Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Total catch: Afishionado's seafood subscription

Hana Nelson wants to help you eat more fresh, sustainable, locally-caught seafood.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Afishionado's Hana Nelson - SAM KEAN
  • Afishionado's Hana Nelson
  • Sam Kean

Afishionado Halifax Fishmongers has a new approach this year. Gone is the brick and mortar location at Local Source on Agricola Street, and in its place is a Catch of the Week seafood subscription.

“Last week was our first delivery,” says Hana Nelson, owner of Afishionado. “We’re so excited with the reception that it’s had.”

The subscriptions are sold on a month-to-month basis ranging in price from $20-$55 per week, in portions ranging from one to three pounds, which should serve two to eight people for around two meals per person. You can also choose between focusing solely on fish, or, if you want to have things like mussels, oyster and shrimp as much as you want harpoon-caught swordfish, hook-and-line pollock and haddock, you can switch between fish and shellfish each week.

The subscriptions started with deliveries of land-based, antibiotic-free Cap D’Or Salmon from a sustainable farm in Advocate Harbour, and Nelson is hoping for a big enough haul of hook-and-line caught halibut for this week. Each week will be something new, something freshly caught, and something sustainable. This new system means she can tell her customers more about each week’s catch; an educational component is something Nelson thinks is as important as the food itself.

“Every week we’re going to tell you where it comes from, how it was caught, what it is, what you can do with it, the nutritional facts behind It,” Nelson says. “One thing that I’ve found is that I can bring in a lot of really cool stuff, but people don’t really know what to do with it. So a lot of the rare things would be really fun to bring in, but people wouldn’t necessarily want to try it. So it gives people more tools and information to learn more about seafood in the region.”

The subscription has pick-up locations in Halifax, Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Bedford and Musquodoboit Harbour. You’ll also still find Afishionado at the Seaport Farmers’ Market on the weekends, shucking fresh oysters and selling an assortment of fresh fish.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cafe 98's fresh take

The former Our Thyme Cafe honours its commitment to fresh, homestyle lunches

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Sunny skies over downtown Dartmouth's newest eatery, Cafe 98 - MELISSA BUOTE
  • Sunny skies over downtown Dartmouth's newest eatery, Cafe 98
  • Melissa Buote

When social enterprise Our Thyme Cafe (98 Portland Street) closed its doors in early 2016, downtown Dartmouth lost a lot of great things. One of them being a place to grab fresh, homey, made-with-love lunches. But earlier this month. husband and wife duo Caroline and Fouad Jarmash swooped in to the Our Thyme space to save the midday meal with Cafe 98.

“We both came from the corporate world and we were kind of tired of it. And both of our families come from a rich history with food,” says Fouad. Inspired by their children and a focus on fresh, non-processed foods at home, the pair had been considering opened their own restaurant for a few years, but the Our Thyme timing was what nudged them to go for it.

“Their misfortune became our opportunity," says Fouad. "We knew we didn’t need to change too much.” For now, Cafe 98 serves up hot drinks, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and a hot lunch option weekdays from 7:30am to 4pm, but the owners say though hours may extend as the business settles in.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Halifax Burger Week's official burger listings

Hot stuff coming through

Posted on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 3:46 PM


Today's burger excitement has lead to our Burger Week site being a bit overwhelmed. For those having trouble accessing, you can either click here for the Burger Week passport or see below for a list of every single burger you can sink your teeth into this week.


2 Doors Down | 1533 Barrington Street $6
Featuring house-ground chuck, brisket and short rib with special sides menu.Br> The Old School Cheeseburger Housemade cheese slice, Kosher dills and the burger works. Or have The Dragon Burger Red dragon sauce, kimchi coleslaw, Dutchman’s Dragon’s Growl spread and cilantro mayo with sides to add to your order.

Ace Burger Company | 2605 Agricola Street $6
The Drunken Devil Beef patty, Devil’s Cut bourbon onions, smoked cheddar, pickled mayo and iceburg lettuce.

Ardmore Tea Room | 6499 Quinpool Road $6 Doughnut Burger Maple sausage patty, fried egg, American cheese, tomato, spicy mayo and doughnut bun.

Athens Restaurant | 6273 Quinpool Road $6
A quarter-pound lamb burger with tzatziki, fried onion and tomato.

The Auction House | 1726 Argyle Street $6
El Pastor Burger One hundred percent all-pork burger topped with Swiss cheese, grilled pineapple, cured onions and house-made black bean spread.

Brewsters | 961 Bedford Highway $6
The Earth & Turf Burger One hundred percent all-beef patty topped with mushroom duxelle, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and melted Swiss cheese. Served with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and red onion.

