They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and dinner is always the most formal. That leaves lunch to be an afterthought for many of us — from sad sandwiches to unsatisfying grab-and-go options, busy lives tend to get in the way of enjoying this mid-day meal.
But lunch deserves more attention, and so do our local restaurants. Lunch is a reason to catch up with an old friend, to get out of the office with a coworker, or to take a breather on your own. Whether you’re visiting an old favourite or discovering a new one, Downtown Halifax & Dartmouth are excellent places to do lunch.
As part of our Let’s Do Lunch campaign, we’re highlighting the best places for this meal according to our staff.
Jodie – Senior Designer
Favourite lunch spot – aMano
Go-to order – I have many favourites, but the Mezzi Rigatoni Alla Boscaiola is great (don’t make me pronounce that out loud)!
Why she loves it – There’s a little something for everyone, including delicious choices for those who are Celiac (my daughter). I’m a sucker for pasta every time, and they don’t disappoint.
Hannah – Office Manager
Favourite lunch spot – The Canteen
Go-to order – The "Crobster" Roll
Why she loves it – Perfectly toasted bun, the best mix of lobster and crab meat with a light, refreshing sauce.
Leslie – President
Favourite lunch spot – The Bicycle Thief
Go-to order – The Panzanella Salad
Why she loves it– Beautifully ripe tomatoes, avocado, shallots, toasted croutons, all drizzled with balsamic.
Stephanie – Associate Media Director
Favourite lunch spot – Fujiyama
Go-to order – Philadelphia Roll (with avocado instead of cucumber) and Spicy Tuna Roll & Miso Soup.
Why she loves it – It’s nearby, well-priced, and has the best sushi in the city.
Patrick – Production Manager
Favourite lunch spot – Kebab Express in Scotia Square
Go-to order – I love the Lentil Kofte Wrap with the works as an alternative veggie option.
Why he loves it – Everything is fresh, full of flavour, and all the meat is charcoal grilled to order.
Julia – Social Media Coordinator
Favourite lunch spot – Wired Monk
Go-to order – The Soup & Panini Lunch Special with a Vanilla Matcha Latte.
Why she loves it – The vibe is so chill there, it’s super close to the office and my apartment, and the food is just delicious.
Adam – VP of Finance
Favourite lunch spot – Bird’s Nest Cafe
Go-to order – The Halloumi & Eggplant Panini
Why he loves it – Two of my favourite ingredients ever. Salty, cheesy goodness. What’s not to love?
Rachel – Senior Copywriter
Favourite lunch spot – Humble Pie
Go-to order – The Classic Steak ’n Cheese Pie
Why she loves it – It’s quick, there's counter-based service, and I can still enjoy a bit of my lunch hour doing other things. It’s also just so flippin’ delicious.
Trevor – Creative Director
Favourite lunch spot – Sapori Italian Street Food
Go-to order – The Meatball Sandwich
Why he loves it – It has huge meatballs, provolone cheese, and tomato sauce on a stellar bun. All my food groups!