By Janice Hudson
A leader in Halifax’s emerging vegan scene, Wild Leek on Windsor Street specializes in made-from-scratch vegan comfort food. Chef Kirsten Taggart brings her extensive background working in many of Canada’s top restaurants to her menu at Wild Leek, boasting an array of classic options and daily specials (many items are gluten, dairy and nut-free), such as mac’n cheese, seitan sandwich, and the popular coconut bacon “CBLT.” Wash it down with a fresh-squeezed juice or smoothie and be sure to save room for one of Taggart’s famous gourmet cupcakes.
Check out the latest creations from award-winning Chef Luis Clavel at Season’s by Atlantica on Robie Street, overlooking the Halifax Common. Specializing in modern, eclectic Canadian food, Clavel dishes up the classics with a twist and loves featuring fresh local ingredients. The restaurant has been undergoing a major renovation this winter and is due to open early this month, unveiling a chic new layout and décor.
•With over 375 varieties of premium and loose tea on offer, Sawadee Tea House on Granville Street has a flavour to match every taste. Originally from Thailand, proprietress Mie Mie Sein loves sharing with customers her extensive knowledge of tea and her background as an herbalist and Ayurvedic apprentice. Check out the exotic wares, furniture and unique décor in the on-site shop.
•Savour a pint of good brew at Rogue’s Roost, a second-level microbrewery tucked away uptown on Spring Garden Road. Brewmaster Lorenzo Romano makes some of the finest brews in Halifax, including a variety of ales and the popular Russian Imperial Stout. The menu offers classic pub fare with nachos, sandwiches and seafood chowder.
NACHOS AND RHYTHM
The Economy Shoe Shop on Argyle Street is the perfect go-to spot for nacho lovers. But this popular hang out for locals has lots more to explore. The walls showcase eclectic local artwork (the owner is a local set designer) and jazz music abounds every Monday night, perfect for jazz aficionados wanting to check out the scene in Halifax.
Specializing in innovative food and wine, Stories at The Halliburton on Morris Street is an intimate, multi-level setting to savour some of Halifax’s best regional cuisine. Chef Scott Vail’s menu changes with the seasons to showcase flavourful local ingredients and fresh East Coast seafood, as well as several innovative game options, including duck, boar and venison.