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5 New Restaurants to Check Out Now

The West just got a whole lot tastier.


1. Little Hong Kong

10359 104 Street, Edmonton

Who: Kevin Cam (owner of Baijiu and North 53)

Why we’re excited: The no-rest-for-the-wicked Foodie of the Year will be opening a small cocktail bar within Baijiu (also a cocktail bar) that’s designed to look like Hong Kong under British rule.


2. Phillips Brewery

2010 Government Street, Victoria

Who: Matt Phillips (founder and head brewer)

Why we’re excited: The brewery has a new tasting room, tour area and retail store in the works, while behind the scenes they’re building a state-of-the-art bottle-washing facility in order to reuse their bottles (as opposed to simply recycling them).


3. Elbow Room

802 49 Avenue SW, Calgary

Who: Chef Ryan Blackwell (formerly of Coast and Bin 941 Tapas Parlour) and partner Josh Brennand (Catch, Notable and The Nash)

Why we’re excited: Locally sourced cuisine cherry-picked from all over Canada—think Maple Hills Farms-roasted chicken with cashew romesco and acorn squash, and Carmen Creek short-rib bison with saffron parsnip purée.


4. Coquille Fine Seafood

181 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Who: Chefs Jack Chen, Nin Rai and Lee Cooper (L’Abattoir)

Why we’re excited: This new 4,100-square-foot Gastown haunt is a modern spin on the classic fish house with a full bar and (yes!) street-side patio.


5. The Butternut Tree

Ledgeview Centre, 9707 110 Street, Edmonton

Who: Chef Scott Downey (formerly of Michelin-starred Daniel in NYC, Noma in Denmark, Wildebeest in Vancouver)

Why we’re excited: The returning Edmonton-born chef opens his first restaurant, which pays homage to the places he’s lived with seasonal ingredients at the forefront.

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