Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jerusalem Cafe offers Middle Eastern food to the north end

More international food choices on the peninsula

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 3:48 PM

We announced the opening of Chef Abod Cafe this week, and now we can announce another location for north end Middle Eastern food to consider: Jerusalem Cafe (6015 Lady Hammond Road, 474-1222) can be found at the corner of Lady Hammond and Robie, a family-owned restaurant whose owners are passionate about homemade, authentic and delicious Middle Eastern food. Hours are Mon to Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm.
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Sunshine Delivery Trio: Picnic Edition

Wednesday bike deliveries

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Halifax and summer go together like picnics and Sunshine Delivery. One Wednesday a month Jessica Ross and Ben Gallagher ride their bikes around town delivering homemade grub. Last week was their official summer picnic edition, featuring a three salad medley---purple cabbage coleslaw with creamy vinaigrette, classic potato salad, green onions, pickles and all, and zippy bean salad adorned with red onion and carrot. A choice of barbecue pork ribs slathered in smokey Q sauce and a cheese biscuit, or for the veggies grilled BBQ tofu. All plates are $10. Other treats included raspberry cake with maple whipped cream ($4) and sweet iced tea ($1) or a long island variety ($5). Delivery runs are 6pm-7:30pm and 7:30pm-9:00pm. If by chance they are a tad behind, it's well worth waiting around. Check out the "Sunshine Delivery Trio: Picnic Edition" Facebook group or email halifaxsourdough@gmail.com for the next bike-delivered feast.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Middle Spoon now open

New Barrington Street eatery does dessert and more

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:28 PM

The Feed has just learned that The Middle Spoon (1559 Barrington Street, 407-4002) has opened its doors, joining Argyle Fine Art in the former Carsand Mosher space.

The Middle Spoon is reportedly a place where you can have a cocktail or an ice-cream, somewhere that's good dating destination or if you'd just like to lounge on comfy sofas with a few friends. Let's hear it for a new downtown hangout!
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Chef Abod Cafe now open

North end gets a new Middle Eastern option

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Chef Abod Cafe is a new restaurant at 3217 Kempt Road (455-3881) offering plenty of traditional Middle Eastern food and a few Canadian staples. You'll find plenty of hummus, lamb, okra and falafel dishes to fill you up, as well as burgers and sandwiches. And there's a fixed lunch menu, from 11am to 3pm for $9.99, with free dessert. The cafe is open Monday to Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm.

Incidentally, Chef Abod is both the name of the place and the proprietor, whose resume includes having been head chef and deputy manager at Halifax resto Turkish Delight, personal chef to a member of the Saudi royal family, prince Moshal Bin Abdul Al-Azez, and chef at swanky restaurants in Bahrain and Syria.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summerlicious Onyx

Spring Garden hotspot offers a deal on a three-course meal

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Onyx (5680 Spring Garden Road, 428-5680) has something new to tempt downtown food patrons: a new Summerlicious Menu. It's a three-course meal for under $25, including watermelon salad, Digby scallops, beef tenderloin, lobster wellington, brick cornish game hen, peach shortcake and ice-cream roulade, and you can add wine pairings for $20 more.

Onyx is on Twitter to keep people informed of their special nights of music, no corkage, half-price appy jazz Wednesday nights, etc @onyx_hfx.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Marble Slab Creamery opens

First Maritime location of American parlour people

Posted By on Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 4:00 AM

An American-based ice cream parlour with stands all over the world, this is the first Maritime franchise of Marble Slab Creamery (278 Lacewood Drive, 433-7522) offering 48 flavours of premium, all-natural ice cream with 30 available “mixins” including candies, fruits, nuts and a variety of toppings and flavours. Now open at the Clayton Park Shopping Centre, corner of Lacewood and Dunbrack, behind Tim Hortons.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

More street eats

As the summer goes on Halifax gets extra food-in-a-truck options

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Street vendors are a happy and tasty addition to our eating-out choices in Halifax, and we've recently had some new additions to that scene.

Witness Josh & Jedd’s Fish & Chips regularly on Argyle Street by Parade Square. "Although much of our fare is relatively similar to that offered by the competition, we decided to focus on two key points to differentiate ourselves," explains Josh Parkinson (who owns the truck with Stephan Jeddry) in an email to The Coast. "1. Fish: We do a lightly battered fish. It’s much lighter that the standard beer batter and comes out nice and tender. Although the fish is deep fried, it would compete and probably beat most pan fried options in HRM. 2. Poutine: Being from Cornwall Ontario, I had the pleasure of enjoying fresh cheese curds from St-Albert’s throughout my childhood. What I’ve noticed since moving to Halifax in 1998 is that the cheese is nowhere near as good as the cheese I had grown up with. What we’re doing is importing cheese curds from St- Albert’s to be able to put together the best poutine possible."

