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Best New Restaurant

Edmonton’s Best New Restaurant 2013: RGE RD


RGE RD is Where Edmonton’s Best New Restaurant 2013
Photo by Pedro Escobar

You never quite know what to expect when you wander into RGE RD, the newest and most highly anticipated addition to Edmonton’s dining scene — other than highly creative and utterly delicious creations of some sort or another, that is. Chef and owner Blair Lebsack is passionate about the whole farm-to table concept or, as he puts it, “the farms we work with dictate the menu. We don’t tell them what to grow; we work with what they give us.”

Look for fresh, seasonal and local. Look for a constantly changing menu, and look for the unexpected. Oh, and yes, definitely look for steak. As for the type of steak, well…

You see, RGE RD brings in whole cows and works from there. Tenderloin might take centre stage one night, rib eye another, and flank another and… well, you get the idea. With a wood-burning oven, a grill and some cast-iron pans at his fingertips, exactly how Lebsack might cook that steak is anyone’s guess. It will be served with some sort of beef-y ragout (think beef/onion/mushroom), though, and it will be accompanied by something warm and comforting and surprising (think creamy mashed potatoes with radish greens). Oh, and according to Lebsack, it will be “the best steak in the world.” What goes with the best steak in the world? Beer [from Hog’s Head Brewery in St. Albert] , of course!

After a steak like that you might think you’re completely satisfied, but how could you not dig into something as yummy as the Chocolate S’mores? Ooey, gooey, house-made and topped off with a fabulously innovative smoked ice cream – you won’t even miss the campfire! 10643-123 St, 780-447-4577; rgerd.caJan Hostyn 


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The cool atmosphere is just one of the reasons why Town was our Best New Restaurant of 2010.

Every year across Canada, WHERE editors choose the Best New Restaurant in their region. In 2010, we chose Town. This casually hip eatery boasts a choice selection of small and large plates. Classic dishes are kicked up a notch with unique twists, such as meatballs stuffed with ricotta and rice pudding served with pistachio brittle and sundried cherries. Besides the delicious fare, the joy of this trendy establishment is that you can wear a T-shirt and jeans (accessorized with a boyfriend blazer or cool boots, of course) and fit in just fine. 296 Elgin St., 613-695-8696.