The days are long, the sun is hot, and it’s the perfect time to get outta town. It’s road trip season, and Northern Alberta is packed with delicious eats!
East of Edmonton, Wainwright’s Honeypot Eatery & Pub (823 2nd Avenue) has been the go-to spot for locals for years. Fill up on one of Honeypot’s Alberta beef-based dishes, like the Smoked Brisket Donair, BBQ Bacon Meatloaf, or the Shepherd’s Pie.
Take a step back in time with a stop at the Downtown Diner (10209A 100th Avenue, Fort Saskatchewan) and indulge in a Cinnamon Bun for Two, a Fruit Loop Milkshake, or a Chili Cheeseburger. Visitors swear it’s worth the trip, so grab your sweetheart (and some antacids), and head on up to Fort Sask.
Olde Smokey’s BBQ Shack (4839 50th Street, Rocky Mountain House) is a classic BBQ joint that serves up platters and single meats, alongside some seriously delicious side dishes. Be sure to try out a variety of meats, and the Pulled Pork Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Local bands regularly take the stage at Olde Smokey’s, so if you’re there at the right time, you’re in for a heck of a night.
An Alberta favourite, Blindman Brewing’s taproom (Bay F, 3413 53rd Avenue) in Lacombe has beer flights, pints, snacks, and coffee. Their award-winning beer makes for an excellent tap list, and if you can, make sure you try the seasonal brews, as they’re extra delicious and won’t be around for long.
Cilantro & Chive (5021 50th Street, Lacombe) is well known for their food made with fresh, simple ingredients, family-friendly menu, and their seriously awesome craft beer list. Try their Brome Lake Braised Duck Wings, Roasted Corn Garden Flatbread, and their Pierogi Casserole.
Ponoka isn’t a typical road trip spot, but now that the new Siding 14 Brewing Company (3520 67th Street) is open, it’s about to be. There’s a nice sunny patio on site for those gorgeous summer days, an awesome taproom, and there are often visiting food trucks to help keep bellies full.
Downtown Bowmont you’ll find Chartier (5012 50th Street), a rustic, French-style brasserie. The restaurant is actually the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, so you know they’re worth the trip! Try the Haricots Vert, Pork Belly, and the Mussels. As an added bonus, their homemade sourdough is so good, they’ve opened up a bread window (so you can take a loaf home!) that’s open Tuesday thru Sunday.
The Alberta beer industry is clearly blowing up, and small towns, like Hinton, are creating some seriously good beer. Folding Mountain Brewing (49321 Highway 16, Jasper East) is located right at the edge of Jasper National Park, and in addition to their house-made brews, they have a kitchen with a nice, simple menu. Try the Brewery Kale Salad, FMB Classic Tomato Soup, and the Kettle Chips – they’ll fit beautifully alongside a few tasters of their brews.