I love to cook, but I also love to eat out. So, my blog really is about both: meals I prepare at home, and dining experiences in the outside world. 🙂
I’ve flipped through the menus of many establishments here in the east coast, but there are many, many more I have yet to experience, and this year, I want to try exploring the places I haven’t yet visited, and sampling dishes I wouldn’t ordinarily order (hey, I’m as guilty as anyone at ordering within a comfort zone).
So, I’ve taken a bit of time to put together an extensive working list of places I’d love to visit this year. It’s pretty ambitious, I admit, and features an array of fine dining and casual restaurants:
Cafe Aroma Latino— An assortment of authentic Latin American cuisine (think Guatemalan, Colombian, Mexican…)
- Cafe Chianti — Eastern European/Northern Italian cuisine
- Carribbean Twist — Their website reads: “WARNING: Caribbean Twist’s food will cause a celebration of taste buds jumping for joy in response to explosions of flavour that may be inconvenient.” ‘Nuff said. Jamaican food.
Chez Tess— North End creperie with sweet & savoury treats. Chives Canadian Bistro— Can’t believe I still haven’t made it here… They’re keen on locally-sourced ingredients, and I’ve only heard good things about what’s coming out of this kitchen.
- CUT Steakhouse and Urban Grill — Their “gourmet burger” menu includes toppings like truffle mayo. I am intrigued. 🙂
- da Maurizio – Northern Italian cuisine — Known for their gnocci… and many more delicious pasta dishes, I’m sure.
- E-PIN Korean Grill — Korean grill is always a good time, and a commenter recently informed me that they also have great sushi.
- Elephant’s Eye Cafe — Featured in The Coast’s annual Cheap Eats feature, I feel like this little spot is well worth a visit.
- Fiasco — The menu seems to focus on seafood and game, peppered with international influences.
- Five Fishermen — Okay, oyster happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the grill, 7 days per week. *swoon*
- Fleur de Sel — Out of town, in Lunenburg, this fine dining restaurant offers an “innovative interpretation of traditional French cuisine.” Their Monkfish Tail served with spinach, oyster mushrooms, olive oil hollandaise and a ginger chicken jus sounds divine. Definitely worth a drive.
- Gio — A good friend of mine worked at the Prince George for a few years, and raved about Gio. Their menu seems adventurous and a little experimental, promising a great dining experience.
- The Good Food Emporium — A favourite North End haunt known for their homemade breads and hearty daily specials…
- Heartwood — They offer an impressive vegetarian/vegan buffet menu. Hearty & healthy; let’s see if it’s delicious, too!
- The Hart & Thistle — Gastropub grub was trés trendy last year, and for good reason. Lobster poutine and sweet curry battered Digby scallops: Yum.
Bistro le Coq— “A taste of the French countryside” in downtown Halifax.
- Le Bistro — This spot recently reopened in the former home of Le Bistro, where my mom apparently worked when she was reallllly young. It’s billing itself as “the city’s escape to a Villa off Southern France.”
Ma Belle’s Cafe— A cozy tearoom nestled on Ochterloney Street.
- Magnolia’s — A legendary Lunenburg culinary hotspot.
Maxwell’s Plum— I have a sneaking suspicion Kev would like it here: there are 60 different beers on tap, and loads of pub grub.
McKelvie’s— (I admit: I’ve been to this seafood restaurant before, but soooo long ago, and it was amazing. I want to go back.)
- Mezza Mediterranean Bar & Grill — A Lebanese restaurant with a pretty impressive offering of hot & cold mezzet and much more.
- Onyx — Hollie (a reader, not my alter-ego) recently recommended that I check out this Halifax hotspot. Some of the dishes on their a la carte menu are reminiscent of dishes I had the opportunity to sample at Araxi… *sigh*
- The Middle Spoon — Dessert & cocktails, need I say more?
- Turkish Delight — I’ve wandered past this joint many times, but never made it inside! Strange… Anyways, I’m told they have many veggie & vegan options in addition to meaty dishes, and their menu seems pretty extensive! I’ll have to make my way inside soon!
Moda Urban Dining— “A relaxed fine dining experience with a globally influenced menu of fresh, local ingredients.” Sounds right up my alley.
Modern Orchid— Southeast Asian cuisine.
- Monsoon Cafe — Middle Eastern fusion sounds intriguing!
Morris East— I’ve heard their wood-fired pizzas are to-die-for, but are they as good as Salvatores’ pies? Hmm…
- 9 + Nine — A small Chinese restaurant located in Clayton Park, their menu features a few of my fave items: fried buns, Szechuan shredded pork and Shanghai noodles.
Obladee– Wine, cheese, charcuterie = my version of heaven on earth.
- Pipa – Brazilian & Portugese cuisine (plus a pitcher of sangria, please!)
- Port Pub — While I’m in the Valley visiting Tempest, I hear that this locally-owned restaurant has “great microbrew and food.”
- Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar — I hear that there’s a new chef at the helm, and I’m keen to see what she’s done to revamp the menu at this fine dining institution.
- Seasons by Atlantica — One of their recent specials sounds fabulous: Braised leg of lamb with goat cheese Yukon spheres, four types of root vegetables and Twist for dessert.
- Seoul Restaurant — Traditional Korean and Japanese dishes.
- Star Anise Vietnamese Noodles — PHO! Need I say more?
Stone Hearth Bistro— This newcomer offers up fresh and local Nova Scotian fare, while giving back to the community through skill-building employment programs.
- Stories Fine Dining — Showcasing regional seafood and game in intimate dining rooms.
- Sweet Hereafter Cheesecakery — A relatively new addition to the Quinpool streetscape, offering artisanal cheesecake, Sweetie Cakes cupcakes and Laughing Whale Organic coffee and tea. Sounds perfect to me!
- Tempest Restaurant — Located in Wolfville, this fine dining restaurant features an array of seafood and Italian-inspired dishes.
- Tom’s Little Havana Cafe — I’ve heard that the food isn’t what makes this place so great, but the atmosphere and service. I think I’ll have to see for myself!
- Trellis Cafe — A supposed gem of Hubbards, their menu is heavy on authentic home cooking.
I’ll be updating this list with the places I’ve visited and written about (they’ll be crossed out) and am definitely open to suggestions, so, if I’m missing any major must-eats, please do drop me a line! 🙂