Picture This: 3 in Edmonton (and 1 in St. Catharines)

Donair time at Basha Donair

Donair time at Basha Donair

My first time to Edmonton made me wonder: What do people eat in Edmonton? One answer: donair (aka donair kebab, etc.). With Edmonton’s airport actually some kilometers south in Leduc, I jumped off a plane and made my way to Basha Donair for a first bite. And a good one it was.

My small donair, quite delightful

My small donair, quite delightful

I went for a small donair because my second stop would be just a short hop across the street to Pita Hut Bakery. This is one of those places where you walk in and wonder if you’ve just met the nicest people in the world. It’s a family operation, and the friendly folks walked me through the menu, bringing my order to the table and then adding more things for me to sample. Great flavors at great value! While eating, I remember wishing we had a place like this in Seattle. (Turns out we might, at a place called Man’oushe Express, which I’ve since put on my to-do list.)

My pita pie in the oven at Pita Hut Bakery

My pita pie in the oven at Pita Hut Bakery

Pita pie with zatar (just $3)

Pita pie with zatar (just $3)

Among the extras I sampled: some simple, delicious, warm pita

Among the extras I sampled: some simple, delicious, warm pita

Dinner that night would be in Edmonton proper, at my top pick for finer dining: RGE RD. I grabbed a seat at the counter, where I like to be (especially when dining solo) to catch glimpses of dishes emerging from the kitchen, and to talk with staff. RGE RD is definitely doing the seasonal, local thing, and I really enjoyed my dinner there.

To start at RGE RD: a hearty hunter's stew with wild game, leafy greens, onion, gnocchi, and tomato

To start at RGE RD: a hearty hunter’s stew with wild game, leafy greens, onion, gnocchi, and tomato

"The Edible Farm" at RGE RD: summer greens, edible flowers, fresh vegetables, beet antipasto, and a terrine (today was duck rillette)

“The Edible Farm” at RGE RD: summer greens, edible flowers, fresh vegetables, beet antipasto, and a terrine (today was duck rillette)

RGE RD does a daily "Questionable Bits" dish (showcasing whole animal cooking), and today it was beef tongue pastrami with wood-roasted broccoli and charred onion (a play on Chinese beef with broccoli)

RGE RD does a daily “Questionable Bits” dish (showcasing whole animal cooking), and today it was beef tongue pastrami with wood-roasted broccoli and charred onion (a play on Chinese beef with broccoli)

Out of Alberta and onto Ontario, I took one meal in St. Catharines and made a rather unlikely choice: Rise Above Restaurant & Bakery. Unlikely, because this is a vegan restaurant. I chose Rise Above partly because of a lack of other suitable (for my schedule, and quest for quality) restaurant choices, and partly because reviews were good. (Though sometimes I find that vegetarian/vegan restaurant rate quite high because they have passionate fans.) Also, if I’m on the road a lot, I eventually find myself needing vegetables. (Can you believe it?) Oh…and I’d heard the donuts are good.

Rise Above's beet burger (with oats, brown rice, and fennel)

Rise Above’s beet burger (with oats, brown rice, and fennel)

Rise Above's donuts: chai and chocolate hazelnut (pretty good!)

Rise Above’s donuts: chai and chocolate hazelnut (pretty good!)

Basha Donair and Shawarma on Urbanspoon

Pita Hut Bakery on Urbanspoon

Rge Rd on Urbanspoon

Rise Above Restaurant & Bakery on Urbanspoon

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