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Burger: The Smashie at Side Hustle

Perfect in its simple execution, all the details are taken care of and it just makes a very satisfying burger. 2x Patty, 2x Cheese, Burger Sauce, Pickles.

21 Portland St.
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updated July 8, 2022

 

Hamburger on Pleasant Street:
Woodside Tavern

This is a very specific category. It’s my neighbourhood and there are lots of burger options. The price to pleasure can’t be beat and such friendly owners. The Lamb Burger is also great .

209 Pleasant St.
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updated Dec 9, 2021

 

Pizza Pie Fancy: Salvatore's

I have been going to Sal’s since 1995 when I was walking by and the smell had to be investigated. You can order a plain pizza and you won’t be disappointed, however, the Stephano is a treat as well. Or get a Hero or save room for cheesecake, all good!

5541 Young St.
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updated Nov 30, 2021

Cinnamon Roll: Tart & Soul

A fantastic cafe by King’s College. These folks make an array of baked goods, prepared meals and quick lunches. Their product can also be found in other shops. However teh cinnamon roll is the signature piece.

6389 Coburg Rd.
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updated Dec 11, 2021

Place to Get a Print: Inkwell

Making the homes of HRM brighter for over a decade now. The boutique over 200 artists and has a great selection of local themed prints, cards and merchandise. They also have their own Letterpress for creating custom pieces.

newly relocated to 1453 South Park
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updated Dec 11, 2021

Bagel:
Montreal Bagel Style

The debate can go on but I prefer Montreal Style over New York Style. These Montreal ones are the real deal. The owner worked at St-Viateur for over a decade (if you like the other style Izzy’s in Bedford also quite good)

135 Wyse Rd.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

 

Asian Grocery: Union Foodmart

New to the scene but was instantly a hit with me well organized, lots of vegetables, and dim sum, and big selection of tofu like things. As well as an excellent selection of grocery items.

195 Wyse Rd. soon in Bayer’s Lake too
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updated July 09, 2022

Latin Grocery: Cafe Aroma Latino

Ok sure this is a primarily a restaurant but the little area of Latin grocery is worth a visit and great if you are cooking a southern meal.

5780 North St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

 

Place To Have High End Meal:
Bar Kismet

I mean they don’t need my accolades, they get plenty of others on their own. The menu leans to elevated modern seafood. Don’t miss the Tuna Tartare

2733 Agricola St.
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updated Dec 8, 2021

Pharmacy

While it may fly a national banner, everything about this shop is local and about building community. The customer service is top-notch and little things like the fact there were numerous genders listed on the form when I moved over my prescriptions.

2525 Agricola St.
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updated July 8, 2022

Butcher/Deli: 2 Boys

I have been shopping here in a way for decades with its roots as Chris Brothers. They have a great deli which makes sandwiches to order (I’m a Mixed Meat on rye with gouda) , Brothers style pepperoni and lots of butcher favourites including salt meat.

984 Cole Harbour Rd.
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updated Dec 8, 2021

Niche Shop: Patch

While sewing and quilting aren’t my thing, I do buy gifts from here for loved ones. The shop has created a community and the customer service and product knowledge is top-notch. I love this shop so much that even took a class and made my own tote bag.

2571 Robie St.
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updated Nov 30, 2021

Place That I Think is Flying Way Under The Radar and You Should Check Out: Hop Scotch Dinner Club

Temporarily Closed
but doing pop up events 
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update July 8 2022

Snack Shop: Munchies on Vernon

Just a little over a year old Munchies is my go to if I want exotic snacks,  great selection of Reese, carbonated beverages, chips, Oreo variants and so much more.
There are surprise boxes if you want to take a walk on the wild side.

1840 Vernon. St. or 873 Bedford Hwy
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updated Aug 8, 2022

Sub: Kaiser’s

They have been open for over four decades if that doesn’t tell you something you just need to taste one and you will be in cold cut sub heaven. Nothing fancy about Kaiser’s and you can only get it to go but I sometimes go out of my way to get one.

799 Sackville Dr.
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updated Nov 30, 2021

Pizza Pie Regular: Pizza Time

Ok people may fight me on this but to me this is a very comforting pizza, I like to get a large work (it comes with 3 cans of pop). The service is excellent and you can see everything going on and they have hustle!

791 Pleasant St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

Pizza Slice: On The Wedge

Who says a food court in a mall has to be boring On The Wedge is a great place to have a slice of their signature Moon Pie or a collection of unique weekly specials and of course in the season the turkey dinner as a pizza Holiday Pie.

1595 Bedford Hwy.
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updated Dec 9, 2021

 

Garlic Fingers: Pizza Tonight

I can’t quite explain it, but these guys are the perfect balance of cheese garlic and grease.

218 Pleasant St.
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updated Nov 30, 2021

Dive Bar: Staggers

This place is comfort to me the owner is so sweet and the food made from scratch. It is a dive bar at it’s finest (No VLT’s though) They have always been so welcoming to me and I love it.

26 Portland St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

Beer Bar: Stillwell Freehouse

The Agricola version of Stillwell maybe you prefer Barrington St. or The Beer Garden, but I adore this one most. IT is so cozy feeling and feels like an English Pub and a great menu of craft beer and food to correspond.

2534 Agricola St.
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updated Dec 8 2021

Cocktail Bar: Lot Six

They have lots of great cocktails ready to order or you can ask what taste you are looking for and they can make it. There are a few seating areas, all feel like a place to have a good drink.(Also went on first date with my now wife here)

1685 Argyle St.
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updated Dec 8, 2021

Bar I Seem to End Up the Most : Battery Park

They have a great menu of food, the burgers are great, the fries are great and it’s a great place to spend time with friends.  Always a great beer menu too, in the winter especially I like tap 12 because its usual a dark beer on a nitro tap.

