It was a beautiful day here in Edmonton so we decided to take a run out to St. Albert and visit the new project of the Hole Family.
The Prairie Bistro is the food component of a complex which either currently holds or will hold the garden shop, wine store, bakery and spa amongst other things.
It has just been open a couple of weeks or so and partly as a result, is experiencing "growing pains" but my first impression is that it will be a welcomed addition to St. Albert . The restaurant is part cafeteria style in that you can pick from the salad bar or pre-made sandwiches from a cooler or order grilled panini sandwiches or daily specials at the cash, pay for the same and then they will be delivered to your table.
The dining room is quite large as is the adjoining lounge with a bar that has an excellent selection of wines, 5 or so by the glass, red and white and a larger number by the bottle.
Today's lunch menu [they are currently open for coffee and pastries, brunch and lunch with dinner and table service to come soon] had 3 grilled panini, roasted vegetable on house-made foccacia , pulled lamb on house-made ciabatta  and a grilled cheese  and 4 hot specials.
My wife and I opted for 2 of the latter. She had the Four Whistle Farms Roast Chicken with crispy polenta, herbed tomato sauce and sauteed vegetables .
I had the Irving's Braised Berkshire Pork with spinach, fennel, apples and crisp gnocchi and pork jus.
Both were quite good and the servings a reasonable size for the price point and it being lunch. I was told that the cafe is featuring local products.
In addition to what we ordered, there was a Spinach & Egg Frittata  and a Rose Ridge Beef Chili 
After lunch we strolled through the gift shop/store with a number of interesting gardening items and greenhouse area with its hanging flower baskets, others in displays or pots along with vegetable and herb plants.
The facility is directly east of Ray Gibbons Drive which is what the Anthony Henday becomes when it loops around St. Alberta within the Riel Industrial Park at 101 Riel Drive.
Once all of the construction gets completed on the western loop of the Henday, it will be an easy and short drive from all over the city.
I know, that we living in the west end will be back.
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