The NAIT guide to restaurants, cafés, bakeries, breweries and more in Edmonton (and area)

Support local restaurants (and get great food)

Need a great place for date night, a quick bite, a sweet treat or a perfect pint? We know of a few.

A good number of restaurants, cafés, bakeries, breweries, delis and butchers in and around Edmonton are owned by NAIT grads or employ them as chefs, bakers and brewers. That's what this list is about – showing off the talent that helps make for a vibrant local culinary community, much of it made up of small, independent businesses.

(Many of them are even award winners – look for the 🏆.)

It's also about connecting you to that community. There's something here for any taste, craving and occasion. Enjoy! 

(If you know of a NAIT grad we've missed, please let us know.)

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11248 - 104 Ave.

General manager Franco Camminatore (Hospitality Management '05)

1672 Brbn St., West Edmonton Mall, 8882 - 170 St.

Kitchen manager Paul Gareau (Cook '09)

Build your own burgers (and other pub classics), choose from a dizzying array of beers and settle in with the sports you want to watch (just ask!). Bring the kids, who can enjoy a menu of their own.

Backstairs Burger
Europa Boulevard, West Edmonton Mall, 2494, 8882 - 170 St.

Partern and chef Levi Biddlecombe (Culinary Arts ’11)
Partner Jesse Woodland (Cook '15)

Backstairs Burger, a concept born of a side project so delicious it grew into a retaurant of its own, has set up shop in West Edmonton Mall. Quick, casual but focused on quality, Backstairs rounds out its menu with crispy chicken, a vegan burger, sides that include "ducktots" and, of course, fries and shakes.

Bar Bricco
10347 - Jasper Ave.

Chef and owner Daniel Costa (Culinary Arts '05)
Chef and owner Micah Joffe (Culinary Arts '13)
Sous chef and owner Stephen Hlushak (Culinary Arts '15)

Inspire by Italian wine bars, Bar Bricco features small plates of handmade shareables. The wine list, featuring only Italian varieties, is rounded out by cocktails and a small but intentional selection of beer.

10363 - 104 St.

Chef Ellen Mitchell (Cooking '15)

Located in the heart of the arena district, Baijiu serves contemporary Asian-inspired dishes including a variety of bao, or steamed filled buns, spiced duck, chow mein and more, alongside a lengthy list of original cocktails.

🏆 Best cocktails 2024, Edify

9570 - 76 Ave., Suite 101

Head chef Davina Moraiko (Culinary Arts '05)
Sous chef Duncan Gommerud (Cook ’16)

Located in the Ritchie Market, Biera is a neighbourhood restaurant and brewery, though no common brewpub. Instead of burgers or wings, you'll find the likes of charred cornichons with leek oil and dip, candied radicchio and more. Don't miss the housemade sourdough.

10181 - 104 St.

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

This modern, casual, cozy downtown Edmonton eatery is getting attention for its pizzas and burgers, and surprising guests with a dash of Korean-inspired dishes such as kimchi mac and cheese and kimchi wings.

Brew and Bloom
10550 - 115 St.

Executive chef Parker Regimbald (Culinary Arts '11)

Billed as Edmonton's first "floral" restaurant, Brew and Bloom is open for brunch and dinner, offering a menu that varies extensively, from poke bowls to gourmet burgers to rich desserts. Accompany your choice with a wide selection of cocktails or coffee-based drinks.

Brown Butter Cafe
1528 91 St.

Chef and owner Michael Mak (Communication Technician '08, Culinary Arts '14)
Chef and owner Heena Mak (Culinary Arts '14)

Specializing in housemade "bun-wiches," rice bowls and specialty drinks, couple Heena and Michael use food and drink to bring people together at their small but popular southside cafe.

Browns Socialhouse

12820 - 167 Ave.

10-1010 Webber Green Dr.

5210 Windermere Blvd.

2511 - 17 St.

15331 - 37 St.

70 Macleod Avenue, Spruce Grove

Culinary operations lead Eric Amyotte (Cook '09)

Browns Socialhouse features comfort classics like wings, burgers and fish and chips but the broad menu will appeal to palates seeking surprises. House drinks including lager and wine help enhance the highly social character of the house.

10228 - 104 St.

