What are the best Edmonton food experiences?

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Robin Schroffel

Edmonton is a prairie town filled with working-class people, but in the past few years, the city’s dining scene has really come into its own. Here is a list of the best Edmonton food experiences:

Corso 32. Owner Daniel Costa is a local celebrity, and his intimate Italian spot has raked up accolades galore since it opened. With an ever-changing menu that focuses on home-style cooking with the freshest of ingredients and a sense of minimalism, there are no pretensions: the flavors are all that matter here.

Three Boars Eatery. A rustic simplicity reigns at Three Boars, a small eatery that trains its focus on top-tier bar snacks, sharing plates, and classic cocktails. Ingredients such as grains, meats and eggs are often as local as you can get (think micro-urban farmers) —these are meals you can trace to origin.

MRKT. On the radar of every foodie working weekdays downtown, it’s MRKT’s unconventional ingredient pairings and ultra-cool atmosphere that often result in lineups during the three-hour Tuesday through Friday lunchtime window. But don’t let the daytime crowds get you down — come back later, because it doubles in the evenings as a wine bar.

The Marc. Alberta is known for its beef, so finding a great steak is a must. And the Marc, a relative newcomer to downtown Edmonton’s dining scene, does one of the city’s best: a 10-ounce grilled heritage Angus rib eye with foie gras butter.

Sunday Brunch at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. The city’s most to-die-for brunch happens Sundays inside the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s ornate Empire Ballroom. Sparkling wine and orange juice will whet your appetite for the more than 50 items that make up the breakfast buffet, which includes a crêpe station, an omelette station, and a carving station.

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