My husband and I moved to Dartmouth almost two years ago, and we're trying more and more to spend time on this side of the bridge. Don't misunderstand; we still end up in Halifax two or three times a week, but our eyes are slowly opening to what's on offer here. A lot of Dartmouthians are hopeful that the new King's Landing development is going to bring with it more gentrification and development to the downtown. But that's years away. What's here now?
Anyone who spends time on this board should be at least passingly familiar with the best places to eat and the best places to find obscure ingredients from Halifax down to Liverpool. But the Eastern Shore deserves a little love, too. So I thought I'd start a list of recommendations for Dartmouth east to say, Sheet Harbour, and see what develops.
Tell me about your your love of Willy Krauch's smoked salmon (is the son's as good as the father's?), your best experience at that tiny East German place, the church lobster suppers in Chezzetcook. What's that tea room like near Lawrencetown Beach? Let's map out this area.
Two if By Sea Cafe — Very nice coffee, though the baked goods that made them famous can be a bit much.
Pho Hoang Minh — Tasty food, passable pho, delicious spring rolls, friendly service.
Fan's — Three cheers for Dim Sum!
Revana Pizza — We tried A LOT of take-out pizza to find the best in Dartmouth. When it's good, it's very good. When it's okay, it's still better than the other choices.
John's Lunch — Probably the best greasy spoon in Nova Scotia. Everything's crispy, the cole slaw is terrific, the staff are great. And everything's clean, clean, clean.
Dobbit Bakery — The challah makes a perfect post-beach dinner of mushrooms on toast, and the emphasis on whole grains is appreciated. I really admire what the owner is trying to do here. Nice little spot.