Back in March we released our much anticipated list of restaurants who we've rated as "Nova Scotia's 25 BEST Local Eateries" for 2016. While we are already busy working away on the list for the 2017 winners, which will release next March, we thought we'd take the time to repost this year's winners on our new website. It is, after all, a great resource for finding great places to eat.
Without further adieu here are Nova Scotia's 25 BEST LOCAL EATERIES (in alphabetical order):
AGRICOLA STREET BRASSERIE
The vision: French-inspired comfort food in a sleek, brick-walled room with an open kitchen. The result: earthy, seasonal dishes—beet-and-goat cheese tarts, seared duck breast, for example—served in a warm atmosphere that’ll keep you hanging around.
2540 Agricola Street, Halifax
BATTERY PARK BEER BAR & EATERY
A gorgeous craft beer bar with 15 east coast taps, smaller snacks (think oysters and lamb pops), larger sharing boards (think charcuterie and antipasti), and ample socializing and mouth-watering goodness.
62 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth
DEE DEE'S ICE CREAM
Famed for its dense and creamy handmade ice cream (rum and raisin or Mexican chocolate, anyone?), social conscience, and unbeatable burritos, Dee Dee’s is a neighborhood beacon we hope never goes out.
5668 Cornwallis Street, Halifax
North end cool with downhome ambience and service, this bistro is all about plating what’s fresh and best right now. For brunch, that could be Atlantic-caught salmon gravlax. Dinner: PEI ribeye. Always: exceptional and unpretentious.
2053 Gottingen Street, Halifax
ENVIE - A VEGAN KITCHEN
Vegan or not, you might be inspired to go herbivore after downing enVie’s crispy mushroom and waffles, vegan poutine, or spinach and feta ravioli, let alone any healthy and sustainable dish this bright eatery comes up with.
5775 Charles Street, Halifax
A small restaurant with big flavours sourced from nearby farms and lots of creativity. The menu’s always changing, but expect charcuterie, nose-to-tail eating, just-caught seafood and unrivalled cocktails.
2076 Gottingen Street, Halifax
GRAND BANKER BAR & GRILL
When a South Shore resto has “Blue Rocks Fish Cakes” and Acadian-style stew, you know it takes fresh seriously. And when it comes with harbour views, Maritime hospitality and scrumptious comfort food, you know not to pass it up.
82 Montague Street, Lunenburg
An old-school burger joint with a modern attitude: local, grass-fed beef burgers ground daily; hearty mac and cheese; craft beer; and six tasty milkshakes. Inside, it’s clean white walls and simple red chairs.
5680 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
INDOCHINE BANH MI
A fresh, healthy, Asian-fusion alternative to fast food known for banh mi, pho, rice noodle bowls, Korean tacos, fusion salads and bubble tea. Not to mention its signature citrus mayonnaise, meant to get your mouth watering for more.
1551 South Park Street, Halifax
Start by strolling through the rolling vineyard to see proof of this winery’s commitment to Nova Scotia grape varieties. End by sipping the award-winning proof on the pergola or inside Le Caveau, an elegant, seasonally-inspired restaurant with global flair.
11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré
MEZZA LEBANESE KITCHEN
A quick-service family business is doing Lebanese food right: rotisserie-roasted chicken shawarma, dense falafel, doughy pita and bright tabbouleh salad. Most ingredients are sourced locally, while others come direct from Lebanon.
1558 Barrington Street, Halifax
Your pizza search goes to a whole new level at this neighborhood restaurant featuring a rotating cast of about a dozen locally-inspired, wood-fired pies. Pair it with a cocktail and a salted caramel tart, and that’s amore.
5212 Morris Street, Halifax
OBLADEE - A WINE BAR
A small, unpretentious wine bar with smart, dedicated staff who can find you a wine whether it’s your first glass or you’re a practicing sommelier. Make sure to match your choice with a charcuterie or cheese board.
1600 Barrington Street, Halifax
PIATTO PIZZERIA + ENOTECA
The place for authentic, Neapolitan wood-fired pizza—seriously, they have official approval from Italy. Over 15 make the menu, as well as an impressive Caesar salad, a solid wine list, handmade desserts, rich Illy coffees and more.
5144 Morris Street, Halifax
SALT SHAKER DELI
The menu is home-cooked gourmet—think seafood chowder, pad thai, thin-crust pizza—paired with ample craft draughts, while the atmosphere is casual, whether on the patio overlooking the harbour or inside the open bistro.
124 Montague Street, Lunenburg
STORIES CASUAL FINE DINING
Chef Scott Vail tells one captivating tale here about Nova Scotia’s bounty every piece of seafood, game or produce plated. Whether in the lush courtyard or the intimate dining room, even the most discerning foodie will be hooked.
5184 Morris, Halifax
STUDIO EAST FOOD + DRINK
Cambodian-inspired fare with bold flavours and big love for local meat, veg and drink. Highlights: pork belly steam buns at brunch, warm sushi or the Ultimate Ramen Bowl at dinner, and Thai citrus chicken sticks late at night.
6021 Cunard Street, Halifax
Authentic Japanese dining in a stylish setting with an always popular sushi bar, city-famous soups and traditional room with screened walls and floor seats. For a special treat, try the Nabemono, Japanese-style fondue.
1579 Dresden Row, Halifax
SWEET HEREAFTER CHEESECAKERY
Decadence is the word here, from Sweet Herafter’s interior—chandeliers, finely upholstered seating, royal wallpaper—to its multitude of rich cheesecakes (by the slice or whole), which include caramel praline, lemon blueberry and vanilla chai latte.
6148 Quinpool Road, Halifax
Hot dog stand meets dressed-down gourmet, T-Dogs handcrafts its own tubulars and condiments from Nova Scotia ingredients. The stable menu includes a classic dog, chili dog and veggie dog, while a weekly special was once a Big Mac-inspired creation.
THE BROOKLYN WAREHOUSE
The menu changes daily, but the food is always original and spot on, and that’s what made this tucked away, laidback bistro a standout and award-winner year after year. Farm-to-table isn’t a saying here; it’s the foundation.
2795 Windsor Street, Halifax
Sandwiches, soups, salads and take-home meals made from scratch by star chef Renée Lavallée and her team. The menu changes daily, and the small but open-concept eating area lets you see the chefs’ handiwork nearby and Two if By Sea below.
66 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth
THE COASTAL CAFÉ
You can get bacon and eggs anywhere, but where can you get a buttermilk waffle sandwich with peanut butter, bananas, local bacon and maple syrup? Right here, it turns out, a truly original breakfast, weekend brunch and lunch spot.
2731 Robie Street, Halifax
THE STUBBORN GOAT GASTROPUB
Though it can fit 170 people, the vibe is tightknit, no doubt boosted by upscale comfort food meant to be shared, and craft beer for any taste. New waterfront satellite site coming this summer (see below)!
1579 Grafton Street, Halifax
2 DOORS DOWN
This Craig Flinn offspring boasts seasonal comfort food, local and international wines, craft beer, and original cocktails. It’s the younger sis to nearby Chives, and a healthy rival for showing off the best our region has to offer.
1533 Barrington Street, Halifax
Chives Canadian Bistro, Elle's Bistro, Scanway Bakery + Café, The Old Apothecary, Two if by Sea, Pete's Fine Foods (take-out), Ace Burger Co, Lion & Bright, Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria, The Kitchen Table, Robie Street Station, 9 + Nine Chinese Cuisine, Jonny's Cookhouse & Ice Cream Shop, Lincoln Street Food, Mateus Bistro, The Kiwi Café