Local Food Tastes So Good

I love restaurants. There’s something so fun about heading out for a nice meal with a group of pals. Nice doesn’t even have to mean fancy, because folks, there is something quite nice about a simple plate of eggs and bacon.

Lucky for me, there are a tonne of delicious restaurants in Halifax. And even luckier, is that so many of them are locally owned and operated, and some of those even feature locally sourced ingredients! That is just too much luck for one gal to handle!

Three little pigs: pork, bacon, and ham sandwich with a fried egg.
Three little pigs: pork, bacon, and ham sandwich with a fried egg.

Last weekend the Halitrax authors decided to have a lunchtime launch party to celebrate the beginning of this blog (or the end of our first month of success). Sticking to the local theme, we decided to hit up Brooklyn Warehouse. I can say this: it was a good choice. The food was fresh and delicious, and they happily accommodated my dairy-free requests. It’s also safe to say that I’ll like pretty much anything with a fried egg on top. Other orders to our table included a Vietnamese pulled pork sandwich, a smoked chicken BLT, and the famous Brooklyn burger. We all left with full, happy tummies, and a promise to return.

Banh-Mi Vietnamese pulled pork sandwich.

Some of my other local favourites are:

Humani-T Cafe ~delicious sorbetto, which is great for dairy-free customers like me!

Jane’s on the Common ~two words: Fish. Cakes.

Smith’s Bakery ~sometimes ya just need a cookie.

So readers, where should I go for lunch this weekend?

9 thoughts on “Local Food Tastes So Good

  1. Good Food Emporium! That has always been one of my favourites, since moving to Halifax. Only thing is I can’t be entirely sure that their food is sourced locally… but it’s got that VIBE, you know? Anybody know definitively? I’m crossing my fingers.

    We came across it one rainy day when we were intending to go to a shitty restaurant (I’ll name no names, because I’m too nice). I know they’ve recently moved from their Gottingen home, but they should be occupying the space of the old George & Lito’s, on the corner of Windsor and Lawrence. We should go there when they re-open.

    http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/the_good_food_emporium/Location?oid=978034

  2. GFE is abso a winner. Check it out when it reopens and you’ll be glad you did.

    Another possibility is the Wooden Monkey. Locally-sourced food and the menu and staff are very accomodating to all sorts of food sensitivities.

    Morris East offers a lot of gluten free options if you’re still off wheat, but it can be a bit expenny.

    And, finally, I can’t say enough for Mary’s Place north on Robie. But they’re closed on Sunday, so plan accordingly.

  3. I agree, Good Food is the best option. I think they’re due to open next week. Mary’s has a second location on Spring Garden, just before it turns into Coburg. I prefer the atmosphere up North, but the food is comparable.

    Cafe Istanbul is next door on Spring Garden. A bit more expensive, but I’ve always been satisfied. The falafel is always freshly made, which is nice.

    I think we’ve discussed this before, but Chives is a top shelf. Local and innovative. It is in another league cost wise, but I feel it’s worth it (on occasion). They serve biscuits and molasses as a starter and it’s the first place I’ve enjoyed risotto. http://www.chives.ca/

    The Chives chef has written/curated a few interesting cook books. Good cook books are hard to find. Except for this old standard: http://www.thejoykitchen.com/

  4. Good Food Emporium is definitely on my must-try list. Actually, all of these are except for Mary’s, which I’ve tried and has now been moved to the continue-to-frequent list.

    I guess my main dilemma at this point is that, when I like something, I want to return for more. So, although I love new experiences, it’s tough to turn down a sure thing. Am I right? *wink wink*

  5. I was just having a conversation with Chloe yesterday about established patterns and how difficult they are to break. You have to continually move out of your comfort zones in order to relieve difficulties/anxieties of change. She was reading a book about the neurological implications of this – I’ll try to track down the title.

    Sorry to get abstract, but it’s pretty neat.

  6. It is neat. It also ties into your post this week, Frances. I know what I’d like to do in theory, so what stops me from sometimes actually doing it?

  7. I remember reading about routines and patterns before we got Stevie, our dog. I realize this was specifically about dogs, but I can easily see how it can apply to humans. Often poorly trained dogs are relegated to the back yard. Behaviour usually gets worse, so they are never allowed back in the house. The dog is lonely or anxious, so he/she starts to bark or pace in their pen. Eventually, this behaviour is no longer due to anxiety or boredom, but it becomes the only thing the dog really knows and actually finds comfort in these patterns. Which makes it all the more difficult to train the dog.

    About the GFE, was I there that first time? I feel like we were going somewhere and it was closed so we found this place and it had a weird name. It was so yummy! I completely forget what I ate, but someone had french toast, I believe.

    Here in Invermere, we have a little place called the Blue Dog Whole Food Cafe. It’s got amazing food! And the cook line is right there, so you can see everything that’s happening. They have a yummy lentil burger I have quite often on salad. :o)

  8. Yes, I believe you were with us that fateful rainy day, Jess! I think Gill and Chloe might have also been there, but it’s been a while so I can’t fully remember. Either way, the food there is delicious, and we’ve been back many times.

    Fran, I was also chatting with Chloe recently about how avoiding the same route to and from work every day actually builds up new neural pathways. Makes sense, but it’s still cool. But I totally can relate, Krista. When you’ve found the best way to do something, why change? I guess the obvious answer is: we don’t want to get bored and we might find an even BETTER way of doing things!

  9. For me it’s also totally about how much I loathe disappointment, particularly in a meal. For example, to me an improperly cooked egg is the kiss of death for any restaurant. It not only makes me sad and regretful of my restaurant choice, but it pretty much ruins my morning. It’s really hard for me to give a restaurant a second chance (or I will, but I will NOT be happy about it) after something like that. So, if I’m in the mood for a delicious meal out, I really have to be feeling particularly open-minded to be willing to risk an over-cooked yolk. I’ll do it, but often with trepidation. At the same time, I do LOVE finding great new places to eat. Nothing makes me happier, and I will continue to hunt for the “perfect” of everything. I’ll also be more likely to overlook food and service when I’m really enjoying the company I’m with.

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