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Olg May 10, 2011 06:14 PM

Hello,

I am visiting Halifax for 4 days in July from Montreal. It is my first time going to the East Coast and I am so excited!

Trying to figure out where to stay, what to do, and of course what to eat!

I am on somewhat of a tight budget, but am also willing to splurge a little for something great. I like all kinds of food, especially hole-in-the walls that only locals know about.

I guess I should also try some fabulous seafood while there.

Any suggestions please? Likely staying in Dartmouth (near Ferry to Halifax) but may have a vehicle.

Thanks!

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    LJS May 13, 2011 01:33 PM

    My list includes the following (Listed in order of fancy/pricey down to bargains and oddball stuff)

    The Bicycle Thief-Italian, superb
    Fid-locavore, excellent, imaginative
    Morris East-really good pizza, creative desserts
    The Henry House-decent pub grub, classier upstairs and more expensive too
    Chickenburger (Bedford)-yep, says it all-you need a car for this
    The Esquire-really old-fashioned, family style resto for all kinds of fish-fried, also in Bedford
    Pete's Fruitique (Dresden Row)-eat-in for take out for picnic, great value, really good soups, etc
    Bud the Spud-fry truck, outside Library on Spring Garden

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      Olg May 13, 2011 01:47 PM

      Thanks for the response! Will look into those

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        MB. May 26, 2011 10:56 AM

        Bud the Spud is sadly no more.

        If you're in Dartmouth, I suggest Two if By Sea for coffee/croissants. John's Lunch is also in Dartmouth, and is a pretty fantastic diner, but it's a bit out of the way. Worth the trip for the haddock tips, though, even though the fries aren't great.

        The Westcliffe in Halifax is a sort of legendary "hidden gem." Diner fare, super cheap. It's a good Jughead Jones kind of experience: the burgers and shakes are good. Johnny's Snack Bar and Cosy's are some other diner options.

        Jane's on the Common and The Coastal Cafe are great brunch spots, but a little pricier than your average bacon and eggs. Mary's on Agricola or Spring Garden are ok, cheap greasy breakfasts.

        For splurges, I would suggest Fid, Chives or Brooklyn Warehouse if you are looking for local fare done exceptionally well. I also really like Seasons at the Atlantica Hotel. They have a great burger, and really nicely composed dishes. Five Fishermen is a good bet if you're looking for local seafood. There is a more relaxed Grill downstairs in addition to the expensive upstairs joint. You could also hit up Willman's or The Battered Fish (on the waterfront in Halifax) for fish & chips.

        Morris East has great pizza, and incredible cocktails. There is also a nice wine bar, Obladee, on Barrington Street.

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        Morris East
        5212 Morris St, Halifax, NS B3J, CA

        Brooklyn Warehouse
        2795 Windsor St, Halifax, NS B3K, CA

        The Five Fishermen
        1740 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2B6, CA

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          Olg May 26, 2011 11:16 AM

          Thanks! Will definitely look into all of these.

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            Greg B May 26, 2011 02:55 PM

            I will second the reco for Obladee. Plus they have neat local cheese and charcuterie plates on offer in addition to a great selection of wine.

            I would also suggest Il Mercato on Spring Garden Rd for some tasty Italian bistro-style food. Also the Hart & Thistle brewpub on the Halifax waterfront has stepped up their food offering of late plus has some interesting in-house beers that tend to be on the extreme side, if you're into that.

            I can't really argue with any of the other mentions here except for the Esquire. You can go there for the retro experience (it's like going back in time to the '60s) but the food is nothing special.

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              Olg May 26, 2011 03:09 PM

              Thanks for the response. Reading about all these places is making me so hungry. I can't wait to go to Halifax!

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              CanadaGirl May 28, 2011 10:54 AM

              The Grill at Cut has fantastic burgers. If you go, be aware that one side is enough for two to share. My husband and I ordered two and left oodles of food behind.

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                Olg May 28, 2011 11:38 AM

                Sounds yummy, thanks

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                CanadaGirl Jun 2, 2011 03:46 PM

                Actually, Bud the Spud is back. Saw the truck in front o the library on Spring Garden Road this aft.

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                  MB. Jun 2, 2011 04:03 PM

                  That's great news!

