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Brunch beckons diners with potato-crusted crab cakes benedict; savoury lunch and dinner include a curry chicken wrap

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Promotional value expires Mar 31, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation recommended for dinner. Not valid for alcohol. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not open on Mondays or on the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $10 for $20 worth of locally sourced cuisine for two people for brunch or lunch
  • $15 for $30 worth of locally sourced cuisine and seasonal entrees for two people for dinner

From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the brunch menu heralds crab cakes benedict ($13), which tops two Panko-crusted crab cakes with two poached eggs and housemade hollandaise sauce, and a weekly changing quiche lined with a potato crust ($8). Lunch occurs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday–Friday, serving up soups, salads, and sandwiches, such as the curry chicken wrap ($8), along with savoury crepes.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday–Saturday, dinner sates parties with seasonal fall/winter entrees and classic crepes. Warm brie adds creamy flavour to pasta with scallops ($15), whereas the smoked salmon crepe ($14) mingles locally smoked salmon, fresh dill and capers, and red onion cream cheese.


Though Liz Cunningham had worked in the television industry for more than three decades, her aspirations lay away from the spotlight. She wanted a slice of delicious quiet—a neighbourhood restaurant where guests could retreat from the busy streets and tuck themselves away in conversation. So she set to work, enlisting friends to help her paint and furnish the space that would become her cozy eatery. Then, with the paint drying, the only thing left was the name. Liz and a friend soon landed on _Tess_—an homage to her mother, whose photograph hangs above the handmade bar in a framed reproduction of a 1937 newspaper ad wherein she models a fur-trimmed coat on sale for $29.98.

Liz strives to capture the warmth that radiates from that picture, albeit with more eco-conscious methods such as the restaurant's geo-thermal heating-and-cooling system. She also partners with other area businesses to fill her seasonally changing menu with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. All dishes are made-from-scratch, including crepes wrapped around such savoury indulgences as locally smoked Atlantic salmon, slow-roasted chicken, or sweeter brunch ingredients such as Nutella and caramelized apples. Vegetarian items and an option for gluten-free batter, meanwhile, accommodate common dietary restrictions while leaving those who can only eat freeze-dried ice cream to their own devices. During temperate weather, guests can dine beneath canopies on the outdoor patio, which resides on a peaceful stretch of street away from crowds. A newly built, more intimate patio resides in the back of the restaurant, flooding guests with sunlight or moonbeams during private events.

Customer Reviews

Service and atmosphere add to the experience!
Graham R. · March 31, 2013
Excellent brunch, lovely friendly service
Kate F. · March 31, 2013
The food is absolutely fabulous, the staff are wonderful abd great atmosphere. I have been 3 times in the last month for weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner. Every morsel was amazing,
Heather T. · March 31, 2013
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    North End

    5687 Charles St.

    Halifax, NS B3K 3V5


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