BAY­ERS LAKE, CLAY­TON PARK & AREA

Look be­yond the bui­ness park to find some of the city’s best restau­rants snug­gled into strip malls.

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THE AN­CHOR

A mega-win for Fairview, this neigh­bour­hood gath­er­ing place of­fers up live mu­sic, creative drinks and an im­pres­sive menu of en­trees and shar­ing plates from chef Richard Julien. 3625 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-495-3097

ARIRANG KOREAN & JA­PANESE RESTAU­RANT

Talk about cov­er­ing all the bases. Arirang serves up a myr­iad of Korean and Ja­panese spe­cial­ties in­clud­ing sushi, dumplings and bibim­bap. Make a point to check out this fam­ily joint, which fea­tures Korean BBQ ta­bles and friendly ser­vice. 30 Farn­ham Gate 902-405-4650

BOBBLEHEADS PUB & EATERY

A neigh­bour­hood wa­ter­ing hole serv­ing up cold beers, af­ford­able pub food, daily specials, karaoke and DJ nights. 30 Farn­ham Gate Road 902-446-8004

BOOSTER JUICE

A smoothie spot to rule the roost, Booster Juice proves that true love runs thick with its fruity con­coc­tions, souped up with a va­ri­ety of pro­tein pow­ders if you please. 278 Lace­wood Drive, 902-457-3326

BOS­TON PIZZA

An­other lo­ca­tion of the pop­u­lar pizza fran­chise that’s a per­fect stop for fam­i­lies head­ing to the IMAX. 194 Chain Lake Drive, 902-450-0450

CANA­DI­ANA RESTAU­RANT & LOUNGE

A blend of Cana­dian and Greek food is the main fea­ture at this no-frills joint. The seafood is what keeps their cus­tomers com­ing back as is their au­then­tic spanako­pita and cab­bage rolls. It’s at­tached to a Com­fort Inn so if you’re look­ing for look a spot to mow-down with a con­ve­nient crash pad, then this is prob­a­bly a safe bet. 15 Lake­lands Boule­vard 902-450-1286

CANTON GAR­DEN

Canton Gar­den is a Chi­nese food des­ti­na­tion in Clay­ton Park, known for its great ser­vice, de­li­cious dim sum and large por­tions. 30 Farn­ham Gate, 902-406-7788

CHAMELEON CAFE

This cafe and sup­per club serves up lunch daily—pizza, pasta, wraps and fish—as well as all-day break­fast, de­li­cious din­ner specials and post­meal live mu­sic and danc­ing. 7071 Bay­ers Road, 902-431-2433

CHEACHIE’S GRILL

Peo­ple don’t come here for the decor. They come here for the mon­strous por­tions of Mex­i­can and pub grub—tacos, en­chi­ladas, que­sadil­las and chimichangas and big-ass burg­ers. Plus, any place that has a Tequila Thurs­day spe­cial is good in our books. 102 Chain Lake Drive, 902-446-3663

CLAY WEST BAR & GRILL

Clay West is an al­ter­na­tive and locally owned des­ti­na­tion for food lovers in Bay­ers Lake. Pro­vid­ing all locally sourced meat for its menu of burg­ers, sand­wiches and more. Also ex­pect Thurs­day night wing nights and live mu­sic, too. 120 Susie Lake Cres­cent 902-876-8555

CORA

Whether for a week­end brunch, a break­fast meet­ing or sim­ply shar­ing a meal with friends or fam­ily, many are those charmed by their ex­pe­ri­ence chez Cora. Since open­ing her first restau­rant in 1987, Cora has changed the eat­ing habits of an en­tire gen­er­a­tion. 287 Lace­wood Drive, 902-457-2672

THE CORNER POCKET

A Clay­ton park in­sti­tu­tion, a place where you can meet some peo­ple, have a drink, shoot some pool and watch some sports. 3434 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-445-5444

ODHABA CA­SUAL FINE DIN­ING

Dhaba Ca­sual Fine Din­ing’s au­then­tic, flavour­ful, af­ford­able eats and fo­cus on lo­cal in­gre­di­ents make it a stand­out. The fam­ily-owned restau­rant—named for In­dia’s tra­di­tion of truck stops, AKA dhabas, serv­ing cheap home-style eats in a hurry— of­fers a large din­ing room for din­ers to en­joy cui­sine from north­ern and south­ern In­dia.

