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    ^ There's also a Red Robin near downtown at 104 Ave & 112 St if that's not too far for you.

    I tried Fatburger at City Centre Mall a few years ago. It was OK, and I've meant to give it another try. However, if I'm going to have a burger at that particular location then I'd sooner head across to A&W.
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    Fatburger is pretty bad. Five Guys is way better. I've heard that South St Burger is above Fatburger. And if you're downtown, wouldn't Burger Priest or whatever be a better choice?
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    Bar Clementine tonight - incredible service and my how I love the feel in there.

    Crispy Potato, Canola, Pickled Potato

    Sourdough Rye Pancake, Jambon de Paris, Fromage Blanc, Hay Smoked Clover Honey, Sambal, Swiss Chard

    Pork Rillons, Lentils, Roasted Shallot, Orin Apple, Basil

    Jacek Columbian Chocolate, Green Chartreuse, Daquise, Matcha Meringue, Plum
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    Eau de toilette......lol

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    Finally tried Sequel Cafe for lunch today. Red lentil soup was good, black forest ham sammich was alright as was the homemade iced tea. The place was busy, which was nice to see given its relatively obscure presence on an almost empty Edmonton winter street. Personally I wouldn't say this is a place I would go out of my way for, but it's another decent lunch option for that area of downtown.
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    Always a goto for me. Solid fare, good prices, amazing owners/staff.

    *cash only
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    Cash only places can take a hike. Tokiwa Ramen at Brewery District is a nightmare. It's only open for about 43 minutes randomly each day. Cash only. Forget that noise.
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    I am fine with them SO LONG as they make it very clear.
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    Unless they're waiting to get electronic payment going, cash-only sounds like there's some money-hiding/laundering going on.
    I am in no way entitled to your opinion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudly View Post
    Unless they're waiting to get electronic payment going, cash-only sounds like there's some money-hiding/laundering going on.
    Not necessarily. The bank fees, terminal rental fees, etc ... can be quite onerous for a small business in a tight margin business. The customer does not see any of these, but the business owner sure sees them. Even other non bank payment options such as Paypal, Square, etc.. charge a similar percentage, that is how they stay in business. Small businesses do not get anything like the preferred rates that credit card companies give to large companies like Walmart.

    Personally, I don't go to places that do not take cash as I do not want banks and credit card companies tracking my spending too much and I use my debit and credit cards only with merchants I know and trust. Most of us can handle cash, its really not that difficult - there are ATM machines all over the city.

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    If food-truck and farmers market vendors and hole-in-the-wall convenience stores can take electronic payments that makes those who won't/can't/don't seem suspicious these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cumberland View Post
    Wife and I went to Fatburger (Namao Centre) only once. I wasn't overly impressed, and wife said her veggie burger was extremely salty. I didn't notice the salt, but I like my food saltier than most people.

    We both like Red Robin, too bad we have to go all the way out to the west end or to Clareview for it.
    Thanks for the reply. Apologies for being late with this. I'm wondering if the added salt is a preservative of some kind or do they add it in? Could I just say hold the salt please?

    Speaking about Red Robin, we live almost across the street. They have the best fries in the city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudly View Post
    If food-truck and farmers market vendors and hole-in-the-wall convenience stores can take electronic payments that makes those who won't/can't/don't seem suspicious these days.
    Suspicious to some I suppose, but last time I checked, cash is legal and has been for a long time.

    Some people are comfortable with handling and dealing with cash, some are not and the costs of other forms of payment are a consideration for some businesses.

    I wouldn't automatically assume or imply that a cash based business was doing anything illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cumberland View Post
    Wife and I went to Fatburger (Namao Centre) only once. I wasn't overly impressed, and wife said her veggie burger was extremely salty. I didn't notice the salt, but I like my food saltier than most people.

    We both like Red Robin, too bad we have to go all the way out to the west end or to Clareview for it.
    Thanks for the reply. Apologies for being late with this. I'm wondering if the added salt is a preservative of some kind or do they add it in? Could I just say hold the salt please?

    Speaking about Red Robin, we live almost across the street. They have the best fries in the city.
    They did great lamb burgers, I love their fries as well. Other than that, RR is just okay...

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    ^^Those costs seem to be a concern for only a very few businesses anymore.
    I am in no way entitled to your opinion...

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    ^ ^ Have you tried a red Robin specialty burger? Delish!
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    ^ The Royal?
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    ^From the 1970's. I like Fried egg on burgers as well (traditionally in NZ with beet and coleslaw as well).

