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Hot Dining: Steak expectations

By Trevor J. Adams

Succulent steak and top-notch service are hallmarks of The Keg. Visit the popular chain in Halifax in the heart of the downtown on Market Street.

As the name suggests, Primal Kitchen on Brenton Street is a carnivore’s haven, boasting local meats smoked, cured, and butchered inhouse. The 35-ounce bone-in prime rib for two, paired with truffle fries, is a guaranteed date-night all-star.

The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar gives the classic chop-house experience a 21st-century spin. You can’t go wrong with a classic New York striploin paired with a couple of big, juicy, fresh Atlantic scallops.

The Keg.

The Keg.

A Southern-style smokehouse tucked away in a tiny Barrington Street location, Boneheads BBQ is beloved by locals. The menu includes all the slow-smoked mainstays you’d expect: ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and more. Indecisive? Try the mammoth (and ideal for sharing) Pit Boss Sampler and get a little bit of everything.

Boneheads BBQ

Boneheads BBQ

Just around the corner from the Atlantica Hotel on Quinpool Road, Relish Gourmet Burgers offers creative takes on the classic burger and fries. The house specialty is the Halifax Explosion: a flash-grilled pineapple ring dusted in habanero powder, plus pancetta bacon, curried onion frites, and aged cheddar.

The Shore Club Lobster Suppers in Hubbards are a must for Nova Scotian visitors. Enjoy a huge feed of fresh Atlantic lobster in the rollicking and informal setting of a community supper at one of the province’s last old-fashioned dance halls. The menu also includes all-you-can-eat mussels, with vegetarian, steak, chicken, and kids’ meals

Take a break from the bustle of Spring Garden Road in the subterranean refuge of the Rockbottom Brewpub. The menu offers all the pub grub you’d expect, but the house-made craft-beer is the real draw. Locals love the zesty IPA and rich oatmeal stout; keep an eye out for the brewer’s latest seasonal creations. But why play favourites? A sampler tray is a tasty way to experience all the newest brews.

Rockbottom Brewpub

Rockbottom Brewpub

If you’re the sort of person who skips dinner to save room for dessert, proceed directly to The Middle Spoon on Barrington Street and at Sunnyside Mall. This stylish spot specializes in decadent desserts paired with creative cocktails. It’s the ideal place to while away an evening with friends.

9 Must-Dine Banff Restaurants

March 9, 2016
By Where Writers

Banff’s dining choices are as varied as the area’s outdoor adventure options. Whether you’ve got a craving for a juicy steak, international flavours, something healthy yet hearty or signature Rocky Mountain cuisine, you’re bound to find it in this mountain town.



Saucy Steaks
Meat lovers will delight in these hearty winter meals:

  • 1888 Chop House: Try a steak for two—chef Barry Mooney suggests a cherry wood-grilled 40-oz ribeye.
  • Saltlik: Spice up your palate—the chipotle BBQ sauce with 19 ingredients on the Certified Angus Prime Sirloin packs a punch.
  • The Keg: Combine turf with surf—the grilled sirloin Oscar is topped with shrimp, scallops, asparagus and Béarnaise sauce.


Canmore’s Restaurant Scene is Hot this Winter

Feb. 20, 2016
By Afton Aikens & Ashley Materi

There are so many things we love about Canmore’s dining scene. Engaged and innovative chefs, creative culinary event planning…and of course, amazing food. Try it for yourself this season and see why we’re hooked.

Mii Sushi & BBQ, by Glenn Miles

Mii Sushi & BBQ, by Glenn Miles

It’s a Deal
Canmore restaurants are a wonderland of tasty specials:

  • Stoney’s Bar & Grill: The Twelvetastic menu offers 12 mains with soup or salad for $12 each, through winter.
  • Mii Sushi & BBQ: Lunchtime bento boxes ($15/ $16) feature sushi, tempura, salad and teriyaki options.
  • Rustica Steakhouse: Upscale Date Night three-course meals with a bottle of wine are $119 per couple, Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 pm through winter.
  • Murietta’s: Beer, wine, spirits and delicious appetizers are $5 each, weekdays 3:30 to 6:30 pm.
  • Rose & Crown and Georgetown Inn Pub: Both offer terrific $10 sandwich and soup deals at lunch; the Rose’s special includes an additional side.
  • Tavern 1883: Dinner specials ($18.83 Sunday to Thursday) include a pint, glass of wine or virgin cocktail. Weekday $16.83 burger specials at lunch come with a draft sleeve or milkshake.


4 Favourite Banff Restaurants

By Where Staff

Photo: Elk & Oarsman

Photo: Elk & Oarsman

Spirit of Banff

Park Distillery is arguably the most original new Banff restaurant to open, ever! Joining the exclusive ranks of few such establishments in Canada, vodka and gin (and soon whiskey) are produced in-house. After a free tour of the distillery, sample their spirits straight, in an exotic cocktail or incorporated into the wood-fired cuisine of chef Liz Gagnon’s food menu. While at it, drink in the backcountry alpine hut décor.


