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Best of 2009 in Edmonton food - Metro US

Best of 2009 in Edmonton food

Homefire Grill
18210 100 Avenue
780-489-8086
www.homefiregrill.ca

Ragazzi Bistro Italiano

8110 Whyte Avenue
780-414-0500
www.ragazzibistro.ca

Tasty Tom’s Bistro
9965 Whyte Avenue
780-437-5761

Murrieta’s Bar & Grill
10612 Whyte Avenue
780-438-4100
www.murrietas.ca

I savoured everything from Refresh Organic’s borscht to the New Asian Village buffet. Cora’s made the best breakfast, the Urban Diner made the best Saturday brunch and Century Grill provided the best overall dining experience. I came up with the best menu of 2009.

The meal starts at Homefire Grill and a Long Beach Iced Tea ($6.50), made with Sprite and cranberry instead of Coke and bitters. To accompany my drink, I request the molten Bocconcini pearls ($8.50) wrapped in chewy prosciutto ham from Ragazzi Bistro Italiano. The subtle, salty cheese is delightfully balanced by sweet and spicy tomato sauce. My entrée is from Tasty Tom’s, an unpretentious Bavarian bistro on Whyte Avenue. Its Farmer’s Platter of schnitzel, bratwurst, kesso, boiled potatoes and housemade sauerkraut ($19) knocked my mitteleuropean socks off and filled my lunch kit for several days afterwards.

My culinary tour of Edmonton ends at Murrieta’s, for its macadamia nut and peanut butter mud pie ($9.13) under a warm rum caramel sauce. Never have so many calories died in such noble service.

Why not resolve to try somewhere new in 2010?

Dining out

Wine
According to onlyhereforthefood.ca, both Vinomania and The Bothy are equipped with state-of-the-art Enomatic Wine Serving Systems, which dispense wine from the bottle using inert gas preservation. Characteristics of the wine can remain intact for more than three weeks, as if the bottle had just been opened. These systems can extend by-the-glass menus, or allow wine and scotch tasting to range.

Treestone
Husband and wife Yvan and Ritsuko Chartrand took over the Treestone bakery on 99th Street. They ran a bakery in Sapporo, Japan, for 18 years. Treestone has always offered organic, European-style options and the new owners plan to continue with no preservative or additives.

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