New Openings

One of our favourite Calgary breakfast spots has spread its wings – again! We’ve been loving these ultra-delicious dishes and their own free-run eggs since they opened in Calgary in 2009, and now OEB’s empire is growing – Edmonton has joined the flock at 10174 100A Street. Get there early; they’re only open until 2:45 pm.

And now Namo Cafe & Bistro has opened in in OEB’s original location on Edmonton Trail NE. And it’s another great menu – six Bennies from crab, pepper and artichoke to Smashed Avocado Picco to Short Rib and Mushroom; Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes, bowls of Laksa, Indian Spiced Lentils, and sandwiches. Vegan and gluten-free too. 8 am-3 pm Tuesday-Sunday.

Cacao 70 Eatery is now open on 82 Avenue, in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona; a brunch, lunch, and sweet spot where chocolate is the star ingredient. Go for dishes such as Meat Lover’s Omelette and Croque Madames, and stay for the sweet menu that includes four fondues.

Inner City Brewing has opened a new taproom on 11 Avenue SW, in Calgary’s Beltline. They have a few snacks but don’t offer meals, and we love that you can bring your own or order in, and wash it down with your choice of their eight beers on tap. 11am–late 7 days.

Rob Tryon of Effing Seafoods is happily ensconced in his new St. Albert premises at 44 Riel Drive, after many years of farmers’ markets. Tryon is home now with his lobster tanks, oysters, and exotic fresh fish. He knows where each fish was caught – buy it whole, and you can watch it cut up for you.

Chef Guru Singh has opened his first restaurant, Aarde, at 10184 104 Street in Edmonton. Dutch for “earth”, the ingredients here are bought from local vendors and markets. Look for Mushroom Artichoke Tartine, Crispy Cauliflower, confit leeks, cod, and duck – yum! 5-10pm, 7 days.

Much has been written about Calgary’s new Central Library, but their edible side is noteworthy too! Lukes is a venture from Gareth Lukes (of Drug Mart) and Chef Eric Hendry (ex- Bar Von Der Fels); it’s unpretentious, and focuses on Prairie grains. You’ll find hearty, healthy, and inexpensive meals for every age of diner. Try the excellent Kale Risotto, oatmeal, and porridge with 14 choices of toppings; ginormous sandwiches, and baked goods from Pretty Sweet. Soup and liquor coming soon. The café is accessed from 3 Street SE rather than from inside the library although there is a small café inside too. 7 am–an hour after the library closes.

You’re in for a treat now when shopping at Calgary’s CF Chinook Centre – after 10 months of renovations and a $17 million investment, the new Dining Hall is open, and it’s bright, spacious, modern, and beautiful! There’s a choice of 20 food vendors, with seating for 835 diners. Shopping just got better!


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