North End

This side of town brings the coolest cock­tails, in­spir­ing at­mos­phere, no frills burg­ers, dreamy piz­zas and badass brunch.

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ACE BURGER COM­PANY

Ace Burger has be­come a city-wide favourite for unglam­ourous, qual­ity eats. Keep­ing it sim­ple with damn good burg­ers made from lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents (like grass-fed beef from Get­away Farm) and a newly up­dated menu, this clas­sic burger joint within Gus’ Pub has left a taste in our mouths that leaves us want­ing more, please. 2605 Agri­cola Street, 902-406-8050

AGRI­COLA STREET BRASSERIE

Straight­for­ward but smart, clever but un­pre­ten­tious, Agri­cola Street Brasserie high­lights lo­cal flavours in French-in­spired dishes, pre­pared thought­fully by chef Ludo Eveno. This north end hang­out will woo you with its at­mos­phere (nw this sum­mer: a rooftop pa­tio!), and keep you around for long, in­dul­gent meals, share­able small plates and cold, cre­ative drinks. 2540 Agri­cola Street, 902-446-7664

AL­TERE­GOS COF­FEE HOUSE

This liquor-li­censed back­pack­ers hos­tel cafe serves tasty break­fast sand­wiches, sal­ads, soups and samosas to hun­gry tourists and lo­cals on the run. This neigh­bour­hood hang­out hosts DJ nights and spe­cial events, grab a cou­ple of pints of Pro­peller and a bud­dha bowl. And check out Al­tere­gos’ side pa­tio. 2193 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-431-3170

BROOK­LYN WARE­HOUSE

A star in the din­ing scene and with Coast read­ers, voted Best Res­tau­rant for five years run­ning 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. 2795 Wind­sor Street, 902-446-8181

BUR­RITO JAX

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 place,” 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 after over 25 years of mak­ing great lunches for its foot-traf­fic. 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. Friendly bar staff, af­ford­able drinks, neigh­bour­hood char­ac­ters and griz­zled jour­nal­ists are among the things you’ll find here. Bring juke­box money. 5580 Cu­nard Street, 902-429-1401

CHEF ABOD CAFE

Chef Abod Cafe is a hid­den gem in the north end, spe­cial­iz­ing in tra­di­tional Mid­dle East­ern food like falafel, whole lamb, and an enor­mity of hum­mus. Chef Abod him­self used to work as a per­sonal chef for Saudi Ara­bian prince Moshal Bin Ab­dul Al-azez! Dang. 3217 Kempt Road, 902-455-3881

CHI BISTRO

Chef Christo­pher Spencer and owner Amy Gong run the show at this Chi­nese fu­sion res­tau­rant and wine bar that fo­cuses on small plates in­flu­enced by Sichuan and Shang­hai, and a clas­sic brunch. Also, a killer pa­tio. 5687 Charles Street, 902-406-3133

THE COASTAL CAFE

Re­lax and en­joy the laid-back at­mos­phere at this cozy north end gem, with tasty break­fasts, lunches and all-day brunches on the week­end, with great cof­fee, great mu­sic and free wire­less. 2731 Ro­bie Street, 902-405-4022

THE COM­PANY HOUSE

The Com­pany House reimag­ines the old Khy­ber Club on Bar­ring­ton as a north end acous­tic mu­sic joint. It’s one of the main lo­ca­tions for the In The Dead of Win­ter fes­ti­val and an ECMA win­ner for Venue of the Year. With Pro­peller on tap, a healthy se­lec­tion of im­ported beers, ap­pe­tizer-y food—like na­chos, pani­nis and Staff of Life samosas—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 their 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

COUSINS RES­TAU­RANT

A fam­ily res­tau­rant at the cor­ner of Ro­bie and Lady Ham­mond, in busi­ness for over 50 years, spe­cial­iz­ing in seafood and a few Greek spe­cial­ties. Try the Greek combo plate, the chicken sou­vlaki with salad and rice or the 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 clas­sic flavours from scratch, as well as op­tions like Mex­i­can cho­co­late or curry cashew for the more ad­ven­tur­ous among us. Is dairy your mor­tal en­emy? Dee Dee’s also serves a se­lec­tion of tasty sor­bets and bur­ri­tos, sand­wiches and darn good cof­fee. 5668 Corn­wal­lis Street, 902-407-6614

