A round-up of YEG’s newly-opened hot spots that caught our eye in 2017
Edmonton is notorious for its vibrant and eclectic food scene and has no shortage of new restaurants to try. Certainly, two of the biggest trends in restaurants for 2017 was the continued growth of sharing plate-style eateries and a notable boom in the “street food” resurgence. You’d be hard-pressed to find a new place opening up that wasn’t offering one or both of these dining options to its guests.
I was fortunate enough to visit many of the new establishments we welcomed to Edmonton in 2017, and I’ve created a round-up of my top five picks for restaurants that are a must-try for any foodie.
This modern-Canadian restaurant is a welcome addition to the 104 Street strip. At the helm of the kitchen is Ryan Hotchkiss, who offers up simple, yet elegant dishes including the Chicken Liver Tartine and Roasted Cauliflower topped with capers, breadcrumbs, and crème fraîche. The space itself is clean, modern and it’s the perfect place for a business meeting or romantic date.
Whether it’s a Monday or a Sunday, you can count on Pip to satisfy your hunger. As the youngest sibling in The Next Act and MEAT family, Pip does not disappoint with its daily brunch menu. Located in Old Strathcona, it’s the perfect way to start a weekend before perusing the shops on Whyte Ave.
Avila Arepa is one of those modern street food restaurants that have popped up in Edmonton and is giving the culinary industry a run for its money. The tiny space on Whyte Avenue is full of flavour with the food and atmosphere bringing a taste of Latin America to Edmonton. Visit on a Friday or Saturday night, you may even catch a Latin dance party.
Brayden Kozak, chef and co-owner of the popular Three Boars, creates modern-Canadian dishes at Wishbone. The space itself is clean, fresh and inviting, and the expert staff are prepared to pair any dish with the perfect beer, spirit or wine. This spot is well known for its surf ‘n’ turf options.
This is by far one of my new favourites in the city. Chef Alexei Boldireff, serves up Asian share plates with flavours that are unlike any other in the city and Baijiu (pronounced Bye-Joe) itself is the perfect mixture of casual and classy. Whether you’re out on a date or grabbing a pre-game cocktail, this is the place to be.
Alder Room, Zwick’s Pretzel, The Moth Cafe, Butternut Tree, Revel, Holy Roller, Grandin Fish ‘N’ Chips, Tiffin India’s Fresh Kitchen, London Local, Mayday Dogs, Die Pie, Ono Poke Co. and Biera.