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You Gotta Eat Here! 12 Restaurants That are Worth the Drive from the Big City

Prairie Harvest Café's maple bacon doughnuts (photo: Josh Henderson)

Prairie Harvest Café’s maple bacon donuts (photo: Josh Henderson)

PRAIRIE HARVEST CAFÉ, SASKATOON, SK
2.5 hours from Regina
Chef Michael McKeown
prairieharvestcafe.com

John Says…
We were in town for a season-two shoot and ended up at this café for lunch. Okay, we came for the maple bacon doughnuts, and stayed for the lasagna. Then I locked myself in my trailer and demanded we film a segment here for season three. (That last part is not true. I don’t have a trailer.)

You Gotta Eat… the Maple Bacon Donuts
The secret to the restaurant’s most popular dessert is the maple bacon glaze that’s both in and on the donut. Chef McKeown dices his house-smoked bacon, fries it up and then deglazes the pan with maple syrup. Once reduced, the mixture is pureed and becomes opaque while still leaving the bacon a little chunky. The glaze is mixed with flour, yeast, butter, eggs, sugar, and more maple syrup and bacon to form the actual donut. After deep frying, Mike brushes on even more maple bacon glaze and serves the donuts with crème fraîche and a squizzle of cranberry coulis.

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One response to “You Gotta Eat Here! 12 Restaurants That are Worth the Drive from the Big City”

  1. Cindy Jolin says:

    John is so right about Mile One Cafe. This is an amazingly delicious destination which takes you out of busy Whistler into the beautiful mellowness that is Pemberton. Local, fresh, creative and delicious, with the best and friendliest service you’ll find anywhere. This place is not to be missed if you are anywhere close by…so worth the trip!!

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