DIN­NER ENVY

Con­ve­nience food that’s good for you is the name of Din­ner Envy’s game. Pre-made dishes, cre­ated by Red Seal chefs in small batches, are flash frozen so you get fresh, res­tau­rant-qual­ity meals that are quick and easy with­out com­pro­mis­ing taste. Or­der on­line and have din­ner de­liv­ered to you. 500-6300 Lady Ham­mond Road, 902-982-2011

DOOLY’S

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 (daugh­ter of Jane “on the com­mon” Wright), where the at­mos­phere and nour­ish­ing eats com­pete for brag­ging rights. And re­ally, ev­ery­one wins. 2053 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-431-5683

ELIOT & VINE

A el­e­gant north end hang­out in­spired by the sea­sons and Euro­pean cui­sine. Wine, cock­tails and both im­ported and lo­cal beer com­pli­ment a menu of share­able bar bites, and deca­dent mains. 2305 Clifton Street, 902-332-1557

EN­VIE - A VE­GAN KITCHEN

en­vie’s north end digs are a haven for ve­g­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans, serv­ing up cre­ative, in­cred­i­bly healthy and colour­ful dishes (that won it Best Vege­tar­ian Friendly Res­tau­rant in this year’s Best of Food read­ers’ sur­vey) and a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere to en­joy them in. 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 and is equipped for both dine-in and take-out meals. Try the in-house-smoked At­lantic salmon! 5529 Young Street, 902-455-0955

FAT­TOUSH CAFE

Fat­toush of­fers a com­fort­able, sleek din­ing room and a gen­er­ous menu of Mediter­ranean foods made-to-or­der in­clud­ing sta­ples, shawarma, falafel and ke­bab as well as larger meals like biryani. The res­tau­rant is lo­cated on the bot­tom floor of the Glad­stone Pro­fes­sional Cen­tre and of­fers out­door seat­ing. 2751 Glad­stone Street, 902-420-2900

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

GOOD ROBOT BREW­ING COM­PANY AND TAP ROOM

A brew­ery run by three BFFS, Good Robot’s home base is an in­cu­ba­tor for good times. Both a cold beer store and slick-as-hell tap room, the north end hang­out serves Robot brews, fel­low lo­cals and del­ish snacks both in­doors and out—check out its sweet Gas­tro­turf beer gar­den. 2736 Ro­bie Street, 902-446-1692

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 slow-start­ing 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 mar­ket. Com­pli­ment din­ner with an Asian in­spired mar­tini or Ja­panese beer on the large, sunny side­walk pa­tio. 5543 Young Street, 902-431-5543

HU­MANI-T CAFE

Hu­mani-t of­fers or­ganic fair trade es­presso and tea along with pani­nis, 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

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 take­out 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 (shop) 902-431-5697 (cater­ing)

JAVA BLEND COF­FEE ROAST­ERS

This small fam­ily-run busi­ness un­der- stands the com­plex­i­ties of the bean: Since 1938, the Ara­bica beans are roasted 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 30 in­ter­na­tional va­ri­eties, in­clud­ing fair trade or­ganic, and a sub­stan­tial col­lec­tion of teas. 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 fresh daily from his Ch­ester bak­ery. Now with a re­newed fo­cus on ex­cel-

lent cof­fee to match the ex­cel­lent food, 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

This north end fam­ily eatery of­fers up a lit­tle bit of every­thing from burg­ers and wraps to din­ner meals and pasta. It’s com­fort­able, fam­ily friendly and of­fers a sep­a­rate gluten­free menu. Home-cooked meals are Kemp­sters’ spe­cialty. 3644 Kempt Road, 902-453-0236

KIT KAT PIZZA

Leo and Samira Kharma have been run­ning their unas­sum­ing north end pizza shop, con­ve­nience 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

THE KITCHEN TA­BLE

A res­tau­rant within Ratin­aud French Cui­sine, known for cre­at­ing some of the city’s most im­pres­sive meals. Serv­ing up an ever-chang­ing, eight­course tast­ing menu, with a fo­cus on lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, The Kitchen Ta­ble wel­comes guests to its in­ti­mate com­mu­nal ta­ble Wed­nes­day through Satur­day. These seats are in high de­mand, which is why you bet­ter be book­ing on­line. 2157 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-446-8222

KO­RCA PIZZA

A wee pizza 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

LADY HAM­MOND GRILL

The Che­bucto Inn’s unas­sum­ing lit­tle res­tau­rant is home of a pretty un­beat­able break­fast menu—two eggs, toast, home fries and meat for un­der $5—and a home­style lunch and din­ner se­lec­tion that fol­lows suit in the sweet deal depart­ment. 6151 Lady Ham­mond Road, 902-453-4330

