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Seafood in Halifax

existential_crisis Dec 20, 2013 10:08 AM

So... I know this may seem like a stupid question, but where exactly is the best seafood in Halifax these days? I have never been wowed by the 5 Fish or McKelvie's - maybe there is a dish I should be trying? I know that Cafe Chianti now has the chef from Trattoria Della Nonna in Lunenburg, which used to make the best halibut I've ever had...

I am a big fan of Evans for fish 'n' chips and such. But where is the best place to go for mussels and scallops? Where is the best lobster roll? Best fish cakes? Best pan fried haddock? Seafood pie? What is the best oyster eating experience?

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    CanadaGirl Dec 20, 2013 12:07 PM

    It's not a silly question, but my immediate reaction is that I don't know, as I almost never order seafood! I tend to eat it at home, unless we go out for fish n chips.

    But, I am interested to see if anyone else has any replies....

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    1. re: CanadaGirl
      existential_crisis Dec 20, 2013 01:57 PM

      This is exactly it. I come from a seafood family and we often eat it at home AND when we go out. But when a tourist asks me where they should go, I'm always hesitant to recommend anything.

      1. re: existential_crisis
        DockPotato Dec 20, 2013 02:02 PM

        Tell me true...

        ...You don't wish to dump on your neighbour.

        Same here in a small resort town in Ontario.

        Also, this is beef, lamb and freshwater fish country and we do those things better at home.

    2. maryannns Mar 1, 2014 12:46 PM

      I mostly eat seafood at home, but I had a fantastic meal at the Press Gang (chef's menu). The scallops were fantastic as was the tiny taste of chowder and they are famous for their oysters.

      1. Kittycatpizza Mar 1, 2014 08:12 PM

        I would be curious to know the best place for mussels

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        1. re: Kittycatpizza
          maryannns Mar 2, 2014 02:55 AM

          It's difficult to ruin mussels. If they are fresh and steamed for a couple minutes they are good.

          1. re: Kittycatpizza
            existential_crisis Mar 6, 2014 03:16 AM

            If you want a variety of styles of mussels, Brussels has a good reputation. Personally, I just like dipping them in butter so as long as they're fresh I'm good.

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