QUINPOOL ROAD & WEST END

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7 PEP­PERS GRILL

The next it­er­a­tion of for­mer Quinpool Road (and His­toric Farm­ers’ Mar­ket) restau­rant Aleppo Cafe, 7 Pep­pers Grill serves up au­then­tic Mediter­ranean food packed with flavour. 6290 Quinpool Road, 902-431-2727

ARDMORE TEA ROOM

Some­times all you need is a thick milk­shake served in an old-fash­ioned glass with a jumbo straw or a hot turkey sand­wich with mashed pota­toes to shake off your woes. The clas­sic diner fare at this in­sti­tu­tion is al­ways cheap and cheer­ful. Ex­pect a crowd on the week­ends for the pop­u­lar break­fast that in­clude eggs, fish­cakes, baked beans and pan­cakes as big as your head. 6499 Quinpool Road, 902-423-7523

ATHENS RESTAU­RANT

Serv­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner since 1982. Ex­pect fast and friendly ser­vice, con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent sou­vlaki, mous­saka and other Greek spe­cial­ties and in­ex­pen­sive Cana­dian dishes—seafood, wraps and burg­ers—in large por­tions that fill the ta­bles at this pop­u­lar eatery.more of a morn­ing per­son? Athens’ break­fasts are hearty and rea­son­able. 6273 Quinpool Road, 902-422-1595

THE B-WELL SUSHI AND CAFE

Self-de­scribed as “cozy cafe sushi”, the ca­sual B-well steers away from the fu­sion la­bel and serves clas­sics rolls (in­clud­ing a Hal­i­fax roll!), udon and rice bowls and some spe­cial cre­ations (like the Bonus Banana Bo­nanza). 6184 Quinpool Road, 902-428-4019

BIONE KOREAN-JA­PANESE RESTAU­RANT

This Korean-ja­panese restau­rant has an af­ford­able menu fea­tur­ing Korean ta­ble BBQ, home­made noo­dles, veg­e­tar­ian fare and a mighty fine bibim­bap. 6300 Quinpool Road, 902-407-4288

BLUE OLIVE GREEK TAVERNA

The food is hel­las good at this up­scale Greek taverna, serv­ing tra­di­tional sou­vlaki, mous­saka and pastit­sio. Lo­cal in­gre­di­ents like Nova Sco­tia lamb are used in the burger and en­joyed among white washed walls and shut­tered blue win­dows. Say yea yea to Yi­ayia’s Pasta with tomato sauce and topped with feta. 6196 Quinpool Road, 902-407-3000

BRAMOSO PIZZERIA AND BEER BAR

Bramoso has al­ways had its mind on the lo­cal. A gourmet pizzeria that lets the Nova Sco­tian in­gre­di­ents shine

on its brick-oven pies (which can be gluten-free, dairy-free and ve­gan, by the way) and pours up lo­cal craft beers for those din­ing in or on the pa­tio, too. 6169 Quinpool Road, 902-425-2222

DILLY DALLY COF­FEE CAFE

A cozy lit­tle li­censed cafe serv­ing cof­fee and espresso-based drinks (marry me, Golden Milk) tea, sand­wiches, sweets and booze. Study, meet, sip or Skype here. 6100 Quinpool Road, 902-407-5554

EAST COAST BAK­ERY

The fresh-baked bread smell re­turns to Quinpool Road with East Coast Bak­ery, which spe­cial­izes in the del­i­cacy that is bagels. Baker Gerry Lon­er­gan melds in­spi­ra­tion from Mon­treal, New York and San Fran­cisco’s bread gods to make a uniquely Hal­i­fax bagel. 6257 Quinpool Road, 902-429-6257

EN­ERGY BAR AT OR­GANIC EARTH MAR­KET

A wee cafe within the gro­cery store, the En­ergy Bar makes su­per­pow­ered smooth­ies, juices, espresso drinks (cold and hot), herbal teas and in-house pre­pared sand­wiches and desserts. 6487 Quinpool Road

FREE­MAN’S LIT­TLE NEW YORK

Free­man’s is over 60 years old, but it to­tally doesn’t act it. The neigh­bour­hood pizzeria and pub isn’t just known for cur­ing crav­ings via lunch, din­ner and de­liv­ery—it owns the wee hours of the morn­ing, too. One of the city’s best bets for late-late-night eat­ing, Open 24 hours a day and per­fect for when you wake up hun­gry, or want to take a slice to bed with you. 6092 Quinpool Road, 902-429-0241

HEARTWOOD

Few plates and bowls in Hal­i­fax are this green. The much-loved ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant pre­pares its lo­cal and or­ganic cen­tric dishes, mean­ing these eats are fresh, un­re­fined and un­pro­cessed. Try the Wild Card salad or one of the fa­mous bowls. 6250 Quinpool Road, 902-425-2808

KING OF DON­AIR

One of the many palaces in the KOD king­dom, serv­ing up Best of Food Hall of Famer donairs, big ass slices and other cheesy de­lights. 6420 Quinpool Road, 902-421-0000

LUCKY PENNY COF­FEE CO.

A highly In­sta­grammable spot to have cof­fee thanks to its bold flo­ral wall pa­per and adorable decor, Lucky Penny pours up strong cof­fee, tea, fresh-baked treats and grilled sand­wiches. 6440 Quinpool Road

THE OTHER BEAN COF­FEE & SAND­WICH BAR

The word cafe doesn’t quite cover The Other Bean. Aim­ing to be Quinpool Road’s liv­ing room, this lo­cal hang­out isn’t just a place for quiet cof­fees, it’s a space for so­cial­iz­ing, cre­at­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing over badass sand­wiches and beers, too. Also check out trivia nights, one-off events and its back­yard pa­tio. 6220 Quinpool Road, 902-444-7555

PHIL’S SEAFOOD

O Cap­tain! My Cap­tain! Rise up and try the fish! Catch of the day at this seafood restau­rant in­cludes scal­lops, clams, had­dock or shrimp— coated in bread­crumbs or poached, served with home­made tar­tar sauce and home­cut fries—and as a bonus, you’ll still have a cou­ple dou­bloons left in your pocket. 6285 Quinpool Road, 902-431-3474

OR­GANIC EARTH MAR­KET

A gro­cery store with a con­science. This lo­cally-owned busi­ness of­fers or­ganic gro­ceries, fresh pro­duce,

green health prod­ucts, nat­u­ral clean­ing gear and and chem­i­cal­free beauty prod­ucts and cos­met­ics. 6485 Quinpool Road, 902-425-7400

REL­ISH GOURMET BURG­ERS

At this burger joint you can ex­pect a loud, en­thu­si­as­tic wel­come to go along with those juicy, thick burg­ers (beef, chicken and veg­e­tar­ian va­ri­eties). Choose from a list of tasty top­pings, in­clud­ing crispy onion frites, pick­led pep­pers, pancetta ba­con, brie, caramelized onions, roasted pep­pers and, duh, rel­ish. Then take a seat and wait for the cho­rus of cooks to call out your name. 6024 Quinpool Road, 902-474-4152

