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Breakfast and lunch ideas for Halifax needed.

Countygal Feb 27, 2013 12:54 PM

We've got 3 days/ nights booked in Halifax and while I think I have dinners taken care of, I'm looking for ideas for great breakfast and lunch spots. We love all cuisines, quirky bistros are great and fish/seafood is a favourite- my husband is always on the look out for the"best chowder". All suggestions gratefully received!

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    foodwhisperer Feb 27, 2013 01:03 PM

    Janes on the Commons, has the best breakfast/brunch in Halifax. It's small so call up in advance. It's awesome. Get some of their smoked salmon , amazing stuff.

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      quof Feb 27, 2013 01:29 PM

      Janes closed a couple of months ago. Try the Ardmore Tea Room or the Armview Restaurant.

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        foodwhisperer Mar 1, 2013 05:02 PM

        Too bad Janes closed, great place. I hope Press Gang didn't close , they have these BlackPearl oysters, the best oysters I've ever had.

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          CanadaGirl Mar 2, 2013 06:15 PM

          Janes didn't go under; there were lease issues and Jane decided to retire :(

          AFAIK, the Press Gang is still open.

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          LJS Mar 8, 2013 03:30 PM

          The Ardmore Tea Room is not what is once was... the restaurant in The Atlantica is quite good for breakfast and in the same area of town.

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          CanadaGirl Feb 27, 2013 01:50 PM

          Where are you staying? Will you have a car?

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            Countygal Feb 27, 2013 01:53 PM

            We're staying at The Lord Nelson Hotel and yes, we do have a car.

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            quof Feb 27, 2013 02:25 PM

            Not a breakfast spot, but you must go the Smiling Goat right next door to the Lord Nelson. Hands down the best coffee in Halifax.

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              CanadaGirl Feb 27, 2013 05:16 PM


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              CanadaGirl Feb 27, 2013 05:27 PM

              I like The Coastal (http://www.thecoastal.ca/) for breakfast. It's about a 7 minute drive from The Lord Nelson. I also like Human-I-T Café (http://humanitcafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Menu.pdf) for breakfast. They are about a 1 minute walk from The Lord Nelson.

              If you are near your hotel for lunch, there is a great Mexican spot, Cantina Mexicana (http://www.cantinamexicana.ca/) very near the hotel. It is actually two doors down from the already recommended Smiling Goat.

              1. Kittycatpizza Mar 6, 2013 05:01 AM

                Good Food Emporium on Windsor street is a quirky laid back cafe in the North end - if you don't mind driving too it. Best fish cakes in the city, home made bread and great coffee!

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                  HalifaxRetales Mar 6, 2013 04:31 PM

                  a 2nd for The Coastal for breakfast

                  Brooklyn Warehouse, Fid, Ciboulette for lunch

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                    nsxtasy Mar 7, 2013 10:56 AM

                    Fid is closing at the end of May. :(

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                      LJS Mar 8, 2013 04:05 PM

                      Brooklyn Warehouse is really good and fits the quirky description if by that you mean unusual locale and use of space and innovative approach to food offerings.

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                      LJS Mar 8, 2013 04:03 PM

                      Morris East is very good for a lunch that makes use of local produce and greens-even their drinks have local herbs as flavour accents. And Piatta is new and full of innovative pizzas with excellent friendly service.

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                        jerkstore Mar 15, 2013 09:16 AM

                        We had a few great lunches at the Henry House pub last time we were in town, would highly recommend the mussels!

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                          HalifaxRetales Mar 15, 2013 09:32 AM

                          I never go there for lunch but should

                          oh yeah I know why I don't go I always feel compelled to drink the Ringwood

                          but at Supper time yum
                          and the Gingerbread is top notch

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