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                  prima Jun 29, 2011 09:51 PM

                  If I was mostly looking for lighter/healthier mains and/or salads, which would you recommend the most- Fid, Chives, Brooklyn Warehouse, Seasons or The Five Fisherman?

                  What other restaurants should I consider if I'm looking for a good/interesting/special salad in Halifax?

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                  Fid
                  1569 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS B3J, CA

                  Brooklyn Warehouse
                  2795 Windsor St, Halifax, NS B3K, CA

                  The Five Fishermen
                  1740 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2B6, CA

                  Chives
                  1537 Barrington St, Halifax, NS , CA

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                    CanadaGirl Jul 1, 2011 06:19 AM

                    If you want a good, simple salad check out Pete's Frootique on Dresden Row or Pete's ToGoGo on Hollis St. The salad is made as you order and is as interesting (or not) as you specify. It won't knock your socks off, but I find them really big and have never finished a small; would be enough to share I think.

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                      prima Jul 1, 2011 08:05 AM

                      Thank you! Some neat recipes on his website, too!

                      http://www.petesfrootique.com/

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                      ingress Jul 6, 2011 10:20 AM

                      Go visit the Tarek's on Robie St.
                      great Mediterranean and well priced especially if you like garlic

                      very fresh and quite light and healthy

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                        prima Jul 6, 2011 11:10 AM

                        I love Mediterranean foods, and garlic. Thanks for the rec.

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                          CanadaGirl Jul 6, 2011 11:43 AM

                          Then you should know there is also a Tarek's in Spring Garden Place and a new one that just opened in Bedford on the Bedford Hwy near Spring Street

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                            ingress Jul 6, 2011 11:54 AM

                            the other 2 are good but Robie is the best

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                              prima Aug 4, 2011 11:57 AM

                              thanks CanadaGirl & ingress!

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                        prima Aug 11, 2011 10:41 AM

                        CanadaGirl & ingress, I was thinking about visiting the Halifax Farmer's Market when I visit Halifax.

                        http://halifaxfarmersmarket.com/

                        Which vendors or products do you recommend the most?

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                          ingress Aug 11, 2011 11:12 AM

                          Go on a Saturday morning to get the full effect

                          People line up for Boulangerie La Vendeennehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Boulangerie-La-Vend%C3%A9enne/120648734672702?sk=info to get the Sourdough especially but the croissants are good as well. For Bread I prefer Juliens http://www.juliens.ca/
                          THe %^#$^ Dutchman make fantastic gouda and the Dragon's Breath Blue cheese is fantastichttp://www.thatdutchmansfarm.com/
                          Gourmanise Ave. has French Pastry Cakes Chocolate http://www.gourmandisesavenue.com/en/...
                          Sweet Williams has great Sausage Rolls and they have cooked sausage on a bun which is great as well (their Pepperoni and other coldcuts are fantastic)
                          Cheelin for Chinese but the stand at the old market on water street always tastes better
                          Biscuit Lips also has some yummy asian fare
                          There is a stand that sells Cornish Pies which are buttery delicious
                          The Gluten free Granola from Schoolhouse bakery is good as well

                          I was assuming you wanted food that was ready to go

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                            prima Aug 11, 2011 11:32 AM

                            Thanks, ingress. What a great list.

                            Yep, mostly interested in food that's ready-to-go, or food to take home to ON, that will keep at room temperature.

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                            CanadaGirl Aug 11, 2011 11:33 AM

                            I agree with Ingress but will add the Fenugreek Gouda from Fox Hill, which is beside La Vendeene. I'm not sure if the Dragons breath or Gouda would be better on that baguette that's been recommended. You'll have to try both ;)

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                              prima Aug 11, 2011 11:36 AM

                              Thanks, CanadaGirl.

                              I actually have a good source for Dragon's Breath in Ontario. Will definitely try the Fenugreek Gouda!

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                                HFXFoodie May 7, 2012 06:51 AM

                                Hi Prima,

                                Where do you buy Dragon's Breath in Ontario? I haven't checked to see if I can buy it in Montreal where I am moving to in a few months but I am your Ontario locations are Ottawa or Toronto,

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                                prima Aug 17, 2011 02:15 PM

                                Thanks for all your suggestions, ingress & CanadaGirl. Here's the link to my trip report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802308

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                      Olg Jun 8, 2011 07:19 PM

                      What are people's thoughts on Mezza? I bought a voucher for it from a group buying site. It seems yummy, but am I wrong in thinking it is overpriced? Maybe I am just used to cheaper Middle Eastern placed in Mtl, but a 3-kebab dinner for 2 for $60 -- eek!

