Monday, July 18, 2016

Halifax Vacation Part 3

On Wednesday we took the Ferry across the water to Dartmouth

It was only a short 5-10 minute ride across the water; it was a beautiful day, and the views were great.

We went to The Canteen, a super cool sandwich shop in Dartmouth, to grab some lunch.

We shared the crabster sandwich, a mixture of snow crab, lobster, and truffle aioli.  We also shared a trio of sides: kale, rice, and potato salad.

We loved everything, and were happy to finally have a delicious lobster roll.  We've had a few in the past, but have never been happy with them ... until this one.  We're still talking about The Canteen.

Later in the day we chilled out in the hotel room for a while and had a hotel room picnic.  While on our winery tour, we had picked up some Dragon's Breath blue cheese, which was named Canada's best blue cheese two years in a row.  Christopher ate that, and I stuck to the other snacks.

We hopped around to a few pubs in the evening, catching some live jazz, before heading to Field Guide for a late dinner.  Field Guide was rated as one of Canada's top 100 restaurants for 2016

The menu is simply written on a chalkboard on a wall, and things are crossed off as the kitchen runs out of them.

We ordered three small plates to share, starting with whipped ricotta with peas.

This dish was light and fresh.  Next were the best fish cakes ever!

The charred tomatoes, dill, and beautiful sauce all paired perfectly with the fish cakes, which were crisp on the outside, and soft and tender on the inside.  Our final plate was donair steamed buns, which were absolutely incredible.

The lighting wasn't great in the restaurant, and the pictures don't do the food justice, but this restaurant was spot on with each dish. 

On Thursday we started our day with ramen at Truly Tasty.  Christopher had the fried chicken ramen, and I had the pork.  We both got ours topped with an egg, which is cracked onto the soup at the table.

I had to pack up at least half of mine to-go.  For dinner that evening we went to The Bicycle Thief, a fantastic, and popular Italian restaurant with a gorgeous patio.

We ordered some scallops and oysters to start.

We then shared spaghetti with meatballs, and the most incredible risotto I've ever had, beet risotto, topped with crisp pancetta.  This was an evening special, and it's not always on the menu, which is too bad, because I would order it again and again and again. 

We took some of the beet risotto to-go, as we were too full to finish. 

By this point in the trip we were starting to get pretty sad that we only had one full day and a bit before we'd be heading home; Halifax is really charming and the week seemed to be flying by.

When we're on vacation we try to avoid the popular touristy restaurants, in favour of the restaurants off the beaten path, where the locals are more likely to go.  Because we didn't rent a car on this trip we took taxis quite a bit, and walked for many kilometers.  We dined in areas all over Halifax, not just down by the water, where the prices are hiked for tourists, and the food isn't all that great.  We did our research ahead of time, and then talked to a bunch of locals while in town, to make sure we hit up some of the best places.

Before you go on a trip, do you ever do food/ restaurant research?
How do you decide where to eat while on vacation?

1 comment:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yum, all of that foods looks amazing, especially the lobster roll and the beet risotto! Looks like you dined at some really awesome places!

Before I go on a trip, I usually try to do a little research on places like yelp. If I know someone from the area, I will ask for their recommendations, too. Dining research is a bit more challenging for me as I have to find places that have good gluten free options, but that's gotten easier over the years.