Also keep your eyes open for Wannawafel, a local street vendor franchisee of the Belgian waffle cafe from out west. It's often found near the corner of Spring Garden Road and Grafton Street.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Palace launches VIP section

Nightclubbin' with the velvet ropes, bubbly, etc.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

The New Palace Cabaret (1721 Brunswick Street, 420-0015) has been making a few changes, rebooting their VIP room to offer a place "designed much like the hottest clubs in Montreal and Las Vegas," according to Palace events/promotions coordinator Dennie Watson. "It is a premium room with beautiful new leather furniture throughout." A bottle service is available. To reserve a section or bottle, email dennie@thenewpalace.com.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Good Food reopens

After some delays, popular north end eatery now open in former George and Lito's location

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Though it was delayed by issues with propane delivery, ovens and chimneys, you'll now find former Gottingen Street eatery The Good Food Emporium (2186 Windsor Street, 422-3150) open at the corner of Windsor and Duncan, right next to the Bluenose Laundromat. Burritos, salads and those delish chocolate chip cookies, here we come.
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Bâton Rouge now open

Morse Tea building now housing Canadian rib, steak and seafood joint

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

The Feed reported back in January that the Canadian chain Bâton Rouge (1877 Hollis Street) had a franchise opening at a downtown location soon. Well, it's happened, right in the old Morse Tea building, now sporting a big deck off its side, between Upper Water and Morris Streets. Bâton Rouge features a selection of upscale hearty fare, with plenty of meaty entrees, salads and seafood.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

MODA offers gourmet lunch options

"Brown-bagging it" can be a lot more fun

Posted By on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 4:00 AM

MODA Urban Dining (1518 Dresden Row, 405-3480) has a whole bunch of take-out lunch options for the busy downtown dweller/worker who wants to try something new. The idea being you can now take out the most packable items from the MODA lunch menu and eat them up on Citadel Hill or any sunny spot that suits your rear end. The menu items include fish cakes, truffle parmigiano salad, prosciutto arugula spinach, bison burger, fish and chips, chipotle chicken wrap, seafood medley and more.
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Xtreme Pizza now on Spring Garden

New pizza choice near the corner of Spring Garen and Robie

Posted By on Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Once down at 1360 Birmingham Street, Xtreme Pizza has moved into the space on Spring Garden that recently housed Authentic K, 5970 Spring Garden Road, though the number remains the same, 404-1600.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Gracious Indian opens second location

Indian food outlet goes to Clayton Park

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Windsor Street Indian food eatery Gracious Indian ( 2156 Windsor Street, 407-0707) has opened a second location in Clayton Park, at 480 Parkland Drive, though the phone number is the same, 407-0707. The new spot has a large dine-in area along with delivery and take-out services.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MIX Fresh Kitchen relaunches

Local eatery upscales in time for Jazz Fest

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Chef Ray Bear and Chris Richards, the owners of MIX Fresh Kitchen (5171 Salter Street, 429-9571), are changing the style at their eatery. They describe it as "elevating the brand of [the] Salter Street establishment to a boutique dining concept."

"We're taking it to the next level," explains Richards, who's reluctant to call it a move to fine dining, but says the menu will shrink and become more specialized, and the decor will be updated. All that happens this week as the restaurant remains closed until Friday, when it will relaunch evenings only (for the time being, lunch and brunch to be reintroduced later) in tandem with Jazz Fest.

Joining MIX as front-of-house general manager will be sommelier Jonathan Wilson, and Anna-Maria Jachimowicz will be re-training the MIX service team to "ensure better quality and consistency in the guest experience." Bear is intending on being in the kitchen full-time, preparing food similar to and above his work at Gio, "adding new local and international twists while keeping affordability in mind." But what of the much-adored MIX burger?

"We'll keep a few items" on the menu, says Richards, including the burger and the mac-and-cheese. "We want people to have a gloves-off, killer experience."
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Otis & Clementine opens in Tantallon

Books and tea and coffee now available

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Otis & Clementine Books and Coffee (5209 St Margaret's Bay Road, 826-1823) is a coffee shop and a bookstore combo in Tantallon, formerly Books Galore. The new venture, launched by Ellen Helmke, carries all kinds of new and used books, with a focus on kids and young adult books and plenty of non-fiction, scifi, mystery and romance, too. As the sign indicates, coffee and tea also available---from Just Us!---as well as snacks. The hours are Mon-Wed 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.
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