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Canadian Rockies’ Best New Restaurant 2014: Tavern 1883

Photo courtesy Tavern 1883

Photo courtesy Tavern 1883

By Afton Aikens

It was a year of casual restaurant openings in the Canadian Rockies, and Tavern 1883’s award winning house-ground burgers (beef, elk, lamb, tuna and quinoa) got us hooked. Built from an early 1900s home, the Tavern has a charming mountain cabin atmosphere and a fun, welcoming vibe with live music twice a week and a DJ on weekends.


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: Three Top Spots for Tacos

Beef cheek tacos at Grand Electric (photo: Gizelle Lau)

Make that summer feeling last a little bit longer with a meal at one of these top spots for tacos and other Mexican delights.

1  Two former Black Hoof chefs put their stamp on Toronto dining at Grand Electric, a lively little spot that slings superb tacos with meats like pork belly, Baja fish, beef cheek and spicy chicken.

Originally a pop-up enterprise, La Carnita became a bona-fide restaurant a few months ago, and is packed nightly with diners enjoying imaginative tacos plus a few other Mexican street-food options.

It’s the least hyped restaurant on this list, but Playa Cabana is no less worthy. A large menu offers tacos, naturally, but also a variety of burritos and house specialties like a chipotle wagyu burger.

Staff Picks: 5 Mighty Mexican Eateries

Grand Electric's pulled pork tacos (photo by Gizelle Lau)

Assemble the mariachi bands! Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and though Toronto is two borders away from the big celebrations, you can still get festive with muy delicioso Mexican cuisine at these 5 restaurants. (more…)