Enroute Magazine has recently named three restaurants in Edmonton as among the 2014 nominees for the esteemed Canada’s Best New Restaurants Award. The list is comprised of 30 restaurants across Canada that opened between June 2013 and June 2014 and includes Woodwork, RGE RD, and North 53 of Edmonton.
Enroute Magazine is also offering up a 'People's Choice' award. You're encouraged to vote for your favourite restaurant, cafe, or eatery among the nominees on the list. You can also enter into a contest that could let you win a trip to Toronto for the Top Ten Gala in November. To vote for your pick or for more information on the contest, visit eatandvote.com.
Edmonton is full of great places to eat and drink, no matter what you're looking for, you're sure to find it without having to go far. Here are few places and events to check out that didn't make the list but are deserving of the attention.
- On August 16 starting at 4pm and going until 8pm is What The Truck?! Be sure to check out the four new trucks in this nine truck fleet. Dolce & Banana, Native Delights, Canicus Catering, and One Cool Cookie. You'll find sweet gelato and delicious paninis, fresh pizza, warm gooey cookies, and the popular bannock burger. You can find this fleet of food at Borden Park at 7507 Borden Park Road. For more information, visit whatthetruck.ca.
- Whether you're a fan of pulled pork, tender brisket, or smoked chicken, you'll love MEAT on 104 Street. With their homemade sauces and extensive menu, meat lovers are sure to be satisfied.
- The new downtown market, Mother's Market, is opening on August 17 and will feature prizes, free sweets, and music. The market is open all year and offers something for every diet. You'll find fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, meats, dairy, baked goods, coffee by Transcend, and sweets. The second floor features a food court with tastes from all over the world. The entire market is wheelchair accessible and open from 10am to 5pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visit the market at 10251 109th Street, call them at 780-916-9032, or visit their website at edmontonfarmersmarket.com.
- In the Fall of 2013 Larry Stewart's Tavern opened in the Alberta Hotel. This beautifully restored tavern transports patrons to another time as they enjoy their food, drinks, and companions.
- Do you love tomatoes? On August 21 at 6pm Chef Sonny Sung of Bistecca will be celebrating tomatoes with a special dinner held at the restaurant. This unique celebration will include three courses, each with a tomato themed accent. Such as the burrata with sweet cherry tomatoes and aged white balsamic vinegar, the braised pork shoulder and spicy tomato sauce, or the chocolate sponge cake with tomato jam. Bistecca is located at 2345 111th Street and it's recommended that you call for reservations for this event at 780-43-7335. And for more information, visit their website at sorrentinos.com/bistecca.
- Daniel Costa's Bar Bricco, located at 10347 Jasper Avenue NW, is a foody's delight with meat and cheese platters, fresh breads, wine, beer, and cocktails. And the chic yet relaxed atmosphere is sure to please.
- If you've been looking for Bliss Baked Goods, it can now be found in Dovercourt at 10710 142nd Street. Lawrence Bliss' new location offers more than double the space as his previous location. The bakery is certified kosher and offers patrons dairy-free and nut-free delights. Vegetarians and vegans can also find delicious options here as well, including breakfast and lunch foods, vegetables, sweets, and more.
Even though he's had the previous location for more than a decade, Bliss is confident about the change. “We’re still Edmonton’s favourite tiny bakery, and we’ll soon be Edmonton’s favourite little bakery,” he says. Patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase frozen takeout options so that you can have Bliss Baked Goods food anytime. In addition, Lawrence bliss is keeping the previous location at 14208 118th Avenue. It will be used as a catering kitchen so that his loyal customers have even more options to enjoy his delicious offerings. For more information, visit his website at blissbakedgoods.ca
- Nathin Bye, the award winning chef of Gold Metal Plates, is opening his new restaurant Ampersand27 this fall. It's located at 10612 Whyte Avenue. The restaurant features traditional and unique takes on foods from all over the world. And with many of their ingredients coming from local sources, they give back to the community. Give them a call at 780-757-2727 or visit their website at ampersand27.com for more information.
Eateries like these are fantastic. They give a chance to try new things and feel comfortable with tried and true fare. We hate to see a good restaurant leave, but the popular Everything Cheese, by Tania and Lydia recently closed due to a flood. The absence of their scrumptious and unequalled shop will be sorely felt.
With so many unique restaurants, cafes, and eateries throughout Edmonton, it must have been difficult for the magazine to pick only three. The top 10 will be chosen from the thirty nominees named by Enroute Magazine by the international food and wine writer, Andrew Braithwaite.