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Best New Restaurants of 2010

Whistler: Sidecut

A recent addition to Whistler’s dining scene: Sidecut. Blessed by spectacular views of the local mountains, this steakhouse warms up visitors after a long day of skiing with an open fire inside and a fire pit outside. The menu serves Canadian prime steaks—aged 40 days and served with your choice of rub, plus six signature sauces—while the wine list roams from international classics to boutique BC wines.

Four Seasons Resort Whistler, 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC; 604-966-5280; www.fourseasons.com

Calgary: Charcut Roast House

Photo by Perry Thompson

In the heart of downtown Calgary sits Charcut Roast House, a contemporary, sleek eatery offering simple, hearty dishes. Led by executive chef John Jackson, the team here infuses local ingredients with Italian and French country accents, labelling it “urban, rustic cuisine.” Diners can expect to find dishes like the house-butchered and aged Spring Creek prime rib and Heritage chicken, spit-roasted over a custom-built rotisserie and charbroiler; pig head mortadella studded with pistachios; pork croquettes with Gremolata aioli; and duck-fat fried poutine, with cheese curds and truffle gravy. While many of the dishes revolve around meat, vegetarians are not left out: their slow-roasted heirloom beet salad with arugula, basil and house-made goat cheese is a delight. The result is mouthful after mouthful of succulent meats, smooth cheeses and robust vegetables.

899 Centre St. SW, Calgary, AB; 403-984-2180; www.charcut.com

Edmonton: Zinc

Art-inspired cuisine—Zinc restaurant, situated inside Edmonton’s iconic Art Gallery of Alberta, offers an elegant dining experience in a truly unique atmosphere. The space features a stunning 14-foot Douglas Fir wall and towering 35-foot windows that provide a spectacular view of downtown Edmonton’s vibrant arts district. Add a zinc paneled ceiling, an array of cobalt blue glass walls and a stunning black chrome rock display and you have a true work of art in itself.

Zinc offers the very best in local cuisine with a menu that changes seasonally and featured dishes inspired by the Art Gallery’s exhibitions. Executive Chef David Omar and his talented team create their fare with fresh Alberta ingredients intermingled with local artisan food products. Any creation off their dinner menu can be ordered “by the bite” so guests can sample small portions of as many delectable dishes as they like, such as the intriguing alpaca meatballs or the green tea smoked duck breast.

2 Sir Winston Churchill Ave., Edmonton, AB; 780-392-2501; www.zincrestaurant.ca

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