LION & BRIGHT CAFE WINE BAR

Named for the pairs of oxen that tra­di­tion­ally help clear land to make for eas­ier farm­ing, 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 30-plus years. It’s a ded­i­cated spon­sor of lo­cal am­a­teur sports but the less ath­let­i­cally in­clined can catch the game on the big screen or belt of their favourite Bob Seger song with Lau­rie the Guy’s leg­endary karaoke. 3081 Ro­bie Street, 902-455-0181

LO­CAL SOURCE MAR­KET

Born out of Ter­rior Lo­cal Source Cater­ing comes a north end food mar­ket, help­ing 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, lo­cal ar­ti­san breads and home­made pre­pared foods that you can eat in or take away with you. 2530 Agri­cola Street, 902-454-6014

THE LO­CAL

Hal­i­fax’s new “lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole,” The Lo­cal of­fers up an east coast take on clas­sic pub fare. Both ded­i­cated car­ni­vores and her­bi­vores can re­joice at the op­tions served up by chef Colin Creaser and his team. From brunch to last call, The Lo­cal is sure to have you cov­ered. 2037 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-423-7200

LOONG 7

The spicy and savoury flavours are ad­dic­tive at this Cana­dian Chi­nese and Sichuan spot—dumplings, spicy and sour potato noo­dles, var­i­ous stone bowls and dishes like Big Plate Chicken are among its greats. 3559 Ro­bie Street, 902-404-9677

THE MAR­QUEE BALL­ROOM

Truly a thing of leg­end, the north end’s famed live mu­sic venue is back from the dead, of­fer­ing up an amaz­ing con­cert space for mu­sic-mak­ers of both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional fame. 2037 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-423-7200

MARY’S PLACE CAFE

If you haven’t had a drawn out break­fast at Mary’s, you don’t know break­fast. Cheap doesn’t mean the skimp on size thought, hefty por­tions abound here whether your poi­son’s all-day break­fast or Mid­dle East­ern eats. 2752 Ro­bie Street, 902-454-2558

MENZ & MOL­LYZ BAR

Home to At­lantic Cana­dian’s only lo­cally brewed Queer Beer and one of the city’s most pop­u­lar gay venues, it sports a handy­man vibe with roughshod walls and tire-tread ta­bles. Karaoke and retro nights mix it up with DJS, leather nights and best chest con­tests. 2182 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-446-6969

METRO PIZZA

Or­der up to eat in, take out or have it de­liv­ered—re­gard­less, you won’t re­gret it. Quick, qual­ity pizza (try the Metro Spe­cial) is the spe­cialty here but there’s don­airs, burg­ers, chicken and pou­tine for those look­ing for some­thing that’s not ’za. 6021 Lady Ham­mond Road, 902-425-7999

MID-EAST FOOD CEN­TRE & CAFE

Fill your lunch box with tasty baklava, shawarma, falafels, tabouli and hum­mus from the cheery or­ange and yel­low cafe, or the more ad­ven­tur­ous can browse through the store for Mid­dle East­ern food­stuffs—in­clud­ing dried lentils, fruit, pitas and spices— for your own home-cooked meal. 2595 Agri­cola Street, 902-492-0958

MOTHER’S PIZZA

After wa­ter­ing many mouths in Turks and Caicos, Tyson Wachter opened Mother’s near the Hy­dro­s­tone, of­fer­ing lo­cally and sea­son­ally in­spired wood-fired piz­zas. With an at­mos­phere that’ll make you want to hang out for­ever (or maybe move in) this north end spot’s as wel­com­ing as, well, your mother’s place. 5710 Young Street, 902-406-5050

THE NOOK ON GOT­TIN­GEN

It isn’t just open-faced sand­wiches, fresh-baked sweets and pip­ing hot es­presso drinks that this pretty north end hang­out is dish­ing out—the Nook is li­censed,too! Cozy up for a all-day study sesh, or grab a post-work cock­tail. 2116 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-444-9889

NORTH BREW­ING COM­PANY

Start­ing small-but-mighty with two Bel­gian-in­spired brews, North is known for its abil­ity to get thirsty peo­ple lin­ing up on the side­walk. This craft brewer has aims of grow­ing into a zero emis­sions op­er­a­tion, one of the many rea­sons peo­ple have gone com­pletely wild for this beer. 2576 Agri­cola Street, 902-444-7765

