I love me a diner. I love sitting in a booth eating something served with french fries from a menu where I can not only pronounce everything, but know what every ingredient is. Don't get me wrong, I love a fancy dining experience too—but sometimes simple is best.
For me, the Armview is kind of the best of both worlds. Yeah, there's booths. And it has the unpretentious welcoming feeling of a diner. But the food is also really good. And though it's simple, you can still find some stuff on the menu that would be a mouthful for some.
The downside about the Armview is that it's far (relatively speaking when you don't have a car and it's effing snowing in April). And parking can be a nightmare. BUT, once you get over its relatively not great location (right on "the rotary"—that is, the original roundabout in Halifax) and its somewhat plain exterior, what awaits inside is worth the trip.
This was not my first visit. Nor will it be my last, because the other great thing about the Armview is that—regardless of time of day—it's a crowd pleaser. Have a big group of people? Fussy eaters? Children? Simple palates? Just want a decent meal? This is your place.
Their menu has a nice broad selection of stuff, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention something about the physical menu. I'm just going to say it—I hate it. It's unwieldy and awkward to deal with. Whatever the stock and laminate combo is, it's simply not working. Now that I've gotten that off my chest, on to the meal.
I've been on a bit of an unofficial smoked salmon quest lately. Combine that with my love of eggs benny, and the Coast Guard (basically, smoked salmon eggs benny, with capers, red onion, and fresh dill) seemed like the thing to get.
I wasn't disappointed. The eggs were perfectly soft poached, the red onion added a nice little zing along with the fresh dill. The smoked salmon was decent—not the best I've had but also not terrible. Plenty of hollandaise and a nicely toasted English muffin. The homefries are not my favourite—they're not bad I just find them a little meh. Bonus points need to be given for having tea pots that don't spill everywhere when you go to pour your tea (seriously, can't we solve this problem?!)
My dining companion opted for the Muchacho (eggs benny with chorizo, tomato, and red pepper)—an old favourite of hers that once again was delicious and satisfying.
Pro tip—this place gets BUSY on the weekends. When we were leaving (just before 11am) there was a huge lineup of people waiting for tables. So if you're not an early weekend riser, be prepared that you might have to wait a bit.
According to their website, the Armview has been a family run business for 50+ years. And I hope they're around for at least another 50 more.