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    I've seen fries in a burger, I know about that but the fried egg, need to try that out.

    Something I can try out. I just had a Wendy's double baconaitor combo Tuesday
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Spudly View Post
    Unless they're waiting to get electronic payment going, cash-only sounds like there's some money-hiding/laundering going on.
    Not necessarily. The bank fees, terminal rental fees, etc ... can be quite onerous for a small business in a tight margin business. The customer does not see any of these, but the business owner sure sees them. Even other non bank payment options such as Paypal, Square, etc.. charge a similar percentage, that is how they stay in business. Small businesses do not get anything like the preferred rates that credit card companies give to large companies like Walmart.

    Personally, I don't go to places that do not take cash as I do not want banks and credit card companies tracking my spending too much and I use my debit and credit cards only with merchants I know and trust. Most of us can handle cash, its really not that difficult - there are ATM machines all over the city.
    I know and understand the reasons behind why a company might want to avoid a particular form of payment. I tend to carry around a bit of cash, although I'm finding I need to replenish that less and less often. But personally, I'd almost make a point of not patronizing a retail business that is cash only. It's their choice to accept payment in whatever form they prefer, but in my mind it's basically a middle finger to their clientele whether they intend it to be or not.

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    I wouldn't automatically assume or imply that a cash based business was doing anything illegal.


    Depends on the business. Apparently the vast majority of the home construction and renovation industry in Quebec operates on a cash only basis. Some family friends own a cabin outside of Ottawa, and have difficulty finding trades to do any work on their place because they refuse to pay cash, knowing full well that the contractors are dodging taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Petrin View Post
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    Unless they're waiting to get electronic payment going, cash-only sounds like there's some money-hiding/laundering going on.
    Not necessarily. The bank fees, terminal rental fees, etc ... can be quite onerous for a small business in a tight margin business. The customer does not see any of these, but the business owner sure sees them. Even other non bank payment options such as Paypal, Square, etc.. charge a similar percentage, that is how they stay in business. Small businesses do not get anything like the preferred rates that credit card companies give to large companies like Walmart.

    Personally, I don't go to places that do not take cash as I do not want banks and credit card companies tracking my spending too much and I use my debit and credit cards only with merchants I know and trust. Most of us can handle cash, its really not that difficult - there are ATM machines all over the city.
    I know and understand the reasons behind why a company might want to avoid a particular form of payment. I tend to carry around a bit of cash, although I'm finding I need to replenish that less and less often. But personally, I'd almost make a point of not patronizing a retail business that is cash only. It's their choice to accept payment in whatever form they prefer, but in my mind it's basically a middle finger to their clientele whether they intend it to be or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave
    I wouldn't automatically assume or imply that a cash based business was doing anything illegal.


    Depends on the business. Apparently the vast majority of the home construction and renovation industry in Quebec operates on a cash only basis. Some family friends own a cabin outside of Ottawa, and have difficulty finding trades to do any work on their place because they refuse to pay cash, knowing full well that the contractors are dodging taxes.
    Yes, it depends on the business and perhaps the province too, HST is much higher in Quebec than GST here. A low transaction volume, higher margin business like home construction should be able to handle debit/credit card fees, so I would wonder more about that. A very small retail outlet or restaurant with tight margins may decide that is a big cost for them they could do without, especially if they are not part of a national chain or franchise where they would be required to have to have those things.

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    Checked out Fat Albert's Pizza and Donair just next to Mike's Bikes on Whyte ave. They took a long time opening and it is quite the place inside. Solid donair though - good sauce, some might complain about the meat to pita ratio but I liked it. Pizza looked really good. Owner Albert seems like a super nice guy. I'll definitely be back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs View Post
    Checked out Fat Albert's Pizza and Donair just next to Mike's Bikes on Whyte ave. They took a long time opening and it is quite the place inside. Solid donair though - good sauce, some might complain about the meat to pita ratio but I liked it. Pizza looked really good. Owner Albert seems like a super nice guy. I'll definitely be back.
    I pass by there every day during the summer. It was always closed so I figured it was a money laundering front.

    I will try it out now since it's been open for 2 weeks now.

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    How does another donair joint manage to open up on Whyte Ave with hopes of succeeding? Are there any places other than Chicago Deep Dish still serving pizza by the slice left on the Avenue?

