Tomorrow marks round three of I Love Local's annual Open City festivities and my god there's a lot of fun and flavour to choose from. People are making spread sheets to organize how in heaven's name they can see, taste, feel it all! It's intense, and very necessary. With a list of 143 happenings it'll be one hell of a day (check out the whole list here or Halifax ReTales' handy map here), but as always my mind is on the eating.
There are 47, count 'em, FORTY SEVEN back door deals to be devoured and they're all making my stomach do a dub step drop right about now. Honestly, if it were possible for me to try them all I would, but here are eight options that are really causing me to drool. Think of it this way, if you put in an eight-hour work day on Open City adventures, you can eat something every hour.
1-Giant Foggy Spud ($5) at The Foggy Goggle (1667 Argyle Street): Have you ever had the Foggy Spuds? They're sinful, man. For Open City the Goggle is making massive, singular spuds, stuffing a potato with bacon, corn, red onion and cheese. You had me at potato. Wash it down with a $5 Propeller pint. 12-7pm
2-Gnocci with Tomato Basil & Lemon Ricotta ($7) at Canvas Resto Lounge (1583 Brunswick Street): Again, you had me at potato. Gnocci is the best. Ricotta is wonderful. This sounds like it might make you want a nap, but think of it as carb loading for the rest of the day. 12-4pm and 5-10pm
3-Oulton's burger with Ran-Cher acres goat paneer, Sriracha slaw, bacon fat mayo ($5) at the Stubborn Goat Gastropub (1579 Grafton Street): BACON FAT MAYO? WHAT? 11:30am-3:30pm
4-Softserve ($1) at Mother's Pizza (5710 Young Street): 'Cause you're going to need to even out your over-stimulated palate with something sweet. Starts at 11:30am
5-The Big Pig ($5) at The Canteen (66 Ochterloney Street): The Feisty Chef knows her sammies. This one's shaved roasted pork loin, Oulton’s double smoked bacon, bread and butter pickles, roasted tomatoes and sprouts on a housemade ciabatta. Dear lord. Maybe walk across the bridge back to Hali to make some room for more after this. 10:30am–2pm
6-General Tso's Octopus ($10) at EDNA (2053 Gottingen Street) A favourite from EDNA's regular menu, it features pineapple, peanuts, scallions, tempura all snuggled up on some sticky rice. noon-8pm
7-Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuit Pulled Pork with Chorizo Bourbon BBQ Sauce ($5) at Chives Canadian Bistro (1537 Barrington Street): There've been a lot of pork products on this wish list, no? I guess if you're going to pig out hard, you might as well really pig out. Heyoooooooo.12-3pm
8-Ol' School Donuts at Atlantic News (5560 Morris Street): You were just wondering about dessert, weren't you? Noah Connolly's family biz makes a special appearance downtown. Buy yourself a mag inside and get 10 percent off your donut. 1-6pm