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Five Family-Friendly Eateries in Edmonton

by Sheri Landry

Sheri Landry has been sharing her family adventures and money-saving tips on ThisBirdsDay.com for years. Here, she shares some of her favourite eateries to take the kids to in Edmonton.

It's no secret that Edmonton has a mouth-watering culinary scene. It can be a daunting task to whittle your options down to one choice, especially if you are looking for a place that everyone in the family will enjoy. Whether you want a full meal or a small snack, these local recommendations have got you and your family covered.

Blue Plate Diner

10145 104 St | website

Located in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown core is the Blue Plate Diner. Serving up a large selection of food for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, the diner has a kid’s menu and a number of options for varying tastes. Inside, tables that you would have found at grandma’s house back in the day fill the room and paintings from local artists decorate the walls. The food and drinks have a distinct local flair and most of the beers available are brewed in Alberta.

When the chefs become inspired to try something different, new menu items are added. If you are looking for a comfortable atmosphere where your kids can eat a grilled cheese sandwich while you enjoy anything from comfort food to a gourmet meal with wine, the Blue Plate Diner is it.

Must try: Mac 'n cheese (for kids and adults) or the corn bread

Soda Jerks

Five Edmonton area locations | website

If you are visiting from outside of Edmonton and like the feel of a chain restaurant but want something you can’t get back home, then Soda Jerks should be your next stop. With restaurants in Edmonton and St. Albert, you can create your own burger with your choice of over 50 toppings including chocolate covered bacon. What?!

And of course, there’s the soda, with over 40 glass-bottled varieties to choose from, including some unique flavours like Swamp Juice, Bubblegum and Butterscotch Beer. Kids can choose something off of the ‘little jerks’ menu where fries, drink and a dessert are included.

Must try: A milkshake made the old school way

Hazeldean Bakery

9627 66 Ave and Lucy’s Sweets at 1649 Towne Centre Blvd | website

An Edmonton institution, the Hazeldean Bakery has been serving up fresh-baked breads, donuts, rolls and pastries for over 50 years. And yes, everything is made fresh from scratch! In many cases, traditional recipes are used so items such as the German poppyseed bread and rolls are as close to old fashioned original as you will get. Yum!

Donuts are 90 cents each or $9 per dozen and the cinnamon buns are $7.15 for a package of six.

There are two locations to serve you. The main location, where everything is baked, is on 66 Ave in Hazeldean. Bring the kids down to enjoy a fresh donut and take a break in the park across the street which includes a spray park in the summer months. The second location in Terwillegar is the retail location only and sells most of the items made in the bakery.

Must try: Cinnamon buns baked with caramel sugar wrapped into the bun

Cookie Love

#142, 10235 101 Street | website

With a tagline like ‘Because Cookies Make You Smile,’ you know you are about to experience a plethora of delicious, chewy goodness. When you walk into Cookie Love, the first thing that hits you is the scent of fresh cookies baking.

With nine classic cookies baked everyday, gluten-free options and a number of specialty and mini cookies available (some on a rotating basis), everyone is sure to find something they will love.

Classic and specialty cookies are $1.50 each or $9 for half a dozen with the mini cookies running at $4.50 per dozen.

Must try: Cookie ice cream sandwich with your choice of ice cream and cookies

Jacek Chocolate Couture

10140-104 Street (Edmonton) & 406 Kaska Road (Sherwood Park) | website

This is a fun stop for the whole family, mostly because... chocolate. Jacek Chocolate Couture is chocolate on a whole other level. Created by Cocoanista Jacqueline Jacek, Jacek Chocolate Couture offers everything from classic favouites to daring new creations as well as a vegan chocolate collection.

New chocolates are created each season (like fashion collections) so there is always something new and unique to try.

Must try: Artisan bar collection (includes almost every chocolate bar). Great for sharing... or not.