SPRING GAR­DEN ROAD

Bub­ble tea, cof­fee, out-of-this-world ice cream and out­door drink­ing make this strip a busy sum­mer stop.

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OALEXANDRA’S PIZZA

Alexan­dra is a wise woman, well-versed in the schools of pou­tine, pizza, ap­pies and donairs. A mul­ti­ple Best of Food win­ner that’s also won over the bel­lies of many a nighthawk south- en­der wan­der­ing home from the club district, the queen of Queen is happy to wel­come you into her lit­tle base­ment space, and hap­pier to de­liver right to your doorstep. 1263 Queen Street, 902-425-1900

AN­NIE’S PLACE CAFE

An­nie’s Place of­fers a quiet respite from the busy down­town shop­ping district. Ideal for a quick bite, sweet­tooth fix or light lunch, choose from in­ex­pen­sive daily specials or the all-day break­fast. 1592b Queen Street, 902-420-0098

BACKOOS KOREAN FOOD TOGO

A true hid­den gem (for now), here you’ll find cheap and de­li­cious Korean take-out, like cup-sized bi bim bap, Korean fried chicken and dumplings. Closed for renos un­til Septem­ber. 1360 Birm­ing­ham Street

BLACK SHEEP RESTAU­RANT

Brunch all day, drinks and made­from-scratch, world-in­flu­enced small plates into the night, the Black Sheep is the brain­child of chefs John House and Dave Wood­ley. 1569 Dres­den Row, 902-406-6856 dishes—like ke­babs, stews, saf­fron chicken wings and Bren­ton’s sig­na­ture lamb shanks, Mahicheh—lunch specials and a fo­cus on at­mos­phere at this fam­ily-run restau­rant and bar. 5677 Bren­ton Place, 902-406-0506

BUD THE SPUD

Ba­si­cally a food truck celebrity, Bud fills the down­town chip truck re­quire­ments with the very best French-fried good­ness. Open sea­son­ally. Spring Gar­den Road at Brunswick Street

CAP­TAIN’S BOIL

It’s all about the Louisiana seafood boil here, putting all of the fo­cus on the fresh­ness of the fish—like craw­fish, lob­ster, crab, shrimp and clam—and the spices. Eat­ing with your hands is en­cour­aged, don’t be afraid to dig in. 5680 Spring Gar­den Road 902-407-5999

OCHA BAA THAI RESTAU­RANT

“I just want to make peo­ple say ‘wow!’” re­ported Wen Prathumma, co-owner, restau­rant dec­o­ra­tor and head chef of pop­u­lar Thai restau­rant Cha Baa. And since they opened in the sum­mer of 2007, that’s what we have been say­ing: Wow, wow, wow. A full Thai menu is avail­able, as well as take-out. 1546 Queen Street, 902-406-3008

CHATIME

The first Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tion of the Chatime chain, owned by the large Tai­wanese food com­pany La Kaffa In­ter­na­tional. The bub­ble tea bar oc­cu­pies the just-off Spring Gar­den digs that once upon a time housed the Dio Mio ice cream shop, an­other pur­veyor of cold treats. 1480 Bren­ton Street, 902-406-9939

CORA

The beloved Cana­dian break­fast and lunch place shines in this down­town lo­ca­tion, as in the others around town. It’s the piles of fresh fruit, the large, de­lec­ta­ble por­tions and the se­lec­tion of healthy, rea­son­ably priced dishes that keep them com­ing back. 1535 Dres­den Row, 902-490-2672

CURRY VIL­LAGE

Curry Vil­lage is a re­laxed In­dian restau­rant and city favourite. Hit it up for ex­ten­sive curry op­tions, birya­nis, roti, breads, sagg and other tra­di­tional eats. Com­fort food to dine in with, or to pick up on your way home. Car­ni­vores and her­bi­vores alike will be sat­is­fied. 1569 Dres­den Row, 902-429-5010

