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.
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.)
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.
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.