I' ve not seen anything about Edmonton so far in this board, so I'll give it a try. I tend to focus more on individual dishes than restaurants so I'll start with some of my favourites in terms of taste and value:
- Ninh Kieu: the best Vietnamese salad rolls in town ( i refer to the original with mint/basil, lately they seem to be omitting the mint to cater to some timid palates), chicken soup with beanthread noodles, Bon Boh Hue , lemongrass chicken on rice, thai salads (carrots etc).
-Pagolac: grilled chicken lemongrass on vermicelli (#70), seabass hotpot (when available)
-Golden Bird: Golden bird special soup,
lemongrass beef with eggrolls on vermicelli,
Thau Bay: Special soup (steak, flank, brisket, tendon, tripe ) and other variations
-Pharos Pizza , our favourite is Popeye's , their unique spinach and feta on whole wheat crust rendition,the only thing that has changed in the last 25 years is the jukebox, now it has cds.
-Sai Woo: Fried Calamari, Crispy fried chicken, cantonese chowmein , gai lan (or Thao Mieu)with garlic sauce, Bean curd and asorted meats hot pot, Seabass with black bean sauce , whole steamed pickerel with scallions and ginger. and other traditional cantonese dishes too numerous to list
-Sam Wok: House special Hotpot (assorted meats and bean curd ), beef and preserved cabbage soup. Exceptional value, except for the appetizers, which are mostly from frozen packages (or at least taste like)
-Kyoto: Their bento boxes and sushi and sashimi combinations at lunch time are the best value in japanese food, Avocado Roll, grilled seabass (when available)
Wasabi: tuna sashimi, shrimp and asparagus maki, avocado and shiitake maki, grilled black cod
-Sakura (on 101 Street): (a bit more expensive than the others, but not bad for japanese)Excellent sushi, pan fried black cod, best shrimp tempura in edmonton
-Bua Thai: Green chicken curry, carrot salad, beef with keffir leaves, panang beef, pad thai . Their single menu tends to make it a bit on the expensive side for lunch but very reasonable for dinner.
-Back HomeFish and Chips: Fish and chips ( 3 pieces of haddock and lots of home fries for 6.95)
-Spinelli's (Italian Centre) Italian sandwich ( they no longer make the mortadella sandwhich)
-Save on Food counter(on 109th street) : Rosemary ham and brie on ciabbatta sandwich
- Costco counter Kosher Style Hotdog
-Silk Hat: Steak Sandwich