Edmonton hotspots for Canadian cuisine

As the first frost wrestles autumn out of the city, it’s time to buckle down into another classic Canadian winter. You’ve got to get winter tires on, start piling blanket scarves over the three knit sweaters stuffed under your parka and prepare for dark rides to work and dark rides back home. And, what better way to cope with it all than burying yourself in all the Canadian delicacies Edmonton has to offer?

Mike's Subs & Donairs

7515 50 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2W8

With four locations around the city, Mike’s offers a great tasting take on the Halifax-borne classic. With bountiful sweet sauce and heaps of fresh ingredients to load up in your donair, Mike’s won’t disappoint your palate.

High Voltage Food & Coffee Bar

10387 63 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 1P2

High Voltage is Edmonton’s self-proclaimed “true favourite place for a donair.” They offer quality beef with no soy fillers, delicious sauces and a variety of exciting flavours. Not only does High Voltage provide their patrons with classic Greek gyros (the father of the donair), they also offer other international iterations including a Caribbean-inspired donair riddled with hot, hot jerk spice.

Dang Good Resturant Ltd

13308 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5L 2L8

There is a debate about whether or not green onion cakes are truly a part of Canadian cuisine. As a descendant of the scallion pancake, it stands to reason that green onion cakes are a part of Chinese cuisine; however, the green onion cake doesn’t have much reach across Canada, or even really outside of Edmonton. There’s a proposal going around to name green onion cakes as Edmonton’s official dish. Dang Good, an aptly named Vietnamese restaurant, is the perfect place to try green onion cakes. Their newly renovated space makes for a beautiful, clean, and intimate dining experience.

B & A Bakery

12908 82 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5E 2T2

Although B&A Bakery is a German-style bakery, it features an adored Canadian delicacy: The Nanaimo bar. The pastry squares are made in the same traditional style you’d expect: A hard layer of Swiss chocolate on top of a creamy filling and a graham wafer base, but B&A Bakery also offers tasty variations from Irish to cappuccino to peanut butter. Whatever you could ask for of a Nanaimo bar (and more!) can be found in this little hidden gem on Edmonton’s north side.

La Poutine Inc

8720 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1E9

La Poutine pays homage to the iconic Canadian dish with its mouthwatering tradition of smothering French fries in gravy and cheese curds, with a menu strictly devoted to the signature dish. For adventurous eaters, La Poutine offers an extensive menu riddled with creative flavours from the fiercely Canadian Traditional, Québécoise and Donair poutines to the more exotic Chili Supreme, Italian and Perogy. If you’re a rebel who scoffs at structure and revels in chaos, you can customize a poutine just for you - there are even delicious options for the vegan and vegetarian poutine lovers.

The Cheese Factory

8943 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z2

Who doesn’t love French-inspired cuisine? The Cheese Factory sets your palate ablaze with homemade “squeaky” cheese curds atop one of the best poutines in the city. If you’re aching for more Canadian tastes, be sure to top your poutine with Montreal-style smoked meat or mow into a fresh tourtière meat pie. The best part is that if you just can’t get enough in the restaurant, feel free to stop by the shop next door and pick up some squeaky cheese for the trip home.

Fife N' Dekel

10646 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 1P3

If you like fresh, handcrafted sandwiches on pretty much any kind of bread you can imagine, then you’re going to want to check out Fifendekel. You can find a well-rounded Canadian meal with their scrumptious Montreal-style smoked meat sandwich as a main course and wrap everything up with a homemade Saskatoon berry pie. And, if you’re feeling particularly peckish, grab some butter tarts for the Canadian on the go!

Urban Diner

8715 109th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2L5

This quaint little diner has a globally inspired menu from Dutch poffertjes to frittatas. While you’re in there satisfying that multicultural palate of yours, have a cup (or even a double cup) of the split pea soup. Don’t be afraid to feast your eyes (and tongue) on the hearty blend of split peas, potatoes and ham or bacon - soak up that good Canadian stock. And, when you’re good and stuffed, grab a nice, fresh Oreo cake to reward yourself. Because you deserve it, you lover of the finer things.

It’s surprisingly easy to find a delicious, authentic samosa in Edmonton – as long as you know where to look. Here’s a non-exhaustive list to get you started on a mouth-watering quest to find the perfect samosa. Try them all. Compare your notes. Let your taste buds guide you.
Hummus, a blend of chickpeas and tahini, is an iconic Mediterranean dish that pretty much everyone needs to experience. It’s almost always paired with fresh pita bread and explosive flavour. So, if you want to find a literal slice of the Mediterranean but can’t escape the city, make your way to any of the places on this list and let your taste buds take their dream vacation. [Image credit: iStock.com/Anna Pustynnikova]
It’s that time of year again for university students far and wide. You have readings to catch up on and term papers you still need find scholarly sources for - and final exams are just around the corner. There are only 24 hours in a day, and you still need to eat and be hygienic. We can’t help you pencil in a shower, but we can help you find a decent place to study and eat at the same time.
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