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                        CanadaGirl Jun 9, 2011 06:21 PM

                        I've not been, but I've heard good things. It isn't super casual. So you're paying for atmosphere. If you want cheaper Middle Eastern while you're here, I suggest Tarek's. Yummy.

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                          Olg Jun 9, 2011 06:34 PM

                          Hi CanadaGirl,

                          Thanks for your response. Will check it out!

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                          Live_to_eat Jul 11, 2011 11:17 AM

                          I had dinner at Mezza on Friday evening. I had lamb kofta and my wife had shrimp kebab. Entrees are in the $25 range. With one beer and a tip our meal came to $75. However, it was very good. I noticed that an extra kebab is in the $11 range and can see how the three kebab dinner would get to $60.

                          If you like Mediterranean food, you might consider the Athens. It's also on Quinpool Road but much less expensive and very casual. Their panfried haddock dinner is exquisite.

                          If you think these prices are high, do not consider Japanese food in Halifax.

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                            Olg Jul 11, 2011 11:36 AM

                            Thanks for the reply. I just checked out Athens' website and the menu is extensive. I love Greek food so looking forward to it.

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                              ingress Jul 11, 2011 11:46 AM

                              I find Athens to be perfectly adequate and safe nothing more nothing less, a great place to take Nan out to dinner when she is feeling adventurous.

                              Though at Athens you will never have a bad meal you just won't have a meal that makes you think again later, Damn that was a great meal

                              The best Greek is across the street and up a block from Athens @ It's All Greek to Me

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                                Olg Jul 11, 2011 11:54 AM

                                If you check out TeamBuy Halifax today there is a group buying voucher for It's All Greek to Me ($17 for $35 worth of food)

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                                  ingress Jul 11, 2011 11:59 AM

                                  Thanks Already Bought it :)
                                  but it is take out only

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                                  Live_to_eat Jul 11, 2011 11:58 AM

                                  I agree, It's All Greek to Me is better but meal prices there are closer to those at Mezza and the seating is jammed.

                                  Say hi to Nan.

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                              CanadaGirl Aug 10, 2011 04:05 PM

                              Olg, where did you end up eating? What did you think?

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                                Olg Jan 26, 2012 05:52 PM

                                I completely forgot to report back about Halifax and it was so long ago I can't remember! I had an amazing time though and Halifax is such a friendly city. I ate a lot of Fish and Chips, mmm.

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                                  CanadaGirl Jan 26, 2012 05:56 PM

                                  I guess you'll have to come back and see if you can retrace your steps ;)

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                                    Olg Jan 26, 2012 06:10 PM

                                    Hehe :) OK, I read a few of the posts and some of it is coming back to me. I went to The Economy Shoe Shop (fun place!), It's All Greek to Me, Tarek's, and Mezza. I can't remember the other ones but we were happy! It's a little late, but thanks again everyone :)

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                                sandymctyre Sep 19, 2011 04:49 PM

                                Thanks for the rec's everyone. I am in Halifax on business for a few days, and decided to check this out. Unfortunately, the Westcliffe closes at 6...so not able to have dinner there. Checked out Five Fisherman, but ended up at "the Shoe" Economy Shoe Shop. Bouillabase was awesome, little too much lemon on the veg, but the pan seared haddock was good also.
                                Maybe will try the Westcliffe tomorrow!
                                Thanks,

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                                  burge Jul 3, 2012 02:58 PM

                                  Wharf wraps Eastern passage for seafood fish n chips or clams and have to have a donair Roberts is the best in the city

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                                    HalifaxRetales Jul 4, 2012 03:31 AM

                                    burge you have Quantity confused with quality

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                                      CanadaGirl Jul 4, 2012 04:44 AM

                                      Agreed

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                                        burge Jul 4, 2012 05:55 AM

                                        I don't think you understand Quality but with that being said the last Roberts donair I have had from their was 2 or 3 years ago from the new location when he was under the bridge it was the best. Wharf wraps won the best fish award and just had them 2 days ago Unless you are representing a restaurant Had spohies pizza at the passage idonairs sucked Alexandras is good too but my Step Mom says her daughter loves pizza town

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