REMIX RESTAU­RANT AND KARAOKE

Pri­vate karaoke paired with Chi­ne­seCana­dian combo plates, cur­ries and hot pot. Sing for (or more like with) your sup­per! 6140 Quinpool Road, 902-320-8888

ROLL THE DICE BOARD GAME CAFE AND RESTAU­RANT

Nerd out with pool ta­bles and board games ga­lore and keep your brain fueled with burg­ers, in­ter­na­tion­ally in­spired dishes and veg­gie-friendly eats. 6140 Quinpool Road, 902-320-8888

SEA­SONS BY ATLANTICA

A ho­tel restau­rant and bar with a panoramic view of the Com­mon, Sea­sons of­fers up great scenery for sip­ping cock­tails or craft beers any time of the year. Dine on all three meals here, where the fo­cus is on lo­cal and fresh, or check out the 9 for $9 menu for spe­cial prices on light bites. Atlantica Ho­tel, 1980 Ro­bie Street, 902-490-3331

SI­CIL­IAN PIZZA, DONAIRS & SUBS

Pre­sent­ing, the pizza slice that doesn’t quit—yet an­other lo­ca­tion of the leg­endary Si­cil­ian and its bi­gas-your-face pieces of pizza. 6302 Quinpool Road, 902-455-5555

SONG’S KOREAN RESTAU­RANT

Quinpool Road’s long-serv­ing cozy Korean joint boasts au­then­tic eats, af­ford­able lunch deals and a peace­ful at­mos­phere to en­joy both of those things. 6249 Quinpool Road, 902-444-3030

SWEET HERE­AFTER CHEESECAKERY

If your last meal was at this desser­tad­dict’s dream, you’d be go­ing out on a re­ally high note. Dozens and dozens of rich flavours of home­made cheese­cake, both tra­di­tional and out-of-the-or­di­nary, plus Laugh­ing Whale or­ganic cof­fee and tea, make this pretty Quinpool Road spot a di­vine din­ing choice. 6148 Quinpool Road, 902-404-8001

TRULY TASTY RAMEN AND DUMPLINGS

Home­made dumplings are the name of the game at this sweet lit­tle place, with a va­ri­ety of sauces and noo­dles, noo­dles, noo­dles. Fried chicken ramen for the win. 6214 Quinpool Road, 902-407-4047

WASABI HOUSE

Our read­ers have re­peat­edly called this Hal­i­fax’s Best Sushi for a rea­son. Wasabi House has quickly be­come a go-to spot for fresh fish, cre­ative cre­ations and killer ser­vice. Whether meet­ing friends for a quick lunch spe­cial, or snug­gling up for an in­ti­mate din­ner, Wasabi’s large menu’s got you cov­ered, and the best? The nightly Happy Hour eats from 9pm un­til close. 6403 Quinpool Road, 902-429-8858

YANJING CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

Yanjing will sat­isfy even your wildest Chi­nese food crav­ings. From tra­di­tional beef, tofu and duck plates, to Cana­dian Chi­nese chow mein. 6430 Quinpool Road, 902-423-2587 been an unas­sum­ing in­sti­tu­tion that doesn’t quit. 6469 Che­bucto Road, 902-453-5333

EURO PIZZA

This pizzeria is well worth a trip off the beaten snack path, along St. Mar­garets Bay Road Road. In the sum­mer you can sit at one of the ta­bles out­side, scarf­ing down one of the city’s best slices or a stel­lar sou­vlaki. But some ad­vice from a sea­soned Euro Pizza veteran? Try the chicken plat­ter. 31 St. Mar­garets Bay Road,, 902-479-7979

FRIES & CO.

When it comes to fish and chips, there’s golden-brown de­li­cious­ness and there’s golden-brown de­li­cious­ness. Then there’s Fries & Co. smoth­ered in ketchup, drown­ing in malt vine­gar, sprin­kled in salt. The fried fish here has met its pota­toey match. 2603 Con­nolly Street, 902-455-5250

LA PI­AZZA RISTORANTE

Wood-fired pizza is the name of the game at La Pi­azza, but it of­fers much more than oven-fresh pies. With week­end brunch, wine spe­cials and a su­per sunny pa­tio, this “resto cafe” of­fers the bustling Che­bucto Road a neigh­bour­hood hang­out. 6430 Che­bucto Road, 902-404-5885

THE LAKE­SIDE GRILL

An eatery in­side the Choco­late Lake Best West­ern ho­tel, serv­ing up a menu ca­pa­ble of pleas­ing the masses. Ribs, burg­ers, soups and sal­ads stand out among a sprawl­ing se­lec­tion of en­trees and snacks. 250 St Mar­garet’s Bay Road, 902- 444-8680

LO­CAL JO CAFE & MAR­KET

Set­tle the tots in their spe­cial play area and en­joy a spe­cialty fair trade cof­fee or the house­made chai. This neigh­bour­hood cafe is per­fect for get­ting a lit­tle work done or just get­ting out with the wee ones. 2959 Ox­ford Street, 902-455-6225

LOOK HO HO RESTAU­RANT

Since 1959, Look Ho Ho has been serv­ing Cana­dian Chi­nese for eat-in and take-out din­ers. Sprawl­ing menu, friendly staff and steeped in his­tory. 6420 Bay­ers Road, 902-455-5479

THE MIND­FUL MANGO CAFE

The Mind­ful Mango Cafe serves spe­cialty cof­fee and soups, sand­wiches and sal­ads, made from in-house recipes, us­ing lo­cally sourced and fairly traded in­gre­di­ents. The Mango is also a so­cially con­scious busi­ness aimed at help­ing its em­ploy­ees dis­cover their paths to self-suf­fi­ciency. 7071 Bay­ers Road, 902-455-9686

PAPA MARIO’S PIZZA

Slice up your life, with pizza, pizza, pizza, wings, don­air egg rolls and other take-out treats just wait­ing to be de­liv­ered to your door. 6954 Mum­ford Road, 902-421-2121

RINALDO’S

Sam and Tony Rinaldo —the broth­ers who brought you T-dogs—have teamed up to give their Ital­ian Amer­i­can eats a home in the west end. With the aim of be­ing a com­fort­able and homey place to gather, Rinaldo’s serves hand­made pasta, pizza and clas­sic Ital­ian sand­wiches, plus lots of dishes from the fam­ily recipe book. 2186 Wind­sor Street, 902-425-0400

THE TER­RACE

Since get­ting a makeover, Hal­i­fax Shop­ping Cen­tre’s food court has be­come a thing of beauty. This bright, win­dowy space (rare for a mall, right?) of­fers eats that range from Thai to Mediter­ranean and Mex­i­can fu­sion to burg­ers and fries. 7001 Mum­ford Road

WESTCLIFF RESTAU­RANT & CON­VE­NIENCE

The lov­able Westcliff has a loyal fan­base. How could it not, with the best value hand­made ham­burger plat­ter in the city and slur­pable milk­shakes? It’s a fam­ily op­er­a­tion, where the prices stay low and the qual­ity stays high. 3089 Ox­ford Street, 902-454-8140

