Comprising an upscale restaurant, several casual kitchens, and a catering team, Mezza wears a few different faces, but all of them are distinctly Lebanese. That is to say, they celebrate fresh seafood, vibrant veggies, and juicy meats, seasoned with olive oil, garlic, lemon, and herbs. At the Quinpool location, chefs craft hot and cold mezzet—small plates—such as baba ghanouj and Lebanese sausages, warming up appetites for lamb and beef kabobs served on plates piled with rice, potatoes, and seasonal produce. Servers help quell the spiciness of the accompanying chili sauce by pouring local beers, Lebanese wines, and colorfully potent cocktails directly into guests' mouths. On some nights, live music from the strings of a traditional oud wafts through the sleek but earthy space.
As for Mezza's other locations, chicken shawarma and all-beef donair can be savored as late as 4 a.m. at the Barrington Street location. It can be sure of drawing a crowd even into the wee hours—Mezza perennially tops The Coast’s readers’ poll for Best Middle Eastern/Persian restaurant. Explaining its streak of wins in 2012, The Coast wrote: “It’s simple—the food is fresh, high quality and tasty.”
For more than 18 years, Waves Seafood and Grill has used only the finest ocean specimens to fill its menu. Blending seafood and casual dining fare, its appetizers include such dishes as flash-fried calamari and potato skins. Main courses include seafood combos that pair haddock with clams, scallops, or shrimp, as well as clam platters that feature whole Digby clams hand dipped in Waves’ special batter. Waves encourages everyone to indulge in its Spoil Yourself menu, which showcases seafood delights such as the Fishermen’s Platter—a combination of haddock, scallops, shrimp, and clams deep fried in Waves’ batter.
For diners who prefer land-dwelling fare, a robust burger menu offers 6-ounce handmade patties paired with savoury toppings. Charlotte, Waves’ resident baker, also hand makes the eatery’s desserts, which include offerings such as lemon meringue pie, apple pie à la mode, and key-lime cheesecake.
"Always fresh. Always to order." This is one of the philosophies behind The Battered Fish, but it's not the only one. In addition to corralling the freshest ingredients available and tailoring each dish—including high-quality seafood, gourmet burgers, award-winning fries, and crisp salads—to each customer's specifications, the eatery also commits itself to eco-friendly business practices to back up its dedication to health and the environment. This includes using recyclable materials, reducing water consumption, and working with partners that also practice sustainability.
Hailed as the place to go for the Best Cheap Drinks by the readers of The Coast, Oasis Pub and Eatery attracts sports fans with $10 pitchers of beer and a whole bunch of big screen TVs showing all the major sports and UFC fights. Over plates of chicken wings, burgers, or poutine layered with thin slices of King of Donair–licensed meat, friends gather together for weekly events such as open-mic nights, karaoke, and live music.
The covered patio of The Finer Diner overlooks fishing and sail boats drifting across St. Margaret's Bay. Diners may dig into fresh seafood dishes such as lobster club sandwiches, fish cakes, and fish and chips while watching the sunset or gazing at the original artwork adorning the walls.
Brewdebaker's Tap & Grill welcomes diners to steer hungry stomachs toward the modern interiors of its Halifax grill or its Dartmouth location, inside Sleeman's Brewery, to watch staff freshly craft their brews. Patrons translate a diverse menu into taste-speak with phrases such as sesame Voodoo sticks—chicken skewers bathed in panko breading and spicy chili sauce ($9.99). In-house smoked baby back ribs rubbed in apple-butter barbecue sauce form a temperate coast, kissed by rolling waves of slaw beneath a baked-potato lighthouse ($16.99). Battered haddock, shrimp, scallops, and fries tell tall tales of monstrous mouths while atop a Fisherman's platter ($15.99), and the jalapeno bacon burger ($11.99) heats hands with jalapeno havarti, maple bacon, fried onions, and a well-chosen reading from a romance novel. All burgers come with a choice of fries, kettle chips, or house salad and can be paired with cellar-fresh pours, including Brewdebaker's own ales or Sleeman drafts, which fill litre mugs for $7.99 on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 4 p.m.