“You’ll love it. It’s not quite breakfast, it’s not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end. You don’t get completely what you would at breakfast, but you get a good meal.” – Jacques from The Simpsons
Usually weekends-only affair, with friends, family or a sleazy bowling instructor, brunch is a wholesome meal that set you right until that “Sunday Scaries” creep up on you the night before Monday.
Are you into that traditional bacon & eggs affair? Crepes, pancakes and a savoury frittata? Or maybe something lighter and refreshing because you are “looking to dropping some LBs”?
We got you covered. Here are the places to celebrate the weekend with or without a slice of cantaloupe.
Essential dining for those looking for innovative dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. EDNA has been in the “support local” game for a long time, and continues to find new ways to impress within that concept. The weekend brunch is worthy of lineups on the regular, and the dinner menu is equally splendid.
Dining tip: This could be THE place for brunch in Halifax, so be prepared to line up outside.
With its atrium and classic bistro details like red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, Le Bistro by Liz takes you street side in Paris. The food is French comfort—think beef bourguignon, crepes, crème brulee—and the service is unmatched.
Dining tip: Le Bistro is a busy place. Make sure you have reservations.
An essential high-end dining destination in the Annapolis Valley, Le Caveau lives at Grand Pré Winery and is open seasonally. The menu heavily sources from the immediate region, offering a refined dinner menu and more casual lunch. Wines by the glass are made on-site, while the bottle list takes international inspiration.
Dining tip: Brunch service at Le Caveau is seasonal, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm, starting in November.
Minutes away from Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Rhubarb serves the best of local produce, including generously chunky seafood chowder, daily dessert specials and a fabulous brunch service in autumn. This year-round restaurant, on the grounds of Oceanstone resort, is popular with visitors and locals.
Dining tip: Brunch service at Rhubarb is seasonal. Combine your trip with a visit to Peggy’s Cove, which is just minutes from the restaurant.
An awesome selection of comforting dishes that are somehow appropriate to eat any time of the day, Robie Street Station takes the all-day breakfast concept up a few needed notches. If you love inventive ways to eat eggs, this is your jam. This bright neighbourhood joint overlooks the Commons.
Dining tip: Go for the Bread Puddin’ French Toast or Western Hash.
Top Chef Canada contender Renée Lavallée is Dartmouth’s sweetheart, not just for her TV fame, but for the chef-inspired lunches and dinners at this modern Portland Street restaurant. Everything from her kitchen is delicious, but the seafood-based dishes (haddock burger, chowder) will truly blow your mind. The service here is excellent.
Dining tip: If you’re coming from Halifax peninsula, why not take a ferry ride over?