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Parkallen Restaurant

Rating pending

This restaurant was mentioned in the Edmonton Journal around the time the recent troubles broke out in Lebanon. The owner had gone over there to be married, but (Canadian? I’ll have to re-check the story) officials would not allow his bride to return to Edmonton with him.

After an afternoon trial session with a local acupuncturist, Dorami-chan wasn’t feeling up to cooking supper, so we thought about showing our support for Lebanon (or the owner at least) by trying this place on the way home.

AMBIENCE: Upscale – tablecloths! Booths and tables available. No music.
SERVICE: Slow, but there was a large family celebration party going on. High chair, but no seat belt. Takeout and delivery available – may be the best way to experience this place.

FOOD: Unable to assess yet – before our order could be taken, Tonji-kun got restless. We decided bail to avert disaster. But it did seem pricey – double-digit prices for simple appetizers like hummus, for example.

Julio’s Barrio
Whyte Avenue

***

We made our first visit to this popular Mexican eatery on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue strip after seeing a play nearby at the 2006 Fringe Festival.

AMBIENCE: The streetside patio tables were full, but the dark, cool interior was a welcome respite from the hot afternoon sun.

SERVICE: Attractive, friendly and attentive. Baby chair, children’s menu, crayons. Tonji-kun actually started to draw with the crayons briefly before reverting to chewing on them.

FOOD: Portions are large, but execution is heavy handed, either blah or excessively spicy. If chips and salsa are a good indicator – chips edible but thick and hard, and salsa just heat no tomato.

This was not the worst Mexican food I have ever had, but not the best, either. This place owes a lot of its success to its location.

Austrian Bakery

Off Whyte

****

This place has been around forever apparently, but we only discovered it on our way back from a Fringe show. They offer a wide variety of baked cakes and cookies. We appreciated their restraint wth the use of sugar, unusual in North America. They also make a rum and raisin poundcake that Dorami-chan found a suitable substitute for her favourite hard-to-find ice cream of the same flavour.

The Mill

Off Whyte

****

This restaurant has been an Edmonton fixture for a generation, but we didn’t find it until today on the way back from a Fringe show. Most of the other customers were regulars it seemed.
Dorami-chan ordered the pork hock, a huge plate that reminded me of the great meal we had at Les 3 Brasseurs in Viéux Montreal last winter.

I had a schnitzel plate, which was basically tonkatsu with sauerkraut instead of fresh chopped cabbage. This sauerkraut was actually sour, maybe how it is supposed to taste, unlike the almost sweet, bland stuff supplied at most stadium concession stands these days. It wasn’t bad, but I’ll get the pork hock next time, though – it also comes with sauerkraut.

An accordion player provided appropriate music (Friday nights). Stuffed moose and bison heads in the lobby kept Tonji-kun entertained. High chair available. Service was friendly and attentive.

Sleeman’s Genuine Draft

***

A drinkable hot-weather beer. Not enough of the bite I associate with lagers (hmm, maybe it’s an ale, lemme check), but pleasant.