BED­FORD, SACKVILLE & TANTALLON

Long live the fam­ily restau­rant, the kitschy diner and the hid­den gem.

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ACADIAN FISH & CHIPS

A catch out in Ham­monds Plains, Acadian Fish & Chips serves up just that, plus lo­cal clams, scal­lops and had­dock tips and eats from the land too—diner de­lights like burg­ers, hot dogs and chicken fin­gers. 1990 Ham­monds Plains Road 902-407-7000

ALADDIN LOUNGE

Aladdin Lounge puts a mod­ern spin on tra­di­tional Middle East­ern food. The menu of­fers cof­fee, tea, es­presso drinks, desserts and middle east­ern main­stays like shawarma, chicken tan­doori, ke­babs and lamb. 746 Bed­ford High­way, 902-443-4444

BACKOOS KOREAN FOOD TOGO

A sec­ond lo­ca­tion of the down­town Hal­i­fax take-out stand-out, Backoos serves Korean fried chicken, combo plates and bibim­bap by the cup. 188 Bed­ford High­way

BEAVERBANK STA­TION

A fam­ily-friendly pub that serves up clas­sic home­cooked and pub-style eats, with a bustling at­mos­phere and live mu­sic from Thurs­day to Satur­day. The restau­rant calls his­toric build­ing Hal­lisey House home. 991 Windgate Drive, 902-864-5634

BED­FORD BASIN FARM­ERS’ MAR­KET

In its beau­ti­ful new build­ing over­look­ing the basin, this ad­di­tion to the farm­ers’ mar­ket scene boasts a Euro­pean spe­cialty corner, butcher shop, fresh pro­duce, a gar­den cen­tre and cafe. 397 Bed­ford High­way, 902-443-4391

BOARD ROOM GAME CAFE

Board game nerds in Bed­ford—no more com­mute to Hal­i­fax for you. The Board Room’s sec­ond lo­ca­tion of­fers all the same fun and, um, games: Help­ful ex­pert staff, dozens and dozens of op­tions, theme nights and trivia plus snacks and drinks. 936 Bed­ford High­way, 902-423-7545

BOOM BURGER

Great burg­ers, clas­sic PEI pota­toes and a pop. You can’t go wrong with a sta­ple fast-food menu—es­pe­cially when it in­volves qual­ity in­gre­di­ents. 64 Dell­ridge Lane, 902-491-2666

BOS­TON PIZZA

Sackville’s take on the pop­u­lar pizza fran­chise. This re­laxed sports bar serves up a wide va­ri­ety of pies—try the per­o­gie—as well as clas­sic pas­tas, burg­ers, sal­ads and plenty of share­able ap­pies. 710 Sackville Drive, 902-252-7777

BREW­STER’S BAR & GRILL

Brew­ster’s is Nova Sco­tia’s an­swer to Ap­ple­bee’s, Bos­ton Pizza and Mile­stones all rolled into one. (Its slo­gan is “a menu full of grill clas­sics.”) If you need to carbo load be­fore run­ning a marathon—or a night of drink­ing—this is the place. Chicken fin­gers, na­chos, potato skins, burg­ers—you can’t go wrong. Mill Cove Plaza, 961 Bed­ford High­way, 902-832-0032

BUBBA RAY’S SPORTS BAR

The lord of the wings touches down on the Bed­ford High­way. Here you’ll find beers, tons of TVS, pub eats, scream­ing fans and more chicken wing op­tions than you can shake a wet nap at. This sum­mer, Bed­ford’s Bubba’s moves across the street to 1658 Bed­ford High­way (next to Thai Gar­den in the Bed­ford Place Mall). 1717 Bed­ford High­way, 902-406-5408

THE BUTCHER’S BLOCK PUB & EATERY

This well-dec­o­rated Bed­ford pub has an ex­ten­sive menu of hot sand­wiches, burg­ers, piz­zas, sal­ads, wraps, seafood and steak. Plus a great se­lec­tion of ap­pe­tiz­ers (smoked brisket pou­tine!) and a prix fixe brunch worth lin­ing up for on the week­end. 540 South­gate Drive, 902-407-0077