WILD LEEK FOOD & JUICE BAR

The de­li­cious brain­child of lo­cal ve­gan culinary artist and food blog­ger Kirsten Tag­gart brings a re­fresh­ing dose of ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian eats— and a juice bar—to the west end. Stop by for break­fast, lunch, din­ner or a smoothie on the run. 2156 Wind­sor Street, 902-444-5466 gen­eral Tao tofu (#14) among them—await here, plus the din­ner spe­cials are on point too. 189 Her­ring Cove Road, 902-454-2888

PAVIA GALLERY, ESPRESSO BAR & CAFE

A con­tem­po­rary gallery that also houses a great cafe fea­tur­ing Ital­ian espresso straight out of Florence, bis­cuits, baked treats, de­li­cious pani­nis and an ice cream bar—per­fect for a post-dun­can’s Cove cool-down. 995 Her­ring Cove Road, 902-407-4008

SPRYFIELD FARMER’S MAR­KET

A bi-weekly Sun­day farm­ers’ mar­ket for the Spryfield folks, it gath­ers purveyors of pro­duce, baked goods, cof­fees and crafts from 1-5pm. 111 Drys­dale Rd, 902- 719-8389

STA­TION SIX

Sta­tion Six is a place for the com­mu­nity to hang out, share food and drink to­gether. Its menu—think but­ter­milk onion rings, ma­jor burg­ers and a se­lec­tion of noo­dle and rice bowls—is cre­ated with lo­cally sourced pro­duce and served with at­ten­tion and grace. 247 Her­ring Cove Road, 902-477-1556

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

THE ARMS PUB­LIC HOUSE

The Lord Nel­son Ho­tel boasts a proper Bri­tish pub­lic house, with bloody bril­liant decor and a menu chock-full of good eats in­spired by our cousins across the pond. The brunch op­tions at the for­mer Vic­tory Arms Pub are ex­ten­sive—with a tuna tartare, Baked Eggs Provençale and av­o­cado toast. 1515 South Park Street, 902-420-9781

BACKOOS KOREAN FOOD

Eat Backoos fried chicken once and be for­ever changed. A down­town take-out par­adise turned fully li­censed, eat-in hang­out, this gem serves up sweet and spicy, soy and gar­lic and orig­i­nal fried chicken, plus rice dishes, com­bos and dumplings. 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

BUD THE SPUD

Ba­si­cally a food truck celebrity, Bud fills the down­town chip truck re­quire ments with the very best French-fried good­ness.open sea­son­ally. 1544 Grafton Street

THE 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

CHA BAA THAI RESTAU­RANT

“I just want to make peo­ple say ‘Wow!’” says Wen Prathumma, co-owner, restau­rant dec­o­ra­tor and head chef of pop­u­lar Thai restau­rant Cha Baa. And since it opened in the sum­mer of 2007, a re­sound­ing “wow” keeps this place busy, pop­u­lar and a re­peat read­ers’ choice for Best Thai Restau­rant. 1546 Queen Street, 902-406-3008

CHATIME

The first Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tion of the Chatime chain, owned by the large Tai­wanese food com­pany La Kaffa

on the reg­u­lar. Serv­ing up a va­ri­ety of Viet­namese and Thai dishes, there’s much more than just spring rolls here. Park Lane Mall, 5657 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-446-3536

KO-DORAKU

Lo­cated down in Spring Gar­den Place, this lit­tle hide­away is a cozy, cheap lunchtime spot with couches for loung­ing your lunch break away and in­cred­i­bly fresh sushi for eat­ing un­til you can’t any­more. 5640 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-423-8787

KRAVE BURGER

Spring Gar­den’s busy burger joint of­fers a com­fort­able at­mos­phere to chow down. With a sharp fo­cus on qual­ity, chef Matt Macisaac’s crew serves up gourmet burg­ers—made with house-ground, grass-fed beef— mac and cheese and killer onion rings, and in­vites you to wash it all down with a lo­cal beer or maybe a thick, rich milk­shake. 5680 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-407-5728

LA FRASCA CIBI & VINI

In­spired by the tra­di­tional pop-up bars of Fri­uli, Italy, where fam­i­lies would hang a tree branch in front of their home to in­vite friends and neigh­bours in for drinks, food and qual­ity so­cial­iz­ing, La Frasca keeps it ca­sual while still stun­ning with a mas­sive bar, a busy col­lage-wall of Ital­ian past and present and damn good food. 5650 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-422-2866

LE BISTRO BY LIZ

Liz In­gram-cham­bers brings us a bit of old-world French charm, serv­ing quick lunches, great brunches and din­ners you’ll want to drag out all night. Keep­ing with a re­laxed bistro­like at­mos­phere, Le Bistro’s menu of­fers Parisian-in­spired favourites like savoury crepes as well as an An­gus Beef burger, pan seared had­dock and of course, desserts. 1333 South Park Street,

LEMON TREE RESTAU­RANT

Gino Bora and Mual­lah Gun­duz’s cozy and re­laxed Turk­ish restau­rant is a wel­come ad­di­tion to Vin­tage Row, serv­ing up fresh and un­for­get­table au­then­tic flavours and home­style ser­vice. 1532 Queen Street, 902-877-7007

MAPPATURA BISTRO

In­dus­try vets Terry Vas­sallo and Si­mone Mom­bour­quette (think Trat­to­ria Della Nonna or Cafe Chianti) do it their way on Spring Gar­den, serv­ing lo­cal and sea­sonal fo­cused food with lots of Ital­ian in­flu­ence to the ta­ble. Aim­ing to have a vibe like lit­tle os­te­rias, enote­cas and trat­to­rias they’ve fallen for in Italy, the pair serve up Ital­ian brunch and din­ner and ap­proach­able dishes. 5883 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-407-5502

MARY’S PLACE CAFE II

This homey down­town diner is home to all-day break­fast, hot (and cheap) daily lunch spe­cials, de­li­cious Mid­dle East­ern dishes and gluten-free and ve­gan op­tions. 5982 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-404-7171

MASHAWEE MEDITER­RANEAN GRILL

Take a trip to the Mediter­ranean Sea without leav­ing down­town Hal­i­fax. Mashawee of­fers up af­ford­able com­bos as well as un­de­ni­able favourites like falafel and shawarma.

