Halifax, Nova Scotia is a great place to be when hunger strikes. From fresh seafood and elevated bistro fare to sweet, spicy late-night indulgences and wine tasting, this exciting harbor city favors the taste buds. Here are five places to try when you’re in town.
Chef Annie Brace-Lavoie’s sophisticated seafood dishes have had mouths watering since Bar Kismet opened on Agricola Street in late 2017. Since then, the small bistro-style restaurant and cocktail bar has won hearts with gently elevated fare such as ahi tartare, striped sea bass and house-made gnocchi.
For an unforgettable meal on the Halifax waterfront, discover the elegance of Little Oak, an intimate restaurant and wine bar, tucked away in Bishop’s Landing. Small and large sharing plates, adventurous cocktails, and an impressive wine-tasting room make Little Oak a first-class gastronomic experience, perfect for a romantic date.
Tucked away in the corner of a popular North End taproom is one of Halifax’s best-kept culinary secrets, Unchained Kitchen, with an affordable menu of bar snacks such as oysters and frites, as well as comfort food like jambalaya, seafood chowder, and chicken and mushroom pie. Watch for the daily special, created completely at the whim of chef Lawry Deneau – and always an exciting surprise. Trade secret: Most of the dishes pair beautifully with Nova Scotia cider, and some even have cider in the recipe.
Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub
Halifax’s entertainment district is Argyle Street – a place to eat, drink, and party until the wee hours. One of the friendliest places to hang your hat is Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub, which also has one of the most reliably delicious menus in town. Chow down on award-winning seafood chowder, and comfort food such as burgers, bangers and mash, or braised lamb shank, served with a side order of live music, and a large helping of Celtic pride.
King of Donair
King of Donair (KOD) on Quinpool Road is lauded as the first restaurant to bring this spicy, meaty sandwich (Halifax’s official food) to Canada in the 1970s. The special thing about a Halifax donair is the sweet sauce – a recipe unlike anywhere else in the world. If Quinpool Road is too far from your downtown hotel, head to the late-night fast food district, ‘Pizza Corner’ on Blowers and Grafton Street, where the donairs, served until the early hours of the morning, are equally sweet and delicious.