Owner and chef Ryan Hotchkiss (Cook '12)

OpenTable users hold this this downtown bistro in high regard. The menu revolves around French techniques applied to Canadian comfort food. Speaking generally, that means elegant an innovative. Speaking specifically, since the dishes change with the seasons, you'll need to visit to find out more.

🏆 Best steak 2024, Edify

The Burger Parlour

#110 1 Iron Gate Dr., Sylvan Lake

5207 48 St, Rocky Mountain House

Owner Bayan Abou-Ghanim (Bachelor of Business Administration ’16, Marketing ’14)

The Burger Parlour offers a straightforward menu of burgers made with high-quality ingredients (including handmade patties) at reasonable prices. Save room for the ice cream – the "parlour" portion of the concept includes milkshakes, sundaes and myriad flavours in hard and soft.

The Butternut Tree
101, 9707 - 110 St.

General manager Jillian Fonteyne (Hospitality Management '12)

The Butternut Tree pays homage to the flavours of Canada with thoughtful dishes featuring beef, pork, salmon, mushrooms and more, including a seasonal tasting menu.

🏆 Best overall 2024, Edify

Café Bicyclette
8627 - 91 St.

Executive chef Joseph Vuong (Cook '07)

Café Bicyclette brings an authentic French menu to Edmonton diners – even the text is in French! The patio is a year-round hot spot in the city's French Quarter.

Campio Brewing Co.
10257 - 105 St.

Head brewer Brett Geislinger (Radio and Television – Radio '08)

Check out one of downtown Edmonton's most expansive patios while enjoying an array of snacks, salads, deep-dish pizzas, sandiwches and more. The beer is made in house, including everything from a stalwart lager to a juicy pale ale to a refreshing sour.

The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House 
9351 - 118 Ave.

Operations manager Mary Ann Aquino (Culinary Arts '10)

After starting as a six-month trial in 2007, the Carrot is still operating as a not-for-profit cafe and community hub. It's run by volunteers and is a steadfast supporter of local arts and neighbourhood initiatives. Pick up direct trade coffee, micro-brewed sodas and a selection of pastries, sandwiches and more.

#2, 10169 - 104 St.

Owner Tricia Bell (Cook '98)

Get your wine and cheese fix in the intimate, brick-walled setting in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Alternatively, let the cheese come to you through the restaurant's monthly subscription packages.

10328 - 124 St.

Pastry chef and co-owner Kai Wong (Culinary Arts '07)

Visitors to Chocorrant are greeted by the scent of freshly baked croissants. Everyday, the west Edmonton shop rolls and bakes croissants in unique flavours not found anywhere else (imagine matcha or salted egg yolk). They also serve up a light lunch menu with a daily soup, quiche, and croissant sandwiches.

Chopped Leaf

12911-140 Ave.

525 St. Albert Trail
St. Albert

Owner Julie Granlund-Sultanow (Business Administration - Management ’99)

Specializing in bold flavours that satisfy different dietary needs, Granlund-Sultanow’s two franchise locations offer a range of options from bowls and full salads to sandwiches and wraps.

The Common
9910 - 109 St.

Executive chef Lindsay Porter (Culinary Arts '06)

A fine example of the quality of Edmonton's gastro-lounge scene, the Common offers pub food defined by creativity and quality. Share classics like mussels and fries or try an old favourite with a twist, like the honey basil pear grilled cheese.

D'Arcy's Smokehouse Restaurant and Catering
32, 275 Carnegie Dr., St. Albert
780 419 7200

Owner and butcher Kyle Iseke (Retail Meatcutting '09)

The butcher shop has branched into fast-casual dining. D'Arcy's offers a carnival of carnivorism with its menu of smoked meats, sandwiches, sausage and combos rounded out with salads, fries, beans and more. Appropriately, there's even a small selection of bourbons.

Die Pie
11817 - 105 Ave.

Owner and chef Neil Royale (Culinary Arts ’09)

After falling victim to pandemic closures, Die Pie has returned to Edmonton as the province's first plant-based pizzeria. You won't believe how much meat can be faked, as no pie goes wanting for ham, pepperoni and even donair meat. Burgers and desserts are also on offer, as well as gluten-free options.