MEXI’S

Long a Spring Gar­den Road des­ti­na­tion, Mexi’s of­fers Mex­i­can stan­dards like bur­ri­tos, tamales, ta­cos and fa­ji­tas, and pours an ar­ray of icy-cool mar­gar­i­tas—drink ’em back for cheap on Mon­days. Mexi’s also boasts one of the city’s best roof-top pa­tios, which packs with sun-hun­gry din­ers. 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 bibim­bap and noo­dles. 1520 Queen Street, 902-420-0331

MY DREAM CHEESE­CAKE

A sweet deal for the bot­tom floor of Spring Gar­den Place, this dreamy desserterie will bring cheese­cake ga­lore to the food court. 5640 Spring Gar­den

OA­SIS

This pop­u­lar, long­stand­ing Spring Gar­den pub and eatery is known for its wings, pitch­ers and lively sportswatch­ing 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 & CAFE

You can get your dose of Pavia’s cof­fee and baked goods without head­ing to Her­ring Cove thanks to the li­brary’s dou­ble shot of the cafe. Check out pa­tio seats up­stairs and in front of the build­ing. 5440 Spring Gar­den Road

PETE’S FROOTIQUE AND FINE FOODS

Pete’s has long been the go-to golden des­ti­na­tion for fresh pro­duce and its in­ter­na­tional and some­thing-for-ev­ery­one gro­cery se­lec­tion, plus to-go salad and smoothie bars and lunch counter. 1515 Dres­den Row, 902-425-5700

PINE HOUSE CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

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

PITA PIT

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

TASTE OF THE EAST

Au­then­tic, tra­di­tional north­ern Chi­nese food is what’s on of­fer at this new down­town Hal­i­fax spot, in­clud­ing a nice se­lec­tion of the steamed bun on ev­ery foodie’s mind these days. 7-5189 Dres­den Row, 902-423-5558

THE PORT

Of­fer­ing the finest fruits of the vine, this NSLC spe­cialty bou­tique has an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of wines from both the new and old world and a self-sam­pling sta­tion for cus­tomers to get a taste of some of the finest wines in store. Though the grape is the star here, there’s a range of im­ported and lo­cal hard-to-find beers and spir­its shar­ing the lime­light. 5485 Clyde Street, 902-422-0580

TOM’S LIT­TLE HA­VANA

The long-loved down­town hang­out, with its dark cor­ners and wing­backed chairs, man­aged to move into its new lo­ca­tion without a hitch, keep­ing that ef­fort­lessly warm at­mos­phere in­tact a few blocks from its pre­vi­ous digs. The kind of bar with a ded­i­cated crew of reg­u­lars, Tom’s serves lunch and din­ner, as well as lo­cal craft beer, many a scotch and what­ever other poi­son you’ve picked. 1540 Birm­ing­ham Street, 902-423-8667

TURK­ISH DE­LIGHT

The scent of grilled lamb floats out to the side­walk through the open win­dow in the front of this cozy restau­rant, lur­ing din­ers in for an au­then­tic meal of ke­babs, pi­laf and other fresh de­lights. Ei­ther sit down in the din­ing room or grab mezes to go at the counter. 5680 Spring Gar­den, 902-446-4366

UN­COM­MON GROUNDS AND SUGAH!

You can find your next cof­fee fix nestled in­side the Hal­i­fax Pub­lic Gar­dens dur­ing spring and sum­mer. This col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Un­com­mon Grounds cafe and Sugah! treat you right no mat­ter the weather, with a range of of­fer­ings from pip­ing hot cof­fee to tasty ice cream, which you can en­joy in­side the re­stored build­ing or out­side on the ter­race. 5665 Spring Gar­den Road

WAY 2 ROLL

Some kind of Ja­panese and Mex­i­can cui­sine merger brings Hal­i­fax the sushi burrito—a mas­sive sushi roll, with your choice of top­pings. 1480 Bren­ton Street

WOW HOT POT RESTAU­RANT

An all-you-can-eat Chi­nese hot pot ex­pe­ri­ence where you can pick and choose what in­gre­di­ents will strike the right bal­ance in your soup. It’s a so­cial, cre­ative fun way to eat. 5650 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-484-6666

XTREME PIZZA

These pizza and pou­tine ex­perts aren’t afraid to get a lit­tle cre­ative, or ex­treme, if you will. The self­pro­claimed “Home of the stuffed pou­tine” also of­fers up some out­ra­geous pizza top­ping com­bos. Onion ring burger pizza? Spaghetti and meat­ball pizza? At Xtreme, its go big or go home empty-handed. 5970 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-404-1600

YOUR FA­THER’S MOUS­TACHE

The Mous­tache’s fa­mous rooftop deck over­looks the town, a per­fect place to peo­ple­watch while sip­ping drinks un­der the shade of a large um­brella. (Voted by Coast read­ers as the best deck in the city ap­prox­i­mately one mil­lion times.) In­side the pub, the club sand­wich draws them in, as does the ’stache’s ros­ter of live en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing one of the city’s longestrun­ning live gigs, the Joe Murphy and the Wa­ter Street Blues Band. 5686 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-423-6766

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. 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, too. This lit­tle north end stand-out also sells Latin Amer­i­can juices, spices, cof­fees, snacks and flours from its in-cafe gro­cery. 5780 North Street, 902-444-8393

CARIBBEAN BLISS

A lit­tle fam­ily-run gem that serves up big plates of home­cooked Caribbean cui­sine—salt­fish, ac­kee, curry goat, jerk chicken and Ja­maican pat­ties are among the menus stand­outs. Eat in or take out. 3619 No­valea Drive, 902-453-8161

CEMPOAL DE LA CALAVERA NE­GRA

This Mex­i­can-in­spired cafe acts as an in­ti­mate venue for live mu­sic, catch­ing up with good friends (or po­ten­tially mak­ing some new ones) or play­ing a lengthy game of chess. The cof­fee here is strong for sure, but the warm and wel­com­ing neigh­bour­hood spirit is stronger. 2376 Agri­cola Street, 902-452-4684

CHA BAA THA

The very dec­o­rated Thai restau­rant (it’s a multi-time Best of Hal­i­fax win­ner) brings a fourth lo­ca­tion to town, open­ing in the Point North build­ing in sum­mer 2018. 5586 De­mone Street

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 chef Lawry De­neau’s 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 Road, 902-455-3881

CHKN CHOP

A ro­tis­serie chicken joint from EDNA’S Jenna Moo­ers and An­drew Flood, CHKN CHOP serves up char­coal fired chicken, sand­wiches, pou­tine and flavour-packed sides for lunch and din­ner. Boozy frozen drinks and craft beer? Those live here too. 6041 North Street, 902-406-0690

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 as well as caf­feinated op­tions, it’s safe to as­sume you’ll get a great meal at this unas­sum­ing spot. 2731 Ro­bie Street, 902-405-4022

sip­ping cock­tails and guar­an­teed good times. 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, veg­gie op­tions, as well as a boun­ti­ful week­end brunch, earned it a fol­low­ing. 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 per­haps? 2760 Ro­bie Street, 902-407-1301

GOOD 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-ashell tap room, the north end hang­out serves Ro­bot brews, fel­low lo­cals and del­ish snacks both in­doors and out—check out its sweet, dog-friendly Gas­tro­turf beer gar­den for movies or a dose of vi­ta­min D. 2736 Ro­bie Street

GRAN­ITE BREW­ERY AND BEER STORE

For 25 years the Gran­ite Brew­ery has been pro­duc­ing award win­ning English style ales in Hal­i­fax. 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. Pitch­ers of beer pour freely and cheaply as in­die bands from across the coun­try en­ter­tain on the cozy cor­ner stage. 2605 Agri­cola Street, 902-423-7786

