HFX Burger Week – Flipburger and Le Bistro by Liz

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Another fabulous day of HFX Burger Week – although windy and ABSOLUTELY FREEZING, the amazing burgers warmed us all up.  My first burger of the day I found at Flipburger on Argyle Street.  It was the middle of the afternoon, so they were having a bit of a lull, but the place started filling up with burger hunters just as I was leaving.  This spot has classic and specialty burgers, and also great shakes.  My vanilla shake was thick and packed full of ice cream.  

Flipburger Argyle St Halifax

I had the Big Smoke Burger, which was featured for Burger Week.  Really juicy, make before my eyes in the open kitchen, a fabulous burger.  I loved their addition of applewood smoked bacon, smoked gouda and smoked tomato to enhance the whole Big Smoke factor.  Really delicious! The bacon was done just right.

Flipburger Hfx burger week

Due to embarrassment, I will not reveal the time lapse between burgers on this day.  But my next stop was at Le Bistro by Liz on South Park Street.   We featured these folks on our Local Tasting Tours podcast a while back, and were so impressed with their menu, their friendliness, the live music line-up, and their gorgeous space – so inviting!

Hfx burger Week le Bistro by Liz

I had my eye on the Le Bistro Haddock Burger last year for Burger Week and I never made it.  It may be that I was hankering for some good Maritime seafood after all the beef I’ve been eating this week, but this burger really blew my mind.  That haddock was so fresh it flaked apart as I was eating it – a truly generous portion with an incredibly crispy breading and lots of seasoning.  Special sauce, whole wheat bun, crisp lettuce and tomato.  To have this fresh seafood fall under the $5 burger roster for Burger Week is really a steal.  I totally recommend this burger.  Beautiful!

Le Bistro by Liz haddock burger

Taste some amazing dishes with us, and meet North End chefs on the Open Kitchen Food Tour, operating every Saturday throughout the winter!

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HFX Burger Week – Athens & EnVie

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Another day, another burger, or two.  Saturday was a delicious mix of lamb burger and vegan burger for us here in the heart of this awesome Maritime burger heaven.

lamb burger athens halifax

So I headed to Athens on Quinpool Road with a group of friends around brunch time – surprisingly, some in the group did NOT have a burger, but opted for the buffet (did you know that the Athens brunch buffet has pizza, french toast, chili, fresh baked bread, croissants, sausages… shall I go on?). The friendly folks on staff told me that their burger numbers were off the charts this year.  They said they had wondered if they were even going to get involved in burger week because they don’t think of themselves as a burger joint – but they figured they were sort of  burger experts when they’ve had  famous homemade burgers on the menu for over 30 years.  This was a simple burger – and really something else.  They have cuts of fresh lamb which they grind themselves in the kitchen to make a beautiful lamb burger with housemade tzatziki, feta, lettuce, tomato and onion.  They bake all their own bread onsite, and you can tell.  Soft, fresh white bun, fresh juicy lamb, cooked to perfection.  This is one beautiful burger.

athens greek restaurant

Next burger stop was EnVie on Charles and Agricola – I had spoken with owner Diandra the day before and got word on how many of these amazing V-MACS they were going through each day — hundreds!  This wonderful neighbourhood restaurant decided to do a vegan version of a Big Mac – which beats the original by a mile.  They can barely keep up with the demand.  I went at 5 o’clock sharp, and the place was full.  These folks work hard and they really know what they’re doing.  An award winning menu.

halifax burger week

I was so impressed with the flavours in this burger.  The three part bun was baked fresh next door at LOCAL SOURCE MARKET, and it had a crispness and gorgeous flavour of its own – it’s not one of those buns which just gets lost behind the burger.  The black bean patties were very filling and beautifully spiced – the greens were fresh, the ‘cheese’ slices were packed with sharp goodness, and the secret sauce was so bizarrely like the Big Mac secret sauce that I wondered if someone in the kitchen had done some espionage. Everything about this burger was 100% meat and dairy free.  Amazing work.

en vie halifax vegan

en vie halifax a vegan kitchen

 

Don’t forget to visit En Vie with us Saturdays on the OPEN KITCHEN FOOD TOUR!

We have a demonstration and taste their cheesecake which is to die for!

CITY HARVEST 2014 HALF PRICE TICKETS

I love local hfx city harvest Oct 4 2014

HALF PRICE TICKETS

October 4  2014

 

Join us for the City Harvest 2014 celebration of all things local  in Halifax!  To celebrate the city we’re inviting you to explore local restaurant kitchens and local dining on our tasting tours for half price on Saturday Oct 4!

Simply enter promo code:

“cityharvest”

when booking your Oct 4 tickets online

 

 

OPEN KITCHEN FOOD TOUR

$25 pp   (reg $50)

 

NIGHT OUT ON QUINPOOL FOOD TOUR

$30 pp (reg $60)

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FOOD + ART a culinary artwalk

Our last collaboration with downtown art galleries and local restaurants was a great success!

We are pleased to announce a second round of

FOOD + ART:  a culinary artwalk in Downtown Halifax

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7:00 pm

Friday November 7

 

 

Join us for a guided tour of four local art galleries in Halifax’s historic downtown, paired with onsite tastings from popular local eateries.  Your tour begins at the Mary E Black Gallery at the Halifax Seaport with an exploration of innovative artwork and tastings provided by Fruition (Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market).  The route moves along to Barrington Street for a sampling of handmade artisan chocolates by Rousseau Chocolatier onsite at ViewPoint Gallery before viewing the exhibits on display.  After a quick walk along Barrington Street, visit the fine folks at Argyle Fine Art and sample various Vietnamese inspired tastings by Indochine Bahn Mi while taking in an array of ecclectic works.  The tour wraps up with a guided walk through the many rooms at the venerable Zwicker’s Gallery on Doyle Street,  with tasty treats to sample from Mezza Lebanese Kitchen.