North End

A ’hood where hang­outs come with a side of lo­cally in­flu­enced, un­for­get­table food menus and the crafti­est of craft beers.

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ACE BURGER COM­PANY, GUS’ PUB

Born out of a pop­u­lar popup shop that Brook­lyn Ware­house cooked up for Open City in 2012, Ace Burger has be­come a city-wide favourite for unglam­ourous, qual­ity eats. Keep­ing it sim­ple with damn good burg­ers made from lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents this clas­sic burger joint within Gus’ Pub has left a taste in our mouths that leaves us want­ing more, please. As of Burger Week 2014, Ace also has a home at Bearly’s House of Blues. Two lo­ca­tions, two menus, too great. 2605 Agri­cola Street, 902-406-8050

AGRI­COLA STREET BRASSERIE

Straight-for­ward but smart, clever but un­pre­ten­tious, Agri­cola Street Brasserie high­lights lo­cal flavours in French-in­spired dishes, pre­pared thought­fully by chef Ludo Eveno. This neigh­bour­hood hang­out will woo you with its at­mos­phere, and keep you around for long meals and cold drinks. 2540 Agri­cola Street, 902-446-7664

ALTEREGOS COF­FEE HOUSE

This liquor-li­censed Hal­i­fax back­pack­ers hos­tel cafe serves tasty break­fast sand­wiches, sal­ads and soups, samosas and tangy chut­ney to hun­gry tourists and lo­cals on the run. Last year’s ren­o­va­tions make this neigh­bour­hood fave big­ger, brighter and ready to host DJ nights and spe­cial events. Grab a cou­ple of pints of Pro­peller and a bud­dha bowl and check out Alteregos’ pa­tio. 2193 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-431-3170

BROOK­LYN WARE­HOUSE

A star in the din­ing scene and with Coast read­ers, voted Best Res­tau­rant for years in the Best of Food poll. The Brook­lyn Ware­house is a cool, ca­sual and classy eatery with a laid-back bistro vibe. The team at Brook­lyn works with lo­cal pro­duc­ers and pur­vey­ors to make se­ri­ously good food from fresh. 2795 Wind­sor Street, 902-446-8181

BUR­RITO JAX, KEMPT ROAD

Get your usual fix of spicy sauces, fresh veg­gies, smashed beans and mouth-wa­ter­ing meats via these much-loved bur­ri­tos, sal­ads and que­sadil­las at the new­est mem­ber of the Bur­rito Jax fam­ily. 3117 Kempt Road, 902-404-7879

CAFE AROMA LATINO

Cafe Aroma Latino’s owner Clau­dia Pinto cooks au­then­tic Gu­atemalan, South Amer­i­can and Mex­i­can dishes and a mean break­fast. Aroma Latino also sells Latin Amer­i­can juices, spices, chiles, snacks and flours. Pinto im­ports fair trade cof­fee and roasts it on site. 5780 North Street, 902-444-8393

THE CAFE

Also known amongst lo­cals as “The no-name” by virtue of the fact it has no sig­nage to speak of, it can be found on the ground floor at the Mac­don­ald Build­ing at the cor­ner of Got­tin­gen and Corn­wal­lis. Com­fort food is the or­der of the day, quiches, chow­der, mac and cheese, and sand­wiches, all at great prices. 2131 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-423-0330

CEMPOAL DE LA CALAVERA NEGRA

This Mex­i­can-in­spired cafe acts as an in­ti­mate venue for live mu­sic, catch­ing up with good friends (and mak­ing new ones) or play­ing a lengthy game of chess. The cof­fee here is strong, but the neigh­bour­hood spirit is stronger. 2376 Agri­cola Street, 902-452-4684

CER­TAINLY CINNAMON

A fam­ily-run busi­ness that’s been cater­ing wed­dings, par­ties and cor­po­rate events since 1989, Cer­tainly Cinnamon moved out of its down­town cafe in 2015. Now cook­ing up a storm in a larger kitchen in Hal­i­fax’s north end, CC is fo­cused on cater­ing, cater­ing and more cater­ing. 3204 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-2466

CHAR­LIE’S CLUB

You never know who you’ll rub el­bows with at this pri­vate north end bar, lo­cated across from the

Ar­moury. There’s a crew of reg­u­lars who must be con­fused by the sea of an­gu­lar- haired hip­sters and NSCAD stu­dents that in­vade for Tues­day drink spe­cials. But it works. 5580 Cu­nard Street 902-429-1401

