Meat on the mind
What’s in a name? MEAT (8216- 104 St.) by any other name would still serve tender beef brisket, juicy smoked chicken, spicy andouille sausage, and BBQ ribs. With appetizing sides (you must try the garlic fries) and a variety of tasty housemade sauces at the table, your carnivore cravings are sure to be met at this local favourite.
At Rostizado (10359-104 St.) you’ll enjoy unique Nuevo- Latino-cooked foods served family-style. Choose from slow-roasted meats — think dry-rubbed Rosti-Pollo (chicken) or a tender Rosti-Puerco (pork) — to wrap in tortillas and devour with fresh salsas and spicy sauces. Come hungry to this authentic Mexican meal, as the portions are generous!
Locally sourced meats are paired with unique flavours at the hip Three Boars Eatery (8424-109 St.). All of their small plates are ideal for sharing and change with the season, so you never know what expertly prepared meats you’ll encounter. Smoked quail and braised pork belly frequent the menu and will definitely please the discerning taste buds of any meat lover.
If you’ve got a hankering for a mouthwatering vegetarian burger loaded with fresh veggies and vegan condiments, look no further than Café Mosaics (10844 Whyte Ave.)! Comfort food with vegetarian twists are served up with heavenly flavour, such as the slightly spicy spaghetti and tofu meatballs or the Jalamac Stack — jalapeno gouda, vegan bacon bits, and macaroni are shoved between slices of multi-grain bread.
Blending various Asian cuisines, Padmanadi (10740-101 St.) offers a wide range of delicious dishes using faux meats whose textures and tastes could cause anyone to second guess what’s on their plate. Popular dishes at this restaurant include the rich yellow curry chicken and the sweet ginger beef, both accompanied by vegetables bursting with flavour.
Yummy vegan baked goods and brunch options abound at The Clever Rabbit (10724-124 St.), a welcoming restaurant with cute décor. Order their vegan comfort foods such as the classic Mac & Cheese or a delicious seitan donair. A must-try for the brunch crowd is their tasty tofu scramble made from vegan eggs and avocado.