Dining in the Edmonton Area
Nicknamed the City of Champions for its sports, Edmonton is also a winner when it comes to dining. The city is home to a wide variety of eateries serving everything from tender Alberta beef to flavourful tacos, spicy curry and savoury crêpès. The city's downtown core is a great area to explore, peppered with upscale restaurants, casual dining establishments and pubs and host to the annual Downtown Dining Week. Another popular dining area is Whyte Avenue, which features a lively nightlife, relaxing coffee shops and a mix of restaurants that appeal to both students and dining connoisseurs.
The massive big-box shopping area known as South Edmonton Common encompasses tons of shops and restaurants. Tired shoppers can recharge in various restaurants like the old-fashioned burger-and-milkshake joint Fat Burger and the sleek and modern Joey's Global Grill and Lounge. The world-famous West Edmonton Mall may be known for its hundreds of shops and amusements, but the mall also boasts a multitude of fast-food outlets, its very own Chinatown and the New Orleans-themed Bourbon Street lined with family-friendly restaurants and lounges such as Jungle Jim's and the Old Spaghetti Factory.
ST. ALBERT, SHERWOOD PARK & FORT SASKATCHEWAN
Only a short distance northwest of Alberta's capital is the community of St. Albert, which is a wonderful spot to stop while on a culinary tour of Edmonton and the surrounding area.
Many of its restaurants are conveniently located on St. Albert Trail, the main road through the city. St. Albert has an assortment of popular chain restaurants along with local favourites like Cajun House for jambalaya and gumbos and River House Grill for tender AAA Alberta steaks. During summer, the city hosts the St. Albert Outdoor Farmers' Market with vendors selling everything from fresh produce to smoked meats.
In the community of Sherwood Park visitors can satisfy cravings for Italian, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and other international cuisines. Sherwood Park's restaurant directory also incorporates dessert outlets such as Twisted Yogurt Creationswhere frozen yogurt is served topped with fruit, sweets and cerealsand Marble Slab, which offers interesting ice cream flavours mixed with fruit and candies.
Northeast of Edmonton, the city of Fort Saskatchewan offers a historical downtown, plenty of tourist attractions and a plethora of restaurants. Visitors in Fort Saskatchewan can grab a quick meal in various fast-food restaurants or sit down for a hot dinner in comfortable dining establishments like Gus' Pizza and Steak House or Humpty's Family Restaurant.
LEDUC & DEVON
Located just across from the Edmonton International Airport, Leduc is a convenient spot to grab a bite to eat before or after a flight. The city features fast-food restaurants as well as casual dining establishments like Zambelli's, where patrons can enjoy a cold beer and a hearty meal. Close to Leduc, the community of Devon offers fast-food and sit-down restaurants such as the Florida Pizza Steakhouse and Bradbury's Family Restaurant.
SPRUCE GROVE & STONY PLAIN
West of Edmonton are the communities of Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. Spruce Grove is a small city jam-packed with restaurants to try. American, Chinese and Italian restaurants along with specialty dining establishments such as Docherty's Fish'n Chips and Wee Pub for the beloved English combo of fish and chips are located in Spruce Grove. Only a short distance west of Spruce Grove is Stony Plain, which has chain restaurants and local favourites like Spiro's Family Dining for Greek dishes and Cantafio's Steakhouse and Sports Bar for steak dinners.