Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Economy Shoe Shop - It Ain’t all About the Nachos!

The Economy Shoe Shop is my destination of choice when I want a fun night out for yummy food at a reasonable price. Located on Argyle Street in the heart of downtown Halifax, this restaurant/bar, often referred to as the ‘Shoe Shop’, is rarely less than packed. From its inception in the late 90’s, it has expanded from the original restaurant to include The Belgium Bar, The Diamond and The Backstage; three separate dining areas, each with it’s own unique atmosphere. Since opening ten years ago, the Shoe Shop has been a ‘go-to’ spot with food, drinks and entertainment for every taste.

My meal of choice at the Shoe Shop is generally the nachos- voted “Best Nachos in the City” by the Coast 10 years running. They’re a huge, fantastic creation of salty corn tortilla chips, crunchy vegetables and warm, gooey cheddar. The Shoe Shop actually makes them right with cheese and vegetables between every layer. On this visit, however, I had a craving for something a little different. I decided on the hamburger and was not disappointed. The Shoe Shop’s self- proclaimed “Best Burger in the City” might just live up to its claim. At the affordable price of $6, it will certainly fill you up. The burger consists of a 6 oz. flame broiled patty seasoned in-house, served on a Kaiser bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and a pickle spear. To be just a little more indulgent, I added a slice of cheddar cheese for an extra .75¢. The patty was well seasoned within a soft, fresh bun, and to my excitement they didn’t skimp on the toppings. I couldn’t possibly have had a cheeseburger though, without some fries. Since the burger is served without, I ordered a side of the Shoe Shop’s alternative roasted potatoes. The potatoes were tasty; savory seasoned bite-sized chunks with a crispy shell and a soft middle. As the serving was fairly large, they were a great bargain at $2.50. Now you can’t have a cheeseburger and spuds without a good drink, so what else? Beer of course!

As per usual on a Friday night at the Shoe Shop, there wasn’t a seat left in the house. The place was alive with delicious smells and up-beat tunes. The servers were all busy, scurrying around from the bars to their sections. I’m happy to report that the service was great, and our glasses were never empty. Go early if you want a table right away. If you arrive any time after 6, you’re sure to be waiting.

If you want a meal that’s guaranteed to satisfy and entertainment to keep you going all night long, the Shoe Shop is a sure thing. My bill, including tip, came to just under $20.

Economy Shoe Shop

1663 Argyle Street.

Open 11am-2am daily

(902) 432.7463

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