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 meats and on-the-spot snacks—hal­i­fax’s new­est farm­ers’ mar­ket runs Satur­days from 8am-1pm. Hal­i­fax Fo­rum Bingo Hall, 2901 Wind­sor Street, 902-490-4614

HAMACHI KITA SUSHI AND ASIAN FARE

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. 5537 Young Street, 902-431-5543

HEARTWOOD

An­other serv­ing of the veg­gie lover’s par­adise, this one in the Hy­dro­s­tone’s St. Joseph’s Square build­ing. It’s got a fresh, bright feel with the same dishes you’ve loved for over a decade on Quinpool. 3061 Got­tin­gen Street, 902-404-9901

HOOKED

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

RO­BIE STREET STA­TION

Kayleigh Burns and He­man Lee put a global spin on your reg­u­lar, com­fort­ing break­fast and brunch. This mega-bright diner also serves soups, sand­wiches, burg­ers and curry bowls. Check out its next-door neigh­bour/younger sib­ling El Chino, for late-night drinks and snacks. 2394 Ro­bie Street, 902-423-2524

ROCKHEAD WINE + BEER MAR­KET

The north end’s most in­ter­est­ing se­lec­tion of craft beer, spe­cialty wine and spir­its. Visit Rockhead’s home in­side the Wind­sor Street Sobeys for growler fills, one-off brews and lo­cally made favourites. Gro­cery shop­ping just got a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing. 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

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, re-opened on Got­tin­gen Street and main­tained it’s un­mis­tak­able char­ac­ter. Now 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 rose Seven Bays, a bouldering gym, cafe and hang­out. With a 120 foot bouldering wall suited for clim­bers from am­a­teur to in­tense and a neigh­bour­ing bright and airy source of food (like sal­ads, sand­wiches and noo­dle bowls) 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. For­merly Chad’s Pizza. 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 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, teas­ing 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

STU­DIO EAST FOOD + DRINK

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, ramen 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, this hy­per healthy gro­cer has had your health on its mind since 1986, car­ry­ing vi­ta­mins and sup­ple­ments, green clean­ing prod­ucts, homeo­pathic reme­dies and es­sen­tial oils. 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 Restau­rant in the city. 3045 Ro­bie Street, 902-454-8723

TIM­BER LOUNGE

It’s go­ing down at Hal­i­fax’s first ax­ethrow­ing 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

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 here give just as much praise to the smil­ing faces feed­ing them as they do the food it­self. 2390 Ro­bie Street, 902-404-8669

VAN­DAL DOUGH­NUTS

The folks that brought you Quinpool’s Riot Snack Bar (closed in 2017) present Van­dal Dough­nuts, a sweet, deep-fried ad­di­tion to Gus’ Pub. Check out a daily chang­ing se­lec­tion of fresh-made dough­nuts and a menu of sand­wiches and cof­fees here. 2605 Agri­cola Street, 902-407-0954

WA­TER AND BONE

Chef Jamie Macau­lay tips his hat to au­then­tic Ja­panese ramen by re-imag­in­ing the com­fort food with lo­cal flavours and hand­made noo­dles. Eat in or bask in the small plates, pil­lowy bao and many brothy op­tions the back­yard ter­race. 5687 Charles Street, 902-406-0646

WILLMAN’S FISH & CHIPS

Open since 1946, Willman’s serves fish that’s lightly-bat­tered greasy per­fec­tion with tasty fries to boot. Not in the mood for a seafood plat­ter? You’d be sur­prised at what else is on this on menu, an en­tire page of piz­zas, for in­stance. Willman’s has been do­ing it right since the ’40s, stop by and find out how.

PG’S CAFE & GRILL

Since 1991 PG’S has served up home-cooked flavour. Find daily deals, Le­banese lunches, break­fast and friendly ser­vice here. 1266 Hol­lis Street, 902-429-8806

RESOLUTES CLUB

In­cor­po­rated since 1901, this is the old­est pri­vate club in the whole dang prov­ince, it has more ex­pe­ri­ence in the bar scene than even your granny. While you’re here, dine on some re­li­able pub fare, see some rock­ing live mu­sic and knock back a pint or two. 5461 Inglis Street, 902-492-8140

ROUSSEAU CHOCO­LATIER

France-born choco­latier Julien Rousseau-du­marcet and his part­ner Nathalie Morin are purveyors of hand­made choco­lates, gourmet brown­ies, mac­arons and a crazy good hot choco­late. With this brand­new lo­ca­tion and are ex­pand­ing on their sweet of­fer­ings. 5151 South Street, 902-802-6463

ROY’S COCK­TAIL LOUNGE

Be­fore his re­cent re­tire­ment,roy Clorey had been mix­ing mar­ti­nis at this cock­tail lounge for over 50 years—so long they named the bar af­ter him. In an age where ar­ti­sanal cock­tails rule menus, do your­self a favour and have some­thing straightup (like Clorey) when you’re at Roy’s. 1181 Hol­lis Street, 902-421-1000

RUGOVA’S PIZZA

Whether you’re look­ing for a full pie, and a quick and cheesy slice, this spot’s got your crav­ings cov­ered. 1148 Bar­ringto Street, 902-405-8888

SHI­RAZ

You might walk by Shi­raz without notic­ing it, so it’s good the own­ers painted the restau­rant a vi­brant lime and yel­low to catch your eye. Fa­mous by word-of-mouth for their cheap and de­li­cious Per­sian cui­sine. 1240 Hol­lis Street, 902-404-3300

THE SUB­MA­RINE

Of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of Le­banese dishes to go along with the name­sake subs. 5384 Inglis Street, 902-423-7618

TART & SOUL CAFE

A punny lit­tle cafe, Tart & Soul brings to­gether two baker BFFS for cre­ative sweets, hot drinks and a warm-hug of an at­mos­phere.

TOGO

This pop­u­lar deli counter brings re­li­ably fresh and tasty sand­wiches, soups and sal­ads to cam­pus for stu­dents and south-en­ders alike. Dal­housie SUB, 6136 Uni­ver­sity Av­enue, 902-431-4646

TRI­DENT BOOK­SELL­ERS & CAFE

Scents of used books and freshly roasted cof­fee meet in the mid­dle at Tri­dent, a re­main­dered book seller since 1992. This long­time down­town fixture spe­cial­izes in on-site gourmet roast­ing, loose teas and sweet treats, too. 1256 Hol­lis Street, 902-423-7100

UN­COM­MON GROUNDS

The flag­ship lo­ca­tion of the cafe group, this cof­fee spot of­fers up am­ple study space, fresh-made snack op­tions and out­door seats. 1030 South Park Street, 902-404-3124

WON­DER­FUL BAO BAO

An au­then­ti­cally de­li­cious menu fo­cus­ing on many (won­der­ful) bao op­tions, as well as soups, Chi­nese ham­burg­ers and other pot­stick­ers.

