Chowder Trail: Murphy’s & Salty’s – Halifax

Murphys Halifax Lobster Dip

The Halifax Waterfront, with its festivals, deep sea fishing tours and restaurants, is a popular tourist destination.  Two of the best known restaurants, Murphy’s (@MurphysHalifax) and Salty’s (@saltysR), are both on the Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Trail, so we spent a weekend doing back to back chowder tastings.

Murphys Halifax Seafood Chowder

Murphy’s Halifax:
We visited Murphy’s first.  Murphy’s Cable Wharf is something of an institution on the Halifax Waterfront, with its ocean tours, Theodore the Tugboat and gift shop accompanying the restaurant.  The restaurant is located right next to the Dartmouth ferry terminal and features an enclosed patio jutting out into the harbour.

Murphys Halifax Seafood Casserole

@GillianWesleyNS ordered the lobster dip and my mother had the seafood casserole.  Both of their dishes were creamy, filling and delicious.  The menu indicated that Murphy’s was voted 2012 Best Seafood Chowder in Nova Scotia. While the chowder was good, we found it wasn’t as thick and flavourful as we like and the seafood was overpowered by the veggies.  It also rang in at $14, our most expensive on the trail to date.

Murphys Halifax Seafood ChowderWe gave this bowl a 6/10.  We definitely recommend both the lobster dip and seafood casserole.

Murphy’s On The Water
1751 Lower Waterstreet
Halifax, NS


Season: Year-Round

Salty’s Halifax:
The next day, Gillian and I returned to the waterfront to go to Salty’s, located by Historic Properties.  Saltys Halifax Seafood ChowderSalty’s chowder only costs $10, but also has room for improvement.  The bowl seemed smaller than others we’ve had, and doesn’t come served with bread.  It was nice and thick, but the broth lacked flavour, so this one got a 6/10 from us.

Gillian has been here in the past and especially enjoys their fresh oysters.  They have a great patio area perfect for these final summer days, and we’ll be back to try some of their other menu items.

Salty’s Halifax
1869 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS


Season: Year-Round

We’re on a mission to taste the best chowders in Nova Scotia.  Check out past chowder eating from: 
Grand Banker and Old Fish Factory (Lunenburg)
Saege Bistro (Halifax)
Train Station Inn (Tatamaguche)
Canvas Restaurant (Halifax)
Sou’wester Restaurant (Peggy’s Cove)
Bell Buoy and Lakeside Restaurant (Baddeck)
Masstown Market, Barebones Bistro & Wild Caraway (Minas Basin)
The Port Pub (Port Williams)
Boyd’s Seafood Galley (Cribbons Point Wharf)

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