THE DAILY GRIND

Pip­ing hot cups of An­chored Cof­fee, ice cream, baked goods and lo­cal, hand­made crafts and gifts is the name of the game at this creative, caf­feinated space. 1479 Birm­ing­ham Street 902-476-9462

DAVIDSTEA

Started by David Se­gal in Mon­treal in 2008, DAVIDSTEA now has loca-

tions all over Canada, sell­ing scads of loose teas in clev­erly named flavours, as well as pretty mugs and ac­ces­sories. 5486 Spring Gar­den Road 902-422-7617

EFENDY TURK­ISH & MEDITER­RANEAN GRILL

With an aim of of­fer­ing af­ford­able, healthy eat­ing, own­ers Altin Be­golli and Ali Sim­sek (for­mer chef at Cafe Is­tan­bul) teamed up to open Efendy. It’s all char­coal grill, all the time here, where the food is fresh (never frozen or fried) and the ke­babs are king. 1569 Dres­den Row, 902-444-8064

EFES TURK­ISH CUI­SINE

If you’re into fresh, qual­ity Mediter­ranean food then take note. This lit­tle restau­rant, for­merly known as Cafe Is­tan­bul, is tucked away but packs a punch. Come for the colour­ful decor, stay for the mas­sive por­tions (or stay be­cause you’ll be too stuffed to move any­where fast). What more could you pos­si­bly want? It’s a Turk­ish de­light! 5986 Spring Gar­den Road 902-405-4028

THE FICKLE FROG PUB

An up-ca­sual pub, fea­tur­ing fresh sal­ads, pas­tas, burg­ers and an ex­ten­sive pizza menu as well as great beers, cock­tails, mar­ti­nis and wines. With gluten-free pasta and pizza avail­able as well as veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, this re­ally is a hang­out most ev­ery­one can en­joy. 5675 Spring Gar­den Road 902-429-9999

THE FIRESIDE RESTAU­RANT

Mon­days be­long to the Fireside, with its crowd-pleas­ing mar­tini specials and creative twists on pub favourites, plus shar­ing plates, more up­scale en­trees and tempt­ing desserts. 1542 Birm­ing­ham Street 902-423-5995

GLUTEN FREE EATERY & COFFEEBAR

Just a short trip up the es­ca­la­tors to­wards from Pete’s is a 100 per­cent gluten-free cafe, with food all pre­pared in a gluten-free kitchen. The restau­rant uses lo­cal favourites School­house and Odell’s to of­fer three types of sand­wiches, as well as sal­ads, soups and pas­tries. City Cen­tre At­lantic, 1535 Dres­den Row

GO 2 EAT

Blow your mind and your taste­buds with a bub­ble waf­fle cone sun­dae— or any of the other Can­tonese and Tai­wanese dessert del­i­ca­cies here. Peo­ple should be lin­ing up to eat here, but they aren’t. Yet. 5518 Spring Gar­den Road 902-429-5396

GOJI’S FROZEN YO­GURT

Give this Monc­ton-based froyo bar a swirl. Serve up a healthy help­ing of the cold stuff, and then bury it in all of your favourite sweet top­pings. 5486 Spring Gar­den Road 902-429-9897

HABANEROS MOD­ERN TACO BAR

The third lo­ca­tion of Bill Pratt’s Mex­i­can-in­spired, feel-good resto, where tacos, na­chos, que­sadil­las and fusion dishes show­case lo­cal food and creative think­ing in the kitchen. 2-1551 South Park Street 902-444-8226

HAPPY GAR­DEN CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

It might look a lot like Mr. Chang’s, but it’s not. Happy Gar­den of­fers the same the eat-in or take-out at­ti­tude though, of­fer­ing up fresh and flavour­ful Chi­nese eats and some Szechuan heat too. It’s a huge menu, loaded with noo­dles and sueys and com­bos ga­lore. 1304 Birm­ing­ham Street 902-423-8882

