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Local Favorite for Lobster Roll in Halifax

I have never had a good experience at Waterfront Warehouse. Seemed like it was a well-designed tourist trap, although nowhere near as bad as Murphy's on the Water, the ne plus ultra of Halifax tourist traps. Service spotty, food mediocre. But it has been years since I have been there so maybe it's improved.

Jun 02, 2011
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Local Favorite for Lobster Roll in Halifax

Anything at Murphy's is guaranteed to be pretty crummy, so your experience is no surprise.

The only good lobster roll I've had in Halifax is likely pretty far away from where you'd be. It was from Fredie's Fantastic Fish House which is out in Bayers Lake Business Park. Fredie's is a little place on a side street and has zero ambiance, but makes some great fish and chips and what has to be the best lobster roll in town - I ate the lobster roll and then had a bunch of excess lobster that wouldn't fit into the roll itself to finish.

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Fredie's Fantastic Fish House
Halifax, NS, Halifax, NS , CA

May 29, 2011
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Where to Eat in Halifax : 4-day Trip in July

I will second the reco for Obladee. Plus they have neat local cheese and charcuterie plates on offer in addition to a great selection of wine.

I would also suggest Il Mercato on Spring Garden Rd for some tasty Italian bistro-style food. Also the Hart & Thistle brewpub on the Halifax waterfront has stepped up their food offering of late plus has some interesting in-house beers that tend to be on the extreme side, if you're into that.

I can't really argue with any of the other mentions here except for the Esquire. You can go there for the retro experience (it's like going back in time to the '60s) but the food is nothing special.

May 26, 2011
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

The worst sit-down chain I have ever experienced is Applebee's. Everything is loaded with salt and cheese and seems as though it was microwaved from frozen. Cannot understand their success.

May 26, 2011
Greg B in Features

What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

Just about every salad, every burger, every sandwich - usually in slices that most people remove and leave on their plate. The most odious was found in a Starbucks, of all places. I was late getting back to the office after an out-of-office meeting at lunchtime and stopped in to grab a coffee on my way back. I saw they had ciabatta sandwiches pre-made in a refrigerated case so I got a tuna sandwich to go. When I finally got around to opening it I realized I had bought a red onion sandwich with some tuna in it. Mostly huge pieces of diced raw red onions with a bit of tuna and some mayo. Disgusting.

Mar 09, 2011
Greg B in General Topics

What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

They are on everything these days. The equivalent of a sprig of parsley in the '60s.

Mar 07, 2011
Greg B in General Topics

What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

Ask someone who hates eggs.

Mar 07, 2011
Greg B in General Topics

What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

Fried/poached egg dropped on something where it is completely inappropriate.

Raw red onions in/on virtually anything.

Mar 07, 2011
Greg B in General Topics

What Foods Do You Hate/Dislike that Most Hounds Probably Love?

I don't have a long list, but I absolutely cannot eat:

Raw onions of any sort, especially the now-ubiquitous raw red onion, which has become to restaurant plates what a sprig of parsley was in the 1950s. And like the parsley, most of the time I see it sent back, untouched. I hate them with the heat of a thousand suns.

Eggs of any sort (as opposed to eggs that are an ingredient, like in a cake). Apparently as a tyke I would eat eggs, but at some point I developed a strong aversion to them. They make me quite nauseous. The current fad of putting a fried or poached egg on top of a dish that would normally not have one baffles me. I hope it is a fad that doesn't last long.

Liver, foie gras, offal or organ meats in general. Same nauseous reaction.

I wonder why I get such a physical reaction to these items? There are lots of things I don't like, but which I can eat. But my reaction to these items is far more than dislike.

Feb 20, 2011
Greg B in General Topics

Cozy pub in Halifax?

The Fireside isn't really a pub and it doesn't have booths AFAIK. But it sounds like the kind of place you might like.

I haven't been, but the Henry House recently opened a new room on the 3rd floor that is apparently based on an authentic English pub.

Feb 20, 2011
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Wedding Venue Help!

White Point Beach Resort near Liverpool, NS might come close. Not cliffs, but the beach comes right up to the main lodge.

