My son and his wife will be in Halifax this summer and would like recommendations of the best places for dinner. They don't care about wine very much. (Maybe they mixed the babies up in the hospital!) Thanks in advance for your advice. It's many years since I was there last.
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I could have sworn there was a thread on Halifax just a few months ago, but I got stymied on a search for it. Of course, someone had misspelled "Halifax." Big Grin

Anyway, such a thread does exist, and it'll give you something to start with.

Though we had a car, I don't think we drove anywhere once we got to our hotel (Casino Nova Scotia) which was right on the waterfront and surrounded by literally dozens of good restaurants, mostly featuring seafood (no surprise). We had an excellent Italian meal at Maurizo's, and good lobster at The Warehouse (might be called Waterfront Warehouse) but better lobster at McKelvie's, which locals recommended as the old standard for fish and seafood. Nice wine list there, too, but pricey. All of them are on Water Street just off the harbour, a great area to walk around, shop, and pick a place for dinner.

Better tell them to buy their Canadian $$ now, before it goes to par. Smile
Board-O.
I concur on the Five Fisherman. If they are into ice cream, the quinessential Eastern Canadian Ice cream place is called "Cows."
Not sure they are into this either, but there is a museum near the docks which recalls the large number of immigrants who entered Canada at this point by ship. Many from the Irish potato famine, and from other European places.
This is where my father entered the W. Hemisphere.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Not sure they are into this either, but there is a museum near the docks which recalls the large number of immigrants who entered Canada at this point by ship. Many from the Irish potato famine, and from other European places.
This is where my father entered the W. Hemisphere.


My parents as well-- Pier 28 (or 29?), Canada's Ellis Island.

There's also the cemetery where almost all the recovered Titanic victims are buried. There's a lot of history in the city; a tour is worthwhile IMHO.

There's a beautiful drive through the Annapolis Valley to Digby (home of the scallops) if they're into scenery, or a much shorter one to Peggy's Cove. Nova Scotia is remarkably picturesque, and I'm sure they'll find lots of good ideas in guide books to help them amuse themselves.
I actually would second the Five fisherman restaurant. A bit more fancy than the Warehouse though.
Otherwise, there was a nice sushi restaurant on same street as Opa (greek restaurant, which is also nice), but that was 4 years ago. Not sure if it is still there.
In Peggy's Cove, great restaurant, great lobster sandwiches.

Also great restaurant at the causeway leading to cape breton (part of a small hotel) but can't remember the name. Great view though.

I guess these are more comments than help
A visit to Halifax would be a complete farce without dinner at the Five Fishermen followed by copious amounts of Alexander Keith's beer at the Lower Deck bar.

BTW... the Liquor Dome is also a real cool spot for drinks.

Sorry that most of my Halifax trips have not included as much fine dining as getting staggering drunk. Wink Big Grin

Anyways, the Five Fisherman is a great seafood spot and the steaks are also good. I don't recall if the wine list is any good though.
I have another question from my son. Would those of you who have been there please let me know if you think they should take two days out of their trip to go to Prince Edward Island? If so, what should they be sure to see and where shouyld they dine? Thanks again.
Board-O,

I can't comment on the drive the PEI, but Cape Breton is beautiful especially if you go by the Bras D'Or lakes. Scenery is beautiful.


Baird,

The Five Fisherman is a great restaurant, but wine is list is sub par. Lindemans Bin 65 and that kind of stuff.
And I agree, the Lower Deck is Great.

Board-O,
I might suggest getting a tour of the Alexander Keith's brewery. It's nice, one hour tour.
SeaQ - actually, it's Pier 21 (I know that you'd expect me to know that.... Wink)

PEI is absolutely worth a detour, though two days might be too little. The countryside of the province is much nicer than Charlottetown, though the latter is nice too. Avoid Anne of Green Gables homestead unless one is a true afficionado. Church basement lobster suppers (i.e. St. Anne's) are a must there.

The Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island is also truly spectacular, and more rugged and breathtaking, while PEI is more idyllic and quaint. The Cabot Trail can be easily done in two days.
Board-O,

I can't believe no one has mentioned this yet, Nova Scotia produces wine. I think most of the production is located in the Annapolis Valley. I have tried a couple of the wines from there (Jost Vineyards) and I would say that they are not up to the high standards of Canada's other wine regions. If your son could get some of the wine to you I'd enjoy reading some of your tasting notes of those wines Wink

I would second the recommendation to take the tour of Keith's Brewery in Halifax, it's entertaining and gives some interesting history of Halifax.

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