Food Notes for November 5, 2018

  • Table Top Cafe is hosting its first Boardgame Brunch, catered by Preserve Food Truck, on November 10, 2018. Tickets start at $40 and include brunch, mimosas, and game play costs.
  • The Cacao 70 Eatery is now open in Old Strathcona, at 10430 82 Avenue. It joins the Cacao 70 Sweet House that is already open in Ice District.
  • The re-opening of the relocated, expanded Downtown Diner in Fort Saskatchewan has hit a snag – they’ve moved the expected date to spring 2019.
  • Hillaby’s, the housewares store located in The Enjoy Centre, is closing by the end of 2018.
  • I suppose it was inevitable for cannabis-related food businesses to crop up – one of the first is Much Munch, offering late night sweet and savoury snack deliveries in Edmonton.
  • Avenue has a couple of hot dog recommendations just in time for the Grey Cup: from Arcadia, Delux Burger Bar, and Pub 1905.
  • The Journal reviewed the supper club Halley’s located in West Edmonton Mall.
  • Stephanie shared her two recent brunches at OEB.
  • Crystal found the tasting experience at Evoolution to be educational and of good value.
  • An Edmonton-area contestant, Megan Stasiewich, has reached the finale of The Great Canadian Baking Show.
  • Second Cup held an internal national latte art championship in October, and So Young Min of Edmonton won the top prize. She works at the Second Cup kiosk at the Terwillegar Rec Centre.
  • Gyu-Kaku is opening in one of the bays made up by the former Sobey’s on 104 Street and Jasper Avenue. Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese BBQ chain with locations across the U.S. and Canada (including Calgary).


Gyu-Kaku coming soon

  • I finally had the chance to visit Meuwly’s on 124 Street. As expected, they had a great selection of cured meats, but they also had a good variety of other artisan products. The most interesting was their house-made hand cream (the key ingredient being pork lard) – stocking stuffer, anyone?



  • I met up with a friend at Partake. It is an utterly charming space that reminded us both of quaint European bars we’ve visited on our travels. The room was packed when we arrived – the server explained that the restaurant is known for their complimentary bar snacks served up during happy hour (4-6pm and 10pm-late). It was indeed a pretty generous spread: pesto-drizzled popcorn, cheese-stuffed dates, olives, and meatballs. We shared a few small plates, but I’ll definitely be back to try more.


Happy hour spread at Partake

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