Feb 20, 2011
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Help with itinerary

This is going back to their pre-bistro days. I was there on two seperate occasions. On the first, the meals were simply not very good -- some kind of Asian dish that resembled and tasted like a Mr. Noodles with some chicken tossed on top, and a ridiculously tiny steak. On the second, food was better but overpriced (I had a curry dish that was fine but cost more than twice what Gingergrass or Cha Baa would charge for a better dish) and the hostess/co-owner was rude. That was enough for me. There are far too many places in town that are as good or better that do not overcharge and are friendly.

Feb 13, 2011
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

BEST cheeseburger (a.k.a. happiness)

Bob, the Midtown as you knew it is no more. The building has been demolished and the entire block, along with the one downhill from it where the Herald was located, has been razed to make way for a new convention center.

However, the boys moved the Midtown to the adjacent block and it has relocated in the bar space at the rear of the Prince George Hotel on Grafton St, directly across the road from the Metro Center. Somehow it has retained a lot of the ambiance and is better in many ways. Better yet, the food has not changed, except for the prices of course. I actually like it better in this new location.

The Midtown burger is what I call a meatloaf burger, as I'm sure they use some breadcrumbs in the mix. But it is really, really good.

Jan 15, 2011
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

BEST cheeseburger (a.k.a. happiness)

There is only one place in town I will sometimes order a cheeseburger: the Midtown. It may not meet your definition of "best", but I love it.

Jan 12, 2011
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Peanut butter taste tests; PB devotees: what's your favourite?

For whatever reason, after I had major surgery last year and was recuperating at home, I rediscovered a taste for PB that I thought had long left me. When I was a kid I liked PB - Skippy was my favorite - but before the surgery I bet the jar of PB on my shelf was 2-3 years old and barely used.

I much prefer smooth style over crunchy. I limit myself to the light selections and that means I really have only 4 choices here. In order of preference they are:

My Compliments (Sobeys house brand)
Kraft
Loblaw yellow label generic
Skippy

I was disappointed when I tried Skippy. I remembered it from when I was a kid but the Skippy light had the least peanut flavor and was just sort of blah. The Kraft is OK, slightly better than Loblaws, which is a little less firm in texture than the others. I don't know who makes Sobeys house brand, but it is the best of the 4 by far IMO.

Jan 09, 2011
Greg B in General Topics

Leff chronicles site sale

Jim seems to have lost interest in updating his story. We're still left hanging.

Sep 08, 2010
Greg B in Site Talk

Master board list

I think the only way to use the new release is to save the boards you are interested in using the new "saved boards" function. Given there is no "show all boards" option for the entire list, this seems to be the most workable option.

Aug 17, 2010
Greg B in Site Talk

I hate the new release

I would disagree. I cannot find very much of anything (at least without doing a whole lot of work) that I used to look at on the previous site -- the stories, blogs, etc, now all seem to be rolled into one huge lump that you have to scroll through for page upon page, or search to find if you know what you are looking for. Now all that is there is "Top Stories", whatever that means. There is a whole pile of useful stuff that is simply buried, or perhaps even discarded, who knows.

Aug 16, 2010
Greg B in Site Talk

Help with itinerary

IMO, Fiasco is the 2nd-best resto in town, after Gio. Fid has some very devoted fans but I am not among them. I have been disappointed in my visits to the place.

Aug 11, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Has Supertaster Disappeared Entirely?

Where has Supertaster James gone?

Can't find it anywhere. Gone, gone, gone... any help greatly appreciated.

Man, this redesign is a disaster. Again.

Aug 10, 2010
Greg B in Site Talk

Grocery and Alcoholic Beverage Stores in Nova Scotia

Regarding alcohol: while the vast majority is sold through the NSLC, there are also 4 private specialty stores in Halifax that have a small but unique selection of products, most of which are not found at the NSLC. Also, local wineries are able to sell their products at their winery stores and also tend to make appearances at various farmers markets throughout the province. The NSLC stores themselves tend to vary from small, community style stores to large, attractive stores with a broad assortment. Also, the Port of Wines store on Doyle St in Halifax is the place to go for high-end wines.

