In the Industrial Park and Big Box sprawl that is Burnside and Dartmouth Crossing can you eat from local business amongst the chains?

Of course you can!

Well if pizza is your thing, there is no shortage in Burnside. Jessy’s, Pizzadelic, PizzaTown & Burnside Pizza are there with Alexandria’s and KOD nearby. Is any of it gourmet not really is any of it greasy absolutely with Alexandria’s probably being the best. All the shops also offer sandwiches or wraps or donairs or salads and other deep fried treats you expect from your local Pizza Shop.

Then there are cafeteria style restaurants in Burnside such as Smokey’s which has daily specials, lots more grease here but offers full breakfast and often has fried haddock or say a hamburger steak. Janina’s which offers sandwiches and wraps and the chicken salad is homemade, there are also lots of Daily Specials like Cabbage Rolls and Lasagna it’s pretty good but often lacks a kick but the quality is great.

If you want more of a pub experience the Old Port offer decent pub fare with burgers being the go to including a Peanut Satay Burger. Brewdabakers also offer a slightly more chain restaurant feel to it’s pub fare but lots of Sleeman on tap and the bread and butter at the beginning of your meal is yummy. Rodeo Lounge which is more of a night time spot offer a basic burgers, club and nacho style menu. Then there is Angie’s which is a working class pub with deep fried goods, fried goods and club sandwiches and is packed Fridays at lunch. Just over in Highfield Park Parkside Pub which has a traditional East Coast tavern feel and decent pub grub.

The Hotels offer some dining choices as well. Pepper MillĀ  in the Ramada offers a typical quality hotel restaurant experience but more economical than the downtown ones, daily themes like pasta to order where the chef cooks it right in front of you. Trendz in the Best Western purports itself to be a high end dinning experience and the menu sounds great and the plates are well presented but the flavour is lacking and it is overpriced for the market, I have been there twice and both times my server was chewing gum hard. Then there is the dining room in the Burnside Hotel they offer all you can eat buffets but I have only ever heard horror stories.

There a couple corner stores NewsBreak offers up various good from the deef fryer and fried chicken and sandwiches, Linda’s offer a similar line of food but they are super friendly staff and The Three Bears which sells subs and sandwiches, but really it just a place for the Burnside crowd to get smokes.

International foods are represented with East West serving up Canadian style Chinese food. Kabaji has excellent Lebanese food but the service is sometimes slow. Chabaa Thai has excellent lunch speciasl that are tasty, the Japan Deli offers up grocery store quality sushi and terriyaki dishes. Fans’ is not far from Burnside just under the MacKay Bridge and is one of the best Chinese restaurants in metro and lunch time service is quick.

What would an industrial park be with out food trucks, Paul’s Fish and Chips offers up the greasy classic all year round and hits the spot on those days. Soups on the Move offers up a variety of tasty homemade soups and chilli changing daily and sandwiches made to go. There are other seasonal trucks that make appearances around the park.

The recent growth of Dartmouth Crossing has brought a slew of chain restaurants nest to Burnside but there are some locals tucked in. Modern Orchid offers both Thai and Canadian Chinese lots of homemade love goes into the sauces and dishes. La Cucina a transplant from Truro offers up Italian fare but it comes off uninspired and overpriced. Sunwich Cafe has a variety of sandwiches but it comes off with a chain feel. Sushi Nami has a spot here with a teppenyaki table in the evenings a good quality sushi. Sam’s Seafood Express offers a variety of deep fried seafood, hot turkey sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Retales Best Bets

  • Fans’
  • Soups on The Move
  • Modern Orchid
  • Chabaa Thai
  • Janina’s