10 popular restaurant concepts we’d love to see come to Edmonton


There are so many popular restaurants in Edmonton.

From chain restaurants, family restaurants, pop-ups, food markets and local restaurant groups, Edmonton’s food scene is exciting.

But still, when you travel or hear about all the fantastic restaurants in other cities, you can’t help but dream of going there.

There are so many exciting restaurant concepts with more and more locations; it is natural to expect to hear announcements that the next outpost will be at YEG.

Here are some popular restaurants we would like to see open in Edmonton.


“Eating crab in Malibu at Nobu,” Drake sang on “Who Do You, Love,” and what we love is the idea of ​​a Nobu coming here. It is one of the most recognizable restaurant names in the world and one of the most popular restaurants in the world to be frequented by celebrities. Sticking mainly to larger markets like Las Vegas and Los Angeles, they seem to be growing fast, so you never know!



If you’ve ever been to Vancouver, surfed Tofino, or have friends from there who can’t stop talking about it, then you’ve heard of Tacofino. This California Baja-style taco spot started as a truck parked in Tofino, BC, and now has multiple locations and trucks. Everyone has a different menu, and we hope the next creative menu will be in Edmonton.


Labretto Pizza

With five locations now in Toronto, Toronto locals know this pizzeria very well. This is a growing brand that makes authentic Neapolitan pizzas, both classics and fun creations. Edmonton certainly has world-class pizza, but we’d love a chance to try a New York-inspired American Labretto pie made with aged and fresh mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, San Marzano tomato and fresh basil.


Burger In-N-Out

There was a time when In-N-Out Burger only had one location in Los Angeles. Then, after a few more hours, you still had to drive to California to order one of the legendary double-double burgers or something from the secret menu. Animal style, anyone? Now there are well over 100 locations in five states. We think it’s time it started to expand into Canada, especially since it’s one of the most popular restaurants in North America.


egg slut

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Eggslut is a chef-led gourmet sandwich shop that started in 2011. It’s inspired by a genuine love for eggs, which makes sense given its name. There are currently locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Seoul, Kuwait, London and Singapore – but not in Edmonton? ! The Fairfax is the signature breakfast sandwich here, made with soft scrambled eggs and cage-free chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and sriracha mayonnaise, all on a warm brioche bun.


From the Toronto location with three different levels, the noodle bars, or the butlers, there are several different Momofuku concepts. Serving an ever-changing menu of noodles, steamed bread, soft cream and daily specials, this place has been a leader in popularizing ramen and Asian cuisine in North America. It doesn’t matter which version we get, we just want a version to come to our city.


lord of fries

Lord of the Fries is a burger and hot dog spot that’s one of Australia’s best fast food joints. Like any good burger, the fries are amazing too, and there are several kinds. It’s actually so delicious that most Australian tourists don’t initially realize the not-so-secret fact that it’s entirely plant-based.


Shake Shack

In-N-Out Burger leads the show in the West when it comes to fast food chains, but this place has the crown on the East Coast.

Bigger burgers, smashed patties and crinkle fries are crowd pleasers here. For us, if it ever comes to YEG, we’ll be on the Shake Shack team for life.


Restaurant Guy’s Burger

More than anything, we just want to see the frosted tips and flamed pimples in person. Plus there’s no way this place is going Dinners, drive-ins and dives Guy Fieri isn’t a total blast, is he? Edmonton is known as the City of Champions, but it’s time we changed it to Flavor Town.


Alberta’s popular breweries seem to slip into town from each other all the time. Home and Away just opened in Edmonton, Calgary just got another Canadian Brewhouse… but the Calgary National hasn’t opened a place at the YEG yet. One of the most popular places to have lunch or party, every National feels like home and just as different. There are four in Calgary, and some have huge rooftop terraces, while others have basement bowling alleys. We think it’s time to see a national opening in Edmonton.



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