March 31, 2021
Category: Blog Posts
5 Tips to Maximize Your Downtown Dining Week Experience
Downtown Dining Week is happening April 13 to April 25 of this year and you don’t want to miss out on this bi-annual experience, celebrating Edmonton’s local downtown restaurants. With the restrictions in place, it is now even more important for us to share our love with local restaurants and order takeout.
Here are 5 expert tips on how to make the most of Downtown Dining Week this year. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family so they can maximize their experience as well!
1. TRY SOMETHING NEW
This is your chance to try that Downtown restaurant you’ve always wanted to. This year, we are introducing fast casual restaurants to the mix so that you can have a wider variety of restaurants to choose from. Tiffin is one of our newest fast casual additions, serving a delicious butter chicken and fish pakora that you can enjoy on the patio or a quick takeout! 99 Sunflower Café is also offering a variety of combos for only $20, from a tangy Thai Tom Yum soup to a classic poutine, they have everything you could ever want.
2. RESEARCH THE RESTAURANTS
Menus for participating restaurants are listed here. Some eateries create special dishes just for the event while others offer select dishes from their regular menu so take a look before you go!
3. MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR PATIO DINING
Check the restaurant’s menu to see if its offering patio dining. If so, call ahead to see if the restaurant is taking reservations as Dining week is a busy time for all participating restaurants, you’ll want to book as early as possible. Booking earlier in the week such as Mondays to Wednesdays when restaurants are less busy for a better chance of getting a reservation. When making the reservation, let the restaurant know that you’ll be ordering from their Downtown Dining Week menu so they can plan ahead for the number of people ordering special dishes. If you can’t make your reservation, please let the restaurant know immediately so they can fill your spot.
4. PLAN A STAYCATION
Experience Downtown Dining Week fully by making a staycation out of it! We’ve partnered with downtown hotels (Fairmont, JW Marriott, Union Bank Inn, Courtyard Marriott) to offer you a one-night stay, and an in-room dining experience for select packages at a discounted rate so that you can enjoy the full downtown experience. There’s no need to commute when you can enjoy a scrumptious meal in your own luxury hotel room.
5. EXPLORE A NEW CUISINE
Travel to the streets of Korea with your taste buds and try out BUOK’s colourful bibimbap bowl. With your choice of rice, protein and sauce, every bowl is topped with a beautiful bed of zucchini, onions, chili daikon, marinated spinach, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts and a sunny side up egg. Like an authentic Korean meal, it’s not complete without generous side dishes! BUOK’s $20 menu includes kimchi, pickled daikon and ginseng chicken broth as delicious sides.
Are you ready to dine with our local downtown restaurants? We sure are!