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Edmonton restaurants

Where Canada’s 10 Best New Restaurants

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2014, chosen by the editors of Where


Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program that recognizes the top new dining destinations across the country. Where magazine’s editors deliberate at the end of each year to nominate an outstanding restaurant from their region.

This year’s selection celebrates cozy cuisine—like Prairie 360, Where Winnipeg’s pick, offering a curated mix of wild game and locally-sourced ingredients; or Tavern 1883, nominated by Where Canadian Rockies, that serves up “proper Canadian comfort food” in a charming mountain cabin atmosphere. Creative Italian fare is also in the spotlight—Bufala, selected by Where Vancouver, serves up down-to-earth rustic fare while Bar Buca, Where Toronto’s pick, showcases around 30 perfect-for-grazing small plates. Together, these restaurants and 6 more, represent the top 10 new restaurants in Canada in 2014.

Click on the slideshow to see all of Where’s Best New Restaurants of 2014.

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2013

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2013, chosen by the editors of Where

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2013

Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program recognizing the nation’s top chefs and outstanding restaurants. Editors from each of the following Where magazine regions select an exceptional restaurant to be honoured: Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Winnipeg.

In this year’s selection, a tie is declared in Calgary with two bistros claiming the prize, while an eclectic mix of cuisine is highlighted including Spanish fare in Toronto, Mediterranean dishes in Victoria, market menus in Winnipeg and much more.

Click on the slideshow to see all of Where’s Best New Restaurants of 2013.

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 


6 Edmonton Restaurants for Gluten Free Diners

No need to go hungry in Edmonton if you need to eat gluten free! Here are 5 diverse dining options in Edmonton with plenty of gluten free selections.

No need to go hungry in Edmonton if you need to eat gluten free! Here are 6 diverse dining options in Edmonton with plenty of gluten free selections.
Photo Courtesy of Craft Beer Market

1. Narayanni’s
This South African-Indian fusion restaurant serves mouthwatering made-from-scratch foods prepared with just the right amount of a tantalizing blend of spices. All of the entrees are gluten free — as are a selection of soups, salads, appetizers, and desserts — and there is an excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan options, too.

• Narayanni’s, 10131-81 Ave., 780-756-7112, narayannis.com
• Map and reviews

2. Gluten Free Diner
Their name makes it obvious that this a welcoming spot for those needing to eat gluten free, and the food is equally no-nonsense! Enjoy favourite comfort food dishes like burgers, sandwiches, and all-day breakfast creations like pancakes and waffles. Everything is prepared with gluten free ingredients in a gluten-free facility.

• Gluten Free Diner, 10015-82 Ave., 780-757-8570, gfdiners.com
• Map and reviews

3. Noorish
Hipsters and yogis love to gather at this health-and-wellness joint, which serves up organic, fresh foods and superfood elixirs. Every dish — except for one — is gluten free and vegan, and absolutely bursts with flavour with salads, noodle bowls, and “burger” variations adorning the menu. Even carnivorous types will be satisfied going meat-free for a meal here. If you’ve saved room for dessert, don’t pass up an opportunity to try the Divine Kiwi Lime Pie. The elixir beverages are likewise addictively delicious and packed with nourishment and replenishing ingredients.

• Noorish, 8440-109 St., 780-756-6880, noorish.ca
• Map and reviews

4. Highlevel Diner
This cozy diner has extensive Celiac Breakfast and Brunch and Celiac Lunch and Dinner menus for you to indulge in their fresh, homemade comfort food. Celiacs can also enjoy weekly specials including the locally famous Ukrainian Plate on Thursdays (with gluten free pyrogy), Fish and Chips and (gluten free) Beer on Mondays, and the Sunday Night Prime Rib Rib Dinner.

• High Level Diner, 10912-88 Ave., 780-433-1317,  highleveldiner.com
• Map and reviews

5. CRAFT Beer Market
Most dishes at this beer restaurant — which are upscale twists on favourite comfort foods like burgers, pastas, flatbreads, and soups — can be prepared with gluten free breads, buns, and/or pastas to accommodate celiacs. Even better? All of their breads are made in-house, except for their brunch breads which are made at the local Popular Bakery. Quench your thirst with one of six varieties of gluten free beers, brewed in international breweries.

• CRAFT Beer Market, 10013-101A Ave., 780-424-2337,  edmonton.craftbeermarket.ca
• Map and reviews

6. Remedy Cafe

Known as the place in the city for a great mug of chai tea, there’s plenty of Indian full meal items to enjoy that can all be made with gluten free wraps, rice, or pita. Looking for something light? There’s an assortment of gluten free squares, cakes, muffins, bagels, and cookies to snack on.

• Remedy Cafe, three locations in Edmonton, remedycafe.ca

Your Complete Guide to Edmonton Food Trucks


Edmonton Food Trucks

Edmonton Food Trucks: stopping at Molly’s Food Truck (Photo: Stefane Berube)

Edmonton’s culinary scene has taken to the streets, with over 20 Edmonton food trucks set to be out and about during the spring and summer months 2013. From strictly vegan fare at Sailin’ On to the locally-iconic PB&J burger from The Act, there’s plenty of variety to satisfy all taste buds. Each Edmonton food truck is parked in a designated spot and keeps its own hours, in addition to appearances at Farmers’ Markets and special events throughout the season. Here, our guide to which trucks serve what, where and when.


Best Winter Pubs in Edmonton

Best winter pubs in Edmonton: get a cozy pint (Photo: McD22)

When the temperature falls below freezing, there’s no better place to warm up than one of Edmonton’s best winter pubs. These are places where the friendly, inviting atmosphere is sure to keep you toasty while you enjoy a perfectly poured pint and make friends with the regulars. Where offers our picks for the best winter pubs in Edmonton.

See the list of the best winter pubs in Edmonton »


5 Great Dining Options Near Edmonton’s Churchill Square

Best Churchill Square Restaurants, Edmonton

Best Churchill Square Restaurants: a sample dish from Hardware Grill (Photo: mastermaq)

Sightseeing in Edmonton can—and definitely should—involve a visit to the city’s city hall and its adjacent square. Whether you’re visiting in midday for a photo op or in the evening for an event, take our list of great Churchill Square restaurants with you. You can’t go wrong when you dine at any of these five stellar places.

See our list of the five best Churchill Square restaurants in downtown Edmonton »


Where to Get the Best Alberta Beef in Edmonton

Where to get the best Alberta beef in Edmonton

Where to get the best Alberta beef in Edmonton: A Guide (Photo: CanadaPenguin)

1. Vons Steak House & Oyster Bar
This dining gem serves some of the best Alberta beef in Edmonton, especially the prime rib and hand-cut AAA Sterling Silver steaks. A favorite among locals, Vons draws in guests with the uncompromising quality of its food, and its exceptional, personable service.
Vons Steak House and Oyster Bar, 10309-81 Ave., 780-439-0041, vonssteakhouse.com, map and reviews

Read the rest of our list of places to get the best Alberta beef in Edmonton »


Where’s Best New Restaurants 2011

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2011, chosen by the editors of Where

Where Canada‘s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program dedicated to recognizing the country’s top chefs and innovative restaurateurs. (more…)