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    To be clear, Fat Albert's is not in Old Strathcona. It's east of Mill Creek near La Cite Francophone and Bonnie Doon, in the same strip mall as the Brick & Whiskey pub. And before anyone asks, doesn't look like it's the same as the Fat Albert's from Ottawa.
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    Okay, that’s a bit different then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
    How does another donair joint manage to open up on Whyte Ave with hopes of succeeding? Are there any places other than Chicago Deep Dish still serving pizza by the slice left on the Avenue?
    I'm not completely sad about the lack of pizza by the slice on the avenue. The lack of discarded half eaten pizza and vomit laying around is a welcome site. Without looking at storefronts and strictly staring at pavement one can tell where all the pizza by the slice locations are.

    I've often said this but it would be an interesting experiment for Whyte Avenue proprietors and or Old Strathcona to not do sidewalk cleaning for a week. Within one week people would notice the difference. I actually think to some degree its enabling behavior for the area to do so much cleaning up.

    To get a real sense of what Whyte Avenue looks like after any party night go there for a walk at 6-7am. But always watch where you are stepping.

    This is OT but it wouldn't surprise me if Old Strathcona frowns on pizza by the slice vendors by now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
    How does another donair joint manage to open up on Whyte Ave with hopes of succeeding? Are there any places other than Chicago Deep Dish still serving pizza by the slice left on the Avenue?

    The only other one is Columbus that took over the ol' Funky Dickle space.

    Buster's did but they busted a nut and went tits up over a year ago.

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    I was walking by a few times wondering what happened to Funky Pickle. Seems like a licence to print money selling pizza by the slice to wandering drunks. That's literally fishing from a barrel. What could go wrong? Other than a big *** huge mess all over there. The whole sidewalk the whole block was some kind of funky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
    How does another donair joint manage to open up on Whyte Ave with hopes of succeeding? Are there any places other than Chicago Deep Dish still serving pizza by the slice left on the Avenue?

    The only other one is Columbus that took over the ol' Funky Dickle space.

    Buster's did but they busted a nut and went tits up over a year ago.
    Not sure if it is mentioned anywhere else in this forum, but King of Donair is opening at 10358 82 Ave (near Starbucks, former Marble Slab spot).

    King of Donair claims to be the original donair restaurant based in the donair capital of Canada, Halifax.

    http://www.kingofdonair.ca/locations-2/

    They even have their own Donair Webcam:
    https://www.novascotiawebcams.com/en...donaircam.com/
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    ^Not sure how popular they would be in Edmonton spouting off about the "Donair capital of Canada being Halifax" They may want to lay low with that sales pitch and branding going on here.
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    ^ To be clear, Halifax claims to be the Donair Capital of Canada. The city claimed it before Edmonton ever did.

    King of Donair has a huge following out east. Only recently they have expanded to western Canada.

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    With Kebab Express, Sultan's, and now King of Donair all clustered together, Top_Dawg hopes for open warfare and nightly gun battles on that stretch of Whyte.

    Also with Columbus, Queen's, and Mike's Famous nearby they could periodically send rogue gangs one block east to engage.

    Fun times ahead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    Hawkeyes never disappoints.

    Never.

    The best is Friday and Saturday nights when the howling hyenas and other wounded animals come out.

    And Top_Dawg would like to see someone try to sexually harass Mary.

    For the sheer entertainment value of watching them get kicked in the nuts and bitchslapped into next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    And Top_Dawg would like to see someone try to sexually harass Mary.

    For the sheer entertainment value of watching them get kicked in the nuts and bitchslapped into next week.
    Hmm....sounds like a challenge.
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    Oh Sabor, why are you so delicious.


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    Let me guess Ian, that's you with the red wine and asparagus ?
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    CBC Edmonton's Best Restaurants 2017
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    A few more to add to the growing list.
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    The Marc for some deliciousness.

    A staple caesar
    Unreal lentil soup
    Beet risotto char
    Short rib
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    Leva for drinks and tea today. Such a great place.


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    No photos tonight, but XIX south for dinner with the fam.

    -Mushroom soup to start for everyone, absolutely unreal.
    -Lobster risotto, a kick, rich, delicious
    -Beef short ribs, looked great, but sis cannot have the béchamel which would completed it
    -I chose the lamb shank, no complaints. Rich, savoury, done perfectly.

    The room was so warm and inviting. Loved the open kitchen. Service was attentive, but not up to par.
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    I'm glad you got to have mushroom soup, that was Cafe Amore's soup of the day but they ran out so didn't get any (cue the Seinfeld skit). The place was absolutely packed too. As expected, the food and service at Cafe Amore is top-notch - if you get Vincent as your server then you'll be in awesome hands.
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    The Oil Lamp on 97st/102A yesterday for lunch. Such a great little spot. Friendly staff, inviting space, delicious food. Had the chicken souvlaki special with greek salad and those amazing potatoes.

