Food Notes for February 3, 2020

Doughnut Party Opens Second Location

Doughnut Party’s long-awaited shop south of the river opened last week in Ritchie.

Located at 9610 76 Avenue, it joins a number of sweet options available in the neighbourhood. Little Duchess, a smaller version of the popular bakery, opened last fall in Ritchie Market, and increased traffic to the building by 20%. Kind Ice Cream also opened last year.


  • BaoBao, offering “Shanghai street food” is now open at 10544 Jasper Avenue.
  • The Edmonton location of Peters’ Drive-In is working towards an April opening date.


  • Urban Tavern’s last day of operation was February 3, 2020. The Cabin will open in its place in March.
  • It sounds like several locations of Wetzel’s Pretzels have closed, including branches at West Edmonton, Premium Outlet Collection, and HUB Malls.

Upcoming Events

  • La Poutine Week runs February 1-9, 2020, with 8 participating restaurants in Edmonton who are featuring a special poutine for the event.


Local News

  • The Writer’s Room is temporarily closed as they are looking for a new location after their building flooded.
  • Did you know Tres Carnales now has a catering arm?
  • Congratulations to KB and Company who are expanding to Kelowna with a location to open in March.
  • Three local chefs offer their tips for stress-free cooking – check out what Chefs Paul Shufelt, Jason Greene, and Lindsay Porter eat for dinner at home.

What I Ate

  • It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since Mack, Emily and I visited Route 99. Not surprisingly, not much has changed in our time away – it’s just as comforting of a greasy spoon as we remembered.

Route 99

Poutine at Route 99

2 thoughts on “Food Notes for February 3, 2020

  1. Hi Sharon! I’m glad that you enjoyed what you ate at Route 99, but…! Poutine is properly made with cheese curds, not shredded cheese! I ordered this dish once and as a transplanted Montrealer, I was shocked by what I received. Not only was there shredded mozzarella cheese on the French fries, the flavour of the gravy wasn’t right, either.

    In all fairness I know that, sadly, authentic poutine is difficult to find anywhere in Edmonton, and I’ve also come across other restaurants here committing the same mortal sins. However, please, please don’t refer to this particular dish as “poutine”…it’s not!

    Have a good day! 😊

  2. Thanks for the comment! I agree that what is served at Route 99 is not authentic poutine (and yes – apart from a handful of restaurants that use real cheese curds, we are sadly lacking in places to satisfy that craving).

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