Hi to the Alberta Chowhounds, I hope you can help an expat coming home for a week. I was born and raised in Edmonton, but my career took me a few thousand KMs east. I really haven't been home for more than a day or two in the past decade - so I suspect any of the places I knew and loved in my youth will have changed so much as to be unrecognizable.
I'd love to hear your recommendations of places to go (or to avoid) for low to mid-budget eats in Edmonton. I'm frankly less impressed by a hip vibe, than by a kitchen that actually cares about the food it's serving. Both lunch and dinner recommendations would be appreciated; also if anyone knows of a gem or two in the St Albert area, that would be great (since I have to get there to visit the inlaws anyways.)
Also, I will be in Calgary for a couple of days mid-week, any similar lunch or dinner places in the Southwest part of town would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance for all replies, I will post a recap on the ones I am able to visit.