CHA BAA THAI RESTAU­RANT

An­other lo­ca­tion of the Best of Food award-win­ning thai food re­treat— where the cur­ries are hot, the pad Thai is ad­dic­tive and op­tions are plen­ti­ful. 1511 Bed­ford High­way, 902-446-8899

OCHEF’S MENU

Ma­jor com­pli­ments are of­ten sent to this Chef, a ca­sual fine din­ing restau­rant suit­able for fam­ily get-to­geth­ers, or a nice night out in Sackville. The broad menu, cre­ated by co-owner and chef Der­rick Gif­fin, span land and sea, of­fer­ing dishes for all tastes. 518 Sackville Drive, 902-252-4002

THE CHICKENBURGER

The Fonz would be right at home bang­ing the juke­box un­der The Chickenburger’s neon sign. Open for decades, the retro decor isn’t the only sign of the past: Home­style burg­ers, thick milk­shakes, fresh fish and the sig­na­ture chickenburger to a time when life was sweet, simple and down­right tasty. 1531 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-6565

CHINA TOWN RESTAU­RANT

Over­look­ing the Bed­ford Basin, China Town’s kitschy ap­peal alone is worth the trip. Al­though the cui­sine is pre­dom­i­nantly Cana­dian Chi­nese, there are au­then­tic Szechuan dishes, in­clud­ing a full hot pot menu. 381 Bed­ford High­way, 902-443-2444

CORTADO TAST­ING ROOM

An es­presso cen­tric, de­tail ori­ented Ham­monds Plains cafe that brews cups of all kinds, in­clud­ing siphon, French press and Aero­press. 50 Gary Martin Drive #140 902-832-6420

CRISTALL WINE MER­CHANTS

There are hun­dreds of bot­tles to choose from at this spe­cialty wine bou­tique—many in the $10 to $20 range—sourced di­rectly from the cel­lar door. Sun­ny­side Mall, 1595 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-4112

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. 1658 Bed­ford High­way, 800 Sackville Drive

ED­I­BLE MAT­TERS

A com­mu­nity ori­ented cafe that sus­tain­ably sources its meals, blend­ing home­style flavour with great ser­vice. It’s also a cater­ing com­pany and re­tail “pantry” which sells baked goods, pre­serves and more. 1345 Ham­monds Plains Road 902-446-5588

OESQUIRE RESTAU­RANT

Time-travel back to years gone by at this busy Bed­ford High­way land­mark diner. Esquire’s claim to fame is its chow­der, con­sid­ered to be some of the best in town. Try the two-for-one deals on week­days. 772 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-9033

FIN­BAR’S IRISH PUB

Fin­bar’s of­fers an au­then­ti­cally Irish ex­pe­ri­ence thanks to the warm, invit­ing at­mos­phere, a unique menu that mixes ca­sual pub fare and tra­di­tional Irish cui­sine and one hell of a crew of reg­u­lars. Sun­ny­side Mall, 1595 Bed­ford High­way, 902-832-9170

FREAK LUNCHBOX

The HRM sis­ter store to Barrington’s favourite sideshow also of­fers oo­dles and oo­dles of sin­ful sweets, sure to over­whelm and de­light you all at once. The Freak Lunchbox takes candy shop to an­other weird and won­der­ful level. 1595 Bed­ford High­way 902-405-4052

HEL­LAS FAM­ILY RESTAU­RANT

Mak­ing Sackville’s hun­gry fam­i­lies happy since 1969, Hel­las, now in its sec­ond gen­er­a­tion, is best known for its fresh seafood and chow­der—as well as fresh meats, sal­ads, sand­wiches and steaks—and it’s home-cooked vibes. 664 Sackville Drive, 902-865-1480

