This is a guest post from Alouise Dittrick of Take Me to the World.
Where to Eat in Edmonton
My hometown of Edmonton, Canada has several neighborhoods for great restaurants, but one of the most underrated foodie areas is Alberta Avenue. Just 3 miles northeast of downtown Alberta Ave (118 Ave) is a culturally diverse neighborhood with lots of great casual and family-run dining spots. While it might seem a little rough around the edge at first glance, Alberta Ave has been going through a revitalization over the past few years and has several restaurants worth a visit.
Here are five restaurants to check out:
Batista’s Calzone Company
Anyone who wants a calzone should head to Batista’s Calzone Company. For about $10, you can get a big, homemade calzone that’s made to perfection. The dough is savory and the calzones are stuffed with meat, cheese, veggies, and sauce (except the Nutella and strawberry dessert one). Most are served with a sweet tomato sauce that I love (I recommend getting extra sauce). The owners are very friendly and great to talk to, and while the calzones take a bit of time, they are well worth the wait.
The Giovanna calzone, which has prosciutto, artichokes and truffle oil. Photo by Alouise Dittrick.
Lan’s Asian Grill
At first glance, you might wonder why you’re at a restaurant in a strip mall, but Lan’s Asian Grill is one of the best casual restaurants in Edmonton. This family run restaurant serves up dishes (mostly Thai and Vietnamese) that are fresh, full of flavor, and a great value. If you want to do as the locals, get an order of green onion cakes, which are very popular here in Edmonton. When it’s hot out, I suggest getting one of their homemade popsicles — the coconut is my favorite.
Native Delights takes the typical hot dog, hamburger, pizza, and taco and gives it a twist – everything here is served on a bannock bun. Bannock is a dense, slightly greasy (in a good way), and savory flatbread found in Aboriginal cultures here in Canada and the U.S. This casual eatery is the perfect spot for adults and kids to grab a quick bite to eat. Native Delights is neat way to try some Aboriginal cuisine.
A very cheesy Rez Dog from Native Delights. Photo by Alouise Dittrick.
Sloppy Hoggs Roed Huss
BBQ has started to become more popular in Edmonton and one of the best places for some BBQ and Southern food here is Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus BBQ. This restaurant is known for their meat and for their huge portions, including their signature platters like the Captain Caveman or the lovely named, My Ridiculous Fat Ass. If you come here from 11 am to 4 pm they have a variety of daily specials, all dubbed “mini portions” (they’re not that mini). The portions are ridiculously big, but the food is delicious, and definitely worth trying.
Sweet Southern Mess, a roasted sweet potato with beef brisket, mac choux, bacon and homemade waffle sauce at Sloppy Hoggs. Photo by Alouise Dittrick.
A few months ago the owners of Sloppy Hoggs decided to open a sister restaurant called The Dog, which specializes in gourmet hot dogs. They have regional flavored hot dogs including a Chicago-style dog, but you can also customize your own hot dogs. The Dog also has several sausages on the menu including elk, boar, alligator, and kangaroo. The buns are made fresh and the condiments are made in-house (many are available to buy and take home). If you can, grab the two seater table at the Ms. Pacman tabletop game (just don’t forget your quarters).
Alouise Dittrick is a writer, travel enthusiast, and wannabe food connoisseur from Edmonton, Canada. She combines her passion for travel with her love of the performing arts on her blog Take Me to the World. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.