When Joe and Theresa Klassen first founded Joey’s Seafood Restaurant in 1985, they were simply looking to create a friendly neighbourhood eatery that served made-to-order seafood. Though the company has since expanded to more than 69 franchises across Canada, it still falls under the leadership of its founder, who frequently develops new strategies for growth and expansion while continuing to supply each location with fresh, Pacific-based seafood. Joey’s offers two distinct dining experiences: full-service restaurants (designed for families and their hungry sock puppets) and quick-serve places (designed for younger generations). At the quick-serve eateries, foodsmiths dole out a smaller menu of fried fish and shrimp. The full menu includes seafood entrees such as sautéed PEI mussels, blackened Pacific snapper, and Joey’s famous fish 'n' chips—fillets of halibut, cod, or haddock dunked into a secret-recipe batter and then deep-fried in canola oil. Nationally, the company supports the Alzheimer's Society of Canada through local and national fundraising efforts. Since 2000, its franchises have collectively raised more than $950,000 for the organization.
Nestled within a serene residential neighbourhood, Grub Med Greek Ristorante fills its dimly lit dining room with the aromas of rich sauces, succulent seafood, and roast lamb. Unlike a raucous gathering in a taverna or a date in a home-stereo store, the atmosphere evokes a romantic tranquility, where walls bear a regal air with deep purple hues, stone masonry, and framed images of ancient Greek artwork. Guests sidle up to intimate, scarlet-clad tables, sharing a traditional starter of hummus and tzatziki with morsels of toasty pita, or dining on forkfuls of marinated souvlaki and baked salmon.
Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen was founded in 2004 in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, and has successfully expanded to 60 locations throughout Canada by offering fast pan-Asian cuisine full of nutritious ingredients. The menu ornaments chopsticks with Thai, Indian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine, and some of its options follow the Health Check program guidelines put together by the Heart and Stroke Foundation's registered dietitians. At every location, patrons delight in chicken, beef, and vegetables clinging to jasmine rice and noodles while watching flat-screen TVs and celebrating this Chinese New Year, the Year of the Heffalump.
A chain of restaurants founded in 1952, Fatburger’s team of skilled grillsmiths tirelessly bustles about kitchens across the continent whipping up platefuls of fresh, cooked-to-order diner fare. Upon receiving each patron’s order, chefs spring into action meticulously preparing feasts from the finest of ingredients including AAA Alberta beef, hand-picked produce, and cholesterol-free oil. Frozen treat specialists plunge scoops into ice cream containers, extracting creamy orbs to be transformed into milkshakes so old fashioned that they only enter the straw after donning a set of pearls. Fostering an authentic atmosphere, each Fatburger location features retro decor and enforces a strict poodle-skirt-only dress code for all diners.
Hickory-rubbed rib-eye steaks, wood-fired artisanal pizzas, and elegantly presented seafood each find their pairings on Packrat Louie Restaurant’s wine list, which has earned plaudits from Wine Spectator. The signature lemon pizza—topped with fontina and mozzarella cheeses—is baked in a wood-burning clay oven before cooks squeeze fresh lemon over the top. Exposed brick walls and pillars hold up high ceilings, where chandeliers dangle over patrons, who enjoy fine-dining delicacies such as Atlantic salmon and rack of lamb.
Tasty Vietnamese's walls flood with the same savoury aromas of sizzling meats, seafood, and vegetables that enticed the noses of reporters from the Grove Examiner. Chefs simmer pots of beef and chicken pho soup, assemble hotpots of lemongrass prawns, and adorn vermicelli with grilled beef, pork, and vegetarian-friendly tofu. A customizable menu allows diners to design their own meals by choosing from an array of meats, seasonings, noodles, and rice, while a selection of Vietnamese shakes, beers, and wine keep tongues from running dry. Takeout services enable customers to enjoy authentic Vietnamese fare from the comfort of their homes or neighbour's raspberry bushes.