HONG’S KITCHEN

A tra­di­tional-style din­ing room of­fer­ing in­ex­pen­sive lunch specials and week­end brunches to the fine peo­ple of Sackville. Hong’s boasts unique spe­cialty dishes such as honey pep­per sauce chicken, BBQ duck, Sin­ga­pore ver­mi­celli and home­made pork dumplings. 584 Sackville Drive, 902-864-2897

I LOVE PHO

A lit­tle restau­rant on the Bed­ford High­way ded­i­cated to the best soup go­ing, get pho in BBQ pork, chicken, beef brisket or seafood trio, as well

as other Viet­namese and Chi­nese dishes to drool over. 746 Bed­ford High­way, 902-407-6767

OIL MERCATO TRATTORIA

The folks at the Ber­tossi Group—the Bi­cy­cle Thief, La Frasca, Ristorante a Mano—have suc­cess­fully trans­ferred their award­win­ning fresh pasta, divine desserts and sub­stan­tial wine list to Bed­ford, be­stow­ing the neigh­bour­hood with Ital­iana ap­peal. The usu­ally packed resto packs mass ap­peal with not just its tried, tested and ter­rific menu, but the ro­man­tic Euro at­mos­phere and stun­ning new pa­tio. Sun­ny­side Mall, 1595 Bed­ford High­way, 902-832-4531

IZZY’S BAGEL CO.

You’ll smell this lit­tle cafe be­fore you see it, with 17 flavours of bagels, and eight cream cheeses, made fresh in-house ev­ery­day. But Izzy’s does cof­fee well, too, serv­ing Java Blend brews straight-up and in fancy form. 1180 Bed­ford High­way, 902-832-0028

JIM’S FAM­ILY RESTAU­RANT

Pop­u­lar fam­ily restau­rant over­look­ing the Bed­ford Basin isn’t just about pizza—jim’s also serves up clams and chips, seafood plat­ters and more. For very spe­cial oc­ca­sions, in­dulge in a don­air pizza. 243 Bed­ford High­way, 902-443-6112

THE JUMP­ING BEAN

The Jump­ing Bean was New­found­land’s first fair trade cof­fee roaster, and this is its first non-new­fie lo­ca­tion. Get hot and cold es­presso drinks, sweet treats, sand­wiches and break­fast here. A comfy spot to meet, read or hang out. 936 Bed­ford High­way, 902-832-4347

KAISER’S SUB AND SAND­WICH SHOP

Kaiser’s is a leg­end, earn­ing the right to that ti­tle by do­ing sand­wiches right—sim­ply and cheaply, of­fer­ing large por­tions for fair prices. There are no bells and whis­tles to be found at this wee take out counter, but that’s why its per­fect. 799 Sackville Drive, 902-865-6389

KING OF DON­AIR, SACKVILLE

The King lives in Sackville, too. An­other lo­ca­tion of the leg­endary don­air, pizza and pou­tine joint. 688 Sackville Drive, 902-865-0000

KITCHEN DOOR CATER­ING

The Bed­ford-based Kitchen Door Cater­ing cre­ates cus­tom cater­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for spe­cial events and wed­dings across HRM, Nova Sco­tia and be­yond. Known for restau­rant qual­ity food that of­ten uses lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, and top-notch ser­vice, Kitchen Door is ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing menus for par­ties of any num­ber of guests—from in­ti­mate back­yard af­fairs to up­wards of 500 din­ers. 2 Blue­wa­ter Road, 902-832-5213

LA CAVE DE STRAS­BOURG

Lo­cated in Fall River with a stun­ning view of Lake Thomas, La Cave de Stras­bourg com­bines tra­di­tional French flavours with hearty Ger­man cui­sine. Its pizza menu is also a stand­out, with a buy one, get one half-off spe­cial run­ning Tues­day through Thurs­day. 3104 High­way #2, Fall River 902- 860-0315

LET’S KO

This small au­then­tic Korean restau­rant shines in its strip mall home, serv­ing up clas­sics like bi bim bap, duk­bokki, ra­men and bul­gogi. 604 Bed­ford High­way, 902-406-7070

