The overall winner for 2014, this cozy, hip restaurant has gone through a lot of changes in its inaugural year. A recent revamp of the menu made this already popular spot even more of a destination for local foodies.
Fun, simple plates showcasing the diversity of Canada’s food scene are perfect for sharing and pair wonderfully with their award-winning (see right) cocktail menu. Try the melt-in-your mouth popcorn chicken (pictured) before digging in to the hearty Rutabaga and Oxtail Tart. The tender Whole Roasted Chicken served with a savoury stuffing is perfect for larger groups, and make sure to leave room for the unique Blue d’Elisabeth made with roasted pear, blue cheese, and a sherry caramel sauce — it’s amazing!
The restaurant also won our food bloggers’ vote for the best cocktail list from a new restaurant! The unanimous winner, North 53 has 15 handcrafted specialty cocktails all dreamed up by a team of bartenders headed by Brendan Brewster — “Edmonton’s King of Cocktails” according to Phil Wilson.
With incredible concoctions like Razzle Basil, Witches Fizz, and the Dirty Crim Royale to chose from, it will be hard to pick just one! Addie (@BigAddie) recommends the Rosie Cheeks that “does wonders to the taste buds with a tantalizing mix of unfiltered sake, citrus juice, aromatic elements like cardamom and saffron, and a garnish of rose petals that draws you in for the kiss… it was made to taste like a boozy version of Akbar Mashti Bastani, a popular Persian dessert.”
10240-124 St. | 587-524-5353 | north53.com
— Lindsay Shapka