British Bulldog Gastropub | 920 Cole Harbour Road $6
Certified Angus beef patty, pimento cheese, bacon, pickled red onions, roasted garlic aioli, English-style crisps, lettuce and tomato on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Bubba Ray’s | 5650 Spring Garden Road | 7071 Bayers Road | 1717 Bedford Highway $6
Bubba Ray’s Baconlicious Burger Our house-made burgers are shaped differently than most—we think they taste better that way. A six-ounce patty topped with bacon, cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Add a basket of fries for $2.99.

Canvas Resto Lounge | 1583 Brunswick Street $6
Canvas Cheese Burger Ground local brisket on a toasted bun, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles and chef’s burger sauce.

Celtic Corner Public House | 69 Alderney Drive $6
Famous Trio Burger Eight-ounce certified Angus burger with bacon and cheddar cheese—the perfect trio.

Chef’s Menu | 518 Sackville Drive $6
Prosciutto Portobello Burger Thick slices of sautéed portobello mushrooms, crispy fried prosciutto and provolone cheese stacked on a beef patty with garlic aioli and drizzled with a balsamic reduction.

The Chickenburger | 1531 Bedford Highway $6
The Big Jack Named after our founder Jack Innes, this burger is a hand-breaded buttermilk ranch chicken burger topped with Montreal smoked meat, deep fried pickle chips, spicy dijon mustard and finished off with bacon jam.

Clay West Bar And Grill | 120 Susie Lake Crescent #12 $6
The Cuban A half-pound hand-pressed burger topped with swiss cheese, smoked ham, 12-hour slow-braised pork shoulder, sliced pickle and mustard-mayo on a 24 Carrot Bakery kaiser.

Darrell’s Restaurant | 5576 Fenwick Street $6
Peanut Butter Burger Certified Angus beef topped with whole cheddar, crisp bacon, lettuce, tomato, fresh condiments and that “stick to the roof of your mouth” crunchy PB sensation wrapped in a warmed, seeded kaiser!

Doolittles Sports Bar & Grill | 90 Tacoma Drive $6
Bacon Cheese Burger Our burger is six ounces of lean ground beef, bacon, cheese, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, mustard and relish on a Brizzolio bun.

Esquire | 772 Bedford Highway $6
Hawaiian Burger One hundred percent all-beef burger topped with onion, pineapple, shaved ham, cheddar and Thousand Island dressing.

Fickle Frog | 5675 Spring Garden Road $6
The Motherfunghi Homemade burger patty on our specialty buns with bacon, mozza, arugula, an array of mushrooms and our Fickle-icious secret sauce.

The Fireside | 1542 Birmingham Street $6
Chorizo & Beef Burger A mildly spiced burger topped with caramelized onion and blue cheese.

Five Fishermen | 1740 Argyle Street$6
Thai Satay Burger One hundred percent all-beef burger topped with peanut sauce, cilantro mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Hali Deli | 2389 Agricola Street $6
Hand-created, fresh double ground local beef patty. Topped with a crisp potato latke, house-steamed famous smoked meat and our own hot sweet pepper relish, all on a grilled onion bun.

Heartwood Restaurant | 6250 Quinpool Road $6
Swiss Mushroom Melt Heartwood’s traditional veggie burger served on a whole grain bun with grilled mushrooms, onions and your choice of Swiss or vegan Swiss cheese.

Indochine Banh Mi | 1701 Barrington Street | 1551 South Park Street $6
Banh Mi Burger Vietnamese spiced local lean ground pork patty on a toasted crusty bun topped with cucumber, pickled sliced carrot and daikon, cilantro and house-made sriracha mayonnaise.

Jenny’s Place | 6211 Lady Hammond Road $6
Certified six-ounce Angus beef a top of a kaiser bun. Comes with fried onions, lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon and pickle.

Johnny K’s Authentic Donairs | 5246 Blowers Street $6
Donair Burger Thinly sliced Prince Edward Island beef shaved from our handmade donair, topped with freshly chopped tomatoes, onions and sweet donair sauce.

Kempsters | 3644 Kempt Road $6
Mexican Burger One hundred percent all-beef burger topped with red and green peppers, salsa, guacamole, jalapeños and iceberg lettuce.

Krave Burger | 5680 Spring Garden Road $6
Bacon Jam Cheeseburger Seared grass-fed beef patty with bacon jam, cheddar cheese, pickles and Krave sauce on a butter-toasted bun.