6A Village Dr. RR#2, Westerose (Pigeon Lake)
780-586-2627 or 780-586-2623

Chef and owner Tim Wood (Cook ’77)

EcoCafé stands out as much for its philosophy as for its food, which includes organic and locally raised fare. Organic extends to the beer and wine menu as well.

El Furniture Warehouse
10765 Jasper Ave.

Regional chef Roberto Bulatoa (Culinary Arts '08)

A great place for tasty food at a reasonable price, El Furniture mixes and matches pub classics like burgers and sandwiches with Mexican-inspired tacos and tortillas. Poke, pasta and mac and cheese round out the ecclectic but appealling offerings.

Epic Food and Drink
10344 - 105 St.

Chef Lindsay Porter (Culinary Arts '06), Osteria
Chef Peter Keith (Cook '12), Carne

Edmonton's first food hall concept brings an eclectic blend of culinary styles and dishes under one roof. Porter's contribution focuses on the regions of Italy, offering a modern take on authentic dishes with a mediterranean flair. Carne is Keith's creation, offering tapas that feature cured meats and cheeses.

NAIT Main Campus, 10701 - 118 Ave.

Executive chef Rylan Krause (Cook ’12)

Students do the cooking and serving at NAIT's own full-service restaurant, where you can get gourmet meals at afforable prices. The hidden gem (we might be biased, but it is somewhat hidden) was honoured with a 2023 OpenTable diners' choice award.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
10065 - 100 St.


Second cook Brooklyn Reed (Culinary Arts ’21)

Visitors to the hotel are welcome to visit the Harvest Room (reviews) or Confederation Lounge (reviews). The former, arguably one of Edmonton's fanciest dining rooms, features a variety of "delectable dishes" that use ingredients from the onsite herb garden, as well as a storied weekend breakfast buffet. The latter was recently renovated but not at the expense of character dating back to 1915.

Fat Franks
Various locations

Chef and owner Shweta Jolly (Culinary Arts ’08)

An Edmonton institution, Fat Franks has been serving up custom-made hot dogs and sausages to the region for more than 25 years. Their Capilano location is the flagship “DogHouse,” a sit-down spot with table service. A host of other locations operate seasonally.

The Firefly
4208 Calgary Trail

Executive chef Spencer Thompson (Culinary Arts '10)

The Firefly combines an eclectic menu with an extensive cocktail selction (including a "build your own" gin and tonic). Burgers and bowls are offered alongside pasta and meaty mains. There's also no shortage of shareables, desserts and daily specials.

Fox Burger
6423 - 112 Ave.

Co-owner and head chef Sean O'Connor (Culinary Arts '06)
Sous chef Ryan O'Connor (Culinary Arts '11)

Modern and refined drive-in fare may be one way to describe these burger offerings: classics updated with the likes of bacon and peppers, blue cheese and tomato, and more, as well as a hearty and reliable "American" cheeseburger. Kids' menu and veggie options available, surprising sides, too (e.g., animal fries?).

Good Stock Restaurant and Catering
11409 - 40 Ave.

Co-wner and executive chef Michelle Robinson (Culinary Arts '09)

Good Stock opened in 2017 to prove that “fast food” can also be healthy, plant-based and budget friendly. Executive chef Michelle Robinson brings her passion for whole food plant-based diets to Edmonton diners, currently open for take-out, take-and-bake meals, and catering.

10933 - 120 St.

Chef and co-owner Mark Bellows (Culinary Arts '05)

Looking for a great burger or sandwich? Gravy is for you. Throw in fries, hot dogs, all-day breakfast and slection of toppings and sides - including, of course, gravy.

Hart's Table and Bar
14229 - 23 Ave.

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

This contemporary take on the neighbourhood pub is intended as a home away from home, the place to drop by for a drink after work. The menu is casual but intentional (like housemade chips and dips, perogies with Mundare sausage) and the wine list is long.

Hayloft Steak and Fish
639 Cameron Heights Dr.

Owner Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)

Enterprising restarauteur Paul Shufelt's entry into the surf and turf scene focuses on local farmers and purveyors to offer up classic steak cuts and creative fish dishes based on salmon, tuna and more. Sauces and sides abound.

Highlevel Diner
10912 - 88 Ave.

