NORTH END

There’s craft beer, burg­ers and cof­fees ga­lore, but it’s at­mos­phere that makes this neigh­bour­hood sparkle.

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THE 244

A neigh­bour­hood take-out joint, The 244 serves up per­fect grab-and-go lunches—burg­ers, sal­ads, Nash­ville hot chicken, fish and chips. 2150 Got­tin­gen Street 902-425-0244

ACE BURGER COM­PANY

Born out of a pop­u­lar pop-up 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 (like grass-fed beef from Getaway Farm), 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

AGORA

A small, bright cafe and bistro serv­ing up snacks from Turkey’s Aegean re­gion—where fresh veg­gies, herbs and olive oil are main play­ers—as well as fresh baked good and cof­fee. A quiet spot for read­ing or catch­ing up, with a sunny, in­ti­mate back­yard ter­race. 2394 Agri­cola Street, 902-404-7020

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 north end neigh­bour­hood hang­out will woo you with its at­mos­phere, 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 Hal­i­fax back­pack­ers hos­tel cafe serves tasty break­fast sand­wiches, sal­ads and soups, samosas to hun­gry tourists and lo­cals on the run. Grab a cou­ple of pints of Pro­pel­ler and check out a DJ night, spe­cial event or the Alteregos’ pa­tio. 2193 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-431-3170

BAR KISMET

A small, time­less restau­rant that fo­cusss on Nova Sco­tia seafood that’s ca­sual (but not fish and chips ca­sual) and creative, rare beer and wine and cock­tails that com­ple­ment what’s on your plate. Com­ing sum­mer 2017. 2733 Agri­cola Street

BROOK­LYN WAREHOUSE

A star in the din­ing scene and with Coast read­ers, voted Best Restau­rant for four years run­ning in the Best of Food poll. The Brook­lyn Warehouse is a cool and classy eatery with a laid­back bistro vibe. The team works with lo­cal pro­duc­ers and purveyors to make se­ri­ously good food from fresh. And boy is it fresh— Brook­lyn’s menus are chang­ing daily de­pend­ing on what in­gre­di­ents they can get their hands on 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

CHAIN-YARD UR­BAN CIDERY AND UNCHAINED KITCHEN

Hal­i­fax’s first cidery crafts wob­bly pops made from Nova Sco­tia ap­ples on-site. Take some cans home, sip at the Chain-yard tap­room or order up some eas­ily pairable eats from the in-house restau­rant, Unchained Kitchen. 2606 Agri­cola Street 902-407-2244

CHAR­LIE’S CLUB

You never know who you’ll rub el­bows with at this pri­vate northend 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—thanks to cheap drinks—and ev­ery­one gets along. 5580 Cu­nard Street,902-429-1401

CHEF ABOD CAFE & CATER­ING

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 Street, 902-455-3881

THE COASTAL CAFE

There’s a rea­son peo­ple have been lin­ing up and pa­tiently wait­ing for a table at this tiny break­fast and lunch joint since the day it opened. The Coastal a con­sis­tent cure for morn­ing (or mid-af­ter­noon) crav­ings. With an al­ways-creative, ro­tat­ing menu of com­fort­ing dishes—and ol’ re­li­ables like The Elvis, The Mc­coastal and Los Huevos Rancheros—as well as caf­feinated op­tions, it’s safe to as­sume you’ll get a great meal at this unas­sum­ing Ro­bie Street spot. 2731 Ro­bie Street, 902-405-4022

THE COM­PANY HOUSE

A live mu­sic venue, stand-up com­edy stage, dance floor and neigh­bour­hood wa­ter­ing hole in one, the stage at The Com­pany House is sel­dom empty. 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 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 course had­dock fil­let din­ner. 3545 Ro­bie Street, 902-455-8931

ODEE DEE’S ICE CREAM

This very pop­u­lar north-end spot is usu­ally crammed to the gills with a mix of peo­ple wait­ing for their waf­fle cones to be filled or their bur­ri­tos to be grilled. A hint from a reg­u­lar: Any ice cream or

gelato flavour can be made into a milk­shake. 5668 Corn­wal­lis Street 902-407-6614

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

OEDNA

Lit­er­ally a bright spot on Got­tin­gen Street with its rain­bow ex­te­rior, EDNA is the brain­child of Jenna Moo­ers, where the at­mos­phere and nour­ish­ing eats com­pete for brag­ging rights. And re­ally, ev­ery­one wins. Head here for a brunch worth wak­ing up for and en­trees you’ll dream about. 2053 Got­tin­gen Street 902-431-5683

EL CHINO SNACK BAR

The tiny sib­ling spot to Ro­bie Street Sta­tion, El Chino is a 20-seater lounge that pours up a se­ri­ous tequila se­lec­tion, creative cock­tails and both Mex­i­can and Chi­nese snacks. Not Mex­i­can-chi­nese— there’s no fusion hap­pen­ing here— we’re talk­ing hand­made dumplings, tacos, elote and more flavour­ful, share­able treats. 2398 Ro­bie Street, 902-423-2524

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. Eat with a front row view of the chef, out on the pa­tio or at a cozy corner table. 2305 Clifton Street, 902-332-1557

