By Janice Hudson
Specializing in decadent desserts and unique cocktails, The Middle Spoon Desserterie and Bar on Barrington Street is a chic spot to indulge your sweet tooth. The peanut butter pie is a customer favourite featuring a rich, house-made peanut butter cup on the side, or go for a make-your-own sundae with over a dozen toppings to choose from. Pair your sweet indulgence with an equally impressive cocktail featuring fresh-squeezed juices and house-made syrups.
PIE IN THE SKY
Located in the heart of North End Halifax’s historic Hydrostone Market, Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria on Young Street specializes in made-from-scratch, olive oil-brushed thin-crust pizzas. Choose from over 12 artisinal combinations (“the Rodger” is a favourite, featuring roasted garlic with sautéed mushrooms, romano cheese and a hint of cayenne pepper) and don’t forget about the salads—the caesar is a top pick with fresh-grated Parmesan and a house-made dressing. If the weather leaves you snow-bound, Salvatore’s offers free delivery on pizza orders within the Halifax peninsula.
•Fireplaces dot the interior of The Fireside on Sackville Street—while away a cold winter’s night over a Spanish coffee or an inventive martini (drop in on a Monday and the martinis are half price). Nosh on a gourmet sandwich, French onion soup or try the warm spinach salad.
•A Halifax institution for great craft beers, Rockbottom Brewpub on Spring Garden Road boasts six eclectic handcrafted brews, plus a bevy of wine and cocktail options. The menu offers classic pub fare with pasta, steak, salads and more.
•Experience a taste of Irish comfort at Durty Nelly’s on the corner of Argyle and Sackville streets. Take in a local band and enjoy a pint of your favourite brew while digging into some traditional Irish cuisine classics, like lamb shank or corned beef and cabbage.
Chef Andrew Farrell of 2 Doors Down loves whipping up soulful recipes like smoked N.S pork chop with deep-fried mac ’n cheese that are guaranteed to take the edge off of a cold winter’s night. After picking up three awards at the recent Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia awards show, including Where Halifax’s nod for Best New Restaurant, this restaurant on Barrington Street is making waves in Halifax’s fine-dining scene. Farrell picks the freshest local ingredients to craft his delicious recipes. Try the baked-to-order weekly traditional pot-pie, featuring meat from nearby Getaway Farm or fresh seafood from local fishmongers.