is Ranked #1 of 3 Food Stores in North End Halifax.
Some say it is amazing, friendly, excellent.
The Latest Review: ★★★★★
Sent on the 11th of January, 2013
I've been going to this ethnic version of a 'Mom/Pop' shop, of a sorts since it first opened in 1991, and I was then only 10 years old. I wasn't yet living in the city at that time, but every time we made the trip into Halifax My Mother would bring always make sure to stop-in before we hit the highway back to the South Shore, where we lived. To this day, it is still one of my favourite ethnic grocers, simply because it's not only great in the variety of specialty food (perishable and non-perishable alike), but also for its nostalgia. Every visit is a walk back in memory lane to childhood, as nothing has essentially changed in this little market since it first opened. I love it unpretentious, old-school atmosphere and how the place speaks for itself; it doesn't try to be anything it's not (unlike a lot of these new, sexy, yuppie specialty food markets now popping-up in the city). In it you'll find small volumes of hard to find items stocked onthe white, wooden shelves like what you'd expect if you were walking into a grocer from days gone by, out-dated 80's looking specialty food posters onthe wall, along with random pictures onthe wall like a still from a Monty-python episode. Around the back of the store still sits the dimly-lit fridgerators containing amazing little morsels ranging from European, Spanish and Mediterranean meat a huge greek-style meat wrap that must weigh at least 2 lbs, along with spanokopitas, phylo pastries, pasties, sausage rolls, and their amazing dips ranging from hummus to taramasalata. if you go around Easter or Christmas time, you can find there famous Lox spread; a kind of cream-cheese based dip with smoked salmon and green onions. If you're also looking for thoughful and great stocking-stuffers for your foodie friends, this is the place, as they carry scrumptious, non-perishable goodies such as European chocolates, black current djon mustard imported from France, as well as an array of antipestos and specialty olive oils. All these things, amount to an amazing experience. The owner, seemingly shy, but really talkative once you get him going, is friendly and gives the best service.
Old-fashioned, and yet years ahead of it's time, Euro Pantry, in my opinion, is a neighborhood institution, and a pioneer in a city that hasn't acquired any kind of significant specialty/ethnic food scene really until the last 10 years.
A timeless, tried and true must-stop for the discerning palette.
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