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    ^ The website, as structured is kind of confusing. They've geared it up so much to a "skip the Dishes" delivery order format that its hard to discern whether it is strictly take out, or also a sit down diner.

    Btw, those presentations from the Marc, the Beet Risotto Char, and the Lentil Soup are the kind of imaginative presentations that I applaud, and that make all the difference, as we eat with our eyes. A little extra effort can make a dish special, and memorable.

    The Caesar however looks underwhelming and glazed donuts should hardly constitute fine "must try" dining. I couldn't imagine a dessert more pedestrian.
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    Most places are inherently sit down.

    The caesar was delicious and the beignets are indeed a must try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    Most places are inherently sit down.

    The caesar was delicious and the beignets are indeed a must try.
    I'm Celiac in the first place so the Beignets would be a never try, but deep fried dough (or deep fried anything) isn't a thing missed. Especially for any celiac as its cross contamination hell in a fryer. In a nation of Tim hortons I kind of detest it. I miss a good fine loaf of bread, a fine Rye or something like that. I've rarely missed donuts. Not even the tom thumbs at the Ex. Theres so much better food to consume and that is actually nutritional and dietarily palatable.

    The Char with Risotto, and the Lentil Soup were also appealing because they are sound menu choices from a nutritional and dietary pov. That said the Char looks overdone there to achieve that level of charred effect.
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    Hard to please. Just go try.
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    Pip for brunch. Very good. They need to get their wait times figured out though. "30 to 45 minutes" ended up being about 90 minutes. While waiting we hopped into Holy Roller cafe for a coffee and to check out the restaurant. Easily the best looking room in the city, raised the bar for decor. We booked a reservation on the spot, will follow up with dinner review next weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    ...as its cross contamination hell in a fryer.


    Good one.



    Quote Originally Posted by Chmilz View Post
    Pip for brunch. Very good. They need to get their wait times figured out though. "30 to 45 minutes" ended up being about 90 minutes.

    90 minutes.



    Unreal.

    Who would wait that long ?



    Actually, who would wait at all ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chmilz View Post
    Pip for brunch. Very good. They need to get their wait times figured out though. "30 to 45 minutes" ended up being about 90 minutes. While waiting we hopped into Holy Roller cafe for a coffee and to check out the restaurant. Easily the best looking room in the city, raised the bar for decor. We booked a reservation on the spot, will follow up with dinner review next weekend.
    Hearing good things about the food.

    Holy Roller nailed it design wise.
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    Pip is delicious; don't think I'd wait 90 minutes for it though.
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    ^ I'm waiting for TopDawg's review of Holy Roller.
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    Well you will be waiting for a long time.

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    ^ I'm waiting for TopDawg's review of Holy Roller.
    I don't think they serve deep fried McCain appetizers or bottles of Canadian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chmilz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bpeters View Post
    ^ I'm waiting for TopDawg's review of Holy Roller.
    I don't think they serve deep fried McCain appetizers or bottles of Canadian.


    Well that pretty much precludes Top_Dawg from patronizing said establishment.

    And Top_Dawg doubts very much that there's any slump buster bush pigs grazing around to make it interesting.


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    Had dinner at The Holy Roller with the Director of My Entertainment (IanO knows who she is) a couple of weeks ago and will definitely go back soon.

    Shared the Pear and Prosciutto Pixto and Brie and Fig Appetizer with another couple and then I had the Pappardelle Lentil Chorizo while the Director had the Steak Board. All excellent with mine having just the right spice to the Arrabiatta Sauce.

    I wasn't that excited by the After You Eight we shared but the other couple's Esfera looked fascinating!

    Far bigger value and décor than Ampersand27 .

    One caution, we sat on a four chair high top across from the wonderful looking bar and the chairs were a tad wobbly. I would go for the low top tables in the back of the room next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man From YEG View Post
    .. Pear and Prosciutto Pixto and Brie and Fig Appetizer...the Pappardelle Lentil Chorizo ...Arrabiatta sauce.... Esfera.
    Top_Dawg? comments? please? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpeters View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by The Man From YEG View Post
    .. Pear and Prosciutto Pixto and Brie and Fig Appetizer...the Pappardelle Lentil Chorizo ...Arrabiatta sauce.... Esfera.
    Top_Dawg? comments? please? lol
    I'm restraining myself too..hehe

    I think one needs to go into these establishments with a thesaurus and a thicker wallet. You end up paying by the adjective. Its always how it works.
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    A handy list from the North Edge BIA of where to eat.


