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Restaurants & Bars

LOCAL: Edmonton

Bob Mac | Jan 29, 201111:35 AM

Tried out LOCAL which is a relatively new [at least for Edmonton] variant on the theme of similar spots from the people who have brought us Earl's and Joey.

It is in the location formerly occupied by OPM immediately adjacent to the South Common Joey and across the street from Montana's.

It is one large room rather than the divided lounge and dining room when it was OPM. Many tables including a large common one surround a rectangular bar.

Food is pretty basic. A number of starters which will be familiar to anyone who has gone to other CFD establishments including OPM. A few entree salads ($16-19) a number of burgers ($13-15), sandwiches ($14-18) and some "local features" (MKT, i.e. fish - $19)

Also serve brunch on week-ends and holidays offering "Eggs Bennie", banana pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, etc.

Drink menu is dominated by a good selection of beers (draft and bottle) and a few basic wines.

We had the Tuna Club Sandwich ($16) with a side salad and a Veggie Burger ($14) with fries.

I enjoyed by tuna club and would order it again. My wife had the house-made veggie burger which she was less enthusiastic about. Said it required something else like the red pepper relish that comes on its equivalent at the Cactus Club and the fries were underdone.

Service needs work. Very friendly but a little out of sorts. To be fair they were quite busy for 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. on a Friday and one server in particular went out of her way to make certain we had been taken care of, and then to check on where our beer and meals were when after dropping off menus en route elsewhere she noted that we did not have drinks nor food in front of us.

Our meals once our order had been taken came within a reasonable amount of time but I sensed from the "looks" toward the open kitchen from other tables that some people were becoming concerned....just a "guess" on my part. One larger table seemed to have ordered a number of tacos and they may be more time intensive when it comes to prep time.

Must have a restaurant licence because I noted at least a couple to toddlers as compared with competition like Original Joe's where no minors are allowed.

Would I go back? Probably not. That is not because of the food or service but more the location.

Being in that "gulag" of South Common it is more of a drive from the West-End even with the Henday but if in the area for another reason I would likely pop in for a beer and sit up at the bar.

If they opened another location in my area of the city I would think of going as it would compete with OJ's, Earl's, Cactus Club when I was in the mood for a drink and something to snack on in a casual albeit rather noisey setting.

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