DHABA SWEET & SPICE SHOPPE

A sis­ter shop to Dhaba’s restau­rant, it sells spices and bak­ing needs, as well as hand­made In­dian desserts you won’t find else­where.

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 five lo­ca­tions in the HRM. 30 Farn­ham Gate, 902-443-6623

EAST SIDE MARIO’S

A fam­ily chain with lots of op­tions in the way of pasta and pizza, clas­sic pub-style favourites, un­lim­ited miniloaves of bread and plenty of bada booms and bada bings. 186 Chain Lake Drive 902-450-1311

ELA! GREEK TAV­ERNA

Here you’ll find up-scale Greek cui­sine done right—mousaka, sou­vlaki, briam and friends—and decor fit for Zeus. This is one of two Ela!s in town—the other Greek god’s in Dart­mouth. 215 Chain Lake Drive, 902-876-8899

FONG SING

Spe­cial­iz­ing in Viet­namese and Chi­nese cui­sine since 1996, Fong Sing turns heads with its big bowls of pho, and its su­per-af­ford­able lunch com­bos. 278 Lace­wood Drive 902-443-2010

FREDIE’S FAN­TAS­TIC FISH HOUSE

Tammy “Fredie” Fred­er­ick’s lit­tle shop in Bay­ers Lake is pop­u­lar gem amidst a sea of big-box stores and na­tional restau­rant chains. It’s deep-

fried heaven, with ex­cel­lent fish and pretty great fries. 8 Oland Cres­cent, 902-450-3474

FREE­MAN’S FAIRVIEW

The third lo­ca­tion of the pop­u­lar eatery and neigh­bour­hood hang, known for pizza, wings and burg­ers. This out­post boasts a big pa­tio, a re­laxed at­mos­phere, trivia and live mu­sic. 3671 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-445-5256

FUNG WAH RESTAU­RANT

All the Chi­nese cui­sine spe­cial­ties are avail­able, from chicken, beef, veg­etable and noo­dle dishes to dai chop woey, Szechuan style fried shrimp and shred­ded pork with egg­plant. 3665 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-455-3366

GOLDEN SAMOSA

The name says it all—house­made, golden brown samosas. Open­ing sum­mer 2017. 480 Park­land Drive

HAPPY SUSHI RESTAU­RANT

Get Happy in­stead of hangry at this sushi set-up in Clay­ton Park. It of­fers both an all-you-can-eat menu (for lunch and din­ner feast­ing) as well as a reg­u­lar menu of rolls, noo­dles, com­bos and ap­pe­tiz­ers. 75 Peakview Way, 902-429-9858

JOELEE’S CAFE

Serv­ing up hot cof­fee and tea, baked goods and a stylish space to meet, work or just en­joy caf­feinat­ing. 3471 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-456-7079

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. 278 Lace­wood Drive, 902-445-0000

KWACHA HOUSE CAFE

With a fo­cus on in­ter­na­tional food and cof­fee, Fo­lami Jones’ Kwacha House aims to be an in­clu­sive com­mu­nity gath­er­ing place for con­ver­sa­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tion and of course, eat­ing. 3450 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-457-4661

LOWER DECK

Those pop­u­lar Lower Deck brouha­has that rock the water­front reg­u­larly have spread into Clay­ton Park, mak­ing res­i­dents mighty happy that they can spend that cab fare on an­other pitcher. 278 Lace­wood Drive, 902-443-7024

MEX­ICO LINDO

Mex­ico Lindo is a favourite spot for Haligo­ni­ans in the know, with its home­style (and com­pletely au­then­tic) Mex­i­can cui­sine bring­ing them up to Fairview in droves for 15 years. Eat here once and dream of it for­ever. 3635 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-445-0996

OMEZZA LE­BANESE KITCHEN

Mezza is a sta­ple of down­town’s Pizza Corner and brings that same flavour­ful Le­banese food to Clay­ton Park. Of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of op­tions for shawarma, falafel and more. This lo­ca­tion is open late. 278 Lace­wood Drive, 902-429-2929

MON­TANA’S COOK HOUSE & BAR

An On­tario-based restau­rant well­known na­tion­ally for a ca­sual, fam­ily vibe, serv­ing de­lec­ta­ble ribs, steaks, chicken and pasta. 194 Chain Lake Drive, 902-450-1011

NEW FOR­TUNE CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

Al­though there’s also Szechuan and Can­tonese on the menu, it’s the pho, Viet­namese rice noo­dle soup served with a va­ri­ety of top­pings, that makes New For­tune one of the city’s hid­den gems. 480 Park­land Drive, 902-431-7575