YUK YUK’S

Yuk it up at this com­edy club known for putting both lo­cal and trav­el­ling tal­ent in front of the mic. Check out its sum­mer pa­tio for open air laughs. 1181 Hol­lis Street, 902-429-9857

hos­pitable ser­vice and plates. 810 Bed­ford High­way

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 Restau­rant was es­tab­lished in 1976. The restau­rants of­fer a va­ri­ety of dishes both Cana­dian-chi­nese and au­then­tic. 1475 Canada Trust Court, 902-832-2226, Mill Cove Plaza, 961 Bed­ford High­way, 902-832-8882 829 Sackville Drive, 902-865-2226

MEZZA LE­BANESE KITCHEN

The shawarma gods are smil­ing on you, Sackville. Yet an­other lo­ca­tion of the Mezza fam­ily brings the well-loved donairs, falafel, Le­banese sides and its leg­endary chicken shawarma to the ‘hood. 752 Sackville Drive

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 1595 Bed­ford High­way

MILLSTONE PUB­LIC HOUSE

A sec­ond lo­ca­tion of the lo­cal pub­lic house brings beer, pub food and an en­er­getic, fam­ily friendly at­mos­phere to Bed­ford. 50 Gary Martin Drive, 902-461-8053

M&J’S EATERY

Home­cooked, fair-priced com­fort food in­spired by Ja­maican, Asian and Ital­ian cui­sine. M&J’S of­fers a com­fort­able at­mos­phere, cater­ing and ve­gan op­tions. 813 Bed­ford High­way

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 pani­nis. 540 South­gate Drive, 902-832-7070

THE NOOK ESPRESSO BAR & LOUNGE

Got­tin­gen Street’s cafe, hang­out and mu­sic/art venue gets a sib­ling on the Bed­ford High­way. The for­mer Jump­ing Bean serves up a sim­i­lar menu, beau­ti­ful caffien­ated drinks and boozy stuff too. 936 Bed­ford High­way, 902-444-9889

PA­TRONS 902 MOD­ERN FOOD FU­SION

Take a swing at a pre­mium gold course with Pa­trons PGA sim­u­la­tors, or a les­son from a sea­soned in­struc­tor. Re­hy­drate af­ter your round with cold cock­tails and beers, wash­ing down Asian-in­spired fu­sion menu.

PETE’S FROOTIQUE AND FINE FOODS

This lo­ca­tion of the in­ter­na­tional gro­cer re­flects the am­biance of Vic­to­ria mar­ket, a re­minder of Pete Luck­ett’s home­town Not­ting­ham. Get fresh pro­duce and dry goods from around the world here. Sun­ny­side Mall, 1595 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-4997

RAFFI’S KITCHEN

A Mediter­ranean restau­rant and caterer, Raffi’s brings big flavour to Sack­ve­gas, serv­ing var­i­ous wraps (shawarma! falafel! sou­vlaki!) and weekly spe­cials. 601 Sackville Drive, 902-252-1825

RESTO UR­BAN DIN­ING

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, 902-832-1088

RIVER­SIDE PUB & EATERY

With daily food spe­cials, kids eats and happy hour, this lo­cal spot can take care of your party (what­ever it may be) any time of the day. 1552 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-1648

ST. LOUIS BAR & GRILL

Wings, beers, sports and live mu­sic, this neigh­bour­hood bar and grill brings a lit­tle more life to Sackville.

SUN­NY­SIDE RESTAU­RANT & SUN­NY­SIDE TOO

Af­ter over 70 years in the food biz it’s no won­der the Sun­ny­side has the fam­ily restau­rant down to a science. The Bed­ford leg­end serves ev­ery­thing from steak to sand­wiches to burg­ers to an in­sane amount of break­fast food. 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

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 IVORY CUI­SINE

This pop­u­lar, fam­ily-run restau­rant de­liv­ers a menu of tra­di­tional Thai del­i­ca­cies, in­clud­ing spicy cur­ries and loads of noo­dle dishes. 1067 Bed­ford High­way, 902-431-8424

TOM’S FAM­ILY RESTAU­RANT

The roomy, 180-seat fam­ily owned-and-op­er­ated eatery has a pa­rade of ad­mir­ers, all of them fans of home-style food. The menu of­fers au­then­tic home­style del­i­ca­cies of the Greek va­ri­ety and a ro­bust Cana­dian se­lec­tion as well. 585 Sackville Drive, 902-252-8667

TRUE NORTH DINER

Retro-fit­ted as a ’50s diner, servers dressed for a sock-hop de­liver juicy burg­ers, thick shakes and mile-high co­conut cream pie. 1658 Bed­ford High­way, 902-832-1950

TUR­TLE BACK TAP AND GRILL

An ode to the an­i­mal that car­ries its home on its back, the Dart­mouth pub aims to be a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing spot, pour­ing up cold beers and serv­ing clas­sic pub eats over­look­ing Lake Thomas. 3187 High­way 2, 902-860-3610

VER­NON’S THUNDERBIRD

There’s some se­ri­ous Grease-y vibes to this Ham­monds Plains drive thru and eat in joint. En­joy burg­ers, pasta, seafood and steaks and a friendly, com­mu­nity at­mos­phere here. This spot’s per­fect for golden oldies and mak­ing new friends. 2094 Ham­monds Plains Road, 902-832-9999

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

This tra­di­tional Chi­nese spot of­fers up beef, chicken and veg­gie va­ri­eties of dumplings, noo­dles and rice. 811 Bed­ford High­way, 902-835-3366

BIRDIE’S BREAD CO.

You may rec­og­nize the fresh-baked smell of Jess Best’s baked goods from her Alderney Land­ing Farm­ers’ Mar­ket stall, or The Can­teen’s sand­wiches. Now, the sour dough queen bakes up a storm from this Wood­side spot. 380 Pleas­ant Street, 902-222-8911

BOONDOCKS RESTAU­RANT

Boondocks serves up pretty much ev­ery kind of fishy dish your lit­tle heart could de­sire, and more. With a water­front pa­tio that boasts a 180 de­gree vista, far away from the Hal­i­fax/dart­mouth sky­line, you’d be hard pressed to find a bet­ter spot to en­joy all the ocean has to of­fer. 6 Gov­ern­ment Wharf Road, 902-465-3474

BRIGHTWOOD BREW­ERY

Shar­ing a space with Lake City Cider’s sweet­ies, Brightwood takes its op­er­a­tion from an Alderney Farm­ers’ Mar­ket ven­dor to a down­town Dart­mouth fixture. Open­ing sum­mer 2018. 35 Port­land Street, Dart­mouth

BRI­TISH BULLDOG GASTROPUB

Clad with Union Jacks, and por­traits of roy­als, is the Bri­tish Bulldog—a gas­tro pub of­fer­ing up­scale fare and UK clas­sics (Scotch eggs, any­one?). 920 Cole Har­bour Road, 902-435-5148

