For the month of October, we explored the local food and entertainment scene to find you all the best places to try in the city. Given the current circumstance in the world, we want to highlight local businesses in Edmonton and to show our support! Even though I’m born and raised here, there are so many new and existing places I haven’t been. This blog post is here is to inform you and provide insight into some of Edmonton’s hidden (and not so hidden) gems.
The places I visited:
- La Bosco Bakery & Cafe
- Korean Grill
- Hanjan Oliver
- Tiramisu Bistro
- Made By Marcus
- Wyld Archery
La Bosco Bakery & Cafe
This new Korean-inspired bakery and café has opened up this month near the Whyte Ave area. They offer a range of pastries, desserts, and drinks, all in one place! The building is enormous and there is plenty of space to dine inside or outside (perfect for dates or group hangouts). Other than the tasty food, one of my favourite parts of this place is the atmosphere. The décor is whimsical and elegant, and you can really tell that they put a lot of effort to ensure that the finer details are perfected. The mix of delicious food and a good environment calls for good vibes only! Highly recommend this place if you want to grab a drink or snack to go!
If you are on the hunt for a more elevated fine-dining experience, than I would head down to Bundok to try some unique dishes. This restaurant offers a candle-lit atmosphere that is perfect for a date night or a night with loved ones. Out of all the menu items, I found myself really enjoying the Beef Tartare dish that we ordered as an appetizer. The meat contained salsa macha, corn butter, spiced hazelnuts, and served with grilled bread. The protein was rich and tender and the combination of flavours made my taste buds dance! Definitely a must-try if you stop by.
Korean Grill is one of many Korean restaurants in the K-mall plaza that you have to visit. For me, I really enjoy the Pork Bone Soup here, and find myself always coming back for more! The soup broth is rich and the pork bone meat is tender (slides right off the bone). The single pot is great for one person, as it comes with rice on the side. However, this restaurant offers more than just soup, as they have a wide variety of different Korean dishes on the menu. They have Korean fried chicken, rice and noodle dishes, Bibimbap, and more! Make this your next stop if you’re in the area.
If you don’t know that I enjoy Korean food already, well than now you know! Hanjan is another Korean restaurant that I highly recommend in the city. They have three locations, 99 Street (South), Downtown, and on Whyte Ave. They are your one stop shop for all things Korean, as this restaurant offers, Korean dishes, desserts, and drinks! At night, I would say that this place is very upbeat and great for young-adults looking for an environment to gather as a group. Their recent grand opening of the Oliver location is the place just for that! The space is enormous and there is plenty of room for fun and entertainment. Gather your friends now if you haven’t already checked out this place.
Are you up early on the weekend and are looking for a nice brunch place? Look no further than this restaurant located downtown on 124 street. I ordered the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict (one of my go-to brunch favourites) and it was perfectly splendid. The egg was nice and runny and the hollandaise sauce was fab. However, my favourite part of the dish was actually the potatoes on the side. They were the perfect crisp and sweet and savoury taste. Don’t just take it from me, this place has many great reviews online as well!
Made By Marcus
The weather in Edmonton right now is heading towards being more cold, but as an ice cream fan, it is definitely an appropriate dessert to eat year round. Made By Marcus is an Alberta based ice cream shop with two locations (Calgary & Edmonton). The Edmonton location is right on Whyte Ave and tucked away in an alley. I ordered the double cookies and cream, and roasted strawberry buttermilk flavour! Although I got mine in a cup, you can get your ice cream in their signature waffle cone. The ice cream was tasty and creamy, just how it should be! If you are seeking a cute little spot that serves unique flavours that you may not find elsewhere – this may be your spot.
Gather your friends and family and visit this local archery shop for all things archery! This place offers beginner to advanced level shooters the chance to buy equipment or rent and shoot. As a newbie in this sport, the owner made it very easy to get a hang of the equipment. Your admission includes rental, a brief training introduction on how to use equipment, and safety protocols when you’re on the shooting course. Once that run down is over, you grab your target sheet and you’re off to shooting! It can be intimidating at first, but the owner is there to help you. Overall, it was a unique experience that is a great activity with friends or family. If you find yourself loving the sport, don’t forget to check out the retail area to buy your own equipment!
Every place that I visited truly had its’ own unique flavours, character, and story! This month was about exploration and finding new places in Edmonton that I’ve only heard about, but never tried. My final thoughts to wrap this up is to suggest that you do the same. Grab a buddy and visit some local businesses you have never tried. When you get outside your comfort zone you can discover some pretty amazing things! Let me know your favourite local Edmonton spots you have recently supported in the comments below.