Chef and co-owner Adam Stoyko (Cook ’08)

The Highlevel Diner has provided an eclectic menu for almost 40 years. It maintains a modern flair through fresh and colourful dishes, with plenty of options for omnivores and vegetarians alike. And their cinnamon buns are pretty much world famous.

Julio’s Barrio 
10450 - 82 Ave.

Kitchen manager Darren Smith (Culinary Arts '10)

An icon of Whyte Avenue, Julio’s Barrio brings "bulldogs" and Mexican cuisine to the streets of Edmonton. Top your dish with their signature salsa from mild to nuclear heat. Vegans and those seeking gluten-free options will enjoy a broad selection of dietary-friendly options.

The Keg Steakhouse and Bar

13960 - 137 Ave.

9960 - 170 St.

1631 - 102 St.

6320 Currents Dr.

700, 5000 Emerald Dr, Sherwood Park

Operations director Troyan Mason (Finance '93)

The Keg is nearly synonymous with steak, especially the well-trimmed, aged, well-marbled, uniquely spiced and seared-just-right variety. Prime rib, seafood, chicken and ribs round out the menu. Salads, too – which can be topped with cuts of beef, chicken and seafood.

Lux Steakhouse | Bar 94
10150 - 101 St.

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

This downtown Edmonton institution takes as sophisticated an approach to its menu as it has done with its luxious decor. Steak is the specialty, with dry-aged cuts available in limited quantities, but there's no shortage of imaginative sides, seafood and greens. Be sure to check out the New York-style long bar.

8216 - 104 St.

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)

The Next Act Pub got a sibling with Meat, a smokehouse opened up right next door by McLaughlin and the ownership team. It's southside southern barbecue: brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, all featuring homemade sauces. And, of course, there's bourbon.

8101 Gateway Blvd.
780.439.BEER (2337)

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

Located a few railcar lengths from Whyte Ave., Edmonton's signature entertainment district, MKT enlivens the old Strathcona train station with unpretentious, tasty pub fare and one of the city's most extensive beer lists.

The Next Act
8224 - 104 St.

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook '04)

As the part-owner tasked with kitchen duties, McLaughlin has freshened up the pub grub concept by insisting everything be made in house, from the hamburger patties to the fish 'n' chips batter to imaginatively decadent desserts.

Oodle Noodle
Multiple locations

Co-owner Sonny Pham (Cook '01)
Co-owner and president Jay Downton (Finance '02)

This Edmonton-born quick-serve noodle shop strives for freshness, flavour and fun. Choose from salads, soups, appetizers and tasty noodle dishes that draw their inspiration and authenticity from founder Sonny Pham's time spent living and travelling in Southeast Asia.

10335 - 83 Ave.

Co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)

This is a refreshingly uncomplicated concept – Pals sells sandwiches. Top-quality, hand-crafted sandwiches. And lots of them are familiar, like the pastrami, the cubano, the meatball sub, the hoagie, and more. Not a lot more, but enough. Match them with chips and a cocktail or craft beer.

Panago Pizza

10927 - 23 Ave.

10742 - 82 Ave.

14255 - 23 Ave.

Co-owner and operator Roman Przybyla (Marketing '12)

Enjoy pizzas made using organic tomato sauce, meats raised without antibiotics, and plenty of plant-based and vegetarian options – all on dough made fresh in store.

The Parlour
10334 - 108 St.

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

At the heart of the Parlour is pizza, hand-tossed and baked in 900 F wood-fired ovens. But there's much more to this Italian-inspired restaurant, including classic pastas, shareables and entrées including chicken, salmon and ribs.

10403 - 83 Ave.

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook '04)

A sibling in the family that includes The Next Act and MEAT, Pip serves up charming comfort food, including  exquisite takes on classic brunch favourites and an eclectic dinner menu – opt for one of their flawless cocktails anytime.

🏆 Best brunch 2024, Edify

Polyrhythm Brewing
11635 - 145 St.

Co-owner and taproom manager Taylor Wacey (Electrician '19)

Polyrhythm Brewing opened in March 2023 to consistently good reviews. Tucked into a west Edmonton business park, it features a cozy, music-themed taproom and a wide selection of beers from an award-winning brewer. Wacey, as one might expect, also wired the place.

