As the year comes to a close, I find that it's the perfect time to look back and reminisce on all the things that have happened over the past few months. Things like concerts, events, festivals, birthdays, and holidays all come to mind initially, but one thing that doesn't always get appreciated as much as it should is food.
Think about it, how many new favourites did you find this year? From Saturday nights, sipping on drinks at clubs and bars, to Sunday morning, scarfing down breakfast while dying with a hangover, you definitely spent a good portion of the year enjoying some tasty treats.
Edmonton is a huge city, which means it's necessary to have a huge selection of restaurants, bars, and cafes to satisfy everyone's unique needs and tastes. Thankfully, YEG has no problem delivering on this. No matter what piques your interest, there is definitely a spot that you and your friends can enjoy here.
Of course, we know that not all Edmontonians are foodies. Maybe you didn't try out any new restaurants in 2017, but your New Years resolution for 2018 is to cross some delicious Edmonton hot spots off your bucket list. Whatever the case may be, we've compiled a massive list of some of the most noteworthy spots of 2017, all of which should be on your radar in the upcoming year, if they weren't already.
Take a look, how many have you visited so far?
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Where: 10240 124 Street // Westmount
Type: Bar Food
Why you should go: North 53 is a spot that's got something to offer everyone. From cocktails to tasty bites, from late night snacks to early morning brunch, they've got you covered. Their extensive menu and amazing service earned them an honourable mention on the Best Overall list for 2017.
Next Act Pub
Where: 8224 104 Street // University & Old Strathcona
Type: Burger, Bar Food
Why you should go: The Next Act is known for being an innovator in the Edmonton food market, earning them a #1 ranking on the Best Between Bread list. They offer incredible, unique sandwiches and burgers for diners to try, including a rotating menu item every week.
Where: 11957 Jasper Avenue // Oliver
Type: Tapas, Bar Food
Why you should go: Bar Clementine is relatively new to Edmonton, but it has done nothing short of impress us since it opened. It was ranked on the list of Best Cocktails for 2017, deservingly so.
Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar
Where: 8232 Gateway Boulevard // University & Old Stratchona
Type: Southern, Soul Food
Why you should go: All the Southern charm you can handle, right here in Edmonton. Obviously recognized for it's great food and super Instagrammable aesthetic, Have Mercy is also known for it's great in-house cocktails.
The Black Dog Freehouse
Where: 10425 Whyte Ave // University & Old Strathcona
Type: Bar Food
Why you should go: This is a super cool spot on Whyte Ave that always deserves some recognition. Whether you're looking to just chill out and drink, or have a crazy clubbing night, this place has got you covered.
Where: 10132 100 Street // Downtown
Type: French, Bar Food
Why you should go: More than just delicious food. Woodwork also offers up some amazing drinks, including a consistently changing cocktail menu, and an impressive selection of whiskey and gin.
Craft Beer Market
Where: 10013 101A Ave // Downtown
Type: Bar Food
Why you should go: Craft has blown up in YYC, and has been equally as successful in YEG. Their unique, old-style decor and delicious menu that perfectly compliments their drink selection will make them a quick favourite in your heart.
Where: 10736 Jasper Ave // Downtown
Why you should go: If you're one for getting rowdy, you'll probably find yourself at Knoxville's. This place is known for its country roots, but don't be surprised if you hear some Top 40 or Hip Hop.
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District Cafe & Bakery
Where: 10011 109 Street // Downtown
Type: Coffee, Bakery
Why you should go: Light, bright, and beautiful are the three words that come to mind when we think of District Coffee. The shop is beautifully decorated, meaning it'll look great on your Instagram, and their drinks and snacks will keep you fuelled all day long.
Where: 10932 119 Street // Kingsway
Type: European, French
Why you should go: Cafe Linnea has made waves in YEG since it's opening, with it's gorgeous aesthetic, and elegant high tea. Treat yourself to a day here, and you'll leave feeling like absolute royalty.