HAPPY VEAL HOT POT

Nes­tled into the first floor of South Park Street’s tow­er­ing Park Vic apart­ment build­ing, Happy Veal spe­cial­izes in the hot pot—an amaz­ing build-your-own-soup op­tion, per­fect for large groups—but also nails dishes like dumplings, steam buns and Chi­nese burg­ers. 1333 South Park Street 902-423-2777

HIGH LIFE SO­CIAL CLUB

Not your or­di­nary source for tea and cook­ies, High Life serves up hot drinks with a side of vapour lounge. This cannabis-friendly space is a mem­bers-only hang­out that serves up caffien­ate bev­er­ages, rents and sells vapour bags and glass­ware and of­fers a chilled out at­mos­phere in which to en­joy it all. 5982 Spring Gar­den Road 902-420-0055

HONG YUN CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

Au­then­tic and Cana­dian Chi­nese food, cour­tesy of hus­band and wife team Sui Fang Yu and Gigi Yu. 5677 Bren­ton Place, 902-425-8276

HUMANI-T CAFE

Humani-t’s down­town lo­ca­tion of­fers cozy in­door seat­ing as well as a hand­ful of back­yard pa­tio seats, for when the weather co­op­er­ates, for all your cof­fee-drink­ing, gelato-eat­ing needs. The sunny cafe serves hot drinks, desserts, sand­wiches and baked goods plus oo­dles of cool gelato flavours—ve­gan ones too! The Tril­lium, 1441 South Park Street 902-425-9535

INDOCHINE BANH MI

Liz Smith loved the Viet­namese banh mi so much she de­cided she’d open her own sand­wich shop. Known for its flavour fusion Korean tacos, its bub­ble tea smooth­ies, its bang-on pho and the mighty banh mi—a past Best Sand­wich win­ner in our Best of Hal­i­fax read­ers’ poll— this spot is veg­e­tar­ian, gluten-free and lunch-time-friendly. Paramount Build­ing, 1551 South Park Street,902-407-1222

JACKY’S CAFE

A very tiny, very ca­sual Chi­nese cafe in the professional cen­tre at Spring Gar­den and Ro­bie. A per­fect spot to pop in for lunch while you’re wait­ing to fill a pre­scrip­tion. 5991 Spring Gar­den Road 902-446-4060

JEAN’S CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

In to­tal, the Jean brothers have over 50 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in Chi­nese restau­rants (in­clud­ing pre­par­ing food for the Ja­panese prime min­is­ter in 1988). The din­ing room is simple, but don’t let that fool you—the food is flavour­ful, with a deft touch of spicy heat. Try the ginger beef and the sweet and sour chicken. 5972 Spring Gar­den Road 902-444-7776

JINCHENG CHI­NESE CUI­SINE

The panda is the mas­cot at this au­then­tic Sichuan Chi­nese restau­rant, but the real story here is the food. How can you not be tempted by a beef and broc­coli dish called Red Bull Climbs up Green Moun­tain? How does it all end? Spi­cily, we pre­dict. 1569 Dres­den Row, 902-431-8588

THE JUICE PRESS

Give your­self a jolt of fresh-pressed good­ness with the sec­ond lo­ca­tion of Hal­i­fax’s Juice Press, maker of raw juices and map­per of juice cleanses. 1551 South Park Street

JUST SPRING ROLL

It’s al­ways ser­vice with a smile at Just Spring Roll, a teensy restau­rant counter that we know, love and crave on the reg­u­lar. Serv­ing up a va­ri­ety of Viet­namese and Thai dishes, there’s much more than just spring rolls here. Hot flavours and gen­uinely sweet ser­vice make it a win­ner. But, if you are a first-timer, order two and a plate of pad Thai— it’s a recipe for lunch/din­ner/snack/ pre-moviego­ing suc­cess. Park Mall, 5657 Spring Gar­den Road 902-446-3536

