Halifax Journals

Hanging out in Halifax

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A June 2006 trip to Halifax by grannola

Jungle Jims Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia More Photos
Quote: This Journal will be an on-going set of restaurant reviews and activity reviews from my hometown of the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia.

McDonalds

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McDonalds Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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Everyone knows McDonald's. You come to expect a certain level of service, cleanliness, and food quality from one McDonald's to the next. You expect to be served quickly and politely, you expect the food to be exactly the same at every restaurant, you expect the washrooms to be usable and the restaurant area to be tidied regularly.Today, however, we discovered the unexpected. We discovered the best time ever to visit a McDonald's is when the corporate big wigs are visiting.I went to McDonald's for breakfast at 9 this morning. My mother, the baby and I met up with two friends who arrived a few minutes before we did.As soon as I walked in the door with the baby I was a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2006

McDonalds
588 Portland St., Dartmouth
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(902) 465-7303

Colby Ale House

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Colby Ale House Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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The Colby Ale House has become one of our favourite spots. We head there every Tuesday night for "Quiz Night". (Note: It does not run during the summer.) Each week there are about 8 teams (max 6 per team) competing in 5 rounds of trivia: General Knowledge, Entertainment, Music, Science, and Geography usually, but there are occasional variations.It's free to get in because they expect you will buy food, and the food is well worth the trip, even when it's not Quiz Night. The fare is mainly German and American. The fries are delicious, but so is the sauerkraut soup.We are usually there in a group of 3 to 5 people. The guys usually order a cheeseburger platter or a Germ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2006

Colby Ale House
920 Cole Harbour Rd.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2V 2J5
(902) 435-5148

Jungle Jim's

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Jungle Jim's Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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Back we went to Jungle Jim's today—it was the 4-year-old's turn to pick.After examining the oversized goldfish in the pond, we were taken to a booth. The booth had lots of room for the two big kids and me on one side, and my mom and hubby on the other with the baby in a high chair on the end.We ordered the kids meals when we ordered the drinks because one of them had to rush off early. The 8 year old had Super Slurpy Jungle Juice (basically a Shirley Temple). The 4 year old thought she wanted one too, until I reminded her that all she really wanted was the little umbrella. She had cranberry juice. I had a soda, mother and hubby both had just water.The kids meals cam...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 26, 2006

Jungle Jim's
Unit 20, Staples Plaza
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
(902) 435-4414

Steak and Stein Family Restaurant

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We went to Steak and Stein on a Monday evening. The Monday special is hamburger steak with onions and gravy. I had it once and decided although it was OK, it wasn't my favourite ($8) so I went for the Tuesday special, Derby Tips ($8 on Tuesday, $9 other days), instead. Derby Tips are little bite size pieces of steak, in a bowl with gravy, onions and peppers. It is much more delicious than I would have thought. It came with some garlic toast and I decided to be adventurous and get the 'Frips' as my choice of sides. According to the menu, Frips are not quite a fry, not quite a chip, which is an accurate description. They are nice and crunchy, but not as hot as fries. (Other options include potat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2006

Steak and Stein Family Restaurant
620 Portland St.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2W 2M3
(902) 434-8814

Garden View

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We had been craving Chinese food for several days when we suddenly had an opportunity to go out for dinner. We immediately made plans to head to the Garden View.We arrived just before 5pm and noticed that the patio was open. It was perfect patio weather so we asked if we could sit outside. The noise of the rush-hour traffic was a bit of a deterrent, so we were the only ones out there, but it was also quite early and the restaurant was by no means full.The waitress brought a highchair out for the baby and several menus. They serve many common Chinese food items and have special sections on the menu with Canadian food, a kids menu, low carb, vegetarian and gluten free options. The whole ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2006

Garden View
174 Main St.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2X 1S2
(902) 435-7777

Freeman's Little New York

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Freeman's Little New York is an institution in Halifax. The sign says they are the second oldest restaurant in Halifax. For years they have been the go-to place for a bite after a night of partying (they are open until 5:00am). So, it seems like a strange place to take the family, but hey...we're a strange family.The parking lot is behind the building and a bit hard to get to, as you have to navigate narrow alleys and find a place that isn't reserved for another business. There are only about 10 spots for all the businesses in the 3 adjacent buildings.We got there at about 5:00pm, and it was quite empty.Inside, it is definitely a bar atmosphere. There is a patio with ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2006

Freeman's Little New York
6092 Quinpool Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 1A1
(902) 429 0241

Kermesse IWK Hospital

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Boucy Castle Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Kermesse is an annual fundraiser for the IWK Children's Hospital. This year, for the first time in 40 years, it was held on the hospital grounds, and it was like it was meant to be. The last time I went to the Kermesse was 2 years ago, at the Halifax Forum hockey rink. This year it was held around and in the IWK hospital. Most of the outdoor activities required tickets which cost $1 each. The Kermesse was open from 10am to 3pm, and since we got there around noon, our first stop was the barbecue tent. Hot dogs, drinks, chips were all $1, or one ticket, hamburgers $2. So, the 4-year-old and I ate for $5—not bad. I had bought $10 in tickets and I let the kid buy her lunch with t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2006