62 Ochterloney St.
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updated Dec 9, 2021

Local Beer That is Always in Production: North Brewing: Malternate Reality

This hoppy and fruity New England IPA doest for me I always enjoy it and its my default option when available.

62 Ochterloney St , 899 Portland St. &
501 Timberlea Village Pkwy.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

Nachos: El Chino

El Chino the late night sister of Robie Street Food is a delight Tequila, draught and Mexican or Chinese snacks. yes please! These nachos though easily stand out as amazing.
Honourable Mention Nachos: Level Bar in the Prince George
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2398 Robie St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

 

Place I Wish I Went To More Often but Their Hours and Location Don't Work With My Schedule, But If You Are Downtown During The Day You Should Definitely Be Visiting:
Verano

I’m rarely Downtown during weekday business hours otherwise I would be filling myself up on tacos, arepas and empanadas every day. I do make special trips though.

1871 Hollis St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

Best Place to Get a Kick-Ass Lunch That is Affordable For What Is:
Maria's Pantry

Everything here is tasty. Pasta, sauces, sweets, focaccia,  all made from scratch. At lunch you grab a hot bite Friday’s always have a special sandwich (The Porchetta is perfection) Plus lots of items to go and prep at home.

17 Prince St.
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updated Dec 9, 2021

Dumplings: El Chino

El Chino the late night sister of Robie Street Food is a delight Tequila, draught and Mexican or Chinese snacks. yes please!  The dumplings are pleasing bundles of pork and chive that keep me going back for more.

2398 Robie St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

 

Downtown After Drinking Snack : Rocky’s Original Filipino BBQ

Why it’s called Pizza Corner and not Rocky and Willy’s Magical Late Night Paradise is beyond me.
Marinated pork on stick grilled to perfection, it’s that easy to please me. Right next to Willy’s which has very good poutine. Why not put them both together.

 5237 Blowers St.
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updated 30, 2021

Reason to Leave HRM to Eat: The Noodle Guy

A day trip to Wolfville for me just doesn’t feel complete until I go across the dykes to Port Williams and have the ravioli at The Noodle Guy, often different always delightful.

964 Highway 358
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updated Dec 10, 2021

Fish & Chips: Evan's Seafood

Hidden away in Alderney Landing, Evan’s has been pumping out delicious food for years. The fish is more breaded than battered and gluten-free. You can even buy fresh fish to go. Looking for batter ? Try Fredie’s in Bayers Lake.

2 Ochterloney St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

Korean: Young Pocha

It started in the bottom of the Commons Inn this Korean delight has now expanded to a second location on Spring Garden (with BBQ and Tavern) Get the fried chicken!

2400 Agricola St. & 5650 Spring Garden Rd.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

 

Chinese : 9 + Nine

Hiding in the middle of Clayton Park in a mini-mall, this is my craving. The bao, the ginger squid and the black pepper chicken are often on my mind. 

480 Parkland Dr.
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updated  Nov 30, 2021

Sushi:
Doraku (or wherever Shuji is behind the counter)

Simple, fresh, friendly. Really that’s all you need.
The sushi is always refreshing and the fish especially shines as the star. The service is ridiculously inviting and comforting. Never disappoints.
Honourable Mention: I do really like the Venus Roll at Tako.

44 Ochterloney St.
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updated Dec 9, 2021

Bakery : Birdies Bread Co.

They have their own mill so you know they taking baking seriously, it’s not uncommon to have a little lineup and bread is sourdough perfection. Don’t pass up on the treats either the Flakies in particular are happiness. They also have a few gourmet treats in the fridge to pair with your bread.

380 Pleasant St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

Doughnut: Beignets at LF Bakery

Gottingen may be the home to the over-the-top Instagram doughnut shops, but the real winner is these jelly-filled delights. Fluffy and simple. Also, LF has an excellent selection of bread and other baked treats.

2063 Gottingen St.
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updated Dec 10, 2021

Italian (dinner): Mappatura

Comfortable saying they have the best calamari in the city, and all the mains are cooked to perfection. The space is modern and the service is amazing. You leave there with the content of a great meal.

5883 Spring Garden
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updated Dec 11, 2021

Place to Buy Something Local: The Trainyard

A move this year for The Trainyard to a new more visible space, but the same selection of locally made and themed items from artisans.
They also make sure there are lots of options to show your Dartmouth Pride.

137 Portland St.
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updated Dec 11, 2021

 

New Restaurant (2021): Kofuku

I have only been once, but it made a positive first impression on me, the Thai food especially was impressive and not as sweet as other options around town. The Sushi was pretty good as well.

2752 Robie St.
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updated Dec 9, 2021

 

National Chain Fast Food: McDs

When I’m hungry and I have little time, my crutch is to go to a McDouble. It is simple, satisfying and consistent. Exactly why people like chains.

Everywhere
updated Dec 11, 2021

National Chain Full Service: Jack Astors

You know when you have to go out for dinner with the picky person who says “I don’t know” and only trusts a place that has locations everywhere. This is my option and the chicken fingers a really good

Dartmouth Crossing & Bayers Lake
updated Dec 10, 2021

4 Comments

  1. Colleen

    Wonderful list! I didn’t know that the Woodside Tavern was still open, so good to know.

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    • Jerome

      Great job, so correct on all accounts . Most I have been to and now I’m going to get out to others you mentioned! Thank you 😊

      Reply
  2. Andrea Atwood

    Thank you for reminding us of these local gems. There are so many great spots in the city to explore!

    Reply
  3. Kim

    For fish and chips try Rudy & Olives in Bedford. Light batter, hand cut fries and friendly service.

    Reply

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