OENVIE—A VE­GAN KITCHEN

Din­ers of the veg­gie-lov­ing per­sua­sion re­joiced when en­vie found a home in the north end, serv­ing up creative ve­gan meals (char­cu­terie! buf­falo wings! mac and cheese!) fresh juices, cof­fee, booze 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 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 when the weather’s good. 2757 Gladstone Street 902-420-2900

FIELD GUIDE

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’ ca­sual restau­rant is a neigh­bour­hood hang­out for sip­ping cock­tails and nose-to-tail eat­ing. 2076 Got­tin­gen Street 902-405-4506

THE FOGGY GOGGLE

Of­fer­ing “com­fort food with at­ti­tude” this pub’s made-from-scratch dishes like lob­ster mac and cheese, the Goggle Burger, Foggy Spuds, ve­gan and veg­gie op­tions, as well as a boun­ti­ful week­end brunch, earned it a fol­low­ing on Argyle Street. Now the hang­out hangs its gog­gles on Got­tin­gen, main­tain­ing its laid­back vibes, late-night kitchen and am­ple booze se­lec­tion. 2057 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-444-1414

FOX HILL MAR­KET & DELI

An uber lo­cal ad­di­tion to the north end’s gro­cery op­tions. In­dulge in dairy prod­ucts from Port Wil­liams’ Fox Hill Cheese House, pro­duce from Elm­ridge Farms, fresh-made, au­then­tic Mex­i­can eats from the El Gallo deli counter and, on the hot days, a cou­ple of scoops of gelato? 2760 Ro­bie Street, 902-407-1301

OGOOD RO­BOT BREW­ING COM­PANY

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. 6054 Stairs Street, 902-422-4954

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

HOOKED

The Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tion of the Cana­dian, sus­tain­abil­ity fo­cused seafood shop, Hooked show­cases small-scale fisher fam­i­lies, fresh catches and teaches work­shops (like sushi-mak­ing and fish-cut­ting) to the pub­lic. 5783 Charles Street, 902-463-3474

HUMANI-T CAFE

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. 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 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

LADY HAM­MOND GRILL

The Che­bucto Inn’s unas­sum­ing lit­tle restau­rant is home to 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 spot of­fers up 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 Lorde song at karaoke, Fri­day and Satur­day nights. 3081 Ro­bie Street, 902-455-0181

LIQ­UID GOLD TAST­ING BAR & ALL THINGS OLIVE

The fresh­est ex­tra-vir­gin olive oil and bal­samic vine­gar this city had ever tasted, says the pro­pri­etor— the prod­uct, which comes from the south­ern hemi­sphere and the Mediter­ranean, is bot­tled here. 5525 Young Street, 902-406-8809

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

The north end’s “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 till late night. From brunch to last call, The Lo­cal is sure to have you cov­ered. 2037 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-406-4255

LOONG 7

The su­per-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 hosts the big­ger rock, in­die and DJ shows com­ing through town, of­fer­ing up an amaz­ing con­cert space for mu­sic-mak­ers of both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional fame. 2037 Got­tin­gen Street

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 though—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 and drag shows. 2182 Got­tin­gen Street 902-446-6969

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 and wall­pa­per in­spi­ra­tion. 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, teas- ing the fixed-gear cy­clists that spin by. You too will be tempted by the home­made squares, cin­na­mon rolls, all lov­ingly pre­pared in Smith’s on-site bak­ery. One more thing: Break­fast sand­wiches! 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

OSTUDIO 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 on the menu. 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

OTIMBER LOUNGE

It’s go­ing down at Hal­i­fax’s first axe-throw­ing hang­out, opened by Wild Axe Lum­ber­jack him­self—nova Sco­tian Dar­ren Hud­son. Grab a beer and ca­su­ally sharpen your axe-throw­ing skills, drag your en­tire posse for a bach­e­lor/ette party or spe­cial event, or join one of Tim­ber Lounge’s ax­ethrow­ing leagues—op­tions for good, clean coun­try fun abound here. 2712 Agri­cola Street, 902-453-8627 Com­mon from the corner of Cu­nard Street, but there’s noth­ing com­mon about its great donairs. “We’ve been mak­ing them for over 25 years here,” says Leo Sal­loum, “and it’s still the same fam­ily.” Reg­u­lars here give just as much praise to the smil­ing faces feed­ing them as they do the food it­self. 2390 Ro­bie Street, 902-404-8669

WAF­FLE LOVE

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

WA­TER AND BONE

In the for­mer Chez Tess space, chef Jamie Ma­caulay tips his hat to Ja­panese ra­men by re-imag­in­ing the com­fort food with lo­cal flavours and in­gre­di­ents. You can dine in or take it on out. 5687 Charles Street, 902-406-0646

WILLMAN’S FISH & CHIPS

Open since 1946, Willman’s 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 this ex­ten­sive menu of­fers— an en­tire page of piz­zas, for in­stance. This north end leg­end’s been do­ing it right since the ’40s, stop by and find out how. 5644 Kane Street,902-454-0929

Mother’s Pizza ALEXA CUDE

Mid-east Food Cen­tre & Cafe DY­LAN CHEW

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