After some liquid courage, I was ready to conquer my fear that was, the oyster. Yes, I'll admit it, before my Big Day Downtown, I hated those slippery suckers - they gave me the heebee jeebees. However, I've never really given them a fair shot. So I thought to myself, "what better way to spend my free money downtown, than to park myself at an oyster bar and have at it?"
Five Fishermen Grill Manager Shane Robilliard showed me the wine cellar before setting me up at the Oyster bar to sample some of their offerings. As I said, I've never been an oyster fan - and I have to admit that they're still not my fave - but after having the opportunity to sit down and sample 5 different kinds from three Atlantic Canadian provinces, I've developed a warm friendship with the bivalves.
In the photo below, Shane describes the 'Enomatic' - an Italian machine, "where they really know how to treat wine," that keeps the wine fresh for about 28 days. Once a bottle of wine is inserted into the machine, it removes the oxygen and injects an inert gas into the bottle, thus preserving the freshness of the wine.
I poured over all of the new restaurant's menus. The tough choice is obviously going to be deciding what to order - but that's after I make the difficult decision of choosing dinner or brunch. If you're a Benny Eggs fan, you should check out 5FG's 5 different kinds! I'm thinking chorizo and chipotle Hollandaise!
I tried several different kinds of oysters; Black Point and Phat Bastards from New Brunswick, Sinners in Heaven from PEI and Nova Scotians from Digby. My faves were the Nova Scotian and, funny enough, the Phat Bastards! If you're an oyster lover, this is definitely the spot to stop. With a $1 Oyster Happy Hour from 4:30 -6:30, 7 days a week, why would you want to be anywhere else?
Q Smokehouse & BBQ to check out some sweet, tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs! As I debated over pork or beef, Q's Manager Peter suggested that I try both. Thanks Pete- good call!
It was hot as Hades up in the smokehouse, so I saw no reason why we shouldn't sample the libations whilst waiting in line. We tried two of Q's signature drinks; the Sweet Tea, a lovely blend of tea, simple syrup and lemon, and the Lynchburg Lemonade, a combo of homemade lemonade and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whisky. Sidebar- I once wrote a paper on Jack Daniels and got a 96. 96!! What happened to the other 4 marks?? Still not over it.
I'd like to thank the folks at the Downtown Halifax Business Commission for involving me in this project. They have taken on the initiative to empower local bloggers to promote the core businesses of Halifax's downtown area. This idea speaks volumes as it allows readers to get an authentic perspective of life in downtown Halifax as experienced by local resident. Kudos, DHBC!