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Rolling with Way 2 Roll sushi burritos

The new joint offers sushi of a different kind for people on-the-go.
The trend of so-called sushi burritos has hit Halifax.

Raw and roll with Fruition

Fruition, The Seaport Farmers’ Market’s raw food bar and vegan grocer, takes over a new storefront space next month.
Fruition is what you get when you combine two health-conscious, enthusiastic entrepreneurs with Halifax's increasing demand for tasty organic, local food. Like many successful small business owners, co-founders Jessie Doyle (chef), a registered nutritional consultant, and Seth Graham (CCO) turned a hobby and lifestyle---preparing and enjoying raw food---into a career.

Que Tal Restaurante Mexicano

635 Portland Hills Drive, 444-4226
Elizabeth Acosta and David Fillmore are a little bit distracted. It's the first day a new chef is working the lunch service at Que Tal without either of them in the kitchen.

EDNA

2053 Gottingen Street, 431-5683
Jenna Mooers can pinpoint the moment she fell in love with the restaurant industry. "I was in grade nine," she says.

New restaurants 2013: 2 Doors Down Food + Wine

1533 Barrington Street, 422-4224
Andrew Farrell uses words like relaxed, rustic and nostalgic to describe the personality he, as a chef, brings to food. "I always feel a bit conflicted when asked to describe my style, because I appreciate the precious side of fine dining, but I love the practicality and sheer deliciousness of down home cooking," he says.

The Shack

It was only a matter of time before longtime pals Nick Budreski and Renée Lavallée put their masterful minds–he's a seafood distributor, she's the Feisty Chef–together in the name of good eatin'. But the collaboration came to fruition last year when Budreski bid for a waterfront stall, hoping to open a deep fryer-free shanty to sell his fresh-caught seafood seasonally.

The Kitchen Table

Sitting court-side at a basketball game can completely change the experience. Being right in the thick of it, close enough to see the intricacies of each play or hear chatter between teammates, might even give you a new appreciation for the game.

enVie

It's amazing what a step outside of your comfort zone can inspire. Diandra Phipps was working front of house at her friend's busy vegan restaurant, Velo, in Germany when she was first yanked into the kitchen to help with food prep.

Good spirits

Bartender Jeffrey Van Horne’s favourite new cocktails from a year of thoughtful drink menus.
I had The Big Boss at Field Guide, which is a mix of dark and amber rum with fresh lime, mint and cinnamon syrup.

Fresh meat

The newest of the new
Don't think we've been sleeping on the job.

Go for the Gold

Gold Medal Plates has local chefs facing off in a little healthy competition to raise funds for Canadian Olympic athletes.
Gone are the days when serving something on a silver platter was the best you could ask for, on Thursday, October 17, Halifax is getting Gold Medal Plates. A fundraiser for athletes and a fine dining culinary competition that unites the competitive spirit of the Olympics with the culinary skill of some of Canada's best chefs, Gold Medal Plates takes place in 11 cities across Canada.

Top 3 restauants of 2012: Ace Burger Company

Brooklyn Warehouse's kid sister wins big with simple burgers that are as unpretentious as they are delicious.
There's an almost elegant simplicity to what father and son team Leo and George Christakos, are doing with Ace Burger—the bar burger joint feels retro, but is also very forward-thinking.

The Watchlist

They’re too new to judge, but these restos are on our radar.
NOMAD GOURMET Rolling into downtown Halifax in late August, Nick Horne and his colourful restaurant on wheels shook up the public's perception of what street food is, and can be.

Top 3 of 2012: Edible Matters

Hammonds Plains hits the jackpot with this community-focused, local-inspired homestyle kitchen.
"We want to evoke nostalgia," says Chris Burton, executive chef at Edible Matters.

Top 3 of 2012: Jincheng Chinese Cuisine

This one chef operation turns up the heat downtown with freshly-chopped, family-run, real Sichuan.
Yaeko Kawabata and Michelle Zou are blowing around the dining room of Jincheng in the tailwind of a lunchtime rush.

Burger’s the word

With Ace, Cheese Curds, Flip and Relish sizzling in four corners of the city, it’s safe to say 2012 was the year of the gourmet burger.
"No matter what part of the city you live in, now you have a chance to eat a better burger," says Chris Tzaneteas, co-owner of Flipburger.

Developing story

From subtle spruce-ups to full renovations, a dose of newness can revitalize a restaurant.
Renovations are sort of like haircuts.

Blogger bites

Some of the city’s top food fanatics take a minute away from their blogs to dig into the year in dining out.
Kathy Jollimore blogger at Eat Halifax, eathalifax.blogspot.ca

Top 3 new restaurants of 2011

Our critic picks the cream of the crop
Dozens of delicious places opened their doors this year, which is great for the city but bad for the task at hand. Choosing just a few outstanding restaurants from such a large field of contenders is hard work.

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Vol 25, No 38
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