Rebel Food and Drink
9112 - 142 St. NW

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

"Breakfast for dinner and cake for breakfast" is something of a rallying cry at this casual west end eatery. Try the selection of decadent waffles for brunch, grab a pizza with cheese right to its edges for lunch, have brie and blueberry grilled cheese for dinner, and much more.

10643 - 123 St.

Chef and co-owner Blair Lebsack (Cook ’98)

Lebsack continues to champion local food in a nearly unrivalled way, and uses it to create rustic, well-considered menus that change frequently.

🏆 Best overall 2024, Edify

Riverbank Bistro 
8 Mission Ave., St. Albert

Chef and owner Daniel Ducharme (Culinary Arts '09)

Tucked into a beautiful purple manor just off the Sturgeon River, Dan Ducharme’s delightful Riverbank Bistro highlights regional ingredients and cuisine. The menu has earned many accolades, including best food, best service, and, during dine-in days, one of the top 100 most romantic restaurants for 2019.

River City Revival House
10030 - 102 St.

Executive chef Felicia Winston (Cook '17)

Home to the only music-themed menu items in the city, enjoy Wings of Leon, Nat King Coleslaw, or The Creedence Cubano Revival on the patio of the River City Revival House at The Starlite Room. Chef Winston also makes a point to feature a number of local businesses in her dishes, like Meuwly’s sausage, Boocha kombucha, Sylvan Star Cheese, Sea Change beer and more.

Runway 29
11312 - 109 St.

General manager Michael Shandro (Network Engineering Technology '00)

Located kitty-corner from NAIT, this family-owned restaurant has been a hangout for students and staff for more than 40 years. Place your order online for pub style food including nachos, burgers and sandwiches, fish and chips, and much more, along with a convenient kids' menu.

Stingray Bar | Eatery
9682 - 142 St.

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

This casual Japanese-inspired spot puts seafood front and centre, offering a variety of sushi and sashimi. For those more interested in turf than surf, there's a healthy selection of beef and chicken in the starters and plates and bowls. 

Transit Smokehouse & BBQ
12720 Fort Rd.

Co-owner David Egan (Chemical Technology ’08)

The "Alberta BBQ" menu is a meat lover's dream. Along with the requisite beef brisket there's ribs, pulled pork, smoked sausages and chicken. Then there's a pile of southern-style sides including baked beans, corn bread and mac and cheese. The history and ambiance of the more than 100-year-old hotel are gravy.

Tryst Wine and Small Plates
100 - 21 Perron St., St. Albert

Owner Michelle McDonald (Culinary Arts ’16)
Head chef Zach Eaton (Culinary Arts ’16)

The plates may be small, but they're big on variety. Choose from charcuterie featuring local products and preserves, housemade sourdough, pork belly, flatbreads, even good old mac and cheese. Call after noon to pick up orders later that day. Wine and beer are available too.

Tzin Wine and Tapas
10115 - 104 St.

Owner Kelsey Danyluk (Marketing '02)
Chef Corey McGuire (Cook '07)

Enjoy your pick of 20 wines served by the glass and fancy snacks (stuffed and fried Manzanilla olives, potato bravas, etc.) and meals (roasted Alberta lamb chops, pan-seared salt cod, etc), while hanging out in one of downtown's coolest dining districts.

10349 Jasper Ave.

Chef and owner Daniel Costa (Culinary Arts '05)

Visit Uccellino, a modern trattoria, for some of Edmonton's most celebrated seasonal Italian dishes.

🏆 Best overall 2024, Edify

Woodshed Burgers

10723 - 124 St.

637 Cameron Heights Dr.

Owner Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)

Choose from 12 burgers (including two fish and one veggie) made with buns baked in house and beef ground daily. And not just any beef – beef from cows crossed with wagyu, that fancy Japanese variety. Milkshakes and kids' combos are also on offer.

Workshop Eatery
2003 - 91 St. SW

Owner and chef Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)

At Workshop Eatery, where almost everything is handmade in house. The rustic yet sophisticated menu is seasonally focused, and features, when possible, produce grown onsite at Workshop's location at the Mosaic Centre, Canada's first net-zero office building.

