HFX Burger Week – Flipburger and Le Bistro by Liz


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!

Open Kitchen food tour Halifax

HFX Burger Week… Hali Deli Burger


Burger at Hali Deli


On the first day of #hfxburgerweek I tiptoed through the snowbanks and made it down to a packed Hali Deli on Agricola Street for lunch.  Despite the waist high snow and sporadic sidewalk clearing, it was a bright, sunny, even warm day – a perfect start for the week when everyone gets out of the house to hunt for burgers.  Hali Deli had tweeted just an hour before that they were ready to go for Burger Week shortly after 12 noon.  When I got there, they were almost full. I had been dreaming about this burger for a while.  I sat at the retro bar and chatted with Mike as he poured drinks, made milkshakes and distributed mile high burgers.  Owner Victor Fineberg was on hand and we had a chat about their recent showing on YOU GOTTA EAT HERE – a great spot.  Daniel was working his magic in the kitchen and my burger came out in no time.  This is one of amazing $5 burger deals for #hfxburgerweek and it really is a deal. image6

The thing that really makes this one of my favourite burgers in town is the crispy potato latke inside.  The potato is a great flavour pairing, but the way they crisp up the nice thin latke gives you the best crunch when you bite in.  Because of the storm the day before, Victor said he was running out to their bakery first thing in the morning to pick up their famous burger buns – and man, those were fresh.  I noticed that Daniel gave them a little time on the grill, too, as the bottom crust was crispy with a little fat, just like a grilled cheese.  You can tell they make the patties with 100% beef, by hand – no fillers here.  There’s a wicked slice of smoked meat in there, too, lots of fresh, thick sliced red onion, lettuce and tomato.  The crowning glory is owner/chef Sybil’s own sweet relish on the top – bright red and full of flavour.

Don’t miss this Hali Deli burger –  and while you’re here, you’ll find you just can’t go home without trying the BEST hand cut fries in town, and Sybil’s triple layer chocolate cake.  This is old school deli at its best.

Hali Deli North End Halifax


Visit HALI DELI with us for delicious tastings on the HFX NORTH Craft Beer & Food Tour this summer!

Delicious Local Holiday

A Gift for your Favourite Foodie!


Want to give the gift of Local Food?  Why not treat your favourite Foodie to a taste of Halifax this Christmas?
plus  a box a gift wrapped hand-crafted chocolates from SUGAH!


Free Delivery in the HRM before Dec 20

Local Tasting Tours Holiday Gift Card



 $90 tax incl

Regular value of $124


Christmas Gift Certificates may be used for the Open Kitchen Food Tour

offered year round on Saturdays 1:30 pm at the Hydrostone Market.




902 818 9055


or pick them up at SUGAH! on the Halifax Waterfront

A Tasting With Jane

All In the Neighbourhood

Meet Jane Wright, owner of Jane’s On the Common and Jane’s Next Door as she shares stories from her childhood and treats us to a beautiful tasting of lobster and fresh salad rolls. Samantha King from the One Block Barbershop next door joins us to discuss their unique, community-oriented salon and other great spots in the Gottingen neighbourhood. Find out where to purchase your next flat-screen TV, hear unexpected striptease stories and more! It’s a North End blast on this foodie podcast with Local Tasting Tours in Halifax.

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Jane's Next Door Gottingen StSamantha One Block Barbershop

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


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.

A Burger and a Deck of Cards

Meet Chef Andrew Prince, one of the main players on Team Ace Burger Co. at Gus’ Pub and Bearly’s in Halifax, serving up an outrageous number of the best burgers in the city all year long.  Guest Margo MacGregor from Local Dine Deck tastes the flagship burger and tells us about the amazing deals at local eateries available through this simple deck of cards. We talk asparagus, local craft beer, new downtown burger menus, whole roast pig, Kept boutique in Dartmouth, and so much more.  It’s all about the burger.