Jul 30, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Dining advice for Halifax

Gio is excellent and recommended. Ryan Duffy's has relocated to the corner of Sackville St and Bedford Row and is better than it was in its previous location. Just south of there is Cut, which is the #1 steak place in town right now, but expensive. Other places I would recommend are Chives, Fiasco, and Estia. The Press Gang is still there but I have not been there recently and it has changed hands so I cannot comment. Other places I have heard good things about are Pipa, just down the hill from your hotel, and the just-opened Five Fisherman Grill. You also cannot go wrong with Il Mercato for a casual Italian bistro experience and ChaBaa for casual Thai dining..

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The Press Gang
5218 Prince Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3X4, CA

Jul 25, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Where to Stock Up Between After Maine Border & Before Cape Breton?

You don't say whether you will be visiting Halifax en route, but if you are, then Pete's Frootique or the Halifax Farmers Market would be good choices for a lot of those things. If not, the Masstown Market, just outside Truro, would make a good substitute. As for beer and wine, you will do about as well in Cape Breton as anywhere else in Nova Scotia.

Jul 25, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Help - Halifax waterfront event venue

Marriott Harbourfront sounds like your best bet.

May 29, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Top Five In Halifax

I can only speak to Ryan Duffy's lunch experience, but I was shocked at how much it impressed me. I say that because the last few times I was at Duffy's in their previous location it was very bad indeed -- to the point where I not only would avoid recommending it, but would actively discourage people from going there. It was a horrible fall from grace for what was originally a pretty good spot under Risley management in the early/mid 1990s. By the time they were finishing up on Spring Garden it was not far above pub food. But the latest incarnation in their new home was outstanding.

May 03, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Top Five In Halifax

No argument on Chives, Gio and DaMaurizio. Jane's is overrated and Fid has received mixed reviews of late, plus neither would meet my definition of fine dining. I would add Fiasco and the Press Gang.

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The Press Gang
5218 Prince Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3X4, CA

Apr 28, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

purity factories newfoundland

$4.69 for a 900 gram sack at Sobeys today.

Mar 27, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Halifax, NS - Best restaurant for a corporate cocktail party

I don't think either of those places would be a good choice. Parking is atrocious at either and a corporate event implies people arriving by car. Also, the entire place would need to be shut down for the event. I would suggest Bish or one of the hotels -- the Marriott Harbourfront has a nice section that is elevated and separate from the rest of their restaurant that might be a god choice.

Feb 27, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada

Natchitoches Meat Pies

This makes no sense:

"When you’re ready to prepare the pies, heat the oven to 200°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper and a dusting of flour. Divide the dough into four even sections to make it easier to work with."

But the recipe never mentions putting the pies (or anything else) into the oven, and such a low oven would do nothing anyway. The pies later get fried. What is the point of the oven reference?

Feb 22, 2010
Greg B in Recipes

A few days in Halifax

The unfortunate thing about staying at the Marriott Harbourfront is that except for a few places, all good restaurants are steeply uphill from your room. I would echo most of these recommendations with a couple of caveats -- the Great Wall is a bit of a dive in terms of atmosphere, though the food is excellent and I have dined alone there several times without feeling uncomfortable. Jane's may or may not be worth the trip, but they do not take reservations and the place is almost always jammed, so prepare to be disappointed. I have never been a fan of Fid but have not been there in their current incarnation. Gio is very, very good indeed. One other place I would not hesitate to recommend is Fiasco, just off Spring garden on Brenton. High-end and elegant.

I would add Il Mercato on Spring garden for Italian bistro food done very well indeed, and Estia, just down the street, for good Greek cuisine. I was at Ryan Duffy's for lunch not long ago (across the street from the Great Wall) and was surprised by how good it was.

Places to avoid: close to your hotel, Salty's and any of the Murphy's on the Water enterprises, both of which are tourist traps. Same goes for the Waterfront Warehouse.

Feb 21, 2010
Greg B in Atlantic Canada