XIX (Nineteen)

5940 Mullen Way

#104 150 Bellerose Dr., St. Albert

Chef and proprietor Andrew Fung (Cook ’01, Baking ’98)
Chef de cuisine (St. Albert) Landen Swick​ (Cook '14, Culinary Arts '15)

What was once available only to members of the Blackhawk Golf Club, Andrew Fung’s former cooking gig, is now for all to enjoy. Visit Andrew Fung’s “clubhouse” (XIX, as in 19th hole) to pick up casual but classy dishes inspired equally by Asia and Alberta.

🏆 Best overall 2024, Edify

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Bakeries, cafes, breweries and delis

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Analog Brewing
8620 - 53 Ave.

Co-owner Bryan Launier (Marketing '09)

The self-billed "geekiest brewery" in Alberta pairs old-school videogame aesthetics with a new-school approach to craft beer. Drop in for a glass or flight, choosing from a selection of seasonal and year-round brews, some of which have earned regional and national awards.

The Art of Cake
11811 - 105 Ave.

Co-owner Gloria Bednarz (Cooking '86)

The Art of Cake specializes in art you can eat. Made-to-order cakes and treats (including cookies, cupcakes and more) vary from classic and elegant to modern and fun. Bednarz can only make so many cakes a week, so book early – up to a year ahead. You can also drop in for a slice and a coffee.

Artistic Bake Shop
6820 - 104 St.

Baker and co-owner Perry Schwabenbauer (Baker '88)

Two generations of Schwabenbauers have worked to recreate the European bakery experience in this independent shop, baking fresh pretzels, breads, pastries and wedding cakes for more than four decades.

Ben’s Meat and Deli
15726 Stony Plain Rd.

Co-owner David van Leeuwen (Retail Meatcutting ’92)

Since opening in 1956, this family business has been a west Edmonton fixture for quality cuts of meat, poultry and fish – not to mention Dutch comfort foods including cheeses, breads, treats and more. Third-generation owner David van Leeuwen stocks plenty of local produce, and a selection of gluten-free items. Don't miss the sandwich counter.

Brio Bakery
#104, 12021 - 102 Ave.

Owner/baker Todd Barraclough (Management '17)

Bread, the old-fashioned way. At Brio Bakery, all of the bread has only three ingredients: water, flour and salt. Check the weekly menu on Instagram and call in a pre-order.

Careit Urban Deli
9672 - 142 St.

Owner and chef Cam Jordan (Culinary Arts '96)
Owner and chef Louis Hamel (Culinary Arts '03)

Careit offers made-to-order sandwiches and takeaway soups and hearty heat-and-eat meals. Comfort is key to a menu that includes the likes of chicken pot pie, mac and cheese and a sandwich selection featuring roast beef, egg salad and veggie options. 

Cookie Love Cafe
10235 - 101 St.

Co-owner Iva Stone (Chemical Engineering Technology '02)

Choose from more than 13 kinds of cookies baked fresh from scratch, or order up a batch from the shop's catering arm. A portion of all cookie proceeds go to charity.

Confetti Sweets
6, 41 Broadway Blvd, Sherwood Park

Owner Kathy Leskow (Management '96)

Does butter make it better? Taste one of Confetti Sweets cookies – also made with top-notch chocolate and vanilla – to find out. (Be sure to try the coconut, a techlifetoday favourite.)

Compass Chocolates
Where to find it

Chef and owner Priya Winsor (Baking & Pastry Arts '19)

Compass Chocolates takes its direction from using ingredients to explore their points of origin. Ethically and sustainably farmed chococolate forms the basis of uniquely flavoured, hand-crafted bars, bonbons and more.

Dog Island Brewing
250 Caribou Trail SW, Slave Lake

Owners and brewers Ben Fiddler (Instrument Technician '01, Electrician '02) and Chad Paulson (Instrument Technician '09)

Ben Fiddler and Chad Paulson have put their trades training to work tweaking and improving processes at their brewery, Dog Island. Get their beer at stores across Alberta, or stop in for a growler (a.k.a. jug) to go.

Duchess Bake Shop
10720 - 124 St.