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    Went to Red Ox Inn last night. Hadn't been for years because the group I dine with (related to work) always make last minute plans and with ROI you usually need to reserve well ahead.

    Definitely was not disappointed - food and service were excellent. The server recommended a wine that everyone thought was amazing.

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    Will not lie, you gotta love a name like Dirtbag Café. haha

    Any good new places on the Avenue? We'll be hitting up the Deepfreeze festival this weekend. Looks like good weather for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K364 View Post
    Went to Red Ox Inn last night. Hadn't been for years because the group I dine with (related to work) always make last minute plans and with ROI you usually need to reserve well ahead.

    Definitely was not disappointed - food and service were excellent. The server recommended a wine that everyone thought was amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by K364 View Post
    Went to Red Ox Inn last night. Hadn't been for years because the group I dine with (related to work) always make last minute plans and with ROI you usually need to reserve well ahead.

    Definitely was not disappointed - food and service were excellent. The server recommended a wine that everyone thought was amazing.
    Still one of the best in the City, love it there.
    Place has always been amazing. A little pricey but should be considered a best of Edmonton staple for decades. What I like about the place particularly is they don't run on fads and short term success. The place has been excellent since opening decades ago. Nice little block there as well. A dinner there is nice as well if you can stroll around and enjoy the shops and area a bit. Reminiscent of La Boheme in regards to being situated on an interesting little retail island.
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    Holy Roller was pretty good. -30 with wind blowing against the window we were seated next to made for a pretty chilly experience, but it wasn't too bad. The place nails the decor. The food was a little less stellar. Chicharrones were a bit bland and a bit tough/dry, maybe overcooked. Sauce was good. Charcuterie board was very meh. Steak board was awesome, definitely a bright spot. We also shared the crab and shrimp risotto, which was bursting with flavour.

    I'll definitely go back and try more, need to try some pizzas. I found the mains to be out of place considering the rest of the menu seems designed to be shared, and then you have a few big plates at the back.

    Place was full even during the deep freeze so I don't think they'll have any issues keeping seats filled if they continue to improve on their game.

    For the Dawgs: In addition to snooty beer snob craft brew, they had some slum bottles for folks like yourself. You can get a Detroit style pizza and a Bud for $25 if you feel like mingling with people who shower regularly.
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    Oh yeah, also hit up Cafe Linnea for brunch during the break. Another really cool room. That brunch menu is too light on options, and we weren't impressed with the food. It was really, really cold in there, which didn't help. Servers were doing their job wearing their coats. My fingers were frozen. Either they didn't feel like turning the heat up or it was no match for the cold.
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    Top_Dawg thanks you for both reviews.

    Pizza sounds like a reasonable deal.

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    ^^I don't think that's a normal issue for Linnea... they did post on their FB that they had to shut down service one day recently due to "unforeseen building and heating issues", though. Maybe that was the same day that you were there? https://www.facebook.com/cafelinnea/...type=3&theater
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    I think we went the day before? It was nearly frosty in there, I hope they were able to get it all sorted out. I'll give it another chance in warmer times, in case the HVAC issues soured my experience and/or their ability to deliver at their usual level.
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    I tried Revel last night (in the former Tavern 1903 space in the Alberta Hotel); I hadn't heard a lot of buzz about it, so I had no idea what to expect. Was very pleasantly surprised -- all the plates I had were really delicious, and they had some pretty reasonable happy hour specials as well. I would definitely return. My only disappointment was that the cocktail menu is a little ho-hum for 2018 (the two prior restaurants in the space were stronger in this regard), but maybe that will improve over time.
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    Corso 32 tonight.

    Fried Brussel Sprouts, Lemon, Parsley & Pangrattato, Capezzana Olive Oil
    Parmigiano Reggiano, Black Tru e Honey
    Fried Short Rib, Shaved Pear & Arugula Salad, Crostini
    Tagliatelle, Tuscan Chicken and Porcini Ragu, Pancetta, Parmigiano & Black Pepper


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    Top_Dawg would have run far, far away.

    Anybody feeding you porcini is trying to poison you.

