Where to Shop, Dine and Play in CFR City
Every November since 1974, the hardcore cowboys, cowgirls, and animals of professional rodeo have been riding into Edmonton for the ultimate showdown at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. While you enjoy all of the heart-pounding competition that this five-day world-class event has to offer, be sure to take a break from the non-stop action to experience some of Edmonton’s best dining, attractions, and shopping!
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Where To Dine
Though there are thousands of dining options in Edmonton, we have carefully selected a few fantastic restaurants that are easily accessible from the city’s LRT (Light Rail Transit). Leave your car at Northlands, hop on a train and, within minutes, find the perfect place to satisfy your hunger!
Price ranges are noted by dollar signs and refer to the approximate cost of an entrée at dinner:
$ – 15 or less
$$ – 15 to 30
$$$ – 30 or above
1) Fatburger If a big juicy burger and a real ice cream shake is what you are after, this is your spot. Edmonton City Centre, 101 St. & 102 Ave., 780-756-9525. $
2) Sherlock Holmes This popular pub boasts a huge selection of draught beer, live entertainment, and a hearty menu of British and international dishes. Rice Howard Way, 10012-101A Ave., 780-426-7784. $
3) Tres Carnales Taqueria Using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, this restaurant delivers tacos with the wholesome flavour and freshness of a taqueria in Mexico?—?at the speed of a North American fast food joint. Hard-to-find, Caribbean beer also available. 10119-100A St., 780-429-0911. $
4) Lux Steakhouse and Bar Diners at this upscale urban steakhouse enjoy a hip, refined design and a unique menu that would do any traditional steakhouse proud. Commerce Place, 10150-101 St., 780-424-0400. $
5) The Lingnan This family-run restaurant has been serving fine Cantonese and Szechuen cuisine to Edmontonians since 1947. Try the savoury wonton soup, or the delicious ginger beef. 10582-104 St., 780-426-3975. $
Rob’s Hunter Chicken at Cactus Club Cafe. Photo courtesy Cactuc Club Cafe.
6) Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse Named after a region in South Brazil, Pampa offers tender, succulent meat, skewered, and cooked to perfection. This restaurant features a fixed price dining concept known as “rodizio” that includes continuous table-side service and a fresh salad bar. 9929-109 St., 780-756-7030. $$
7) Louisiana Purchase Craving Jambalaya or a skewer of Gator meat? This relaxing restaurant cooks up a mix of traditional and contemporary Cajun and Creole fare that is sure to satisfy. 10320-111 St., 780-420-6779. $
8) The Sicilian Pasta Kitchen Specializing in Southern Italian cuisine, this restaurant offers a selection of traditional Italian dishes and forno cooked pizzas. 11239 Jasper Ave., 780-488-3838. $
More Dining Options
Check out these great options in other parts of the city!
Home Fire Grill Specializes in Grain Fed Bison, AAA Angus Beef, rotisserie chicken, and fresh fish. 18210-100 Ave., 780-489-8086. $
Cactus Club Cafe The fresh menu is created by Canada’s first Iron Chef America. West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-489-1002. $
Von’s Steakhouse and Oyster Bar Serves some of the best Prime Rib and hand-cut AAA Sterling Silver steaks in the city. 10309-81 Ave., 780-439-0041. $$
Century Grill Uses only fresh regional and local ingredients. 3975 Calgary Trail, 780-431-0303. $$
Where to Shop
With the holidays just around the corner, take advantage of Edmonton’s stellar shopping scene and find the perfect gifts for family, friends, or yourself!
West Edmonton Mall
Experience this mega mall that boasts over 800 retail stores, 100 eating establishments, and 10 world-class theme park attractions. Covering more than 48 city blocks — that’s equivalent to 115 football fields! — this mall thrills the millions of visitors who explore its shopping, dining and entertaining delights annually. 8882-170 St., 780-444-5308.