Where: 8627 91 Street // Bonnie Doon
Type: French, Coffee and Tea
Why you should go: Cafe Bicyclette is like a little slice of Paris, right here in Edmonton. They're incredibly elegant and regal, making it a great spot for studying and relaxing. No wonder they were ranked on the Best French list of the year.
Where: 11053 86 Ave // University & Old Stratchona
Why you should go: Cafe Leva has been rated as one of Edmonton's Best Independent Coffee Shops. It's located in the heart of the university area, making it the perfect place for students to study, or patrons to grab a bite to eat and catch up with old friends.
Wild Earth Bakery
Where: 8902 99 Street // University & Old Strathcona
Type: Coffee, Desserts
Why you should go: Wild Earth definitely has a hipster feel to it, which is precisely what a lot of people look for in a coffee shop. They have a vast selection of food, and an incredible selection of cheesecake for you to try.
Where: 10361 82 Ave // University & Old Stratchona
Type: Coffee, Desserts
Why you should go: Another popular student hangout is Block 1912. Who knew that coffee and gelato could be such a perfect marriage? You can enjoy both here, in this beautifully decorated, warm and welcoming little spot.
Where: 11523 100 Ave // Oliver
Why you should go: This sweet little spot is located in a historic area of the city, tucked right between Oliver Square and Edmonton's oldest cemetery. It is well lit and aesthetically pleasing, and the tasting menu leaves little to be desired.
Where: 9351 118 Ave // Kingsway
Type: Coffee, Desserts
Why you should go: The Carrot is an artsy little spot, with live, local music and super unique drinks to keep you entertained and satisfied all day. It's completely volunteer run, and works hard towards supporting local YEG artists.
For The Most Important Breakfast/Brunch Spots, Click "NEXT".
The Workshop Eatery
Where: 2003 91 Street // Ellerslie & Summerside
Why you should go: The Workshop Eatery was voted #3 Best Brunch for 2017, because of it's beautiful and simplistic decor, and incredible food. The Eggs Benny and Hashbrowns leave patrons coming back time and time again.
Where: 13225 132 Street // Northwest Edmonton
Type: Diner, Burger
Why you should go: Hathaway's has that authentic diner feel to it, and the menu is exactly what you think it would be. All your favourite breakfast and brunch classics, under one roof, at a super affordable price.
Where: 10912 88 Ave // University & Old Strathcona
Type: Breakfast, Diner
Why you should go: This popular diner is great for Sunday brunch with the girls, a first date, or curing your hangover. Their cinnamon buns are well known all across the city, and their service is always quick and friendly.
Rockin' Robyn's Diner
Where: 16604 109 Ave // Mayfield & Industrial
Type: Breakfast, Diner
Why you should go: Rockin' Robyn's looks like it's straight out of an episode of Happy Days, with it's old-fashioned, 60's style decor, and classic diner food. Come in for an enjoyable brunch, any time.
Where: 10030 Jasper Ave // Downtown
Why you should go: Breakfast, Dutch style? Count us in. There's endless delicious breakfast menu items for you to order, so you'll always have a reason to come back. Everything here is also super affordable, perfect for everyone's budget.
Under the High Wheel
Where: 8135 102 Street // University & Old Strathcona
Type: European, Diner
Why you should go: Under the High Wheel should be your new go-to for Sunday brunch with the girls. This classy, European style spot will not only make for great Instagram photos, but also leave your stomach happy.
Hap's Hungry House
Where: 16060 Stony Plain Road // Meadowlark
Why you should go: Hap's has really made a name for itself in Edmonton, so it's usually busy, but the hustle and bustle is worth the amazing and delicious food you'll receive. The restaurant is super cute and old school, making it the perfect breakfast spot.
Sugar Bowl Coffee & Juice Bar
Where: 10922 88 Ave // University & Old Strathcona
Type: Breakfast, Diner
Why you should go: This cute little breakfast spot is where you'll want to be next time your craving brunch. It can be on the busier side, but again, it's well worth the wait, and a small price to say for the amazing service and food you're about to get.
