There’s something for every brunch-goer in Halifax, from Canadian standbys to Asian-inspired cuisine.
Located on Quinpool Road in Halifax’s north end, the Ardmore’s low prices, friendly service, and early hours (it opens daily at 5 a.m.) have made it a Halifax favourite for more than half a century. When Hurricane Juan took out the city’s power for nearly two weeks in 2003, the Ardmore opted to host a free neighbourhood barbeque instead of letting its food spoil. This cash-only spot serves up all-day breakfast dishes such as the Lumberjack’s Plate, a hearty breakfast that is served with nearly every type of breakfast meat imaginable.
Ever had a lobster roll for brunch? If that sounds like your thing, you can grab one at Goldwater Seafoods, located in the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in North America which overlooks the Halifax Waterfront. Or, go for all day breakfast and a fresh-squeezed juice from Norbert’s Good Food, before heading up to the market’s rooftop patio to watch the boats pass by.
This popular north-end restaurant serves a unique array of weekend brunch options, including a sweet soy-braised pork belly dish with green beans, two sunny-side up eggs and chicharron. Wash it all down with a grapefruit mimosa. Get there early, as this place fills up quickly.
If you couldn’t snag a spot at EDNA, head one block south to the café inside Seven Bays Bouldering, a free-climbing gym, to order one of the city’s best breakfast sandwiches. Avocado, sprouts and egg with dijonnaise make this one tasty option, and it’s served every day until 2 p.m. And, while you’re here, you might as well try out their namesake sport.
After a late night and a few too many local brews, head to this laid-back eatery and craft brewery down the street from city hall for the #Hangover; it’s essentially a poutine topped with English-style bangers and a fried egg. It goes especially well with a Caesar, and The Auction House serves its version with a thick slice of bacon.
This charming French café feels like those found on the streets of Paris. Le Bistro by Liz offers three varieties of eggs Benedict or, as they call it, oeufs benedicte. Go for the Nova Scotia smoked salmon Benny while admiring the eatery’s glass ceiling, and don’t forget that your weekend brunch comes with a complementary Caesar, Bloody Mary, mimosa or juice.
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