Edmonton City Centre and Manulife Place
Located in Edmonton’s downtown, you are sure to find what you are looking for in these two fantastic shopping centres. Manulife Place offers an outstanding selection of unique, high-end shops, while Edmonton City Centre contains more than 170 stores and services including the Empire City Centre 9 Cinemas. Edmonton City Centre, 10200-102 Ave., 780-426-8444. Manulife Place, 10180-101 St., 780-420-6236.
Southgate Centre and South Edmonton Common
The upscale Southgate Centre is easily accessed by the LRT, and is the largest enclosed shopping centre in South Edmonton. 111 St. and 51 Ave., 780-435-3721. The sprawling South Edmonton Common is your one-stop shop for massive big box stores and outlets. It is home to the city’s only Ikea, a massive Cineplex Odeon movie theatre, and a great selection of restaurants and eateries. Gateway Blvd. and 23 Ave., 780-424-8008.
After a new pair of boots, a shiny belt-buckle, or a saddle blanket? Here are some great options for all your Western Wear and Tack needs!
Lammle’s Western Wear and Tack
3803 Calgary Trail, 780-415-5788
West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-444-7877
1090, 9499-137 Ave., 780-472-2140
Welsh’s Saddlery & Western Wear
16504-100 Ave., 780-484-4328
13715 Manning Drive, 780-471-5333
2010-101 St., 780-462-9333
3340 Gateway Blvd., 780-435-2592
Where To Play
Festivals, theatre, music, history, aviation, Star Wars,™ 120 types of beer, and more — Edmonton has all of your entertainment needs covered
Check out the provocative Next to Normal, an award-winning musical about a family coping with the complexities of modern life. Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave.; call 780-425-1820 or visit www.citadeltheatre.com for tickets.
Are you ready to Rock!? Rock of Ages is a mind-blowing musical featuring the greatest songs of the ’80s by iconic bands like Journey, Styx, Poison, Whitesnake and more! Jubilee Auditorium, 11455-87 Ave.; call 1-866-540-7469 or visit www.BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca for tickets.
Walk on a human tongue, collect clues like a CSI, or chat with a life-size robot in one of the many interactive displays at the TELUS World of Science Edmonton. Currently on display is Star Wars™ Identities: The Exhibition, featuring over 200 artifacts from the Lucasfilm Archives. 11211-142 St., 780-451-3344.
Escape the cool fall weather in the vibrant, inspiring greenhouse oasis of the Muttart Conservatory. These iconic pyramid structures house plants from all types of climates and feature creative, seasonal displays. 9626-96A St., 780-442-5311.
Examine eons-old gems, take a look at giant tarantulas, or learn about the fascinating history of Canada’s First Nation’s People at the Royal Alberta Museum. Currently on display is The Tsar’s Cabinet, a visiting exhibit that gives visitors a rare and fascinating glimpse into the lost opulence of imperial Russia. 12845-102 Ave., 780-453-9100.
Edmonton’s aviation history as The Gateway to the North comes alive at the fascinating Alberta Aviation Museum. More than 30 aircraft are on display including a 1923 Vickers Viking, an incredible single engine flying boat made almost exclusively of mahogany wood! 11410 Kingsway Ave., 780-451-1175.
PUBS AND BARS
Take a load off at O’Byrne’s Irish Pub, a cozy venue with great music, atmosphere, and nice cold pints! 10616 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-414-6766.
If selection is what you are after, look no further than MKT. With over 120 different beers — 60 draught and 60 in bottle — you are sure to find something to satisfy your palette! 8101 Gateway Blvd., 780-439-2337.
For a night of line-dancing, mechanical bull-riding, and two-stepping fun, head to Cook County Saloon. 8010 Gateway Blvd., 780-432-2665.
Edmonton’s newest watering hole, Whiskey Rock is located across the street from Rexall Place, and is the perfect location to drink, dance, and party after a day of adrenaline-pumping action! 11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive, 587-521-2582.
Lindsay Shapka is the Editor of WHERE Edmonton Magazine, the city’s authority on the hottest events, dining, entertainment, art, and shopping.