CHEF ABOD CAFE

A res­tau­rant of­fer­ing plenty of tra­di­tional Mid­dle East­ern food and a few Cana­dian sta­ples, you’ll find plenty of hum­mus, lamb, okra and falafel dishes to fill you up here, as well as burg­ers and sand­wiches.. 3217 Kempt Road, 902-455-3881

THE COASTAL CAFE

Re­lax and en­joy the laid-back at­mos­phere at this cozy north end gem, with tasty out­side-the-box break­fasts and brunches. Try the Dirty Bird and The Elvis and you’ll never look at your bowl of ce­real the same again. 2731 Ro­bie Street, 902-405-4022

THE COM­PANY HOUSE

The Com­pany House reimag­ines the old Khy­ber as a north end acous­tic mu­sic joint. It’s home of the In The Dead of Win­ter fes­ti­val and an ECMA win­ner for Venue of the Year. With lo­cal and im­ported beers on tap and ap­pe­tizer-y food the Coho’s a true neigh­bour­hood hang. 2202 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-404-3050

COSY SNACK BAR

One of the old­est din­ers in Hal­i­fax, Cosy Snack Bar is noted in the north end for its ex­cep­tional break­fasts. Fine food at great prices keep the reg­u­lars com­ing back, and the fam­ily at­mos­phere should be ex­pe­ri­enced at least once. 6411 Liver­pool Street, 902-455-5119

COUSIN’S RES­TAU­RANT

A fam­ily res­tau­rant at the cor­ner of Ro­bie and Lady Ham­mond, in busi­ness for 51 years, spe­cial­iz­ing in seafood and a few Greek spe­cial­ties. Try the Greek combo plate, the chicken sou­vlaki with salad and rice or the full had­dock fil­let din­ner. 3545 Ro­bie Street, 902-455-8931

DEE DEE’S ICE CREAM

Dee Dee’s is renowned for its gourmet ice cream, mixing up your favourite clas­sic flavours as well as op­tions (like Mex­i­can Choco­late or Curry Cashew). Is dairy your mor­tal en­emy? Dee Dee’s also serves a se­lec­tion of tasty sor­bets and bur­ri­tos and darn good cof­fee. 5668 Corn­wal­lis Street, 902-407-6614

DIN­NER ENVY

Pre-made dishes, cre­ated by Red Seal chefs in small batches, are flash frozen so you get fresh and healthy res­tau­rant-qual­ity con­ve­nience meals with­out com­pro­mis­ing taste. Or­der on­line and have din­ner de­liv­ered to you. 6300 Lady Ham­mond Road, 902-982-2011

DOOLY’S, HAL­I­FAX

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 mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions in the HRM. 3129 Kempt Road, 902-455-2538

EDNA

Lit­er­ally a bright spot on Got­tin­gen Street with its rain­bow ex­te­rior, EDNA is the brain­child of Jenna Moo­ers, where the ro­man­tic at­mos­phere, classy cock­tails and nour­ish­ing lo­cally-in­spired eats com­pete for brag­ging rights. And re­ally, ev­ery­one wins. 2053 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-431-5683

ENVIE—A VE­GAN KITCHEN

envie found a per­fect home in north end Hal­i­fax, serv­ing up cre­ative ve­gan de­lights (that won it Best Veg­e­tar­ian Friendly Res­tau­rant in this year’s Best of Food), reg­u­lar cook­ing classes and a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere. 5775 Charles Street, 902-492-4077

EPICURIOUS MORSELS

With an un­for­get­table name in an un­for­get­table lo­ca­tion, the Hy­dro­s­tone Mar­ket’s Epicurious Morsels serves in­ter­na­tional cui­sine and gourmet del­i­ca­cies. They’re equipped for both dine-in and take-out meals. Try the At­lantic salmon, smoked in house. 5529 Young Street, 902-455-0955

FIELD GUIDE RES­TAU­RANT AND BAR

Like the field guides to birds and flow­ers, this one is a “guide to every­thing ed­i­ble in Nova Sco­tia” with an ever-chang­ing menu of sea­son­ally in­spired dishes in­tended for shar­ing. Ceilidh Suther­land and Dan Vorster­mans’ causal res­tau­rant is a neigh­bour­hood hang­out for sip­ping cock­tails and nose-to-tail eat­ing. 2076 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-405-4506

THE FOOD WOLF

An­swer the call of the wild (and of stom­ach) at this Latin/asian-fu­sion-in­spired com­fort food brought to you by the bril­liant minds be­hind Young and Dublin. The Food Wolf now runs the kitchen at the north end’s Mayflower Curl­ing Club Oc­to­ber-march, host­ing spe­cial events like Night Brunch on the reg­u­lar. Find ‘em @the­food­wolf. Mayflower Curl­ing Club, 300 Mon­aghan Drive

FRED.

