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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Poached Breakfast Bistro. Photo: Penny McKinlay

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada. Have a tip for your city? Let us know on Twitter or on Facebook. Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

BREAKFAST

Poached Breakfast Bistro shares a downtown location with late-night hangout Flint, and it’s got some really inventive and delicious brunch food that is beckoning line-ups out the door. Recommended by Saskatoon-based food blogger Penny McKinlay, this bistro serves up a few must-have dishes. (more…)

Wherelist: Best New Restaurants 2009

Where editors from across the country have cast their ballots for the Best New Restaurants to open in Canada in 2009. From creative twists on traditional cuisines to stylish décors and high quality food for reasonable prices, these are the eateries you won’t want to miss from coast to coast.

Veneto Tapa Lounge, Victoria

Victoria’s best new restaurant takes traditional tapas to a whole new level. Led by chef Tod Bosence, the sophisticated, urban Veneto Tapa Lounge offers both a hip bar area and quieter dining room, ideal for enjoying Bosence’s creative dinner menu. Each entree is presented tapas style – those in the mood for beef, for example, will enjoy it three ways: veal ravioli with portabella mushroom ragout and roasted garlic cream sauce; marinated short rib with parmesan polenta cake; and New York strip roulade with spicy lobster stuffing and bordelaise sauce.

Cibo Trattoria, Vancouver

With London’s River Café alumnus Neil Taylor heading up the kitchen and ex-Lumiere general manager/sommelier Sebastien Le Goff in charge, it didn’t take long for Cibo to gain a solid reputation for its vibrant rustic Italian cuisine, thoroughly grounded in West Coast ingredients. Taylor’s dishes, which change by the week (if not the day), are constructed with uncomplicated—but wickedly exacting—flair.

Parker House Grill & Wine Bar, Calgary

Parker House is the kind of place where diners can experience high quality service, ambience and food, for a reasonable price tag. Chef Andrew Keen, known for his excellence in “forgotten fare,” has created a menu inspired by traditional New England comfort dishes with creative twists. For dinner, most entrees (with the exception of their steaks) sit in the mid-twenties range, while diners on a budget can try one of their thin-crust pizzas for as low as $12.88.

Creations Dining Room & Lounge, Sawridge Inn Edmonton South, Edmonton

Artful, delicious dining at Creations—the paint’s barely dry and the buzz is on for the eclectic Canadian fusion cuisine of Creations, the stunning new dining room and lounge in the atrium of the Sawridge Inn Edmonton South. Walls of fire, water, badlands hoodoos and a huge dreamcatcher treat the senses as menu items entice patrons to explore palate pleasers such as Sherried Beef Caprese.

Rustica Steakhouse, Canadian Rockies

Rustic has earned its place as one of the Canadian Rockies’ top restaurants for its elegant ‘mountain lodge’ atmosphere and uncompromising dedication to Canada Prime Beef. But it’s the cuisine of Caribbean-born Chef Stefan Mahon that keeps them coming back for more. Only the top 0.3% of beef in Canada earns Prime designation (a superior grade to AAA)—Stefan’s New York cuts, grand filet mignon and prime rib chops are prepared with a signature dry rub, seared under a 1500°F (815°C) broiler and presented on 500°F (260°C) plates with garlic butter.

Hermanos, Winnipeg

Winnipeggers are feeling the Latin heat thanks to the fiery flavours of South American cuisine at this year’s arrival of Hermanos Restaurant and Wine Bar. Set in a 5,500-square-foot warehouse in the Exchange District, fast lunches, tapas and mains are found on the mainly Argentinean- and Brazilian-influenced menu. The crispy fried empanadas are a must-try.

Raw Aura, Mississauga

Raw Aura, true to its name, offers a menu of entirely raw cuisine—the better to emphasize the natural and nourishing properties of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts. In an intimate yet airy space, friendly staff dish out delectably fresh fare including a “peace wrap” bursting with avocado, tomatoes, carrots, kale, sprouts and hummus, and zesty lo-mein featuring noodles made of zucchini and golden beets.

Loire, Toronto

Loire, a self-described “casual gourmet” spot, well-situated along increasingly foodie-friendly Harbord Street offers fresh, seasonal dishes that could include chili- and cornmeal-crusted Lake Erie whitefish, grilled New York striploin and a succulent beef or lamb burger on challah bread. This intimate restaurant effortlessly straddles the line between relaxed neighbourhood fave and boldface fine-dining destination.