Le Bistro By Liz | 1333 South Park Street $6
Crispy Haddock Burger Fresh Nova Scotia haddock in a panko crust topped with sharp cheddar, lettuce, plum tomato, red onion and a house-made tartar sauce on a whole wheat oat-flecked kaiser roll.

Lion’s Head Tavern | 3081 Robie Street $6
Reuben Burger Our house beef burger, topped with Montreal smoked meat, Swiss cheese, pickles, sauerkraut and sweet and spicy mustard.

The Loose Cannon | 1566 Argyle Street $6
Cannon Burger Ground chuck seasoned to perfection, garnished with mayo, tomato, lettuce and a pickle. Served on a fresh kaiser. Simple but so good.

Maxwell’s Plum |1600 Grafton Street $6
Maxwell’s Burger Platter Maxwell’s half-pound signature burger patty served on a sesame-seed bun with romaine lettuce, red onion and a thick slice of ripe tomato. Served with fresh-cut fries.

Mezza Lebanese Kitchen | 1558 Barrington Street $6
Chicken Shawarma Burger Rotisserie-roasted, thinly sliced all-white chicken, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and house-made pickled turnips with our signature garlic sauce.

Off The Grill | 392 Pleasant Street $6
BBQ Chicken Burger Three ounces of fresh oven-baked chicken, splashed with bold Memphis BBQ sauce, layered with our crunchy coleslaw and topped with crunchy onion rings, all served on a potato scallion bun.

Parkside Pub |14 Highfield Park Drive $6
Farm-raised local beef, 16-hour slow-cooked brisket in our Tennessee smokers, topped with in-house smoky bourbon BBQ sauce, jalapeño havarti cheese, crispy fried onions and tomato chutney.

Redwood | 30 Fairfax Drive $6
RW Burger One hundred percent all-beef burger topped with goat cheese, caramelized onions and arugula.

Relish Gourmet Burgers |6024 Quinpool Road | 507B Larry Uteck Boulevard $6
Chips And Dip Burger Angus beef or vegetarian patty stacked with hand-cut chips, house-made chip dip, lettuce, tomato, our roasted garlic mayo and hand-made relish.

Riverside | 1552 Bedford Highway $6
Poutine Burger One hundred percent all-beef burger topped with cheese curds and homemade gravy.

Robie Street Station | 2394 Robie Street $6
The Robie St. Breakfast Burger Pork patty, hash brown, fried egg and tomato served on our house-made butter-bathed biscuit.

Rockbottom Brewpub | 5686 Spring Garden Road $6
Rockbottom Burger Our fresh-ground beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mustard, relish, mayo and ketchup.

The Stubborn Goat Gastropub | 1579 Grafton Street $6
Beef “Burg-Uignon” Slider Our house-made version of the classic beef bourguignon with roasted garlic aioli, mushroom and pearl onion jus, truffled pomme frites, house pickle and mozza on an Oulton’s beef patty. Add an extra slider for $4.

Sunnyside | 1552 Bedford Highway $6
Chili Cheese Burger One hundred percent all-beef burger topped with homemade chili and melted cheddar cheese.

Temple Bar | 1533 Barrington Street $6
Greek Lamb Slider Nova Scotia ground lamb and braised shoulder, tzatziki, Valley feta, roasted bell peppers, sundried tomato aioli and kalamata olives.

True North Diner | Bedford Place Mall 1658 Bedford Highway $6
Blue Bacon Jam Burger One hundred percent all-beef burger topped with homemade blueberry bacon jam, maple-infused cheese curds and garlic mayo.

The Wooden Monkey | 1707 Grafton Street | 88 Alderney Drive 2nd floor ferry terminal $6
Mexican Blackbean Burger With rice and organic roasted corn, crusted in organic blue corn chips on a housemade bolillo bun (traditional Mexican bread) with chunky guac, chipotle salsa, and nutritional yeast cheese sauce.

Your Father’s Moustache | 5686 Spring Garden Road $6
One hundred percent pure beef patty served on a fresh kaiser with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle.


The Argyle Bar And Grill | 1575 Argyle Street $9 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Jalapeño Popper Burger Beer-battered cream-cheese-stuffed jalapeños, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, chipolte mayo, Oulton’s beef and monterey jack cheese.

The Armview | 7156 Chebucto Road $13 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Molé Chicken Burger Molé-coated, hand-pressed chicken patty with shaved lettuce, fresh jalapeño and corn pico de gallo & queso freso. Tortilla seared on the grill with cilantro lime yogurt dipper to help with the heat!