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Seoul Fried Chicken
Where: 7904 104 Street // University & Old Strathcona
Why you should go: For when you're craving KFC, but also feeling Korean. Seoul Fried Chicken also placed on the list of Best New Restaurants in YEG in 2017, and it's well deserved. This delicious, unique, affordable spot has been keeping university students happy and full all year long.
HUMA Mexican Comfort
Where: 9880 63 Ave // Argyll & Industrial
Why you should go: Because you can't got wrong with affordable Mexican food. HUMA received honourable mention on the list of Best Overall spots in Edmonton, because of it's delicious comfort food and amazing service.
The Local Omnivore
Where: 10933 120 Street // Downtown
Why you should go: The Local Omnivore is a frequent award winner, and placed on both the Best Between Bread, and Best New lists for 2017. They started out as just a food truck, but now have their own location, where they serve up delicious burgers and sandwiches.
Drift Food Truck
Where: Location Varies
Why you should go: Food Trucks are always increasing in popularity, but Drift is the cream of the Edmonton crop. Since 2013, it's been ranked #1 on the Best Food Truck list, because of the delicious sandwiches and great service.
The Burger Joint
Where: 9132 23 Ave // Heritage
Why you should go: These burgers aren't for the faint of heart. The massive, delicious, unique concoctions are super cheap, and even more tasty. Build your own burger, with options like pineapple, mushrooms, and all the other fixings you could dream of.
Double Greeting Wonton House
Where: 10212 96 Street // Downtown
Why you should go: There's no such thing as too much cheap Chinese food. Double Greetings is originally from Winnipeg, but opened in Edmonton, and has been a popular spot in our city ever since.
Where: 21516 115 Ave // Winterburn Industrial
Type: Pizza, Sandwich
Why you should go: If you're looking for a quick bite, look no further than Donna's. This small but tasty spot has been serving up incredible sandwiches to Edmontonians for years, and never fails to hit the spot.
Where: 8701 109 Street // University & Old Strathcona
Type: Asian, Vietnamese
Why you should go: More pho, less problems. University students basically live off of pho and other Asian foods, and this spot is located in the perfect spot to meet everyone's needs. For a great price, you can get quality food and service.
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Where: #102, 5012 50 Street // Beaumont
Why you should go: If you love trying new spots, then Chartier should've already been crossed off your list. It was voted the Best New Restaurant in Edmonton for 2017, and we can see why. The elegant, affordable French cuisine leaves little to be desired.
Where: 10643 123 Street // Westmount
Why you should go: Rge Rd has been making a name for itself for years now, ranking among the top overall of Edmonton restaurants. In 2017, it again was ranked #1, as it continues to grow and innovate every year.
Where: 10582 104 Street // Central McDougall
Why you should go: The Lingnan was recognized this year as the Best Chinese spot in all of Edmonton. The popularity of Chinese food in Alberta continues to grow, and it's hard to find a decent places at times, but this spot hits the spot, every time.
Where: 10117 101 Street // Downtown
Why you should go: Bistro Praha is unique, in that it chooses to stick to its roots. It celebrated it's 40th anniversary this year, and also celebrated it's award as #1 Best Continental spot in Edmonton.
Where: 10177 107 Street // Downtown
Why you should go: Authentic Mumbai Street Food can be hard to find in Edmonton, but Khazana has nailed it. The atmosphere of this spot is also very beautiful, and will transport you outside of the city while you eat.
Where: 10345 Jasper Ave // Downtown
Why you should go: Corso 32 may be hard to get into, but the wait is well worth it. People make reservations months in advance in order to get a taste of this delectable Italian food, which is precisely why it's considered some of the best Italian food in the city.
Where: 3739 99 Street // Heritage
Type: Japanese, Sushi
Why you should go: This YEG popular spot was voted best Japanese restaurant for 2017, meaning it should definitely be on your radar.
Where: 10220 103 Street // Edmonton
Type: Seafood, Spanish
Why you should go: Talk about fancy. This is the perfect spot for celebrating a big event, like a work Christmas party, a birthday, or an anniversary. There's an exceptional selection of seafood and wine for you to enjoy in an elegant environment.