MAY GAR­DEN

The first May Gar­den was es­tab­lished in 1976. There are now three lo­ca­tions, with a fourth in the plan­ning stages. The restau­rants of­fer a va­ri­ety of dishes and the owner, Eric Ye­ung, is open to sug­ges­tions. Glen­dale Plaza, 57 Beaverbank Road, 902-865-2226 and 1475 Canada Trust Court, 902-832-2226

MEZZA LE­BANESE KITCHEN

The shawarma gods are smil­ing on you, Sackville. Yet an­other lo­ca­tion

of the Mezza fam­ily brings the wellloved donairs, falafel, Le­banese sides and its leg­endary chicken shawarma to the neigh­bour­hood. 752 Sackville Drive, 902-429-2929

THE MIDDLE SPOON DESSERTERIE & BAR

The Bed­ford lo­ca­tion of the Middle Spoon of­fers up the same deca­dent desserts and creative cock­tails of the Barrington Street lo­ca­tion, but with the added bonus of of­fer­ing a lunch menu. Sun­ny­side Mall, 1595 Bed­ford High­way, 902-446-4082

MOR­RIS EAST

Jen­nie Dobbs’ down­town Hal­i­fax restau­rant, known for its gourmet, wood-fired piz­zas and creative cock­tails, has opened a sec­ond lo­ca­tion, bring­ing its good taste to a big­ger space. 620 Nine Mile Drive, 902-444-7663

NAYYA RESTAU­RANT

Pic­tou County pizza lives in the big city! The straight-outta-pc pies shine here, but are flanked by a small menu of shawarma, wraps and and pani­nis. 1312 Bed­ford High­way 902-832-7070

PA­TRON’S GOLF LOUNGE

Take a swing at a pre­mium gold course with Pa­tron’s PGA sim­u­la­tors, or a les­son from a sea­soned in­struc­tor. Re­hy­drate af­ter your round with cold cock­tails and beers, wash­ing down a flat­bread pizza, pub-style en­tree or share­able ap­pe­tizer. 27 Dell­ridge Unit #105 902-829-8888

PETE’S FINE FOODS

Pete Luck­ett—and his staff—know pro­duce, and they’re are happy to share that wis­dom with you. The orig­i­nal Bed­ford lo­ca­tion re­flects the am­biance of Vic­to­ria mar­ket, a re­minder from Luck­ett’s home­town of Not­ting­ham, but with a dis­tinc­tive in­ter­na­tional flair. Sun­ny­side Mall, 1595 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-4997

PIZZATOWN

Pizzatown opened its first lo­ca­tion in Tim­ber­lea in 1990 and has ex­panded to mul­ti­ple Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tions in the years since. The pizzeria of­fers a va­ri­ety of pies, in­clud­ing a gluten-free menu, chicken, seafood, ap­pe­tiz­ers and gourmet piz­zas. 225 Cobe­quid Drive, 902-865-5555

PIZZA GIRLS

For over 30 years, Pizza Girls has been bring­ing hun­gry folks pip­ing hot pies, donairs, burg­ers and other sat­is­fy­ing-but-sin­ful snacks. 936 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-4343 and 799 Sackville Drive, 902-864-4646

PROSPECTOR’S PUB & EATERY

A no-fuss, no-frills pub off Larry Uteck Boule­vard where the pa­tio’s al­ways sunny, the beer’s al­ways cold, the ser­vice is great and the food hits the spot.

RESTO UR­BAN DIN­ING

A fam­ily-owned and run restau­rant of­fer­ing a com­fort­able set­ting and con­ti­nen­tal home-made fare, per­fect for ev­ery­thing from busi­ness lunches, first dates and din­ner for the whole fam. When the sun’s a shin­ing, eat up on one of the two pa­tios! 1516 Bed­ford High­way, 902-240-5113

RIVER­SIDE PUB & EATERY

With daily food specials—in­clud­ing two for one had­dock on Fri­days and BOGO steak on Satur­days!—daily happy hours and a kid’s menu, this pop­u­lar lo­cal can take care of your party any time of day. 1552 Bed­ford High­way 902-835-1648

