Wok Box was founded in 2004 in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, and successfully expanded to 60 locations throughout Canada by proffering 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.
Rocky J’s Beach Hut’s cooks and owners, Don and Joanne, bring their vision for a relaxed, beach-inspired eatery to life with omelettes, burgers, and sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast fare wakes up appetites all day, ideal for revivifying mouths with homestyle pancakes and bacon for dinner after all-day tongue-twister competitions. To sate post-meridian-style cravings, pesto and homemade honey mustard enliven whole-grain paninis, toasted herb-and-garlic buns cushion burgers, and inventive salads borrow from the land and sea.
Patrons lounge amid red walls decorated with bright wooden masks and model boats as they unwind with a beer or soak in views of Okanagan Lake from the expansive porch. From May to October, the porch’s bamboo-and-thatch stage hosts live music from myriad genres, and karaoke on Friday nights lets singers serenade stars and send up siren songs to UFOs.
There aren't just ketchup-smeared hot dogs at Rick's Doghouse. Instead, Rick and his staff top all-beef franks or turkey dogs with a choice of gourmet toppings. Chefs grill up classics, such as the Little Hobo, which comes layered with mustard, ketchup, relish, and toppings such as sauerkraut and banana peppers. Their gourmet dogs, such as the Pitbull, ChowHound, Mad Dog, Sherman Dog, and BLT dog, however, are a bit more complex. They top franks with everything from chili and cheese, sauerkraut with cream cheese and deli mustard, or even an entire egg and strips of bacon. To pair with these hot dogs, they serve up drink options such as organic juices, coffee, and iced tea, or bags of chips.
Mr. Mozzarella was selected by Okanagan Life as one of its top pizza places in 2012 and 2013. The plaudits might have something to do with the restaurant's dough and sauces made fresh daily. Nineteen is the impressive number of sauces the staff slathers on its wings and how many wings they can juggle at once while blindfolded with pizza dough. Those sauces can be blended into signature blends like Cactus Kick, Sweet Fire, and Original Hot Sauce. The team also serves poutine and Italian dishes such as spaghetti and lasagna, along with deep-fried appetizers and decadent desserts.
When Buy The Sea Seafoods opened in 1992, its goal was to vend fresh, sustainably harvested seafood through employees with a keen knowledge of their trade. Now operating from two locations, the company accepts almost daily shipments of local fish and shellfish as well as more exotic swimmers including swordfish, ahi tuna, and tri-lingual oysters. Fresh salmon burgers, crab cakes, and seafood salad chill out in a frosty deli case, and a menu of cod 'n' chips, fried prawns, and seafood chowders are prepared in a small kitchen for dine-in or takeout orders.
Chronic Tacos, whose tacos and burritos were voted some of the best in Vancouver in 2012 by readers of Georgia Straight, culls its recipes from the salsa-splattered pages of a family recipe book filled with three generations of Mexican delicacies. Chefs marinate and grill juicy morsels of steak, chicken, and pork several times a day, then tenderly tuck them into preservative-free corn and flour tortillas. To add extra zest, dollops of housemade salsa and sour cream perch atop tacos and, in the event of an emergency, rain from sprinkler systems.