CAFE 98

Caro­line and Fouad Jar­mash’s an­swer to the for­mer Our Thyme Cafe is a homey, healthy break­fast and lunch spot that fo­cuses on sal­ads, soups, sand­wiches and wraps, along with hot drink and hot lunch, op­tions. 98 Port­land Street, 902-444-9898

CAFE GOOD LUCK

A culinary pow­ered cafe from the folks be­hind Man­ual Food & Drink Co. and the Dairy Bar, Cafe Good Luck serves all-day brunch, pas­tries and even­ing bar snacks, with badass cof­fee op­tions and beer and wine, too. Open­ing sum­mer 2018. 145 Port­land Street

THE CAN­TEEN

Af­ter nearly three years serv­ing sal­ads and sand­wiches from a lunch counter above TIBS, Renée Laval­lée’s The Can­teen blos­somed into a 55-seater space on Port­land Street, ex­pand­ing its menu to in­clude brunch, din­ner and booze. She calls the fam­ily-run spot “homey east coast-ish” and aims to make it com­fort­able for any diner. 22 Port­land Street, 902-425-9272

CELTIC COR­NER PUB­LIC HOUSE

A wee piece of the Emer­ald Isle landed in down­town Dart­mouth with the open­ing of Celtic Cor­ner. This pleas­ant neigh­bour­hood spot, with a great har­bourview rooftop pa­tio, honours its roots with live Ir­ish mu­sic and Guin­ness on tap. Look for a se­lec­tion of meat pies on the menu and a straight-up Gal­way fry for brunch. 69 Alderney Drive, 902-464-0764

CHA BAA THAI RESTAU­RANT

Nestled among the shops and of­fices of 100 Il­s­ley Av­enue, the Cha Baa Thai Restau­rant is an es­pe­cially de­li­cious Thai ex­pe­ri­ence with lunch go­ers rav­ing about the clean­li­ness and speed.

CHECK­ERS LOUNGE

A fam­ily restau­rant good for break­fast, lunch and din­ner as well as drinks at the bar. They of­fer take-out and cater­ing, and out­door seat­ing in the sum­mer.

CHEESE CURDS GOURMET BURG­ERS + POUTINERIE AND HABANEROS MOD­ERN TACO BAR

The sec­ond lo­ca­tions of both of Bill Pratt’s fresh-fo­cussed eater­ies share a space: On one side, cre­ative gourmet burg­ers, made with lo­cal meats and dressed with fresh and house-made top­pings on the other, Mex­i­can food with a twist. 600 Wind­mill Road

CORA CHEESE CURDS GOURMET BURG­ERS + POUTINERIE

This was the first de­clared gourmet burger joint in the HRM. Opened by for­mer Royal Cana­dian Navy chef Bill Pratt, it of­fers, as the name says, high-end burg­ers and pou­tine. The se­lec­tion of gourmet burger top­pings is sprawl­ing. 380 Pleas­ant Street, 902-444-3446

Yet an­other lo­ca­tion of Mon­treal’s break­fast queen, Cora, where plates piled high with fruit, thick and rich smooth­ies, a se­ri­ous se­lec­tion of crepes and re­li­able eggs benny only scratch the sur­face of this mas­sive mid-day menu.

DAVE DOOLITTLE’S TAP­ROOM & GRILL

The per­fect pub for the hard­core sports nut, Dave’s car­ries all the big games on tele­vi­sions scat­tered through­out the bar for your view­ing plea­sure. If you’re a player, there are pool ta­bles, dart boards and a shuf­fle board.

DE­LEC­TA­BLE DESSERTS INC.

Head here for gourmet desserts made with love for in­di­vid­ual din­ers, for catered events and whole­sale buy­ers. De­lec­ta­ble del­i­ca­cies in­clude cheese­cake, mousse and truf­fle cakes and more. 50 Eileen Stubbs Av­enue, 902-468-2700

DI­VINE DISHES

Af­ter over seven years in the cater­ing biz, Nora Lind­ner is ex­pand­ing into take-away ter­ri­tory. Tak­ing over the space next to her com­mer­cial kitchen, the new grab-and-go spot serves up to-go gourmet pizza, and daily-chang­ing hot meals and loads of sal­ads op­tions. 252 Waver­ley Road

ELA! GREEK TAVERNA

This sec­ond lo­ca­tion of Ela! of­fers up a mel­low Mediter­ranean-in­spired at­mos­phere and au­then­tic cui­sine to match. The Greek gods would ap­prove. Dart­mouth Cross­ing, 150 Hec­tor Gate, 902-481-7999

EVAN’S FRESH SEAFOODS & RESTAU­RANT

Reel­ing in fans from Alderney Land­ing since 2011, Evan’s sells a solid menu of fish and chips, scal­lops, clams, fish burg­ers, seafood chowder, lob­ster pou­tine and lob­ster sand­wiches. 2 Ochter­loney Street, 902-466-2118

FAN’S CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

Don’t wait for Fan’s leg­endary Chi­nese New Year feast to visit this Dart­mouth icon. Whether it’s the Year of the Rooster or the Year of the Rat, Fan’s is busy serv­ing fans of their au­then­tic north­ern Chi­nese dishes. From dim sum to sweet and sour chicken, Fan’s uses fresh in­gre­di­ents to main­tain au­then­tic flavours. 451 Wind­mill Road, 902-469-9165

FINBAR’S IR­ISH PUB

Two of an awe­some thing is al­ways bet­ter than one. That’s why Bed­ford’s most pop­u­lar pub has du­pli­cated in Port­land Hills, bring­ing Ir­ish cheer, tasty eats and beers, beers, beers to Dart­mouth. 635 Port­land Hills Drive

FONG’S RESTAU­RANT

Fong’s Restau­rant is a fam­ily started busi­ness in Cole Har­bour that’s been run­ning since 1978. The restau­rant spe­cial­izes in Chi­nese food with a Cana­dian flare and has a ban­quet hall that can seat up to 50 peo­ple. 1241 Cole Har­bour Road, 902-435-3225

GENJI SUSHI

Look­ing for a dose of all-you-can-eat glut­tony? Genji’s sprawl­ing menu of seafood and veg­gie sushi and other Ja­panese dishes can help you achieve what­ever level of full­ness you’re look­ing for. 184 Wyse Road, 902-405-5550

their own thing just up the road. Pleas­ant St. Diner is noth­ing short of a pleas­ant ad­di­tion to the strip, of­fer­ing up favourites—like smoked meat sand­wiches, burg­ers, fish and chips and home­style hot meals. 205 Pleas­ant Street

PORT­LAND STREET CREPERIE

A fam­ily-run crepe shop flip­ping up sweet and savoury cre­ations that high­light lo­cal flavours and take it easy on your wal­let. Sum­mer 2018 brings bub­ble waf­fles and ice cream to the mix. 55 Port­land Street, 902-466-7686

PRO­PEL­LER BREW­ING COM­PANY

When you cup run­neth over, you open a sec­ond lo­ca­tion. Pro­pel­ler does a great deal of its brew­ing out of this lo­ca­tion and oper­ates as a Dart­mouth Prop Shop—get your six packs and growlers here! 617 Wind­mill Road