SUN­NY­SIDE RESTAU­RANT

Af­ter over 70 years in the food biz, it’s no won­der the Sun­ny­side has the fam­ily restau­rant down to a sci­ence. A visit to this Bed­ford leg­end is like a walk down mem­ory lane, serv­ing ev­ery­thing from steak to sand­wiches to burg­ers to an in­sane amount of break­fast food. 1552 Bed­ford High­way 902-835-7204

SUN­NY­SIDE TOO

The younger sib­ling and next-door neigh­bour of Bed­ford’s his­toric fam­ily restau­rant, Sun­ny­side Too of­fers the same home­style qual­ity and menu. 1552 Bed­ford High­way 902-835-7204

SUSHI NAMI ROYALE

A fam­ily of restau­rants bring­ing Ja­panese cui­sine—sushi, noo­dles, kaiseki and dumplings—to a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions. 827 Bed­ford High­way, 902-407-4649

SYDELLE’S DELI

An unas­sum­ing, fam­ily-run diner, Sydelle’s has made a name for it­self with its fish and fresh-cut chips, club­house sand­wiches and ridicu­lously af­ford­able prices. 733 Rocky Lake Drive, 902-835-2444

TASTY SOURCE

A clas­sic Chi­nese menu for eat-in, take-out or de­liv­ery. 264 Bed­ford High­way and 64 Sackville Drive, 902-443-2000

TAZAH PIZZA AND GRILL

Gourmet pizza and Le­banese eats— like shawarma—make this new restau­rant one of Bed­ford West’s eater­ies to watch. 540 South­gate Drive, 902-407-5445

TERRI’S PLACE

With a DJ on Fri­days and live mu­sic on Satur­days, get your dose of danc­ing and VLTS at this two-floor joint. 498 Sackville Drive, 902-864-7236

THAI GAR­DEN

For over a decade, Thai Gar­den’s been serv­ing both Chi­nese and Thai dishes—com­bos, noo­dles, cur­ries and more—to Bed­ford. 1658 Bed­ford High­way 902-835-8335

THAI IVORY CUI­SINE

This pop­u­lar, fam­ily-run restau­rant de­liv­ers a menu of tra­di­tional Thai del­i­ca­cies, in­clud­ing spicy cur­ries, loads of noo­dle dishes and the im­mor­tal Pad Thai, which makes those Bed­fordites who’ve been crav­ing a lit­tle flavour in their ‘hood very happy. 1067 Bed­ford High­way 902-431-8424

TOM’S FAM­ILY RESTAU­RANT

The roomy, 180-seat fam­ily ownedand-op­er­ated eatery has a pa­rade of ad­mir­ers, fans of the dark wood decor, the mul­ti­ple cozy booths and, of course, the home-style food. The menu of­fers au­then­tic home­style del­i­ca­cies of the Greek va­ri­ety and a ro­bust Cana­dian se­lec­tion as well, with ap­pe­tiz­ers, steaks, sand­wiches and seafood. 585 Sackville Drive, 902-252-8667

TRUE NORTH DINER

The True North Diner is retro­fit­ted as a ’50s diner right down to the juke­box. Servers dressed for a sock-hop de­liver juicy burg­ers, thick shakes and mile-high co­conut cream pie. On Sun­days, check of the break­fast buf­fet! 1658 Bed­ford High­way 902-832-1950

WASABI ASIAN CUI­SINE

Quin­pool’s ever-pop­u­lar Wasabi House’s sec­ond lo­ca­tion of­fers all you can eat sushi (is that a chal­lenge?) and tep­pa­nyaki grills. 556 Lower Sackville Drive 902-865-2378

WONG’S WOK

A taste of the East, right here on the Bed­ford High­way. This tra­di­tional Chi­nese spot of­fers up beef, chicken and veg­gie va­ri­eties, dumplings, noo­dles and rice plus eight combo specials for less than 10 bucks and daily lunch specials for just $7.95. 811 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-3366

Backoos MEGHAN TANSEY WHIT­TON

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