Edmonton has a new and unique dining experience! Rutherford House, the 1911 home for almost 40 years to Alberta’s first premier, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, opened as a historic site in 1973, and now you can dine there too in the new Vintage Fork restaurant. Open six days a week for brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea, Vintage Fork offers in-house baked goods, daily menus, and special event dinners for groups of 10-50 people.
Edmonton also has a new English/Irish inspired restaurant on Ellwood Drive SW. Chef Lindsay Porter and Evonne Li have been collaborating for many years after Culinary Arts School, and now opened London Local, offering British fare with a Canadian twist – always delicious and with full-flavoured dishes from local indigenous ingredients. The three-course menu changes weekly, and at $30 is amazing value!
Nate Box of Elm Cafe, District, Little Brick, and Burrow, has opened up his fifth restaurant, Salz, at 115 Street and 105 Avenue, with Chef Allan Suddaby – the sausage guru. Perfectly fitting, Salz is a German and Austrian sausage and beer hall in the Oliver neighbourhood. The sausages are all made in house, with Alberta-made traditional Bavarian style beer. It’s the quickest lunch in the city too!
In Calgary, there are still new openings almost every day, despite some of the city’s most lauded restaurants closing down.
The team that brought us Proof and Vine Arts, have opened Donna Mac, on 10 Avenue SW, led by Chef Tino Longpre and Amy Turner. It’s an inviting space designed by Sarah Ward Interiors, with lots of natural light from the north and west facing windows. Supporting the local arts, local ceramicist Becky McMaster created the custom dishware. The menu is seasonal and shared with your friends, and don’t miss the cocktails! Open every day 11-11, with a happy hour snack menu from 3-5pm.
Sister to Lot 102 on Macleod Trail, BigStarr has opened in the ex-Parc spot on 16 Avenue SW, and has kept much of the gorgeous interior, adding beams and lights, and opening up the bar. It’s a southern-style BBQ smokehouse serving up simple food done well from Chef Josh Kozak.Taps are all local, and house wine is just $4.50 all day, with $8 cocktails, so there’s no strain on your wallet. At the back of the restaurant, have your fill playing darts, Buck Hunter, and Foosball. Weds – Sun afternoon-late.
The Grumans story continues with their neighbourhood deli on Elbow Drive in Britannia. It’s very different to downtown’s full service restaurant – more bagels and blintzes, and deli- inspired quick lunches, take home goodies from the deli case, sandwiches, and frozen meals. This 44-seat space serves up breakfast all day long, and fresh brisket on Fridays. Grumans Britannia excels in catering with a little notice for your platters and salads, and serves as a private event space too. Closed Mondays.
Down the road in Haysboro is the new Empire Provisions from ex-Teatro long-timers Dave Sturies and Karen Kho, with chef Blake Anderson in the kitchen baking up a storm of pies such as smoked lemon chicken, and chorizo and potato, as well as cooking up soups to eat in and take away frozen to enjoy at home, spicy Esposito meatballs with tomato sauce and house-made ricotta, mac ’n’ cheese, and a daily Mealshare meal of the moment. Fast, fresh and affordable, is the motto here. Open 7 days.
On 4 Street SW in Mission, our friends at Añejo, Blanco, and The Living Room, have brought us Belle Southern Kitchen & Bar, serving up finger lickin’ BBQ classics, smoked delights, and picnic lunches. Choose your smoked meats by the half-pound or pound, or go for the lot with “Big Britches” – chicken, brisket and ribs, and a choice of two sides, such as smoked potato wedge fries, blue cheese potato salad (okay, we’re sold!), chili hush puppies, or deep fried mac n’ cheese. There’s live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and whiskey – lots of whiskey! 11-11pm.
And don’t miss a stop at Granary Road Market, and a visit to the Loft Bakery, Kitchen and Lounge. Head Baker Abdesamed “Ezzy“ Ezzedini, and Pastry Chef Ti any Lucarelli are busy baking croissants, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, and freshly baked bread downstairs, while upstairs in the Loft Lounge, you can relax with a cold beer or glass of wine and enjoy a casual lunch or snack from local ingredients.