JUST US! COFFEEHOUSE, SPRING GAR­DEN

The down­town lo­ca­tion of the thor­oughly green, to­tally fair trade Nova Sco­tia cof­fee peo­ple. Stop by this warm and wel­com­ing spot in a

for cheap on Mon­days. Mexi’s also boasts one of the city’s best rooftop pa­tios. 5472 Spring Gar­den Road 902-422-7672

MINATO SUSHI JA­PANESE RESTAU­RANT

The char­ac­ter-filled Minato is cozy but there’s enough space to put down your shop­ping bags and en­joy some good sushi. Maki, sashimi and other Ja­panese treats are well rep­re­sented (th­ese dragon rolls are a thing of beauty), but leave room for spicy Korean dishes, in­clud­ing bee­bim bap and noo­dles. 1520 Queen Street 902-420-0331

OA­SIS PUB & EATERY

This pop­u­lar Spring Gar­den pub is known for its wings, pitch­ers and lively sports-watching en­vi­ron­ment, but you can get a whole slew of pub food here too, sing karaoke and some­times catch live mu­sic. 5661 Spring Gar­den Road 902-422-2227

PAVIA GALLERY ES­PRESSO BAR

Gone are the days of trekking out to Her­ring Cove to en­joy a taste of Pavia (JK, you should still take the time to do that too)—the Ital­ian-qual­ity cof­fee and fresh-baked good­ies are avail­able in the almighty Hal­i­fax Cen­tral Li­brary, too. Check out pa­tio seats up­stairs and in front of the build­ing. 5440 Spring Gar­den Road first and fifth floors

OPETE’S FINE FOODS

Pete’s has long been the go-to GOLD des­ti­na­tion for fresh pro­duce and its in­ter­na­tional, some­thing-for-ev­ery­one gro­cery se­lec­tion. What keeps many cus­tomers com­ing back is the store’s English mar­ket am­biance. Cus­tomers who fre­quent Pete’s mar­ket lo­ca­tions in Bed­ford and Hal­i­fax are of­ten on a first-name ba­sis with long-time em­ploy­ees.

PINEHOUSE CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

An un­sung corner of Spring Gar­den Place’s food court, Pinehouse is known for its tra­di­tional Chi­nese dishes, like dumplings, steam buns, bar­be­cue ribs and lu dan. 5640 Spring Gar­den Road 902-420-0675

PITA PIT

An­other lo­ca­tion of the pita-master serves up quick, healthy lunches in rolled-up wrap form. 5474 Spring Gar­den Road 902-425-7482

PRIMAL KITCHEN

It’s all about the meat here. Whether it’s cured, smoked or grilled to per­fec­tion, Primal con­cen­trates its tal­ents on all things freshly butchered. From the sea, from the land, cheeses and desserts, plus ev­ery char­cu­terie imag­in­able Primal wants to en­gage your an­i­mal in­stincts. 1463 Bren­ton Street, 902-429-3499

RANJSHEHA’S HOT ‘N SPICY EAT­ING

A fam­ily-run lunch counter serv­ing up to-go In­dian dishes and Mediter­ranean plates. 5640 Spring Gar­den Road 902-444-8723

ROCK­BOT­TOM BREW­PUB

An in­ti­mate and nicely ap­pointed bar with mul­ti­ple booths be­neath the al­ways-busy Your Fa­ther’s Mous­tache, Rock­bot­tom of­fers a small but up­scale menu of qual­ity food and great ser­vice to top it off, along with in-house mi­cro­brew. 5686 Spring Gar­den Road 902-423-2938

THE SMIL­ING GOAT OR­GANIC ES­PRESSO BAR, SPRING GAR­DEN

An­other lo­ca­tion of the Goat, serv­ing up hot drinks, sweet snacks and a cozy space. 5466 Spring Gar­den Road 902-446-3366

Ko-doraku MEGHAN TANSEY WHIT­TON

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