ODELL’S GLUTEN-FREE BAK­ERY

A lit­tle bak­ery that cooks up gluten­free goods of all kinds—breads, buns, pizza crusts and sweets. The cafe side of the busi­ness also serves up g-free break­fast and lunch menus daily. 3555 Ro­bie Street, 902-405-6465

PRO­PELLER BREW­ING COM­PANY

Pro­peller’s award-win­ning mi­cro­brews—pale ale, bit­ter, porter and honey wheat, plus sea­sonal faves like the spicy pump­kin ale—are

avail­able from the at­trac­tive cold beer store seven days a week. Buy a six-pack or growler and for a spe­cial non-al­co­holic treat, grab a cou­ple of Pro­peller’s pops. 2015 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-422-7767

RATIN­AUD FRENCH CUI­SINE

A de­lec­ta­ble deli, of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent char­cu­terie (pate, ril­lette, sausage, dry cured meat) and take-home pre­pared food. Watch out for spe­cial din­ners and events here and make sure not to miss an op­por­tu­nity to get a seat at Frédéric Tandy’s Kitchen Ta­ble. 2157 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-446-8222

RO­BIE STREET STA­TION

A global spin on your reg­u­lar, com­fort­ing break­fast and brunch. This mega-bright diner also serves soups, sand­wiches and curry bowls, and of­fers hot drinks and sin­ful pas­try treats. 2394 Ro­bie Street, 902-423-2524

ROCK­HEAD WINE + BEER

Premier Wine & Spir­its gets a new name and new lo­ca­tion for its craft beer se­lec­tion, spe­cialty wine and spir­its. It’s even added a growler­fill­ing sta­tion into the mix. Visit Rock­head’s home in­side the Wind­sor Street Sobeys. 2651 Wind­sor Street, 902-435-6945

SAL­VA­TORE’S PIZ­ZAIOLO TRAT­TO­RIA

What­ever Sal’s se­cret may be, there’s no dis­put­ing its legacy as a mul­ti­ple win­ner in The Coast’s read­ers’ sur­vey for Best Pizza Pie, with plenty of fresh top­pings, cheese and a mul­ti­tude of op­tions for the veg­gies at the ta­ble too, while car­ni­vores will find the meat­ball sand­wich is a treat. Dine at the cozy Hy­dro­s­tone res­tau­rant, or bring it home and watch for an up­com­ing ex­pan­sion, more Sal’s to love! 5541 Young Street,902-455-1133

SCOOP ‘N’ GO (AT MIC MAC FRIEND­SHIP CEN­TRE)

A new ice-cream par­lour, open in sum­mer months, boasts flavours that will be sure to please the kids: Puppy Paws, Tur­tle Tracks and Hoof Prints. Plus, they’re a deal that can’t be beat, with scoops start­ing at $1. 2158 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-420-1576

THE SEA­HORSE TAV­ERN

The Sea­horse Tav­ern is a thing of leg­end, which is why after over 50 years on Ar­gyle Street it suc­cess­fully up­rooted it­self, re­opened on Got­tin­gen Street and main­tained its un­mis­tak­able char­ac­ter. Now lo­cated in the for­mer Hell’s Kitchen, in the base­ment level of the also fa­bled Mar­quee Ball­room, the Sea­horse still is best known as a live mu­sic venue, host­ing live bands in all gen­res, DJS, fes­ti­vals, spe­cial events and karaoke nights. Grab a pint of the in­fa­mous Horse­power draught and be a part of Hal­i­fax bar his­tory. 2037 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-423-7200

SEVEN BAYS BOUL­DER­ING

From the shell of a for­mer garage rises Seven Bays, a boul­der­ing gym, cafe and north-end hang­out. With a 120 foot boul­der­ing wall suited for climbers from am­a­teur to in­tense and a neigh­bour­ing, bright and airy source of food (tacos! dumplings! break­fast sand­wiches!) and drinks (cof­fee! beer! smooth­ies!) and a sunny sum­mer pa­tio, it’s no won­der Coast read­ers voted this spot one of 2015’s Best New Busi­nesses. 2019 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-407-9656

SHA­DIA’S PIZZA

Sha­dia’s Pizza of­fers large slices, good prices and other non-pizza of­fer­ings to the north end com­mu­nity, lo­cated across from Stada­cona. 2764 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-444-4440

SIL­VER DRAGON RES­TAU­RANT

The Sil­ver Dragon has been do­ing its thing since 1966, spe­cial­iz­ing in Chi­nese food, with a fo­cus on seafood, Can­tonese and Szechuan dishes.