9 + NINE CHI­NESE CUI­SINE

Tucked into the same Clay­ton Park strip as Mon­soon Cafe, 9 + Nine is a small Chi­nese resto, of­fer­ing sta­ples of Chi­nese food in­clud­ing fried buns, chicken of all sorts, seafood, Szechuan shred­ded pork, Shang­hai noo­dles, rice and more. 480 Park­land Drive, 902-431-7575

PHO MAXIM THAI RESTAU­RANT

You’ll find gen­uine ser­vice and large serv­ings of Viet­namese soups, ver­mi­celli dishes and Thai clas­sics tucked away in an unas­sum­ing Clay­ton Park strip mall.

RAY’S LE­BANESE CUI­SINE, BAY­ERS LAKE

Ray’s sec­ond lo­ca­tion brings the same qual­ity that Ray Khat­tar has been serv­ing up 31 years to Bay­ers Lake—the falafel and shawarma here are some of the best you’ll find any­where. 120 Susie Lake Cres­cent, Unit 20, 902-425-7297

REDWOOD GRILL

Al­though it’s lo­cated in the Fu­ture Inn, the Redwood Grill caters to the lo­cal Clay­ton Park crowd as much as hun­gry trav­ellers. A sub­stan­tial menu of pas­tas, stir­frys, steaks and ribs, plus “the best na­chos in town for the price” are on of­fer. 30 Fair­fax Drive, 902-446-4243

SAJ HOUSE MID EAST EATS

This tiny eatery, lo­cated be­side a Le­banese bak­ery, is big on por­tions and daily specials that won’t make a dent in your wal­let. The fam­ily-run busi­ness spe­cial­izes in ma’noosh, or Middle East­ern flat­breads, and fa­tay­ers, turnovers filled with spinach, cheese and other good­ies. 19 Alma Cres­cent, 902-446-3646

SHENG’S CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

This Chi­nese eatery fea­tures a build your own combo plate, bub­ble tea and pop­ping boba, and an ex­ten­sive menu of house and chef specials. 6-362 Lace­wood Drive 902-446-3838

SUSHI NAMI ROYALE

The sec­ond lo­ca­tion of SNR in a more fam­ily-friendly en­vi­ron­ment. You’ll find a sushi bar for the hard­core but also kids’ meal specials and hot food, too. 278 Lace­wood Drive, 902-422-9020 ext. 2

SUSIE’S SHORTBREADS

Where the bak­ing magic hap­pens— all those cook­ies, cup­cakes, cake pops, whoopie pies, ed­i­ble cookie dough—but it’s also a spot to pick up sweets for a party or event, or just be­cause. That’s rea­son enough. 218 Chain Lake Drive, 902-406-7075

TAKO SUSHI AND RA­MEN

Here’s a restau­rant for the true lover of Ja­panese cui­sine. Kevin Chen’s unique sushi cre­ations are ri­valled only by his blow-your-mind ra­men menu. The flavours and fish are stel­lar here, and the ser­vice is too. 480 Park­land Drive, 902-405-8855

VELO’S PIZZA

This Hal­i­fax pizza-pie in­sti­tu­tion is knock­ing on 50 years, and no won­der—velo’s has got all the op­tions you need, in­clud­ing gluten-free crust, donairs, seafood, burg­ers and oh yeah, those sweet cir­cles of hot good­ness. Top­pings also op­tional, and en­cour­aged. 3248 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-455-8881

YUMMY DELI

A Euro­pean gro­cer bring­ing pack­aged, frozen and fresh­pre­pared foods, plus deli meats and cheeses, from Poland, Rus­sia, Ukraine and Ger­many to Fairview. 3647 Dutch Vil­lage Road 902-453-2572

ZEN CHI­NESE CUI­SINE

Since open­ing in ’95, Zen con­tin­ues to fol­low its culi­nary tra­di­tion with a vast ar­ray of Chi­nese dishes. To­day, the folks up in Clay­ton Park can still in­dulge in favourites like ginger beef, Can­tonese chow mein and Sin­ga­pore noo­dles. But if it’s choices you want, then it’s choices you’ll get: All are wel­come to try any one of Zen’s 100-plus menu items. 287 Lace­wood Drive 902-457-6868

Tako Sushi and Ra­men LENNY MULLINS

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