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FOOD+ART A Culinary Artwalk

culinary artwalk in Downtown Halifax with local restaurants

7:00 PM

Friday Night Downtown Halifax

August 22

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 Hollis street for a sampling of handmade artisan chocolates by Rousseau Chocolatier onsite at Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery before viewing the exhibits on display.  After a quick walk to Barrington Street, visit the lovely 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 Tom’s Little Havana across the street.

Tour begins 7:00 pm sharp at Mary E Black Gallery (tour finish: approx 9:00 pm Doyle Street).  All tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please bring printed ticket to tour departure site (Mary E Black Gallery).  Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special food requests or dietary restrictions.  Please contact Local Tasting Tours for more information.


Sausage Fest Tour

sausage fest Halifax

Sausage Themed HFX NORTH Food Tours during Sausage Fest 2014!

Sausage Fest 2014


For 10 days this August, Nova Scotians will have access to a wide range of restaurant and retail specials where the sausage takes centre stage, along with an amazing series of pop-up events. Halifax, Lunenburg, and the Annapolis Valley will be THE place to be from August 14 – 24, and this website is where you will have access to all Sausage Fest activities.

Try a sausage themed Food Tour

During Sausage Fest week in Halifax, Local Tasting Tours will be operating the

HFX NORTH Craft Beer and Food Tour

with a tasting menu designed to highlight a brand new sausage theme in honor of the best of Nova Scotian sausage making and chefs.  Taste innovative sausage plates, locally cured meats, and sausage inspired dishes along with all the other goodies and local craft beer presented on this delicious exploration of Halifax’s newest culinary district in the North End.

Thursday August 14

Friday August 15

Saturday August 16

Thursday August 21

Friday August 22

Saturday August 23

Sausage Fest 2014

Tasting at Hali Deli Old World Delicatessen


Come taste some Old World Deli with us at Hali Deli in Halifax’s newest culinary district. Meet owner and chef Sybil and hear about the tallest burger in town, addictive in-house fries and her famous perfect-every-time New York style cheesecake. Special guest Janet from Bide Awhile Animal Shelter tells us about her incredibly cute furry pals looking for a home and also experiences with home-grown art on the South Shore.

hand cut french fries Hali Deli Halifax North End



I Love Local HFX Open City May 10



Don’t miss your chance to check out the very first

 HFX North Craft Beer and Food Tour

during OPEN CITY 3.0 LIVE LIFE LOUD  ….for half price!  

That’s a $40 tour including 3 craft beer tastings and 8 local food tastings at the hottest restaurants in town for $20 taxes in.   

Locally owned Halifax businesses which make the city so special

from the folks at I LOVE LOCAL HFX:

What began as an experiment in 2012 is now our biggest initiative of the year and one of the highlights of our fair city. This year’s Open City will be held on Saturday May 10 and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Our theme this year is LIVE LIFE LOUD – which may be self explanatory to some, but for others you may be wondering what the heck we mean by that.

Like much of Open City, it’s open to interpretation, but we when we say we want you to LIVE LIFE LOUD, we mean we want you to try new things, to get out of your house – and maybe your comfort zone, and explore new tastes, new experiences, new culture, and meet new people.

How much more vibrant would our city be if just some of those take out meals were enjoyed actually in the restaurants, or in our parks, on our waterfront – instead of sitting in your house tweeting about it.

How much more vibrant would our city be if we didn’t go home at 9:00 – if we stayed out, walking the streets of your neighbourhood, listening to a jazz trio busking in Victoria Park.

How much more exciting would your kids find the trip to the Saturday market if afterwards they went for a picnic to Point Pleasant Park, or even McNab’s Island for the day.

How much richer would your life be if rather than reading a blog about art, you actually went to our galleries, makerspaces, or universities and experienced it in real-time.

So, it’s up to us to entertain you on May 10, but it’s up to you to come out and take part in as much as you can possibly squeeze into a day.

Back Door Takeout – Artist For A Day – Museum Deals – Shopping Deals – Charities – Music