Dial up the SD for late-night de­liv­ery or dine in for a quiet at­mos­phere. 2827 Ro­bie Street, 902-455-2800

SMITH’S BAK­ERY

Es­tab­lished in 1932, Hal­i­fax’s old­est bak­ery fills Agri­cola with the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread. You too will be tempted by the home­made squares, cin­na­mon rolls, all lov­ingly pre­pared in Smith’s on-site bak­ery. One more thing: all-day break­fast sand­wiches! Ask for real ched­dar. 2525 Agri­cola Street, 902-429-1393

STEAK & STEIN FAM­ILY RES­TAU­RANT

Over 40 years of serv­ing up red meat, cool drinks and en­tree op­tions to fit the en­tire fam­ily’s eat­ing habits. 6061 Young Street, 902-454-8814

STU­DIO EAST

Chefs Saronn Pov and Ray Bear team up to bring a cozy, ca­sual neigh­bour­hood res­tau­rant that puts its fo­cus on lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, global cui­sine and sus­tain­abil­ity. Pad Thai chicken wings, brunch steam buns, num pang and Pov’s fa­mous love curry are among the in­spired dishes. 6021 Cu­nard Street, 902-449-9800

SU­PER­STAR KTV

If you haven’t de­scended off Got­tin­gen Street into this sweet spot, you haven’t lived. Pri­vate karaoke rooms + home­made noo­dles and dumplings + booze = what we imag­ine star­dom to feel like. 2099 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-444-9288

SU­PER NAT­U­RAL HEALTH PROD­UCTS

Shacked up with Hu­mani-t Cafe is this hy­per healthy gro­cer has had your health on its mind since 1986, car­ry­ing vi­ta­mins and sup­ple­ments, green clean­ing prod­ucts, homeo­pathic reme­dies, es­sen­tial oils and more. 5755 Young Street, 902-454-9999

TAREK’S CAFE

This cafe-style Mid­dle East­ern res­tau­rant serves up one mean falafel, not to men­tion the hum­mus and tabouli and var­i­ous other gar­licky de­lights. Also a hit among veg­e­tar­i­ans and ve­g­ans, Tarek’s has such a broad fan base it’s been voted Best Mid­dle East­ern Food in the city. 3045 Ro­bie Street, 902-454-8723

TIM­BER LOUNGE

The Tim­ber Lounge is Hal­i­fax’s first axe-throw­ing bar and is serv­ing up Nova Sco­tian wine and craft beer, in-house cui­sine by the Food Wold and bar bites by Greek Vil­lage. 2712 Agri­cola Street, 902-453-8672

TONY’S DON­AIR & PIZZA

Tony’s looks out over the Hal­i­fax Com­mon from the cor­ner of Cu­nard Street, but there’s noth­ing com­mon about their great don­airs. “We’ve been mak­ing them for over 25 years here,” says Leo Sal­loum, “and it’s still the same fam­ily.” Reg­u­lars give just as much praise to the smil­ing faces feed­ing them as they do the food. 2390 Ro­bie Street, 902-404-8669

WAF­FLE LOVE

As sticky-sweet as maple syrup it­self, this is the new stan­dard in brunch. Serv­ing up spe­cialty waf­fles, made to or­der­waf­fle Love strives to use as many or­ganic and lo­cal in­gre­di­ents as pos­si­ble. With daily fea­tured waf­fles like Skor or Fresh Fruit Devo­tion, there’s a waf­fle to sat­isfy any crav­ing. 5530 Kaye Street, 902-445-5683

WILL­MAN’S FISH & CHIPS

Open since 1946, the re­cent ren­o­va­tion has just given Will­man’s a warm up­dated touch, the fish ’n’ chips are still the same lightly-bat­tered greasy per­fec­tion with tasty fries to boot. Not in the mood for seafood? You’d be sur­prised at what else is of­fered on the menu—an en­tire page of piz­zas, for in­stance. Will­man’s has been do­ing it right since the ’40s—stop by and find out how. 5644 Kane Street, 902-454-0929

Ratin­aud French Cui­sine. SAM KEAN

EDNA. LENNY MULLINS

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