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Across the High Level Bridge, on the southside of the river, sits a restaurant that many Edmontonians have come to love.

Established in December of 1982, the Highlevel Diner is a culmination of several friends and industry partners coming together to build a restaurant that provides farm fresh food skillfully prepared. With very little money to spare at the beginning but a passion for comfort food, the group of partners built the restaurant’s décor, hauled the kitchen equipment and served the clients in the early days in order to get the restaurant ready for business. “Everybody really wanted to make it happen. There was a lot of heart put into it,” says Debbie Parker, chef and co-owner.

The restaurant was one of the first in the city to offer locally-sourced food, as well as vegetarian options, according to Kim Franklin, co-owner and one of the original partners.

Fast-forward to today and the values of the original owners still remain as Highlevel Diner staff aim to provide quality food to Edmontonians. The diner has since expanded, with many of their dishes now also gluten-free in an effort to respond to their guests' needs and open their doors to more potential clients.

“We have a continued emphasis on locally-sourced food,” says Kim. “Everything is made here, from the ketchup to the mayonnaise.”

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Where to grab a savoury sandwich in Edmonton

Serving healthy, hearty food for more than 30 years, Highlevel Diner is located just south of the Highlevel Bridge on 109 Street in Garneau. A community staple that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Highlevel Diner serves up daily meat and vegetarian sandwich specials, along with a clubhouse sandwich and the grilled chicken and cheddar sandwich. Nothing will prepare you for the mouthwatering succulence of the egg dipped grilled chicken and cheddar sandwich stuffed with fresh, house made chicken salad – it’s incredible!

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Early risers will appreciate the 8:30 a.m. start time for the Highlevel Diner’s brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. It goes till noon on Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, so there’s plenty of time to grab a table and fill up on yummy items, such as their massive, famous cinnamon buns, wild blueberry buttermilk pancakes, an omelette or daily quiche. They also serve up classic and Florentine eggs Benedict, not to mention bran muffins, fresh fruit, hot multigrain cereal and house-roasted granola.

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Alberta singer k.d. lang is a fan of the vegetarian burgers here, as well as the chill atmosphere and down-home feeling. The diner has been around for more than 30 years, making it a constant for hometown celebs when they pass through again to tour or visit family. The famous cinnamon buns may play a role too.

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