roast duck ma­gret and other dishes that’ll make your mouth wa­ter. In the sum­mer, the gar­den court­yard is glo­ri­ous with fo­liage, and in the win­ter, the crack­ling fire­place is your best din­ing com­pan­ion. 5184 Mor­ris Street, 902-444-4400

STUB­BORN GOAT GASTROPUB

Food and drink scene vet­er­ans Joe Mcguin­ness and Kyle Drake (Durty Nelly’s), Geir Si­mensen (Saege Bistro) and Ryan Dubois teamed up to bring cre­ative, lo­cally minded flavour to Hal­i­fax’s down­town. Com­fort food, wood-fired piz­zas, wine and loads of craft beer fill out the Stub­born Goat’s stick-to-your-ribs menu. 1579 Grafton Street, 902-405-4554

SUSHI JET

Tempt­ing the in­dul­gent among us with all-you-can-eat cre­den­tials, Sushi Jet serves Ja­panese and Thai style sushi, sashimi, noo­dle dishes and tep­pa­nyaki. 5171 Sal­ter Street

SUSHI SHIGE JA­PANESE RES­TAU­RANT

With vet­eran sushi chef Shigeru Fukuyama at the helm, Sushi Shige of­fers ex­cel­lent ser­vice, fresh sushi and some of the best Ja­panese dishes in the city. Or­der off the large menu noo­dle, maki, ni­giri and sashimi op­tions or go for the chef’s se­lec­tion Omakase din­ner, a cre­ation so spe­cial, you need to re­serve it. 1532 Granville Street, 902-422-0740

SUSIE’S SHORTBREADS

Stop by for one (or likely more) of Susie’s 100+ cup­cake flavours ro­tat­ing daily and its 15 flavours of shortbread cook­ies. Last sum­mer saw the bright pink sweets shop leave its Dres­den Row roots for new digs at Purdy’s Wharf, ex­pand­ing on its of­fer­ings (cater­ing, cheese­cake ba­bies, cup­cake truf­fles, cakes, cof­fee, milk­shakes) and adding lunch and break­fast eats into the mix. Purdy’s Wharf, 1949 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-406-7075

TA­BOO NIGHT­CLUB

Next door to Cheers you’ll find this up­scale nightspot, where you’re en­cor­aged to dress to im­press. It’s a stylish en­vi­ron­ment sup­port­ive fea­tur­ing bot­tle ser­vice, pri­vate VIP ar­eas (avail­able by reser­va­tion) and res­i­dent DJS on two dance floors. 1739 Grafton Street, 902-454-9344

TALAY THAI, HAL­I­FAX

Sure, this in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar Talay Thai of­fers up friendly ser­vice, a bright well-dec­o­rated lo­ca­tion and great am­bi­ence, but re­ally, it’s all about good food. Hot, sour, sweet, salty and bit­ter—all five taste el­e­ments of Thai cui­sine are rep­re­sented in flavour­ful abun­dance. Ad­dic­tive and de­li­cious. 1300 Hol­lis Street, 902-404-3700

TOOTHY MOOSE CABARET

The huge set of antlers that over­look Ar­gyle Street is kind of hard to miss. Seek out the crazy-eyed, lit­eral toothy moose head to find the Toothy Moose, a cabaret-li­censed bar that caters to a late-night crowd seek­ing beer, cock­tails and rock and coun­try mu­sic. 1661 Ar­gyle Street, 902-407-3170

TRI­DENT BOOK­SELL­ERS & CAFE

The com­pet­ing great scents of used books and freshly roasted cof­fee meet in the mid­dle at Tri­dent, a re­main­dered book seller since 1992. But be­yond a prime place for dig­ging through old books, hit this down­town fave for cof­fee dates, alone time and cram ses­sions too. This long­time fix­ture spe­cial­izes in on-site gourmet roast­ing, loose teas and sweet treats, too. 1256 Hol­lis Street, 902-423-7100

WILLY’S FRESH CUT FRIES & BURG­ERS

Burg­ers, cheeses­teaks and veg­gie burg­ers are pretty im­pres­sive fare to be com­ing out, fast and fu­ri­ous, of this nook-sized down­town food win­dow, but it’s re­ally all about the pou­tine, baby. A mul­ti­ple win­ner of Best Pou­tine and Best Late-night Food in The Coast’s Best of Food awards, Willy’s knows how to make fries, curds and gravy jive just right. And some­times that means adding steak, don­air meat or stuff­ing to the mix. And we’re OK with that. 5239 Blow­ers Street, 902-406-3365

WIRED MONK

Per­fect for writ­ers, ro­man­tics or those who just need a quick bite, this li­censed neigh­bour­hood cafe has plenty to of­fer, with or­ganic slow- roasted cof­fee and teas, baked goods and pani­nis, and samosas from Staff of Life, all of­fered in a re­laxed, com­fort­able set­ting. 5147 Mor­ris Street, 902-422-2219

THE WOODEN MON­KEY, HAL­I­FAX

There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one at this so­phis­ti­cated res­tau­rant, perched high on Grafton to look over Ar­gyle—per­haps the only place in town where a sei­tan en­tree is at home with free-range chicken and beef. Or­ganic and lo­cally grown pro­duce makes its way into every pizza, sand­wich and salad. Fish and roasties is great value for your money, like fish and chips ex­cept with­out the deep fryer. Make a toast over lo­cally brewed beer and wine with the re­as­sur­ance that your Arc­tic char was caught by non-in­va­sive means. 1707 Grafton Street, 902-444-3844

WORLD TEA HOUSE

World Tea House is a lo­cal fam­ily tea house ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing the earth and its peo­ple on a global level. By pur­chas­ing its mul­ti­tude of leaves—black, green, herbal, oo­long, roi­boos—you are sup­port­ing tea plan­ta­tions that par­tic­i­pate in or­ganic grow­ing prac­tices and fair trade com­merce. Sip a cup of one of its many, many tasty teas from 12 in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions, or test out the pop­u­lar tea fu­sion menu of de­li­cious lat­tes, ciders, choco­late lat­tes and iced teas. 1592 Ar­gyle Street, 902-422-8327

YEH! FROZEN YO­GURT AND CAFE

The Mon­treal-based chain of ser­vey­our­self frozen yo­gurt is a strange fit with the rest of Pizza Cor­ner’s snack des­ti­na­tion, but it re­mains packed with peo­ple pump­ing their own desserts nightly. 1560 Grafton Street, 902-429-1616

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