Baton Rouge | 1877 Hollis Street $16 with $2 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Black Tie Burger Blackened Cajun-seasoned beef patty on a bamboo-charcoal black bun. With white cheddar and white Swiss cheese, topped with crisp bacon and white onion. Served with BR fries.

Battery Park | 62 Ochterloney Street $15 with $2 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
The Canuck Battered fried chicken tossed in foie gras maple syrup with Ciro’s four-month aged asiago bitter greens, Oulton’s bacon, house-made buns using North Brewing’s spent grain topped with black truffle mayo.

BOOMburger | 64 Dellridge Lane $7.99 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
The Firecracker Burger Three-and-a-half ounces of fresh beef, sriracha mayo, grilled onions, smoked bacon, Cows’ aged cheddar, mayo, lettuce and tomatoes.

The Bicycle Thief | 1475 Lower Water Street $20 with $5 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
The Infamous BT Housemade Chopped Tenderloin Burger Double-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, very old cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato with sea-salted hand-cut frites.

Chives Canadian Bistro | 1537 Barrington Street $18 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Caramelized Onion & Aged Cheddar Stuffed Barbecue B.L.T. Burger Eight-ounce hand-ground PEI beef patty, Bavarian smokehouse bacon, chorizo barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and dijonaise. Served with steakhouse roasties, coleslaw and truffle aioli.

Dee Dee’s Ice Cream | 5668 Cornwallis Street $7 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
The Fiesta Burger Roasted sweet potato, black bean, jalapeño, lime and cilantro patty. Served on homemade burger bun with tomato, lettuce and roasted garlic mayo.

Dhaba Casual Fine Dining | 8 Oland Crescent $12 with $2 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Grilled Tandoori Chicken Burger Seasoned Halal chicken breast, served on naan with special yogurt-chilli sauce, lettuce, cucumber and caramelized red onions. Served with masala fries or channa salad.

Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub | 5221 Sackville Street $8 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
The Quarter Pound Classic Withrow Farm’s local beef, fried onions and shrooms, cheddar cheese, pickles, garlic mayo and grainy mustard, on a sesame seed bun. No side.

Elle’s Bistro | 1678 Barrington Street $8.95 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Jalapeño Beer Cheeseburger Stout marinated local beef, jalapeños, onion ring, stout-candied bacon topped with a velvety IPA cheese sauce.

Envie | 5775 Charles Street $14 with $4 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Whoppa Veggie patty, tomato, lettuce, mayo, pickles, ketchup and white onions on sesame seed bun served with a side salad. +$1.50 gluten-free option.

Flipburger | 277 Lacewood Drive | 1565 Argyle Street $9 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Donair Burger Flipburger’s famous patty topped with Tony’s Famous Donair meat, plus onions, tomatoes and Flipburger’s own chipotle mayo!

The Foggy Goggle | 1667 Argyle Street $7 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Bulgogi Mushroom Burger Soy-marinated mushroom and black bean patty with pickled red cabbage, cucumber and tofu “mayo.” (vegan)

Gahan House Harbourfront | 1869 Upper Water Street $15 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canadian sirloin beef, ADL cheddar cheese, in-house coleslaw, crispy fried jalapeños, bacon, smoked onion jam, Sydney Street stout BBQ sauce on an Iron Bridge brown-ale bun.

Harbour City Bar & Grill | 1990 Barrington Street $10 with $2 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Six-ounce beef brisket and smoked pork-belly patty with caramelized onions, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and dijonaise on a cornmeal kaiser bun.

Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pour House at the Marriott | 1919 Upper Water Street $14 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Shrimp and Beef Burger Spicy pineapple salsa, nikiri aioli with a choice of sides.

Jungle Jim’s | 189 Chain Lake Drive $11 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Texas Jalapeño Six-ounce sirloin patty with BBQ sauce, hot pepper jelly, habanero cheese, bacon, fried jalapeño caps, red onion, lettuce and tomato, topped with ranch and served with home-cut fries.

La Frasca Cibi & Vini | 5650 Spring Garden Road $20 with $5 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Lamb Burger Pistachio and mint pesto, seared goat cheese, caramelized onions, handmade toasted brioche bun, with parmigiano black pepper fries and rosemary ketchup.

Lefty’s Restaurant And Lounge | 3650 Hammonds Plains Road $15.99 with $3 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
The Reuben Burger Deep-fried pickle, Montreal smoked meat and sautéed onions on a half-pound certified Angus ground chuck patty.

The Local | 2037 Gottingen Street $12 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
The Uptown Chuck Ground beef and house-made bacon patty with caramelized onions and blue cheese aioli on Stone Hearth bakery bun served with hand-cut fries and green salad.