A mod­ern salon, fea­tur­ing owner Fred Con­nors and some of the city’s best stylists, meets a lo­cal-food­cen­tric cafe that serves of sweets, sam­mies sal­ads and won­der­ful cof­fee. FRED. is a lit­tle bit of every­thing with a lot of style. 2606 Agri­cola Street, 902-423-5400

GET­AWAY BUTCHER SHOP, HY­DRO­S­TONE

Tak­ing over where the High­land Drive Store­house left off, Get­away brings its award-win­ning lo­cal-meat-lov­ing butch­ery chops to the Hy­dro­s­tone, along with take-away dela­ca­cies like meat pie (in fam­ily size and hand-pie form). 5544 Kaye Street, 902-454-0094

GOOD RO­BOT BREW­ING COM­PANY

A brand spank­ing new craft brew­ery run by BFFS who have good taste in beer and a great sense of hu­mour. Gose­face Kil­lah? Tom Waits for No One Stout? It’s too good. Watch for an at­tached tap room open­ing soon. 2736 Ro­bie Street, 902-446-1699

GRAN­ITE BREW­ERY AND BEER STORE

For 25 years the Gran­ite Brew­ery has been pro­duc­ing award-win­ning ales in Hal­i­fax, spe­cial­iz­ing in English style real ales. Check out the beer store at its north end lo­ca­tion, on Stairs be­tween Ro­bie and Kempt. 6054 Stairs Street, 902-422-4954

GREEK VIL­LAGE RES­TAU­RANT

It takes a Vil­lage to feed hun­gry Haligo­ni­ans. This cozy res­tau­rant feeds many re­turn cus­tomers with tra­di­tional Greek menu op­tions such as cala­mari salad and roast lamb. Greek Vil­lage is also a prime spot for week­end morn­ings—try the le­gendary Ste­fanos Break­fast. 2733 Agri­cola Street, 902-405-3750

GUS’ PUB & GRILL

Gus’ cow­boy-grand­daddy mas­cot and his hi­lar­i­ous one-lin­ers have earned a loyal fan base among the city’s mu­sic lovers, and with good rea­son. Pitch­ers of beer pour freely and cheaply as in­die bands from across the coun­try en­ter­tain on the cozy cor­ner stage to an eclec­tic north end au­di­ence. 2605 Agri­cola Street, 902-423-7786

THE HALI DELI OLD WORLD DELICATESSEN

Agri­cola Street’s homey haven Hali Deli serves up east­ern Euro­pean com­fort food, Mon­treal-style smoked meat sand­wiches, tra­di­tional Jewish fare and an amaz­ing all day break­fast menu that’ll have you up all night wait­ing for it. 2389 Agri­cola Street, 902-406 2500

HAL­I­FAX FO­RUM FARMERS’ MAR­KET

Pro­duce, baked goods, sweets, lo­cal meets and on-the-spot snacks— Hal­i­fax’s new­est farmers’ mar­ket runs Satur­days from 8am-1pm. Hal­i­fax Fo­rum Bingo Hall, 2901 Wind­sor Street

HAMACHI KITA

Hamachi Kita com­bines au­then­tic Thai cui­sine with award-win­ning sushi and a full Ja­panese of­fer­ing in the Hy­dro­s­tone. Com­ple­ment din­ner with an Asian in­spired mar­tini or Ja­panese beer on the large, sunny side­walk pa­tio. 5543 Young Street, 902-431-5543

HUMANI-T CAFE, NORTH END

Humani-t of­fers or­ganic fair trade espresso and tea along with pani­nis, store-baked sweets, raw ve­gan squares, ve­gan and gluten-free soups and an amaz­ing ar­ray of store-made ge­lato and dairy-free sor­bet­tos. The huge sec­ond-floor deck over­look­ing Agri­cola is a hotspot for a cold treat on a sunny day. 5755 Young Street, 902-454-9999

IN­DIAN GRO­CERIES

All the spices and in­gre­di­ents you need to make an au­then­tic In­dian feast. The real star at this tiny gro­cery store are the sweets: the home­made borfi and gu­lab ja­mun are heav­enly. 2585 Ro­bie Street, 902-423-6339

IS­LAND GREEK

The Got­tin­gen eatery may be small, but it of­fers a huge choice of tra­di­tional Greek dishes such as sou­vlaki and spanako­pita, as well as pizza, wraps, don­airs, pasta, pou­tine and burg­ers. And for those nights you just can’t bear to go out­side, they’ll bring the Is­land to your door. A note to first-timers: do your­self a solid and try the gyro. 2150 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-422-8888

