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.
At all hours, the sound of a whisk against a bowl rings through Cafe Soleil as chefs scramble eggs for an all-day breakfast menu. Omelettes bursting with pepper jack cheeses, grilled chicken, and house-made salsas rest alongside eggs benedict prepared in several different fashions. As the morning sun fades and even roosters that know “Stairway to Heaven” pipe down, guests switch to grilled turkey burgers and pork-rib sandwiches. On the weekends, the café often hosts live bands, which add a lively aural backdrop to the happy chatter of guests.
Family owned and modern, Poppadoms prepares contemporary yet authentic Indian dishes fresh with natural ingredients. The extensive menu nods respectfully to the past with vegetable pakoras ($7) and samosas ($7)—recipes the proprietors inherited from their mother and grandmother—while also charging full-speed ahead into an unknown, cuisine-bending wormhole with innovative signature dishes such as tender, coconut-crusted halibut pieces topped with silky curry sauce ($25). Butter chicken ($16) grounds hungry avivores while vegetarians can enjoy the saag paneer's succulent blend of garlic and spinach ($14) or the yoghurt and black lentils of daal makhani ($12). Groups of diners can slide into capacious booths beneath minimalist earth-toned murals to dish out hearty helpings of family-style delicacies and motherly guilt, and those with special nutritional needs can enjoy gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan eats.
The array of draft beer and chilled wines at Woody's washes down a menu of classic pub offerings. While relaxing in the eatery's casual dining room, diners disassemble racks of ribs ($15) and cast anchors into plates of fish 'n' chips ($11). Idle molars can exercise around a sweet-chili chicken wrap ($11), prawns thoughtfully blanket a steak ($16), and bacon, mushroom, and cheddar toppings test the foundation of a burger ($12). Between bites, patrons sip ice-cold beer while shooting pool, watching sports on TV, or playing their kazoos along with the pub's occasional karaoke and live music performances. Though not included with today's Groupon, customers can also purchase their favourite wines and bubbly brews at the pub's on-site liquor store.
Wedge Artisan's pizza gurus bake a full menu of 12- and 15-inch thin-crust pizzas made with milled flour and both locally sourced and imported ingredients. Rev up teeth crankers to devour a spicy chicken pizza ($10–$15) in one deft chomp, or relax as a classic cheese-and-tomato pizza furnishes mouth interiors with crispy crust and tasty yet timeless lamp decals ($8–$10). For the Wedge Artisan Marg pizza, cooks knead and flatten the diner's choice of white or whole-wheat dough, slather on a basil paste, and then sprinkle on tomatoes, roasted garlic, and bocconcini cheese ($10–$15). Meanwhile, meat piles on top of the peculiarly named Carnivore pizza ($10–$15), and peaches sweeten a prosciutto-topped pie ($10–$15). Customers can substitute vegan soy cheese for free, or will the gluten out of 12-inch pizza crusts for an additional $3.
Tangled in the hushed vines of British Columbia's scenic wine country, Okanagan Wine Country Tours weaves grape aficionados through breathtaking and informative excursions. The seven-hour trek across Naramata Bench commences as the moon melts at 9:30 a.m. and swiftly swoons over the Okanagan's cradled valley, breaking for a vineyard lunch (for an additional cost). Inhale the fresh aromas blooming in a glass of wine from one of the five to eight winery stops along the way, or trip along the undulating hillsides, scanning the pristine pastures for signs of secret government bunkers. Possible tour legs include the Elephant Island Orchard Winery, Kettle Valley Winery, and more.