Cosy’s Snack Bar – January 18th, 2008
Happy New Year! After a very busy (and long) holiday season hiatus Diner Tuesdays is back. We took a look at our diner map and realized that there are so many wonderful establishments in Halifax that need to be experienced. To get the ball rolling we decided to visit Cosy’s Snack Bar (at the corner of Oxford and Liverpool) for breakfast this morning.
Cosy’s feels like it has been around for a long time (we forgot to ask our waitress just how long). At 9:30am it was full of people. Amanda quickly noted that all of the customers, apart from the two of us, were men…including a jovial table of police officers. Cosy’s is well named. It has a cozy, friendly feel. It is a real neighbourhood institution. The decor is not as flamboyant or as characterful as some of the other establishments that we have visited, but it is comfortable. They seem to be big hockey fans, especially the Montreal Canadiens and Team Canada. We took a booth at the back of the diner. It was luxuriously spacious for two – four adults would fit snugly.
The waitress was warmly welcoming. Within minutes of sitting down we had two steaming mugs of coffee in front of us. It didn’t take long to thaw out after our chilly walk up Oxford street.
As usual we tried to order a variety of menu items. There was a lot to choose from including a lovely selection of packaged cereals (you know that I will be back the next time I get a craving for Fruit Loops). We settled on the breakfast bagel and an order of blueberry pancakes. The breakfast bagel was enormous and came with a generous helping or delicious home-fries. Our other dish was a trio of perfectly cooked blueberry pancakes that came with a tupperware jug of syrup. We shared bites back and forth, both of us were impressed with the no-nonsense tastiness of the food. The price was good and the two of left feeling well fed for under $14.
Cosy’s Snack Bar offers a lunch/dinner menu as well with standard diner fare like burgers and meatloaf. The breakfast was delicious, so we may have to return (if time permits) in an afternoon to report on some of their other offerings. Although beware! Cosy’s is open early but, closes at 4pm every afternoon and doesn’t open at all on Sundays.