Nova Scotians are lucky people. Not only do they live in one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada, but the food there is really amazing. Here are a few of our favourite places:
- Lucky Penny Coffee Co. – perfect for breakfast. If you want to start your morning right, you have to come to this cafe located at 6440 Quinpool Rd in Halifax. They have both java and food and if you’re a coffee junkie like Pete and I are, you will not be disappointed. Besides the traditional styles of coffee, they do surprise you with unusual flavours. I tried a macchiato with beet syrup – the flavour was very subtle, and I’ve got to say – one of the best macchiatos I’ve ever had. And I’ve had coffee in Italy. Just sayin’.
- The Bicycle Thief – open for both lunch and dinner and located at 1475 Lower Water St at Bishop’s landing on the Halifax Boardwalk. This place is by far our favourite lunch spot. We are absolutely smitten with their Lobster & Roasted Corn Chowder. It is to die for. Also, their Tuna Tartare with Avocado is amazing. And really, everything else is delicious as well. You’ll just have to work your way down the menu for several weeks if you want to taste it all. And the view isn’t bad either.
- Cellar Door at Luckett Vineyards – only open for lunch from May to October from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM and located at 1293 Grand Pre Road in Wallbrook in Gaspereau Valley. Their Seafood Chowder is great but their Market Inspired Soup might be even better. Pair either one with your favourite sandwich and you can skip dinner. You can also come in for some wine tasting. They have reds, whites, roses and even dessert wines. Why we love this place? It’s hard to beat a view of the vines stretching as far as the eye can see. And it’s fun for the kids. They can run around the vineyard while playing hide and seek. You can also call your relatives in the UK from their British-style phone booth nestled amongst the vines.
- Salty’s Restaurant – located at 1877 Upper Water Street in Halifax. It’s one of our favourite dinner restaurants but it’s also open for lunch. Anything seafood can be found here, freshly caught in the Atlantic. If you want an amazing view of the Halifax Harbour, ask to be seated upstairs (which has a separate menu from the downstairs grill). You will not be disappointed.
- Primal Kitchen – 1463 Brenton Street, Halifax. We only just discovered this place thanks to our local friends. If you love meat, this is your place. We tried their Poutine and Duck dishes, followed by a Beer Shake for dessert. So unusual and so amazing. A must try.
- Obladee Wine Bar – 1600 Barrington Street, Halifax. One of the best wine bars we’ve been in. We love it for its atmosphere and a great beer and wine selection, a good portion of which are local. We tried their beer, fortified wine and cider. A great place to spend a night catching up with old friends.
- Dave’s Lobster – Perfect for lunch but also open for dinner. Their shack is located at 1549 Lower Water Street in Halifax during warm months only. So if you’re into fancy street food, you will love them. They have to die for Atlantic lobster rolls. Nuff said.
- Cows Ice Cream – for a perfect dessert during summer months only, come to 1869 Lower Water St on the Halifax Boardwalk. This place is highly recommended by our nine-year old. Why? His exact words: “It’s the best ice cream in Canada!”
These are just a few of our favourites. Have you eaten in Nova Scotia? What place would you recommend and why?