Co-owner Jay Downton (Finance '02)

Visit French-inspired Duchess for everything from croissants and pain au chocolat to tarts and macaroons. To ensure authenticity, the chefs use butter and chocolate imported from France and make everything by hand, from scratch. Enjoy a treat with an organic coffee – French press, of course.

🏆 Best dessert 2024, Edify (Princess Cake)

Elieneke's Bake Shop
5706 - 49 St.

Baker and owner Elien de Herdt (Baking '14)

Virtuoso baker Elien de Herdt offers fresh European baking made from scratch and using local ingredients. Find fresh chocolates, pastries, cakes and breads at her shop in Barrhead.

Familia Brewing
26 Village Dr, Westerose, AB

Co-owner Mark Gluwchynski (Plumber '13)

Located at the Village at Pigeon Lake, Familia Brewing is a friendly place to stop for a pint, be it a simple and refreshing Mexican lager or a more complex and flavourful pale ale. Don't miss the rotating small-batch selection available inhouse only.


8422 - 109 St.

9855 - 76 Ave.

10240 - 124 St.

10542 Jasper Ave.

Head pastry chef Amy Mancor (Baking '08)

Farrow opened its first location on 109 St. in 2014, specializing in quality coffee, sandwiches and baking. Since then, the concept has proven successful enough to spread to three other locations across Edmonton. Watch for the menu to change frequently. Donuts, brownies, muffins and more are made daily in house.

Felice Cafe
10930 - 84 St.

Co-owner Michelle Brouwer (Medical Laboratory Technology '10)

With a strong focus on supporting local, everything Felice serves - breakfast, sandwiches, coffee and more - is sourced from another business in the Edmonton area. The cafe aslo sells local goods, showcases local talent such as musicians, and rents space for private events.

Fleisch Delikatessen
8210 - 106 Ave.

Owners Kimberly Der (Interior Design Technology '07) and Katy Ingraham (Dental Assisting '07)

Fleisch is where convenience, quality and community intersect. Pick up a coffee, treat, snacks, drinks or housemade soft serve ice cream and enjoy it on the patio of this Forest Heights neighbourhood deli. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly and open late.

The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.

Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Finance ’95)

The product of a midlife career switch, the Growlery joins the ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene, with small-batch beers made fresh onsite for enjoyment in the taproom with snacks or for takeout.

🏆 Gold medal, stout, 2023 Alberta Beer Awards (Big Oak Energy Stout)

Longroof Brewing
#104, 9916 - 72 Ave.

Co-owner and lead brewer Troy Wassill (Radio and Television Arts '96)

Back alley beers anyone? Longroof Brewing serves up "respectfully defiant traditional style ales & fresh experimentals” in the alley off 99 Street, an area quickly becoming a brewery hot spot. Take advantage of the spacious, dog-friendly patio (which features bike racks, too) while enjoying a flight. Grab growlers and howlers to go.

🏆 Gold medal, porter, 2023 Alberta Beer Awards (2nd Perspective)
🏆 Silver medal, farmhouse ale, 2023 Alberta Beer Awards (Folie De La Lune)

10423 - 101 St.

Owner and chef Steven Brochu (Culinary Arts '06)

Located at the base of the Epcor Tower, MilkCrate brings simple but savoury sandwiches to the heart of downtown Edmonton. Visit on weekdays for the signature porchetta sandwich or change it up with rotating features.

10706 - 124 St.

Cofounder Peter Keith (Cook '12)
Chef de cuisine Myles Fedun

Meuwly’s bills itself as "a marketplace" that specializes in artisanal food products and house-made meat products, sausages, pickles and preserves. If you’re lucky to have one of the subscriptions to the shop's Secret Meat Club – or you’ve visited local spots like Clementine or Woodwork – you already know why Meuwly’s is such a popular spot in the growing food and entertainment district of 124 St.

NAIT Artisanal Food Market
Main Campus, Central Building – O120

Open to the public five days a week, the Artisanal Food Market showcases the skills and creativity of NAIT's future food industry professionals. Visit for reasonably priced, high-quality meat, poultry, fish, cheese, baking, prepared meals and more. The market also stocks a selection of products from businesses owned by alumni.

Polyrhythm Brewing
11635 - 145 St.