    Or give you worms.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chmilz View Post
    Oh yeah, also hit up Cafe Linnea for brunch during the break. Another really cool room. That brunch menu is too light on options, and we weren't impressed with the food. It was really, really cold in there, which didn't help. Servers were doing their job wearing their coats. My fingers were frozen. Either they didn't feel like turning the heat up or it was no match for the cold.
    We went to Cafe Linnea earlier this month for our anniversary dinner. Wasnt' very busy, but it was a weeknight. Food was outstanding all around. Loved the beef croquette. Service was attentive. Too attentive. We got her full life story including living arrangements and pressures from in laws to have kids. It was a bit awkward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesL View Post
    I tried Revel last night (in the former Tavern 1903 space in the Alberta Hotel); I hadn't heard a lot of buzz about it, so I had no idea what to expect. Was very pleasantly surprised -- all the plates I had were really delicious, and they had some pretty reasonable happy hour specials as well. I would definitely return. My only disappointment was that the cocktail menu is a little ho-hum for 2018 (the two prior restaurants in the space were stronger in this regard), but maybe that will improve over time.
    Was it busy? Curious how they're doing.
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    ^Was maybe half-full, but I was there pretty early (5pm) on a Friday night.
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    A great piece on many 'must try' places and the food scene.

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    " Chef Brayden Kozak introduced offal and diners lapped it up. "




    Um....thanks....Top_Dawg will pass.


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    Here's a few I've tried in the past year or so:
    The Marc - great food
    Corso32 - great food
    Woodwards - meh
    North 53 - great food
    Cafe Linnea - terrible
    Dagwoods at Victoria - ok
    Cafe Amore - good food
    Guru - great fusion food
    Dim Sum Delight - our goto chinese food spot in the west end
    New Asian Village west - ok
    Curry Corner - very good Indian food for a reasonable price
    Turkish Kebab - interesting food, fresh and tasty and generous portions for a reasonable price
    Urban Diner - old reliable, always good
    Sabor - great food, I had perhaps the best steak in my life there

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    An institution and local delight.


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    How the once mighty have fallen.

    Got no game.


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    Kids in the (City) Hall has renovated and reopened as The Hallway Cafe + Takeaway. Love the new space, bright, inviting, pretty and the menu looks well priced and tasty.
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    Is it still staffed by juvenile delinquents and young offenders working off their community service hours ?

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    mmm brunch


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    What

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    Brisket and grits.
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    Buco is now open in Epcor Tower and looks great! Heading there tomorrow to try it out.
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    They do good work. Or at least their Windermere location does. This one looks like they really went all out on decor, which is to be expected for the location.

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    No Canadian.



    And seven buck for a bottle of Bud Lite.


    Well they can kiss Top_Dawg's hairy buco.


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    What

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    If you saw that on a sidewalk on Whyte Ave it would look like what..?

    Plate look and preparation I guess isn't a thing anymore. There was a time and place where you wouldn't serve something looking like this in any highbrow establishment. Not sure where that place was from in anycase.. Probably some hipster joint. I've seen better looking road kill.

    They make some cheap grits, about the cheapest thing possible to make, throw some old stewed to hell last weeks shaved roast beef on there and call it the special and unsuspecting foodies flock to the 25 buck plates like carrions on old kill. Only thing missing is the flies.

    Quick price count. The grits on that plate cost 25cents. If that. Throw 6-8 ounces of old beef on that and its 4 bucks if even reasonably price sourced. Add some gravy, half an egg half a slice of toast (lol) and the whole shebang rings up to 5bucks. Nice mark up.
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    Yeah, Top_Dawg doesn't get this modern fascination with brisket.

    Even when Bro_Dawg came to visit he and his wife just had to go to MEAT to try their brisket.

    In Top_Dawg's day brisket was always the last thing left at the butcher shop.

    Usually they had to throw it out.

    Nobody wanted to buy it.

    You could slow cook it for a week and it was still tough as leather.

    Now every cornholio joint flogs their version of it.

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    $16 bucks is a solid price for the dish and it was delicious.
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    May not be $5 in ingredients but what about labour, high lease and utility costs and many other expenses in operating a business that need to be paid. All costs must come out of the customers bill, and a bit of profit. It's a tough business.

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    The wife and I went for her b-day celly and she wanted Olive Garden ( fine dining ) over there Tuesday at the AMA location South side. My first time for Olive Garden. I had the sausage/potato soup appetizer and this pulled pork beef pasta. Good. I cant recall what she had but we had to take the rest home.

    The bill was abt $50 between both of us (big spender ) but it was a nice outing.

    I want to try Buco. Easy enough to get to.
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    I think my dish at Olive Garden was $21 something. Her dish was $25 and we had the endless pop. I paid out a $7 tip.

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