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Old Strathcona and Garneau Culinary Crawl

Breakfast and Brunch

Under the High Wheel serves old world comfort food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Breakfast options range from savoury to sweet with locally sourced ingredients and seasonal products. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try their Belgian waffle drizzled with chocolate sauce and fresh Chantilly cream. Your diet can start tomorrow.

The Sugar Bowl has some of the best cinnamon buns in the city…and quite possibly the world. If you ever needed a reason to wake up early, now you have one. Pillowy-soft with the perfect amount of cinnamon goodness, hurry up before they sell out–usually around noon.

Café Bicyclette is a tucked away gem located in La Cité Francophone, the hub of French culture in the city. The restaurant offers all day brunch options including the croque-monsieur, a French-style grilled cheese using toasted baguette instead of traditional white bread. Café Bicyclette is also home to Edmonton’s ultimate winter patio, complete with heaters, fireplaces, blankets and windbreakers!

Other honourable breakfast/brunch spot mentions: MEAT, The Next Act, Urban Diner and Culina Mill Creek.

Lunch

Pizza rosso or pizza bianco? A tough decision you’ll be faced with when eating at Rosso Pizzeria. Why not opt for one of each?! While the pizzeria is known for their crisp wood-fired pizza, its antipasti and insalate are equally impressive.

Farrow Sandwiches has nailed down the art of sandwich making. The menu is constantly changing and evolving, so much so that Farrow served over 100 different sandwiches in the first 10 months of being open! Don’t forget to grab a coffee with your lunch; the owners bring in some of the best coffee from independent roasters around the world.

The food at DaDeO New Orleans Diner and Bar will make you think you’re actually in New Orleans! Whether you’re craving a Po’boy, some Jambalaya, or a slice of key lime pie, their Cajun cooking does not disappoint. Keep your eye out for the mini juke boxes at every table!

The quest for the perfect burger is seemingly never ending. It may just end today for you. How many restaurants can boast that their burger recipe has been successfully prepared and served for more than 25 years? Well, the Highlevel Diner can with its juicy Ural Burger. It even comes with homemade ketchup.

Other honourable lunch spot mentions: The Sugar Bowl and Remedy Café.

Dinner

MEAT is a locally owned and operated smokehouse and it’s here that you’ll find some of the best brisket, beer, and bourbon in the city. Grab a seat at one of the cafeteria style communal tables and share plates of pulled pork, BBQ ribs, smoked chicken, beef brisket and Andouille sausage with friends. Don’t forget to leave room for some pecan pie!

Located next door to MEAT, The Next Act undoubtedly has some of the best sandwiches and burgers in town. Ever heard of a PB&J burger? Now you have. They’ve mastered it at The Next Act and it’s a must-have.

Tucked away in the Garneau neighbourhood, Three Boars Eatery offers a cozy, intimate, and sometimes boisterous atmosphere! Located in the space right beside Farrow Sandwiches, Three Boars serves their dinners with the intention that plates are meant to be shared. Insider hint: the miso braised pork belly is out of this world.

Hidden amongst the aging trees of Old Strathcona you’ll find Culina Mill Creek. It’s a friendly neighbourhood bistro serving creative comfort food and eclectic wines in a Bohemian setting. Be sure to stop by BiBO wine bar next door on your way out; they will welcome you with open arms…and bottles.

Other honourable dinner spot mentions: Narayanni’s, Rosso Pizzeria, El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar and &27.

Dessert

Join members of Generation Y and Z in Café Leva, a vibrant and upbeat café located in the heart of Garneau. Steps away from the University, you’ll see a lot of regulars with their noses buried in textbooks. While Café Leva is known for being a leader in creating a strong coffee culture in Edmonton, they also specialise in organic gelato and sorbet. The flavourings are even imported from Sicily! Swing by for a scoop…or three.

Block 1912’s gelato is also a must and why not indulge a little with a shot of liqueur drizzled on top. Pick up a baked dessert as well–their pies, tortes, tarts, and cheesecakes are all created from scratch on site. Don’t forget to write a secret note and leave it in a coffee table drawer before leaving! It sounds crazy, but it’s something you just have to see for yourself.

Other honourable dessert spot mentions: Fuss Cupcakes, MEAT and The Sugar Bowl.

Culina Mill Creek
MEAT
Three Boars Eatery
Block 1912