The best casual eats around Edmonton

Casual meals are great for when you’re short on time, don’t want anything fussy, or you simply just want to leave the house in your pajamas. The following casual eats promise to deliver the flavour that your taste buds crave, wont break the bank and they wont judge your outfit choices either … well, hopefully.

Five Guys

1
6222 Currents Drive, Edmonton, AB T6W 0L8

Five Guys is one of my favourite places for a burger. I absolutely love that your meal is cooked to order and it’s made your way, with what feels like hundreds of toppings at no additional cost. The meat is always tender and the fries – can we please talk about the fries? – they are delicious! Perfectly salted, thick cut fries that come out hot – what’s not to love? I’d highly recommend the small fry for sharing, as it’s really not “small” at all. You actually get about double the size, which makes it great for two.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

2
1437 99 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 0B4

I feel as if I should belong to some Famoso Dinner Club for the amount of times that I eat there in a year. The pizza’s unlike any another, as many pizza places serve thin crust pizza but none are as flavourful as Famoso’s crusts. Each pizza uses fresh, high quality ingredients and takes about 90 seconds to cook. Also, any of the salads are worth a try – I recommend the gorgonzola walnut salad or the Famoso salad. And, you can’t skip dessert; all of the gelatos are delightful and the Banana Nutella Pizetta is something I order repeatedly.

Earls

3
8629 112th Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 1K1

Earls is another staple in my life. The quality of food and the service always meets my expectations. I also really appreciate how management takes care of things; if I ever have a problem with my meal, Earls doesn’t even hesitate to make it right. Aside from that, the food is consistently pleasing, and the seasonal feature menu offers you a chance to try something different from the classics. Some top choices are the dynamite prawn rolls, Hunan Kung Pao, chicken, fig and Brie sandwich and, of course, the famous sticky toffee pudding.

Farrow

4
8422 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1E2

Their sandwiches are like nothing I’ve had before. They use an interesting mix of ingredients that bring out different flavours and textures in food. Their Keep Calm & Curry On sandwich features turkey, curry, Brie, spinach, bacon mayo, dry noodles (for that crunch factor) and apricot jam. The sandwich I adore the most is the Grick Middle – bacon, tomato jam, smoked cheddar, rosemary aioli and arugula, topped off with a beautiful fried egg. Don’t forget to try some of their daily treats, like the bourbon pecan chocolate chip cookies, sugar beer cookies, and eggnog and rum Rice Krispie squares.

Doans Vietnamese Restaurant

5
7909 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 6N8

I’ve been coming to Doan’s for years, and the reason for this is that it has always been reliable and appetizing. The food comes out hot, it’s not overly greasy, and it’s somewhat a healthier alternative when it comes to eating out. In addition to that, I’ve constantly found the staff to be friendly and attentive and the facilities to be clean, giving me every reason to go back.

Baekjeong Korean BBQ

6
2874 Calgary Trail Nw, Edmonton, AB T6J 6V7

I come to Sushi Sugoi when I want moderately priced sushi that doesn’t compromise on taste for the value. The food here is quite fresh and I have always been pleased with my meal. The restaurant is nicely decorated and clean, and the staff has always been friendly and fairly helpful at recommending what to eat. While the quality isn’t that of some of the top high-end Japanese restaurants in the city, this place does the trick for when you just want to eat some sushi and not break the bank.

Bully (Food Truck)

Edmonton, AB T5J 2G8

Once the snow has melted, the food trucks come out, and Bully Food Truck is someone I don’t want to mess with. They serve up some of the best street eats, and they’re about as casual as it gets. A few favourites of mine are the Bully Mac & Cheese and the French Quarter Burger, which is, hands down, the BEST non-traditional burger I’ve ever had. Imagine a Cajun pork burger wrapped in smoky bacon, topped with peppercorn sauce, a four-cheese blend and homemade pesto – it will take you to flavourtown, as Guy Fieri would say!

Quality, quality, quality - I can’t say it enough. What makes a restaurant consistently good is the quality of food, attention to detail and the level of service provided. The following restaurants have been serving up delicious eats for years and know what it takes to keep you coming back for more.
Life is short, which probably means that you should eat dessert for dinner at least once in your life. I mean, if you can eat cake for breakfast, who says that you can’t have dessert for dinner? Either way, these places will keep your sweet tooth in check whether you choose to eat them during the day or at night. [Photo: Moxie’s white chocolate brownie]
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