April 13, 2021
Category: Blog Posts
What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton
Looking for something to do this weekend? 104th street is closing to vehicle traffic this weekend Saturday April 24 & 25 to allow for safe, increased outdoor seating capacity.
Restaurants on 104 Street are extending its patios and inviting you to join them to celebrate Downtown Dining Week, a culinary experience offering fixed price, multi-course meals.
Here are 10 ideas on what you can do this weekend downtown
1. Wine & Tapas Date at Tzin | 10115 104 Street
If you don’t make a reservation at TZIN, you’ll probably have to jockey for seats on Tzin’s charming and intimate patio, especially during Downtown Dining Week as Tzin’s menu is a real treat. The menu includes Tzin’s popular tapas dishes such as scallops, gnocchi, Italian sausage and bison brisket served with risotto. Don’t forget to pair your romantic dinner under the beautiful night sky with a glass (or two) of wine. Tzin’s wine list is ever-changing and offers superior wines – Old and New World bottles that go nicely with an eclectic selection of Downtown Dining Week tapas.
2. Try Out Ramen Misoya, Japanese chain restaurant | 10146 104 St
The strip is also home to the Edmonton location of chain Ramen Misoya which offers nearly 20 takes on Ramen, from classic pork to spicy broths to chicken to vegetarian offerings. And, yes, they have Japanese soda with the fancy glass-ball stoppers. For Downtown Dining Week, Ramen Misoya has included their signature Tonkotsu Red Ramen, cooked in a creamy pork broth for hours and hours, yakitori (Japanese grilled skewers) and deep fried ice cream for dessert. Yes, you read that right. Deep fried ice cream, yum!
3. Cocktail Evening at DOSC | 10190 104 St.
DOSC is a hip coffee shop by day, and cocktail bar and steakhouse by night. Located in the historic Metals Limited Building, the wooden accents feel totally frontier-town, but the menu is ultramodern. For those looking for the kind of meal they can tell their grandkids about, try the $50 Downtown Dining Week menu on DOSC’s heated patio. A fresh spring salad tossed with blueberries and lemon vinaigrette for your starter, and a skirt steak with roasted jalapeño crema, charred onions, salsa verde, topped with fried egg for your main. DOSC’s craft cocktails are a must-have, pick anything from the cocktail menu and rest assured, it will taste amazing.
4 Explore the Core with SPIN escooters
With so many things to discover this weekend from the 104 Street road closure to Downtown Spark animations, why not explore the core on an e-scooter? Use the 7.8 protected bike lanes and shared paths downtown to get around safely. Download the app to get started.
5. Indulge in a Rich and Delicious Lunch at Tiffin Fresh Kitchen
It’s love at first whiff when you step inside quick-casual Tiffin located on Jasper Avenue. There’s plenty of bustle and chatter, while the smoky aromas speak of killer Indian cooking. Our current faves? Five lentil curry, palak paneer kofta, fenugreek chicken and the garlic naan. From now till April 25, you can try it all as Tiffin is letting you choose 1 to 2 items from the Downtown Dining Week menu, with a side of fish pakora or onion bhaji for only $20.
6. Spirit Tasting at Cask and Barrel
With a wide variety of spirits available on Cask and Barrel’s drink menu, you can explore and do your own spirit tasting tour on the patio. Don’t drink on an empty belly though, Cask and Barrel has a scrumptious two-course menu to go with your spirits. The first course includes Lamb Tartine, which is cooked with lamb, piccalilli, zucchini, sunflower shoots served on lightly toasted sourdough and the main course is pork belly and mash, served with bacon fat pomme puree, seared romanesco, split pea nage. Did we mention that the patio is also heated? It gets pretty toasty in there, so leave your sweaters at home and enjoy the heat.
7. BBQ at Say Uncle
Craving comfort food, good beer and a good time? Say Uncle has a heated patio at the center of 104th street and is usually packed on a sunny day so put your name down on the waiting list and get your belly prepared for some tasty BBQ. Say Uncle is letting you pick any single meat platter from the BBQ menu (excluding the 3lb. platter) for Downtown Dining Week and is including a side salad and pie for dessert.
8. Boozy Brunch at Mercer Tavern
Start your weekend off right with steak and eggs at Mercer Tavern’s patio. Mercer’s $20 Downtown Dining Week brunch menu includes pan seared flank steak topped with chimi churri, with a side of butter potatoes, and two eggs. If you’re feeling like day drinking, check out Mercer Tavern’s creative, boozy brunch cocktails: PB&J Old Fashioned, Irish Coffee and the Dalgona Delight. Make sure to bring sunscreen when you dine at Mercer Tavern, and prepare to snap a few photos at the picturesque sign museum right across the patio.
9. Taco Night at Tres Carnales Rostizado
Every night is taco night at Tres Carnales Rostizado! Rostizado prides itself in locally sourced, high-end ingredients. You don’t want to miss out on what they have to offer for Downtown Dining Week. Rostizado’s menu offers a three-course meal on the patio (or takeout) with a choice of soup or Rosti-salad, prawn or vegan tacos and a classic Mexican dessert, churros covered with Mexico-imported cinnamon and sugar, served with a sweet dulce de leche and salted pasilla chile chocolate sauce for dipping.
10. Travel to Hawaii with Your Taste Buds at Ono Poke
Haven’t tried poke yet? Ono Poke Co. is the real deal. Chef Lawrence Hui travelled extensively across Hawaii learning from the state’s best chefs to come up with a dozen signature bowls, such as spicy Thai salmon and Musubi tuna. Luckily for us, Ono Poke is offering a choice of any poke bowl from the original menu with a bottle of Kona beer for only $20. Walk, don’t run to the Ono Poke patio!
11. Get Crafty at The Alberta Craft Council
Take home a one-of-a-kind time from the Alberta Craft Council which sells the work of more than 150 Alberta artists - from sculpture to glass to ceramics - and anything in between.
12 Discover a New Off-leash Park Downtown
Sandwiched between shiny office towers, luxury hotels and cool condos, you’ll find a surprising number of green spaces in Downtown Edmonton. One
of the newest is Alex Decoteau Park. Opened in 2017 and named in honour of the first Aboriginal police officer in Canada, the park was a collaboration 10 years in the making between the City of Edmonton, Downtown residents and nearby businesses. The main attraction is a small fenced off-leash dog park where dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome. Walk your pup here and you’ll both make friends in no time.
Make your reservation ahead of time, or put your name on the waiting list this weekend as 104th street is going to be buzzing! Have fun in the sun, stay safe and support local. To learn more about Downtown Dining Week’s restaurant list and staycation packages, click the links below.