RAY’S LE­BANESE CUI­SINE

Pos­si­bly the best falafel in the city hides at Ray’s in Burn­side. Munch on fan­tas­tic combo plates, veg­e­tar­ian dishes, chicken and beef pitas, rice and more. Top it all off with a home­made piece of baklava and you’ve got your­self an af­ford­able meal. 75 Ak­er­ley Boule­vard, 902-492-0233

REVANA PIZZA

Made from scratch pizza that’s been rep­ping down­town Dart­mouth for over 30 years. Fam­ily recipes make these pies ex­tremely de­lec­ta­ble, but you can also get gar­lic fin­gers, oven subs, donairs, lasagne and sal­ads. 29 Port­land Street, 902-461-0000

ROBERT’S PIZZA AND DON­AIR

An itty-bitty pizza joint that serves a se­lec­tion of pies and slices and other quick and tempt­ing dishes like pou­tine, donairs, sand­wiches and more. 364 Wind­mill Road, 902-463-8444

SAM’S SEAFOOD AND GRILL

A lo­cal chain of fam­ily seafood restos of­fer­ing a friendly en­vi­ron­ment to en­joy fish dishes in­clud­ing jumbo fish and chips, grilled had­dock, fresh clams as well as baby-back ribs, steaks and spaghetti. Dart­mouth Cross­ing, 57 Gale Ter­race, 902-481-3335 and 10 Gor­don Av­enue, 902-462-7267

SCHNITZEL BISTRO

A lit­tle li­cenced Ger­man bistro serv­ing up clas­sics from its home­land— spaet­zel, bratwurst, sauer­kraut and like the name says, schnitzel. 65 King Street

SEAMUS DAVID’S PUB

Get a wee taste of Ire­land in Dart­mouth Cross­ing at this lively pub that’s steeped in Celtic spirit. Stomp your way through live mu­sic while sip­ping on pints and chow­ing down on seafood and tra­di­tional pub grub. Dart­mouth Cross­ing, 21 Lo­gieal­mond Close, 902-462-2034

SEVENTY3 CANA­DIAN FU­SION

The for­mer La Perla space gets new as Seventy3—a 40-seater Cana­dian fu­sion resto of­fer­ing up­scale-ca­sual eats and drinks. Owned by the same folks who run its next-door neigh­bour Celtic Cor­ner, this new spot serves lunch, din­ner and a sweet pa­tio. 73 Alderney Drive, 902-405-7323

SHIP VIC­TORY RESTAU­RANT & LOUNGE

One step into this nau­ti­cally-themed restau­rant and bar and you’ll feel like you’re em­bark­ing on some kind of ad­ven­ture on the high seas with your mateys. But the food’s in ship shape, too (try the fish and chips)—cook­ing up home­style eats since 1975, Ship Vic­tory’s a Dart­mouth food and bev­er­age in­sti­tu­tion. 400 Wind­mill Road, 902-463-7496

SMOKEY’S RESTAU­RANT

You can find one of the best break­fast deals in town at the fast and friendly Smokey’s in Dart­mouth, a fam­ily-run busi­ness serv­ing the peo­ple of Burn­side for nearly three decades. The pop­u­lar Hun­gry Man Spe­cial–with three eggs, two ba­con, two sausage, a slice of ham and bologna, toast, home fries, cof­fee and tea–is only $6.99.

SOUPER DUPER SOUP

Great bowls of fire! Souper Duper is all about the liq­uid lunches, the cater­ing, lunch de­liv­ery and take out busi­ness serves up pip­ing hot bowls like don­air soup, chicken en­chi­lada soup and roasted red pep­per corn chowder plus sand­wiches, sweets and sides. 156 Oc­ther­loney Street, 902-222-5055

SPINDRIFT BREW­ING CO.

Spindrift has got some se­ri­ous east coast flare. Its sig­na­ture brew, Coastal Lager, is a Ger­man-style fes­t­bier, that merges malts and hops us­ing a tra­di­tional lager process. Stop in to the brew­ery to fill your growler, or to stock up on cans for a week­end trip to the beach. 21 Frazee Av­enue

ST. LOUIS BAR & GRILL

Pints of the cold stuff, burg­ers, ribs and pounds upon pounds of chicken wings make St. Louis Bar & Grill ap­peal­ing to sports fans and South­ern cui­sine lovers alike. 547 Port­land Street, 902-466-6112

STAGGERS PUB & GRUB

A feel-good neigh­bour­hood hang­out, with reg­u­lar live mu­sic, $7 lunch spe­cials, game nights, wing night (Thurs­days) and karaoke (Mon­days) too. 26 Port­land Street, 902-406-3661

STEAK AND STEIN, DART­MOUTH

Fam­ily restau­rant with 40 years his­tory that cen­tres on, you guessed it, steaks and beers, It also makes a mean blooming onion and a va­ri­ety of seafood and pasta dishes. 620 Port­land Street, 902-434-8814

STONE PIZZA

Stone Pizza is all about cus­tombuilt gourmet pies. Start with an eight-inch crust and work your way through the se­lec­tion of sauces (in­clud­ing olive oil and gar­lic), cheeses (feta!), meat (Hun­gar­ian salami, you say?) and veg­eta­bles to cre­ate a new ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery time. 79 Alderney Drive, (902) 444-2660

SUNWICH CAFE

A place to visit for your Dart­mouth Cross­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner, of­fer­ing tea, cof­fee, sand­wiches, soups and sal­ads, all made fresh in front of you. Ask for sand­wiches with the Spe­cial Sauce and the Sunny Bread. Dart­mouth Cross­ing, 135 Mc­clure Close, 902-468-0491

SUSHI NAMI ROYALE

The third lo­ca­tion of the pop­u­lar sushi spot serves up the same su­per-fresh sashimi, maki, sushi pizza and Ja­panese dishes, but it’s con­ve­niently lo­cated in Dart­mouth Cross­ing for mid-shop­ping feed­ing times. Dart­mouth Cross­ing, 146 Hec­tor Gate, 902-422-9020

TALAY THAI

The Cole Har­bour lo­ca­tion of the award-win­ning, fam­ily-run, au­then­tic Thai restau­rant that’s been pleas­ing cus­tomers for years down on Bar­ring­ton Street. 984 Cole Har­bour Road, 902-462-1600

THIRSTY TUR­TLE BAR & GRILL

This new ad­di­tion to the area of­fers a tra­di­tional pub slate—burg­ers, na­chos, pou­tine, fish, potato skins— plus week­end brunch. All this and live mu­sic! 245 Waver­ley Road, 902-434-3559

TRENDZ CAFE AND WINE BAR

A stylish restau­rant in the heart of Burn­side, of­fer­ing the best of Nova Sco­tia-caught seafood, lo­cal honey, maple syrup, berries and cheeses to com­pli­ment dishes of or­gan­i­cally raised An­gus beef, bi­son ten­der­loin and free-range chicken. 15 Spec­ta­cle Lake Drive, 902-446-3782

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