People come to Halifax to a variety of reasons: some come to get a post secondary education, some for the vibrant music scene, while others come simply to breathe in that fresh ocean air. However, one of Halifax’s main attractions is its unique and delicious maritime cuisine. Located right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax offers some of the freshest seafood around, but we also boast a few local delicacies that might seem a little unexpected.
Whether you love shellfish or you’re more of a junk-food junkie, this city has something for you. To get the most out of your Halifax culinary experience, check out the list below to find out what the locals live off of, and where to get the best of it.
1. Donairs at King of Donair // 6420 Quinpool Rd.
No Halifax food list would be complete without donairs. This maritime delicacy is essentially donair meat (spices, shaved ground beef) in a Lebanese-style pita and topped with the infamously sweet and addictive donair sauce. It's the perfect food after a night out.
2. Garlic Fingers at Freeman’s Pizza // 6092 Quinpool Rd.
What makes garlic fingers such a maritime classic is the fact that they are often paired with donair sauce. The blend of garlic, gooey melted cheese and the sweet, milk-based sauce is irresistible to any true Haligonian.
3. Lobster Roll at Dave’s Lobster // 1707 Lower Water St.
This one is a bit of a no-brainer: we live by the ocean, so of course we have the best lobster. These lobster rolls are the perfect lunchtime treat, best enjoyed with warm butter and a view of the ocean.
4. Beaver Tails // 1751 Lower Water St.
Anyone knows you aren't a true Canadian until you've had beavertails. These sweet treats, made of fried dough and topped with the toppings of your choice (nutella, cinnamon sugar, peanut butter, warm apples, you name it!), are considered a dessert food, yet they're filling - and messy- enough to constitute a meal in themselves.
5. Fish Cakes at Black Sheep Restaurant // 1569 Dresden Rd.
No trip to the Maritimes is complete without this fishy treat. The guaranteed fresh and local ingredients make for the best fish cakes in the country.
6. Pizza Pie at Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria // 5541 Young St.
For whatever strange reason (possibly the huge student population), pizza is BIG in Halifax. So big, in fact, we have an entire intersection named after it- Pizza Corner, anyone? Whether you prefer the greasy, gooey, thick crust kind, or a more gourmet thin-crust variety, Halifax has more than enough joints for you to choose from.
7. Oysters at The Press Gang // 5218 Prince St.
Another Maritime classic: Nova Scotia oysters. This ocean delicacy can be found all around the city, year-round, in many different varieties. These slippery suckers are best enjoyed on an oceanfront patio.
8. Poutine at Willy’s // 5239 Blowers St.
No drunken night on the town is complete without this Canadian classic. There's something about mixing greasy fries, warm, salty cheese curds and thick, delicious gravy that just hits a spot that no other comfort food can quite hit.
9. Fish and chips at Phil’s Seafood // 6285 Quinpool Rd.
Much of Halifax's local classics comes from British and Irish favourite, and fish and chips are no exception. Emphasis on the fish, which was probably caught the day before, so you know what you're getting is the best of the best.
10. Chowder at Salty’s // 1877 Upper Water St.
And of course, who could resist a warm, creamy seafood chowder on a cold, rainy Halifax day?Not us, that's for sure. With a variety of some of Halifax's freshest seafood, from lobster to scallops, this delicious chowder will warm your belly and your soul.