Weekends were made for a lot of things. Brunch probably comes in at number one for me.
“It’s not quite breakfast, it’s not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end. You don’t get completely what you would at breakfast, but you get a good meal.” — Jacques, The Simpsons
There are plenty of places to go in the city of Halifax for a delicious brunch. Cora’s and Esquire Restaurant are a couple of standards for Cokebaby and me. If we’re feeling adventurous and want to leave our neck of the woods, we also like The Olde Triangle. Brunch for me usually means Eggs Benedict or, if I’m tricking myself into thinking I’m healthy, Eggs Florentine.
If you’re a foodie and into Twitter, a great way to find new eateries is to get your followers to do your legwork for you. Thanks to my followers, I was able to jot down some new places to hit up at a later date. The one that caught my eye came courtesy of @wryandginger who recommended Finbar’s Irish Pub.
Located in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford, Finbar’s is a great spot if you’re looking for pub fare and not interested in heading downtown. There’s a good selection of Irish beer on tap and if you’re into lamb burgers and hand cut fries this is the place to go. For an additional cost, you can even swap regular fries for sweet potato fries or go with curried chips.
But I digress from brunch.
I have to admit, at the sight of a new menu I was thrown off course. Usually, I know what I want before I sit down thanks to the technology of online menus. When I saw the word boxty, my confidence in ordering Eggs Benedict faltered.
According to the menu, a boxty is the quintessential Irish traditional meal. It’s a potato crepe stuffed with one of the chef’s unique fillings. Served with Balsamic greens. ($11) The day’s flavour was Cajun chicken. I was sold.
I’ve been told by a reliable source that the boxties we get here in Nova Scotia are a glorious bastardization of the original in Ireland. Next week, while on the Emerald Isle, I plan to taste for myself. Meanwhile, here’s what I can tell you about the kind we get in Halifax: They are perfectly delicious and the only other restaurant in the city that serves them (that I’m aware of) is The Olde Triangle at lunch. And they usually sell out. So, I have mixed reservations about letting you all in on the fact that you can now get them at a second location. On the other hand, if you don’t all rush out to try it, the menu item may not survive.
Cokebaby ordered the Finbar’s Irish Breakfast: Two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, homefries, toast, and fried tomato. ($9) His meal was satisfactory but not anything he’d write home about. When he has an Irish breakfast there’s an expectation for Irish ingredients. Things like white and black puddings and soda bread. This breakfast was more of a standard full breakfast.
We both had coffee that wasn’t terrible. Now, I’m not saying it was good coffee or coffee that I’d make at home or even go out of my way to get a mug of but for brunch diner coffee it was at least palatable. The service was also efficient and friendly. When it comes to atmosphere, I have to say I enjoyed the quiet afternoon ambience. Often in the evenings it’s crowded and the noise isn’t buffered enough, making conversation difficult. Maybe that’s just old age creeping up on me though.