Co-owner and taproom manager Taylor Wacey (Electrician '19)

Polyrhythm Brewing opened in March 2023 to consistently good reviews. Tucked into a west Edmonton business park, it features a cozy, music-themed taproom and a wide selection of beers from an award-winning brewer. Wacey, as one might expect, also wired the place.

Sugared and Spiced
10334 - 82 Ave. (rear)
780-244-CAKE (2253)

Owner and baker Amy Nachtigall (Baking '13)

Nachtigall specializes in elevating all manner of treats: her passion for making high-quality cookies, scones, macarons, cupcakes and more have a history of garnering high praise.

Town Square Brewing
2919 Ellwood Dr. SW

Co-owners Brandon Boutin (Steamfitter/Pipefitter ’05), Tyler McNaughton (Architectural Technology ’05) and Sterling Nordin (Heavy Equipment Technician ’02)

Visit this south side brewery for bar snacks, meat pies and award-winning beers. Take home a four pack or a growler of your favourite.

Whimsical Cake Studio
8211 - 102 St.
780-988-CAKE (2253)

Owner and baker Darcy Scott (Baking '08)

After building her reputation as a freelance baker, Scott purchased the Whimsical Cake Studio in early 2014. In addition to cupcakes and caramels (from bacon to sea salt), she creates cakes that are confectionary dreams transformed into sweet and stunning reality. Need menu R&D? She does that, too.

Yelo'd Ice Cream and Bake Shoppe
10324 - 82 Ave.

Co-owner Jason Wong (Plumber '12)

Described in one review as the "ultimate Filipino ice cream shoppe," Yelo'd offers a colourful selection of soft serve and scoops, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches (including toasted!), and unique treats like Philippine shaved ice. Pair your choice with an equally wide selection of coffee-based drinks.

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Butchers and retail

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Acme Meat Market
9570 - 76 Ave.

Owner and butcher Corey Meyer (Retail Meatcutting '96)

Get Alberta beef, pork, chicken and lamb at this neighbourhood meat market, in operation since 1921. Choose from custom cuts and a variety of fresh sausage, including breakfast links, spicy Italian, Greek lamb and a celiac-friendly variety made with buckwheat.

Ben’s Meat and Deli
15726 Stony Plain Rd.

Owner David van Leeuwen (Retail Meatcutting '92)

This family business has been a west Edmonton fixture since 1956 for quality cuts of meat, poultry and fish – not to mention Dutch comfort foods including cheeses, breads, treats and more. Third-generation owner David van Leeuwen stocks plenty of local produce, and a selection of gluten-free items. Don't miss the sandwich counter.

The Butchery by RGE RD
12229 - 107 Ave.

Chef and co-owner Blair Lebsack (Cook ’98)

RGE RD has expanded with the addition of The Butchery, a full service whole animal butcher shop featuring poultry, pork, beef and game meats, along with prepared items for home dining. The Butchery showcases ethical farmers contributing to sustainable agriculture.

🏆 Best handheld 2024, Edify (Smoked Roast Beef)

#2, 10169 - 104 St.

Owner Tricia Bell (Cook '98)

Choose from a "portfolio" of 75 cheeses to take away. Try a picnic bundle and spread out on the living room floor.

D'Arcy's Meat Market

50, 40 Chisholm Avenue, St. Albert

176, 4211 - 106 St.

Owner and butcher Kyle Iseke (Retail Meatcutting '09)

Since buying the shop from his dad in 2009, Iseke has added specialties like fresh pepperoni and homemade beef jerky to a selection of beef, pork, chicken and bison, all cut on site and by hand. Also on offer: organic and free-range items.

Real Deal Meats
2427 Ellwood Dr.

Co-owner Darcy Boisvert (Retail Meatcutting ’97)

This family-run butcher shop sells a variety of meat products, including local beef, pork, chicken, bison, lamb and goat, as well as its own smoked products. The butcher provides custom cutting and sausage and jerky making.

Sgambaro’s Signature Seafoods Inc.
Look for Sgambaro products in shops around Edmonton.

Chef and owner Robert Sgambaro (Cook ’86)

Like salmon? With lox, sausage, jerky and several other items made from the tasty pink fish – fresh, never frozen – Sgambaro’s will have you hooked. Order online or look for it in select shops.

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