Restaurants in Dartmouth


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  • The Wooden Monkey
    Back in 2003, when Hurricane Juan left Nova Scotians stranded for a few days, Lil MacPherson grew concerned about food security. She noticed that there were few local options in their relative isolation, and that much of their food was shipped from far away with little environmental concern for how it was produced. This discovery inspired her to start supporting nearby farmers and purveyors in the hopes of strengthening Nova Scotia's foodscape. But she didn't want to stop there?she wanted the rest of her home province to embrace sustainability, too. The Wooden Monkey, a restaurant devoted to the local culinary culture, was the next step in her journey. Under the guidance of partners Christine Bower and Matthew Gass, The Wooden Monkey in Halifax and Dartmouth shine a spotlight on the work of local food producers. The menu is MSG free, and the drink menu has no artificial ingredients. Getting to know the suppliers and the people who grow their food is very important to the folks at The Wooden Monkey. In fact, every meat in the kitchen has been sourced from Nova Scotia: lamb from Nothumberlamb is used for the lamb burger, and the rustic chicken dinner is made from Pasture Hills poultry. The Monkey isn't just for meat-eaters, however. The staff also prepares an abundance of vegan and vegetarian options, including plates of gingered tofu served over organic quinoa-rice noodles. In fact, the menu is conscious of several dietary restrictions, including Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and nut allergies.
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    40 Alderney Dr.
    Dartmouth, NS CA
  • Jungle Jim's
    It’s hard to know where to look first upon walking into one of Jungle Jim’s two-dozen locations. Nearly every inch of wall space overflows with such safari-themed accoutrements as palm fronts, bamboo poles, colored lights, and a tiki bar. Although the restaurant aims to transport families to an exotic tropical wonderland, the huge menu is stuffed with familiar favorites designed to appeal to nearly every kind of diner. Chicken panini wraps and zesty buffalo wings swing quickly from the kitchen, but for more ceremonious occasions there are also a number of upscale, steakhouse-style options. A favorite is the St. Louis-style Rhino Ribs, a heft half-rack made sticky with honey garlic or barbecue sauce. Alongside such decadence, the special Slim Jim menu showcases entrees with 550 calories or fewer, such as pan-seared tiger shrimp and grilled chicken salad. Kids can dig into smaller portions on their own menu—which, once they’ve decided between alfredo pasta and animal-shaped chicken nuggets, they can fold into a tiki-style mask.
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    9049 Commercial St.
    New Minas, NS CA
  • May Garden Restaurant
    In 1976, Glen and May Young established the first May Garden Restaurant?a tiny take-out restaurant fixed along Beaverbank Road in Lower Sackville. Just under two decades later, Glen and May's nephew, Eric, bought the restaurant, and has since reproduced the success of the original mom-and-pop shop at two other locations. Eric quickly expanded May Garden to a second location in Bedford, then a third in Dartmouth. Even with that continued growth, the original restaurant sticks to its roots. When Eric bought the first May Garden in 1993, he retained the original open-kitchen policy so diners could watch chefs tangle with dancing flames as they fry Dop Woey Almond Ding or do the moonwalk after they form the perfect eggroll. Guests get a front-row seat as the varied menu blooms into colourful dishes, including curries, Szechuan offerings, and chef specialties.
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    1475 Bedford Hwy
    Bedford, NS CA
  • Split Crow Pub
    John Shippey received Nova Scotia's first Governor Cornwallis-approved liquor license on July 17, 1749. He promptly opened a pub, affectionately nicknamed the Split Crow, where mariners and travelers could stop for a hearty meal, mugs of ale, and a room for the night. No longer a lodging house, Split Crow Pub has moved on from its original location six times over, and now offers its traditional take on pub food throughout Nova Scotia. Split Crow's cooks top poutine with barbecued pulled pork, cover baked haddock in a seasoned crab crust, and crown beef burgers with seared ham, bacon, pepperoni, and house-made aioli. A generous helping of domestic, imported, and craft beers accompany meals, as do the dulcet tones of live musicians who take the stage several nights a week.
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    1717 Bedford Hwy.
    Bedford, NS CA
  • Curly Portables Pub & Grill
    In 45 minutes, finish a 2-pound Nova Scotia beef burger and 1 pound of potato skins smothered in cheese and bacon. Those are the conditions of the Man vs. Food challenge at Curly Portable's, which awards its small club of victors with a T-shirt and eternal glory. The Man vs. Food feast is Curly Portable's biggest by far, though the rest of the pub's menu likewise caters to heartier appetites. Haddock arrives atop baked potato; mushrooms fried in garlic butter cover housemade 8-ounce burgers; and beef, turkey, and veggies all simmer in the Lumberjack Pie's meat sauce. Meals unfold amid lumberjack-themed decor and numerous framed historical pictures. On Friday and Saturday, dinners segue into evenings of live entertainment with acts such as DJs and bands.
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    450 Highway 2
    Enfield, NS CA
  • Classic Fish & Chips Ltd
    Relying on old-fashioned methods of food preparation, the crew at Classic Fish and Chips LTD prepares just about everything on the menu by hand and in-house. Cabbage is shredded right there in the kitchen before being mixed into coleslaw, and fresh potatoes are sliced into slivers for french fries. The fryers sizzle with fish and scallops covered in fresh-made batter. The throwback vibe extends to the decor. Classic movie posters from the 1950s and ‘60s hang on the walls, and a vintage-style jukebox pumps out tunes and subliminal messages urging patrons to vote for Adlai Stevenson.
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    5 Cumberland Dr
    Dartmouth, NS CA

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