Halifax’s Best Comfort Food From ‘You Gotta Eat Here’

Where are you going to look when you need a new restaurant? Yelp is handy, but kind of subjective and TripAdvisor is overwhelming and jumbled. There is, however, one resource that sets the standard when it comes to food recommendations. And that’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here’.

Funny guy John Catucci is always on the hunt for Canada’s best comfort food for Food Network’s popular show. Catucci dives into the restaurants, exploring their famous dishes and learning what makes them special directly from the chefs, owners, and patrons.

Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers + Poutinerie — Offering a complete gourmet experience, Cheese Curds specializes in burgers and poutine (surprise!). With them supporting local as often as possible and making all of their food from scratch, visitors have a bevy of food options to chose from. With a full breakfast menu (including a donut burger!) and over twenty different burgers and fries, you’ll be able to cure that craving whatever it may be.

2 Doors Down — Vowing commitment to simplicity, 2 Doors Down focuses on mastering the simplest comfort foods. The menu is a locally inspired that changes depending on seasons and will always showcase the best the Nova Scotia has to offer. The drink menu mimics the food with a focus on an ingredient-based approach that brings in liquids from near and far. Once finished with your meal, walk across the hall for a night-cap at 2 Doors Down — Bar+Bites.

Armview Restaurant & Lounge – With its quaint and retro feel, Armview Restaurant & Lounge features diner standards like homemade burgers and sandwiches as well as fusion-blends on international dishes like spanakopita and souvlaki. They also have a full breakfast menu and licensed bar, complete with a wine list to complement the diverse menu.

Boneheads BBQ — Halifax’s original BBQ Joint! If you’re looking for authentic BBQ, including ribs, pulled pork, and sausage, go to Boneheads. Eat your meat with your hands, on a bun or on a pile of fries, poutine-style. If traditional BBQ isn’t your thing, tuck into some chilli cheese tots, ripper dogs, or mac n’ cheese. The meat is smoked fresh daily so come early because when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Hali Deli — You have a craving for that authentic deli cuisine? Corn Beef Hash? Check. Lox and Eggs? Check. Salmon Cakes? Check. And if you want the deli vibes but not the food, they also offer an UnDeli menu. While you’re waiting for your food, brush-up on your Yiddish and deli vocabulary, both of which are on the back of the menu. L’chayim!

Morris East Restaurant — Financier-turned-pizza expert Jennie Dobbs has found her calling with Morris East. Along with classic local fare, Morris East offers wood-fired pizza in an oven brought over from Naples! Along with standard pizza, you have the opportunity to try Pear, Lumberjack, or Blue.

Salvatore’s Pizzaioli Trattoria — Need a hero? Look no further than Sal’s. Salvatore’s Pizzaioli Trattoria offers Hero sandwiches which taste like they are straight out of New York (and made with in-house garlic bread). These sandwiches shouldn’t take away from their real specialty which is pizza. They recommend starting with their specialty, ‘The Original’ and then working your way through the menu.