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8 Best Restaurants on Calgary’s Edmonton Trail

Best Restaurants on Calgary's Edmonton Trail: OEB Breakfast Co.

Best Restaurants on Calgary’s Edmonton Trail: The original “Soul in a Bowl” at OEB Breakfast Co. (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Just a four-minute drive north of downtown, Edmonton Trail is the dark horse of emerging restaurant rows. The stretch is punctuated with an eclectic mix of eateries from retro diners serving brunch, burgers and Benedicts to upscale bistros serving fusion cuisine.

BEST EDMONTON TRAIL RESTAURANT FOR FAST FOOD
Peter’s Drive-in
Massive boxes of French fries, saucy patty-and-a-half burgers and ultra-thick, fruity shakes fly out the pick-up windows at Peter’s Drive-In as fast as its white-coated staff can make them. The Calgary fast-food institution also features two walk-up windows.
• Peter’s Drive-In, 219 – 16 Ave NE, 403-277-2747, petersdrivein.com
• Maps and Reviews

BEST EDMONTON TRAIL RESTAURANT FOR STEAK
Open Range
An upscale casual steakhouse, Open Range is a first-rate spot to sample Alberta beef dishes such as tenderloin with pearl onion chanterelle mushroom ragu and black truffle gravy. Regional game dishes include apricot-glazed wild boar rack, bison short ribs and elk Dianne.
• Open Range, 1114 Edmonton Trail NE, 403-277-3408, open-range.ca
• Maps and Reviews

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BEST EDMONTON TRAIL RESTAURANT FOR BRUNCH
OEB Breakfast Co.
OEB Breakfast Co. is the winner of the 2012 Where to Dine award for best brunch. Try the Soul in a Bowl poutine (pictured): poached eggs with herbed potatoes, Quebec cheese curds, bacon lardons and brown butter hollandaise. Also try the banana bread French toast with shaved almonds, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
• OEB Breakfast Co., 824 Edmonton Trail NE, 403-278-3447, eatoeb.com
• Maps and Reviews

BEST EDMONTON TRAIL RESTAURANT FOR FUSION CUISINE
Carino Japanese Bistro
Executive chef Kazu Kawashima infuses Japanese cuisine with rich Italian and French ingredients at Carino Japanese Bistro. The intimate restaurant is elegant yet comfortable and owner, sommelier Toshi Karino is a very attentive host. We recommend the lamb ribs, or crab ravioli with mentaiko sauce, roe, scallops and prawns.
• Carino Japanest Bistro, 709 Edmonton Trail NW, 403-984-7534, carinobistro.ca
• Maps and Reviews

BEST EDMONTON TRAIL RESTAURANT FOR COMFORT FOOD
Diner Deluxe
Diner Deluxe is one of the city’s best-known brunch spots, and its nouveau diner breakfasts are served all day. Comfort dishes rule the lunch and dinner rush. Try a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich made with apple rosemary sourdough or the succulent veal meatloaf.
• Diner Deluxe, 804 Edmonton Trail NE, 403-276-5499, dinerdeluxe.com
• Maps and Reviews

BEST EDMONTON TRAIL RESTAURANT FOR MEXICAN DISHES
El Charrito Taqueria
Another Where to Dine winner, El Charrito Taqueria ain’t fancy, but serves some of the city’s best Mexican food. Start with chicken, pork and beef (including tongue) tacos. Also on the menu at this bright, cafeteria-like restaurant are top-notch tortas, enchiladas and burritos.
• El Charrito Taqueria, 808 Edmonton Trail NE, 403-478-2924
• Maps and Reviews


BEST EDMONTON TRAIL RESTAURANT FOR BURGERS
Boogie’s Burgers
Boogie’s Burgers is arguably the city’s best burger joint. Try the notorious Shawn’s Burger: three beef patties, two slices of bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, onions and Boogie’s red sauce. Pair with spicy fries and an Angry Aztec milkshake made with chocolate ice cream, cayenne and cinnamon.
• Boogie’s Burgers, 908 Edmonton Trail NE, 403-230-7070, boogiesburgers.com
• Maps and Reviews

BEST EDMONTON TRAIL RESTAURANT FOR SEAFOOD
Big Fish Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar
More than a fish and chip shop, Big Fish Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar serves sustainably sourced seafood surprises like Arctic char with pistachiocrust, sundried olive truffle butter and wild mushroom sage mash. Oysters are two for one on Monday evenings when ordered by the dozen.
• Big Fish Seafood Restaurants and Oyster Bar, 1112 Edmonton Trail NE, 403-277-3403, big-fish.ca
• Maps and Reviews

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