10 Delicious Banff Restaurants

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs

By Where Staff

New on Banff’s Dining Scene

The newest restaurant at the Fairmont Banff Springs is 1888 Chop House. The trendy chop house concept is juxtaposed with elements from the past such as railway artifacts and a name that evokes the hotel’s opening year. Before your meal, take a seat at the cocktail bar that overlooks the Castle in the Rockies’ lobby.


8 Best Restaurants on Calgary’s Edmonton Trail

Best Restaurants on Calgary's Edmonton Trail: OEB Breakfast Co.

Best Restaurants on Calgary’s Edmonton Trail: The original “Soul in a Bowl” at OEB Breakfast Co. (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Just a four-minute drive north of downtown, Edmonton Trail is the dark horse of emerging restaurant rows. The stretch is punctuated with an eclectic mix of eateries from retro diners serving brunch, burgers and Benedicts to upscale bistros serving fusion cuisine.


Hot Dining: Hy’s Encore Serves Up Superb Steaks

New York strip, Atlantic lobster tail, sautéed fresh spinach and onion rings, at Hy’s Encore. Photo by KK Law

Little has changed at downtown’s long-running steakhouse, which since 1962 has lured carnivorous devotees to luxurious, distinctly clubby surroundings. Fans hail the superb dry-aged steaks paired with wines from a significant cellar, as well as delectable cheese bread, served foil-wrapped with unapologetic practicality. The ongoing half-centenary menu features classics such as steak Diane and chateaubriand, which truly capture the enduring essence of Hy’s Encore.—Tim Pawsey

Hot Dining: Cool and Cozy Dinner Spot

The popular $12 fries are served with a "side order" of steak.

If you love ending the day with a glass of wine and a good meal, look no further than Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro in the ByWard Market, which is known for its warm, relaxed atmosphere (as well as its $12 French fries served with a side order of steak). This restaurant carries 70 wines by the glass, 200 types of beer (including hard to find Belgian ones), and 20 wine flights, which come with a tasting sheet and three different wines. Live jazz Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday evenings and a complimentary cheese table Sunday to Thursday from 4pm to 6pm add to the experience. 54 York St. (in the cellar), 613-241-4270.

Hot Dining: Steak’s New Meating Place at Black + Blue

The bar and meat-aging cellar at Black + Blue. Photo by KK Law

Downtown’s newest steak emporium, Black + Blue (pictured) is a positive stunner with no shortage of buzz, wrapping prime beef and killer cocktails in a dazzling three-tiered setting highlighted by a glass-walled elevator. Uber-cuts from the Himalayan-salt-walled dry-aging room range from PEI Blue Ribbon and Canadian Reserve Angus to USDA RR Ranch and Wagyu, grilled precisely to taste and offered with a variety of sauces. Good sustainable seafood options cater to the less carnivorously inclined. Think high-energy protein palace…then multiply by 100. For a less contemporary though still very flavourful take on steak, wander down to clubby Hy’s Encore, established in 1962. For simple but flawless steak frîtes, and wines to go along, rendez-vous chez Bistro Pastis.—Tim Pawsey

Hot Dining: Great Steaks in Vancouver

The Shore Club photo by KK Law

Downtown Deluxe

With the feel of a luxurious ocean liner, The Shore Club (pictured) blends a striking mahogany-wrapped decor with the best cuts of AAA Alberta prime beef and West Coast seafood served simply and elegantly. Chill over a perfectly poured vesper martini or sidecar at the downstairs lounge before ascending the gracious, sweeping stairs to enjoy a porterhouse steak, filet mignon, plentiful bouillabaisse or macadamia-crusted halibut in an elegant setting in front of the bustling open kitchen. Other worthy haunts range from Gotham to Hy’s Encore to Black + Blue.—Tim Pawsey

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Hot Dining: Cannery Redux at Goldfish Seafood and Chops

Sockeye salmon wellington with pinot noir butter sauce. Photo by KK Law

Cannery Redux

When the waterfront’s long-running Cannery succumbed to port security measures, former owner Bud Kanke took up the challenge by incorporating some of the original hallmark dishes into the menu at his Goldfish Seafood & Chops in Yaletown. Reincarnated classics include the pastry-wrapped sockeye salmon wellington and the smoked Alaska black cod, while other mainstays include brick chicken, braised beef short rib with cashew brittle, and a seafood tower stacked with marine treats.—Tim Pawsey

More information:

GOLDFISH SEAFOOD & CHOPS $$. D (daily). 1118 Mainland St. 604-689-8318. www.goldfishseafood.com

Hot Dates: Dine In Whistler

To June 30

The Mix by Ric's, in Whistler

Whistler may be best known for skiing and mountain biking, but gourmets also make the two-hour drive for the wining and dining scene. Frugal foodies anxiously await Dine In Whistler, when 33 restaurants offer three-course meals at four appetizing prices ($19, $29, $39 and $49). There’s something for every taste, whether it’s the inventive Italian cuisine at Quattro at Whistler, perfectly cooked sirloins at Hy’s Steakhouse, West Coast–inspired tapas at The Mix by Ric’s, modern comfort food at 21 Steps—or a special creation by a chef from Whistler Cooks Catering, whipped up in your hotel room.—Sheri Radford