THE ITAL­IAN MAR­KET

The north end mar­ket and cafe rates highly with Coast read­ers, who go pazzo for made-to-or­der sand­wiches, daily spe­cials and take-out lunches. While you wait, pick up fresh pasta, cheese, deli meat, ge­lato, cof­fee and other Ital­ian food­stuffs, such as the awe­some spaghetti and meat­balls. 6061 Young Street, 902-455-6124

JANE’S NEXT DOOR

The lit­tle sis­ter of jane’s on the com­mon of­fers passerby pre­pared meals to take home and gourmet sand­wiches, sweets and cof­fee to go and is also home to jane’s cater­ing & events, fo­cus­ing on so­phis­ti­cated real food that’s sourced lo­cally and or­ganic when pos­si­ble. 2053 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-431-5683

JAVA BLEND COF­FEE ROAST­ERS

This small fam­ily-run busi­ness un­der­stands the com­plex­i­ties of the bean: Since 1938, Java Blend roasts daily on­site, over­seen by the Java Blend Mas­ter Roaster. Grab a cup in the cafe, or take some beans home with you. The hard­est part is choos­ing be­tween 20-plus in­ter­na­tional va­ri­eties. But fear not—it’s all qual­ity here. 6027 North Street, 902-423-6944

JOHNNY’S SNACK BAR

For 35 years Johnny’s has been serv­ing the north end with good, in­ex­pen­sive grub. These days it holds onto the charm of the decades past in its retro decor and style. And it’s a good- sized place so you won’t have to wait too long for a ta­ble dur­ing the brunch bus­tle on week­ends. 6204 Al­mon Street, 902-454-8154

JULIEN’S PATISSERIE BAK­ERY & CAFE

Al­though the Julien’s in The Hy­dro­s­tone is no longer owned by Di­dier Julien, the baker, patissier and choco­latier still de­liv­ers ar­ti­san breads, pas­tries, tarts and cakes daily from his Ch­ester bak­ery.

Julien’s has lo­cally roasted Java Blend cof­fee avail­able and is open all week long—so now you can get your cof­fee fix every morn­ing on the sum­mer­time pa­tio. 5517 Young Street, 902-455-9717

KEMP­STER’S COOK­HOUSE & EATERY

Com­fort food eatery in the north end, in­clud­ing burg­ers, sand­wiches, sal­ads, pasta and more, with a sep­a­rate menu of gluten-free op­tions. 3644 Kempt Road, 902-453-0236

KIT KAT PIZZA

Leo and Samira Kharma have been run­ning their unas­sum­ing pizza shop, store and neigh­bour­hood hang­out for 38 years. For nearly four decades, this fam­ily busi­ness has been the serv­ing up the same made-from-scratch pies and earn­ing its place as a Got­tin­gen in­sti­tu­tion. 2314 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-429-3223

KORÇA PIZZA

A wee joint you might not even re­al­ize ex­ists. These cheesy, savoury de­lights have din­ers ut­ter­ing the words “best-kept se­cret” and “more, please.” 2777 Agri­cola Street, 902-455-6565

LION & BRIGHT CAFE WINE BAR

Lion & Bright is a cafe by day, a wine bar by night, and a place to be seen al­ways. A sis­ter and next-door neigh­bour of Lo­cal Source Mar­ket, this sunny spot of­fers up great grilled cheeses, pot pies, home­grown snacks, fine craft brews, cock­tails and strong cof­fee. It can be tough to snag a ta­ble here, but its all about com­mu­nal seat­ing—and get­ting to know your neigh­bours. 2534 Agri­cola Street, 902-496-0022

LION’S HEAD TAV­ERN

This friendly neigh­bour­hood tav­ern has been serv­ing clas­sic pub fare for more than 30 years. It’s a ded­i­cated spon­sor of lo­cal am­a­teur sports but the less ath­let­i­cally in­clined can catch the game on the big screen TV or belt of their favourite Bob Seger song with Laurie the Guy’s le­gendary karaoke. 5833 Sul­li­van Street, 902-455-0181

LO­CAL SOURCE MAR­KET

This north end food mar­ket helps fos­ter a cul­ture of good qual­ity, healthy lo­cal food, con­nect­ing ur­ban dwellers with ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. Look for sea­sonal fruits and veg­eta­bles, free range meats, cheeses,

Lion & Bright. JOR­DAN BLACK­BURN

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