Teca, Muskoka

Overlooking Lake Rosseau is Teca, a fine Italian restaurant located within the luxurious Rosseau Resort & Spa. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Muskoka Lakes, find this decidedly urban dining room and a centrally located open kitchen that dishes up authentic rustic Italian fare. Tuck into freshly made pasta—from papperdelle and gnocchi to spaghetti and meatballs—or thin crust pizza made in a wood-stone oven, as well as veal chops, fish, striploin and rack of lamb.

The Grand Pizzeria & Bar, Ottawa

Nestled on one of the most auspicious corners in Ottawa’s bustling ByWard Market, The Grand Pizzeria is a popular addition to the downtown dining scene. Built in the late 17th century, this enviable location once housed The Grand Hotel. Today, it’s home to the perfect pizza pie. Traditional Italian appetizers (antipasti, salads) make way for the main attraction: authentic Napoletana pizza. The dough is created and hand-pressed by Master Pizzaiolo Pasqualino Oliveri, who placed first in the 2004 European Pizza Championship, among other honours.

Pipa Restaurant & Bar, Halifax

Chef Luis Gaspar and partner Victoria Dunham Gaspar are longtime veterans of Halifax’s dining scene. And when they decided to embark on a project all their own, they saw a glaring omission in the city’s dining scene. Specializing in Portuguese cuisine, with rich, filling and full-flavoured dishes. Pipa is the only restaurant of its type in Halifax, specializing in Old World and Brazilian dishes such as Moqueca (fish stew) and Feijoada (a stew of meats and black beans). Seafood dishes abound, including fresh grilled sardines.

The WHERE List: Best Golf Courses in Canada

From greens known for their scenic beauty to holes that are challenging even for a low-handicap golfer, these golf courses were chosen as Canada’s best by Where editors from coast to coast.

Calgary

One of Alberta’s finest courses, Heritage Pointe, is set in the pristine Pine Creek Valley. This upscale, public golf course was ranked #3 for service in Canada by Score Golf Magazine, and is known for its three distinct nines, slick greens, world-class practice facilities, and a beautiful, full-service clubhouse.

Halifax

Located just outside Halifax in Bayside, Granite Springs is one of Nova Scotia’s finest and most picturesque golf courses, as rolling hills contrast with scenic seaside vistas. Challenging bunkers and water features force golfers to bring their best game. (902) 852-4653, 4441 Prospect Rd.

Vancouver

Metro Vancouver boasts a plethora of scenic courses, ranging from Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam to Peace Portal Golf Course in Surrey to Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley to University Golf Club in Vancouver. And because it’s Vancouver, after a round of golf you can go sailing or running on the seawall or skiing—yes, even in the summer, at nearby Whistler.

Ottawa

Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, The Marshes Golf Club at the Brookstreet Hotel is both challenging and breathtakingly beautiful. Less experienced or time-restricted golfers can tee off at the attached MarchWood—a European par three that’s a perfect small-scale version of The Marshes.

Whistler

Whistler is known for its stunningly beautiful courses that incorporate mountains and water, including Nicklaus North Golf Course, Big Sky Golf and Country Club, Furry Creek Golf and Country Club, and Whistler Golf Club. Even non-golfers are happy, as long as they have a camera in hand.

Edmonton

One of Edmonton’s premier golf destinations, The Royal Mayfair Golf Club runs along the scenic North Saskatchewan River in the heart of the city, mere minutes from downtown hotels. Ringed by river valley greenery and popular Hawrelak Park, the Mayfair caters to golfers—pros and duffers alike—who appreciate a classy 18.
9450 Groat Rd, 780-432-0066.

Toronto

Head north to hit a round at the picturesque Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course in Huntsville. This 7,011-yard tour de force is a playable but demanding favourite of professionals and amateurs alike—don’t miss the signature 10th hole, where elevated tee areas perch 30-feet above a natural rock wall.

Canadian Rockies

There are many incredible golf courses in the Canadian Rockies, including classic Stanley Thompson layouts at the Fairmont Banff Springs and Jasper Park Lodge. But our pick for “best value” is the 36-hole Kananaskis Country Golf Course, known for its Robert Trent Jones, Sr design, scenic Kananaskis River Valley location, exceptional dedication to customer service and $90 green fee. For more info, check out our Mountains of Golf article.

Victoria

Victoria’s prestigious Bear Mountain Resort has just opened its second offering, the 18-hole Valley Course. Like the original Mountain Course, the new course offers gorgeous views of dramatic West Course landscape, challenging play adapted to a range of skill levels and a wide array of related amenities. Together, the two courses form Canada’s only Nicklaus-designed 36-hole golf resort.