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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chez Tess: crepes in the north end!

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 8:54 PM

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Pretty much the perfect little restaurant has opened in the north end. Chez Tess (5687 Charles) is tucked half a block off Agricola Street in the Nile House, which I had never heard of before I went hunting for the rumoured creperie Monday. It's a marvelous building, with two apartments above the ground floor restaurant, which itself is tastefully and simply decorated.

Owner Liz Cunningham was too busy handling a packed opening day lunch crowd to speak Monday, but I tracked her down Tuesday night and learned she spent 32 years in the television business, first at ABC in NY, then at CTV here in Halifax.

Cunningham speaks of the need for more neighbourhood restaurants in Halifax. "janes on the common was really the first one," she explains. "I live in the north end, and I really feel like I'm getting in on the ground floor of something big happening here, with everything that's going on on Agricola Street."

She worked for janes for two years when it first opened, but otherwise has not been in the restaurant business. "We have two great young chefs who have come up with an amazing menu," she explains.

Crepes include sweet and savoury varieties, a beef and blue cheese "man crepe," three veggie crepes, thee seafood crepes and others. Chez Tess also offers french onion soup and a seafood chowder, as well as a dessert line.

Hours are Tues-Thurs, 11:30am-8pm; Fri, 11:30am-10pm; Sat, 9:30am-10pm; Sun, 9:30am-3pm. A brunch menu is offered on the weekend.

Cunningham hopes to soon have live entertainment one Sunday evening a month, but those plans are still in the works.

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