Quin­pool & West End

One of Hal­i­fax’s small busi­ness ar­ter­ies sup­plies din­ers with Korean, Ja­panese and Le­banese flavours, and the ruler of don­air throne.

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Quin­pool 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. 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. 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 AND 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 bi bim bap. 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 Nova Sco­tia lamb are used in the burger and en­joyed among white washed walls and shut­tered blue win­dows. . 6196 Quin­pool Road, 902-407-3000

BRAMOSO PIZZE­RIA AND BEER BAR

Bramoso has al­ways had its mind on the lo­cal. A gourmet pizze­ria that lets the Nova Sco­tian in­gre­di­ents shine on its brick-oven pies (which can be gluten-free, dairy-free and ve­gan, by the way), this Quin­pool lo­cal upped the ser­vice ante this year, ex­pand­ing its space to add 20 more seats and be­come Bramoso Pizze­ria and Beer Bar, let­ting the lo­cal craft beer shine, too. 6169 Quin­pool Road, 902-425-2222

DILLY DALLY EATS

Open­ing in June 2016, Dilly Dally is a li­censed cafe in the former Sec­ond Cup space on Quin­pool that shines a light on small batches— serv­ing lo­cal cof­fee, food, wine and beer. 6100 Quin­pool Road

EAST COAST BAK­ERY

The fresh-baked bread smell re­turns to Quin­pool with East Coast Bak­ery, which spe­cial­izes in the del­i­cacy that is Mon­treal bagels. 6257 Quin­pool Road, 902-429-6257

EN­ERGY BAR AT OR­GANIC EARTH

A wee cafe within the gro­cery store makes su­per-pow­ered smooth­ies, juices, espresso drinks, herbal teas, sand­wiches and desserts. 6487 Quin­pool Road

FREE­MAN’S LIT­TLE NEW YORK

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. 6092 Quin­pool Road, 902-429-0241

HEARTWOOD

Few plates and bowls in Hal­i­fax are this green. Hal­i­fax’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 sour dough 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

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. 6420 Quin­pool Road, 902-421-0000

THE OTHER BEAN

This li­censed bou­tique cof­fee house boasts a chic in­te­rior, of­fer­ing lo­cally roasted cof­fee, tea and spe­cialty drinks. The cafe also spe­cial­izes in gourmet sand­wiches in­clud­ing the I Ham what I Ham and Rab­bit Food, for the veg­gie eaters among us. The back deck is a great place to grab a place and kick back in warm weather. 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

MEZZA LE­BANESE RES­TAU­RANT

Con­tem­po­rary na­turein­spired de­sign and soft light­ing makes this Le­banese res­tau­rant a bright light in Quin­pool’s bustling res­tau­rant scene. In keep­ing with the unique look, 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

A store with a con­science. This lo­cal gro­cer of­fers or­ganic gro­ceries, fresh pro­duce, green health prod­ucts, nat­u­ral clean­ing and and chem­i­cal­free beauty prod­ucts. 6485 Quin­poo 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 the meat and veg­e­tar­ian kind). Choose from a list of tasty top­pings, in­clud­ing crispy onion frites, pep­per jack cheese, pick­led pep­pers, pancetta ba­con, brie cheese, grainy di­jon mus­tard, sliced av­o­cado, roasted pep­pers and tzatziki sauce. Then take a seat and wait for the chorus of work­ers to call out your name. 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, weekly live mu­sic and a panoramic the view of the Com­mon, Sea­sons is a wise choice year-round. Atlantica Ho­tel, 1980 Ro­bie Street, 902-490-3331

SHAWARMA STOP

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

SI­CIL­IAN PIZZA, DON­AIRS & SUBS

Pre­sent­ing, the pizza slice that doesn’t quit—yet another lo­ca­tion of the le­gendary Home of the Big Slice, Si­cil­ian Pizza. 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, make this pretty Quin­pool spot a di­vine din­ing choice. 6148 Quin­pool Road, 902-404-8001

THAI IVORY CUI­SINE

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 noo­dles, noo­dles, noo­dles. Fried chicken ra­men—you are every­thing. 6214 Quin­pool Road, 902-407-4047

OWASABI HOUSE

Our read­ers have re­peat­edly called this Hal­i­fax’s Best Sushi for a rea­son. 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 nightly Happy Hour eats from 9pm un­til close—the per­fect post-movie night- cap (if you pre­fer your night­caps a bit fishy). 6403 Quin­pool Road, 902-429-8858

YANJING CHI­NESE RES­TAU­RANT

Yanjing will sat­isfy even your wildest Chi­nese food crav­ings. From tra­di­tional beef, tofu and duck plates, to Cana­dian Chi­nese chow mein, this place has got it all. 6430 Quin­pool Road, 902- 423-2587

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 and from-scratch cook­ing and twists on the clas­sics make this diner a plea­sure for any­one to keep com­ing back to. Burger lovers should def­i­nitely try some of the Armview’s in­no­va­tive op­tions like the Hy­land or the lamb burger. 7156 Che­bucto Road, 902-455-4395

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 along St. Mar­garets Bay Road. In the sum­mer you can sit at one of the plas­tic ta­bles out­side, scarf­ing down one of Metro’s best slices. 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 de­li­cious­ness. Then there’s Fries & Co. The aroma alone lets you know you’re in for a treat. Smoth­ered in ketchup, drown­ing in malt vine­gar, sprin­kled in salt. 2603 Connolly Street, 902-455-5250

THE GOOD FOOD EM­PO­RIUM

Known as much for its laid­back, re­laxed at­mos­phere as for its home­made 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 chain stan­dards—manchu Wok, Thai Ex­press, A&W, Dairy Queen (or the one lo­cal star, Mezza)—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 Bay. 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

Whether you’re soak­ing up rays on its sunny pa­tio, or toasty warm in­side, La Pi­azza wows with its sto­neoven piz­zas, its week­end brunch and its wine and beer se­lec­tion. 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. 2959 Ox­ford Street, 902-455-6225

LOOK HO HO RES­TAU­RANT

Look Ho Ho first opened in 1959. Ever since then they’ve been serv­ing Haligo­ni­ans abun­dant amounts of Cana­dian Chi­nese cui­sine that com­forts. Look Ho Ho boasts a va­ri­ety of com­bi­na­tion op­tions and dishes, as well as a friendly staff. 6420 Bay­ers Road, 902-455-5479

THE MIND­FUL MANGO CAFE

The Mind­ful Mango 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

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

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

The Wild Leek. LENNY MULLINS

Song’s Korean Res­tau­rant. JOR­DAN BLACK­BURN

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