NEW: Three Vikings
10713- 124 St., 780-249-6302
If you love the vibe on 124th Street, you’ll be happy to know there’s one more reason to visit. Three Vikings—a Scandi-pub take on the neighbourhood bar—is the perfect spot for a bite of comfort food with a Danish spin. Besides classic burgers and amazing french fries, the menu showcases unexpected items like warm pretzels with house-made beer cheese, baked beans with melted white cheddar on buttered toast points, and their signature roast beef smorrebrod—an open-face sandwich topped with horseradish, fried onions, egg, shrimp, lemon-dill remoulade, caviar, and pea shoots. The craft beer menu is also exceptional, so bring a friend and plan to stay a while.
TRIED & TRUE: Tzin Wine & Tapas
10115-104 St., 780-428-8946
Good things come in small packages—and restaurants. If tapas and a tiny wine bar are your kind of wonderful, you’ll want to visit Tzin Wine & Tapas. Taste your way through a tempting selection of small plates and wine, or if you’re feeling indecisive, go with the “Feed Me” option and enjoy a parade of courses, including dessert and wine pairings, chosen for you by the house. Favourites include the wild boar meatballs with tomato, black garlic, and a Jack Daniels glaze. Tables go quickly, so be sure to make a reservation!
HOT DISH: Purple Risotto at The Moth Café
9449 Jasper Ave., 780-244-9702
Rich, flavourful, comforting—how to even begin describing the Purple Taro Risotto at the Moth Café. The creamy dish gets its colouring from the delectably addictive purple taro coconut sauce, which is generously mixed with slow-cooked brown rice and topped with salted caramelized shiitake mushrooms for a satisfying texture. Especially perfect on a chilly day—but amazing any time.