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Edmonton – quick after work food to go

It's been a few years since I lived in Edmonton... tomorrow I'm driving in from the south side, and I told my friend I'd grab a quick/easy nosh on the way, as we only have about a half-hour before we have to head out to a concert. My first instinct is to stop at Sunterra Market. I also considered Parkallen Restaurant for some fatouche, humous, etc.,, but a peek at their website shows they're not open. Vietnamese salad rolls from Pagolac? Maybe....

.... any other ideas? As mentioned, I'm coming in from Highway 2 South, and am only going into the Forest Heights area, just north of Holyrood/Bonnie Doon.

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Parkallen Restaurant
7018 - 109 Street, Edmonton, AB T6H 3C1, CA

Mar 18, 2010
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Character Eateries in Calgary

Hot Damn! Tubby Dog! I'd forgotten all about it.

Nov 26, 2009
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Character Eateries in Calgary

I have a buddy coming to town (for Grey Cup) who works live sporting events all over North America. Over the years he's amassed a pretty impressive "been there" list of Diners, Dives & Drive Thru's, though he doesn''t limit himself to greasy spoons. He's also fond of grub that's decidedly non-North American. In short, his list is composed of casual eateries that make you sit up and take notice, either with their atmosphere or menu – preferably both.

A couple of places I've thought of are: Tazza, Blackfoot Truckstop, 1886 Cafe, Lina's Italian Market, The Greek Gas Station/Takeaway on 17th Ave. SW... I'd do a lot better in Edmonton, as I've just been in the Calgary area a couple of years.

He has wheels while in town, but I'm offering bonus points for any place walkable from the Marriott (1st St. and 9th Ave. SE).

Any suggestions?

Nov 25, 2009
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Quirky retro menu items - Toronto

And best rice pudding in 1954 would have had some serious competition!

Oct 09, 2008
jambon in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Quirky retro menu items - Toronto

I always get a kick out of places that offer meatloaf, mac & cheese, liver & onions and other throwback dishes, and find it interesting that those items aren't necessarily relegated to greasy spoons. But are there any places in Toronto that push the retro thing even further? It's one thing to serve mac and cheese... does anyone serve it right out of the box? Does tuna casserole ever show up on a menu? I find it odd that I stumble across these time warp items regularly while traveling in the States, but rarely see them in Canada.

Oct 07, 2008
jambon in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ragazzi (Pizza Boys)

Yeah, but if Eddy is still doing deliveries (we moved away a while back, so I'm not sure), that's worth 5 bucks entertainment right there.

drive-thru tex-mex?

Just returned from San Antonio and Austin and loved the many options for drive-thru Tex-Mex (indies and small chains alike). A nice, quick alternative to drive-thru burgers. Is anyone – apart from the obvious major chains – doing anything like that in the Toronto area?

Aug 15, 2008
jambon in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Batter Up!

Wow, just had a look at some photos of The Fish Store's work – the battered & fried rule may go out the window!!

Aug 14, 2008
jambon in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Batter Up!

Heading to Toronto next week for a few days to watch same baseball and am looking for good pub grub. There's one in our group who's always on the hunt for the perfect fish sandwich, preferably halibut (tho doesn't have to be), and definitely battered or breaded & fried... none of that healthy grilling business. Any suggestions? (We'll have wheels, so can make a drive if the food's worth it)

Aug 13, 2008
jambon in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Olives in Calgary

My wife just returned from a month's studies in Spain, and is craving high quality olives – Seville olives in particular. Anyone know where I might find Spanish olives in Calgary? If not Spanish, just a great selection of olives?

Calzones in Calgary

Okay, I've seen the Pizza Hut commercial pushing their hip, new and decidedly INDIVIDUALISTIC calzones (I think it's PH, if not it's some other mega-chain), and after vowing never to eat one, the thought occurred to me I've never had one.

As with all mass-produced, bastardized foods there's probably an authentic version worth lingering over. Is there a killer calzone in Calgary? And if not where might I find one, so I can add it to my Foodie Must-Do List for future travels?

Jun 20, 2008
jambon in Prairie Provinces

Why there are no good Mexican Restos in Toronto

A useful opinion tends to be constructive. "Stay away" smacks of smashing things. My wife and I have two weeks coming up in Yelapa.... should we cancel? Pack a two week lunch? And then I have to wonder how we could have been SO WRONG in our opinions of the baseball taco stand on Isla Mujeres, or Cafe Tacuba in Mexico City. Mexico, Greece.... where there are people, there is good food.

Sep 19, 2007
jambon in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Foods you crave only once a year

My guess is Heart's Content. Maybe Heart's Delight. Both just a stone's throw from Dildo. And South Dildo.

Aug 28, 2007
jambon in General Topics

Foods you crave only once a year

Once every couple of years (usually when I'm convalescing) I have an overwhelming urge to pound back a Hungry Man TV dinner. Has to have mashed potatoes & gravy plus a sad, strange little dessert. Has to be cooked in a conventional oven according to directions on the box. Has to slow my recovery by at least a day.

Aug 26, 2007
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Best donair in Edmonton?

A second vote for King Donair. We lived one block from Charles Smart (Federally Inspected!!) on Whyte Ave. and 93rd, and though they make a consistently fine donair, I found it was worth the extra time to hop in a vehicle and head to King. Sadly, we only discovered it a couple of months before we moved to Calgary.

Aug 26, 2007
jambon in Prairie Provinces

CHINESE W/ATTITUDE

Greetings all. I'm working for a Food Network TV series that will shoot a few episodes in the Toronto area this autumn. Although there are many good recommendations for Chinese food in the archives, we're looking for that rare combination of great food and an owner/chef who is the polar opposite of camera shy. The show centers around a recipe makeover, so the more "traditionally rich" the menu better. Any ideas?

Aug 03, 2007
jambon in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mexican withdrawal in Calgary

If you spent 4 weeks in Manhattan and didn't pop over to the Red Hook area in Brooklyn of a Sunday...well, you missed out. There are soccer fields there jammed with transplanted Latin Americans, their friends and families politely pretending to watch when in reality they've come to chow down at the makeshift shantytown that springs up for that one day each week. Virtually every central American country's street food is represented there and it's painfully tough to make a choice. Best thing to do is just join a line-up and ask the person ahead of you "What's good?" It's tough to find, but worth the effort.

Jul 16, 2007
jambon in Prairie Provinces

Burritos in Vancouver

You nailed it, John, though I don't think I'm allowed to promote too much in the forum. There's no doubt Steamrollers make a massive burrito, but I have a hunch they'd be cool on the idea of someone doing a healthy makeover of their product. They put a lot of energy into promoting themselves as "nutritious" and "fresh."

Love your "Eat Shrink" interpretation, by the way. It's a keeper. Reminds me of a Zihuatanejo board where regulars had good fun with an Oregonian who logged on as "Bob in Eugene."

Burritos in Vancouver

Hi all, I'm working with a television program that's considering shooting a few episodes in Vancouver later this year. I hope you don't mind me using this forum to get a few ideas. Yes, there are existing threads on burritos in Van, but we're looking for a few specific things. Our show is about healthy make-overs of "traditionally rich" foods, so right there we're ruling out places that pride themselves on a healthful approach. It's also important that the spokesperson for the resto be the polar opposite of camera shy. In other words we're looking for a gut-busting burrito served up by a person with considerable character.

This doesn't have to be a burrito take-away joint either. In fact it may even be better if we find a restaurant with great atmosphere.

Anything spring to mind?