Food Notes for November 30, 2020

More Restaurants Voluntarily Close Dine-In Services

Last week, the Alberta Government announced their additional measures intended to curb the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases in the province.

Though some had expected a temporary pause on indoor dining, restaurants instead can remain open for dine-in services for households of up to 6 people at a table, or for those who live alone, with up to 2 non-household contacts that are a part of their cohort. These enhanced measures were effective November 27, 2020, and are expected to last until at least December 18, 2020. The previously announced restrictions requiring liquor service to cease at 10pm and restaurants and bars to close at 11pm still stand.

There was confusion early on about the consequences of permitting mixed household cohorts to dine together, but the reality is that the responsibility of enforcing the restrictions has been downloaded to individual businesses and hospitality workers.

In the wake of the escalating active case numbers, a spate of restaurants have chosen to voluntarily close to indoor dining, some in part due to the challenges inherent in implementing the restrictions. Earlier in November, restaurants including Dagu Rice Noodle, Nongbu, Fleisch, Cartago, and Northern Chicken pivoted to take-out and delivery only. This week, they were joined by more than a dozen in the Edmonton area, including Avila Arepa, Butternut Tree, The Cabin (closed temporarily), Cafe Bicyclette (closed temporarily) Canteen, Cerdo, Chartier, Dadeo, Dang Good, Highlands Golf Club, Italian Centre’s cafes, Meat, The Next Act, On The Rocks (closed temporarily), Otto, Pip, Vaticano Cucina, Workshop Eatery, and XIX Nineteen.

Andrew Fung, owner and chef of XIX Nineteen shared:

“I feel very pressured. We (are) already having a tough time asking people (to) put on a mask and now you’re enforcing another rule on top (of that). I just found it very difficult. What we normally do is provide hospitality. We’re not police, we’re not law enforcement.”

COVID-19-related News

Openings

  • Arcadia Brewing Co. is now open, after their initial opening date was postponed due to a staff testing positive for COVID. They are located in Manchester Square at 12016 107 Avenue.
  • Back in May, Filipino eatery Joanne’s BBQ House opened during the pandemic at 13119 156 Street.
  • Mesob Habesha Fusion is a new restaurant just north of Downtown at 10546 109 Street (formerly occupied by Kallin Restaurant).
  • New-ish Shawarma Shack promises authentic but modern shawarma. Find them at 12432 167 Avenue.
  • Rayyan East African Restaurant is opening in Chinatown in the space formerly occupied by Garden Bakery.
  • Spruce Grove is home to a new brewery called Talking Dog Brewing.

Local News

What I Ate

  • It was a beautiful day to walk over to Chinatown early last week to run some errands. It was also a good excuse to grab some banh mi for lunch from Nhon Hoa.

Nhon Hoa

Combo sub from Nhon Hoa

  • Mack, Emily, and I headed out to Jasper for a short getaway last week. As with our previous staycation earlier in the fall, we brought nearly all of our own food to minimize contact. One of the heat-and-serve meals we tried was the noodle packs from Golomein. Considering the preparation involves microwaving the dish from frozen, the quality of the noodles didn’t seem to be impacted significantly. We also enjoyed the flavours overall, and would be open to trying it again!

Golomein

Golomein

  • It was nice to have a hot breakfast included in our stay at Pyramid Lake Resort. The take-out was super-efficient.

Pyramid Lake Resort

Take-out from The Pines at Pyramid Lake Resort

  • We made one stop in town for some coffee and treats from Bear’s Paw Bakery. It’s hard not to indulge when this is the reaction to having a cookie!

Bear’s Paw Bakery

Emily enjoys a cookie from Bear’s Paw Bakery

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