Lot Six | 1685 Argyle Street $15 with $3 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Burger She Wrote House-ground beef chuck, brioche bun, Oulton’s bacon, Urban Blue cheese and pickled pear.

Niche Lounge | 1505 Barrington Street $8 with $2 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Crispy Spicy Chicken Burger Hand-breaded chicken breast, mozzarella, bacon, tomato and lettuce with a jalapeño aioli served on a toasted bun.

Old Triangle Irish Alehouse | 5136 Prince Street $15 with $5 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Slow-roasted pulled pork burger with chunky apple and onion chutney and jalapeño mayo on a locally made bun and side dish.

The Press Gang | 5218 Prince Street $25 with $3 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Kangaroo Burger A towering ground kangaroo burger with manchego cheese, pancetta, grilled portobello mushrooms, taro crisps, red onion rings, tzatziki sauce, beet confit, iceburg, trevio and sliced tomato on a brioche bun.

Primal Kitchen | 1463 Brenton Street $15 with $2 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Chicken molé burger with fire-roasted corn, red cabbage slaw and tequila aioli served with house-cut fries and ketchup.

Seasons Bistro By Atlantica | 1980 Robie Street $7 with $1 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
French Onion Burger Valley-raised beef burger, layered with double-smoked bacon jam and caramelized onions, homemade tomato ketchup and horseradish mayo with a cheddar crisp on a 24 Carrots bakery kaiser.

Stillwell | 1672 Barrington Street $14 with $2 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
The Canadiana Burger Five-ounce Getaway Farm ground beef patty, house-made back bacon, Stillwell Brand™ processed cheese, pickles and yellow mustard with a side of Tokyo fries.

TEMPO FOOD+DRINK | 1875 Barrington Street $14 with $2 donation to Feed Nova Scotia
Banh Mi Burger Green curry and coconut pork patty, tempura-battered shrimp, fenugreek pickled carrots, sweet chili, sliced cucumber and dijonaise on a crusty roll. Served with fresh cut fries.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Riot Snack Bar revs up

Farm-to-table fast food on Quinpool

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 11:26 AM

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Wondering about the red-and-black propaganda-style posters that have recently papered over the windows at the former Garden of Eat’n restaurant at 6293 Quinpool Road? Us too. Turns out they’re a sign of good things to come, thanks to entrepreneurs Nicole Tufts and Sonia Gillies- da Mota. They’re working hard to bring Riot Snack Bar—what Tufts calls “a farm-to-table fast food establishment”—to life.

“Both Sonia and I just can’t stand working for other people,” says Tufts, laughing. “We were inspired to not work for the man anymore.” With a her background working as a chef—and personal experience with food allergies—Tufts is planning a menu of normally unhealthy snack foods made healthy, and made using ingredients sourced from as close to Halifax as possible.

“When you’re looking for a quick bite, it’s hard to find something that’s maybe vegan, or antibiotic- and cruelty-free,” she says of the inspiration behind Riot, which will be modelled with a classic snack bar in mind, offering a small menu of eight to 12 items. “The concept of the snack bar came about during war time in the ’40s, a lot of them opened in military bases,” says Tufts. “And I spent six years in the military myself.”

Given the roomy dining room and massive kitchen to work with Tufts and Gillies-da Mota hope to create a community hub with both work space and dining space and to be able to share their kitchen with other small businesses. Riot Snack Bar aims to be open sometime in late spring.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Murphy Hospitality Group brings us Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

Let's get shucked up

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:31 AM

The PEI restauranteurs that brought us Gahan House (1869 Lower Water Street) last fall are back at it again, opening Barrington Street Steakhouse and Oyster Bar in the heart of downtown later this spring.

Kevin Murphy's Murphy Hospitality Group will open the 60-seat street level oyster bar, second floor 100-seat dining room and patio at 1662 Barrington Street, putting culinary focus on aged, grass-fed Maritime beef from the Atlantic Beef Plant and local oysters.

"It's going to be spectacular," says Murphy, adding that the Barrington Street Steakhouse and Oyster Bar will have a warm, casual vibe that will complement its neighbours Stillwell and Urban Outfitters. "Barrington Street has such a great history, and seems to be on the verge of revitalization with businesses, the convention centre and downtown in general."

This shucking exciting restaurant announcement comes on the heels of expansion news from fellow steak enthusiasts at CUT Steakhouse (5120 Salter Street), which will add Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar to the mix—with esteemed chef Luis Clavel at the helm—this spring after some renovations.

*On point steak + seafood GIFspiration courtesy of Melissa Buote

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