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    Haven't ever been to Characters, even though it's but two blocks away. The layout looks dated though, and looking at the menu - probably go to Normands instead anyway.
    hahaha oh man. Has normans been renovated once in the last 40 years??? That place is old and dated. I'm pretty sure the menu hadn't changed in 2 years between my visits there.

    Characters was awesome and have enjoyed many date nights there but the last couple visits have seemed super mediocre there. Makes sense to see them sell.
    Part of the lure of classic restaurants is that the menu DOES NOT significantly change. A little bit less of nouveau cuisine and fusion crap is a blessing.

    Similarly I wouldn't go to Continental Treat and expect all new menu.

    btw got a laugh at this from the Characters Fine Dining website; ( I guess it doesn't apply anymore)


    Bear in mind that brains & learning, like muscle & physical skills, are articles of commerce: You can hire them by the hour or by the year. The only thing in the world not for sale is Character.

    Normand's.

    Classic.

    True story.

    Many years ago Top_Dawg's ol' lady at the time dragged him out to a small dinner party there.

    The kind Top_Dawg absolutely abhors.

    Sit there for two hours + listening to two other couples desperately trying to convince Top_Dawg of how great, how wonderful, how interesting, how awesome, how sophisticated they are.

    And of course some doofus at the neighboring table orders mussels.

    They bring out his dish.

    And the putrid stench stinks up the entire restaurant.
    Enough to make Top_Dawg retch.

    Top_Dawg never went back.



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    i’m not sure why you sanctimoniously think it doesn’t apply anymore. they sold/closed a business named characters, they didn’t compromise or sell out their character in doing so (and didn’t sell the name). in the 20 years shon has operated the business, he has conducted himself and the business with good character when it comes to suppliers, staff and customers. sometimes you need to take a step back and give your character/persona a break (or give us a break from it ).



    Really ?

    Interesting take.

    Top_Dawg has spoken to many former employees and none have had anything good to say.

    The owner and his multi-millionaire father who continually subsidized the place to keep it afloat are both referred to by many in the industry as a couple of pompous, arrogant, supercilious, full of themselves cornholios.

    Then again, Top_Dawg can clearly understand why you so cherish said qualities.

    And accusing someone else of sanctimony.

    Absolutely priceless.

    Like Top_Dawg said.

    He loves these little ironies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
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    Then again, Top_Dawg can clearly understand why you so cherish said qualities.
    really? you hardly know me outside of my name and i don't even know that about you.

    And accusing someone else of sanctimony.

    Absolutely priceless.
    i can accept that.

    Like Top_Dawg said.

    He loves these little ironies.

    i'm not sure you'd recognize irony if it was swimming in your dish but then again i don't even know you outside of the third party drivel you post.
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    Best that I just bite my tongue.
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    Nothing really special about it, but love taking out-of-town guests to La Ronde in the Chateau Lacombe for Sunday brunch.

    Fare is good, not great. Service though is usually great.

    But it's truly priceless when they go to the biffy and you just know they'll get hopelessly lost trying to get back ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
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    Then again, Top_Dawg can clearly understand why you so cherish said qualities.
    really? you hardly know me outside of my name and i don't even know that about you.

    And accusing someone else of sanctimony.

    Absolutely priceless.
    i can accept that.

    Like Top_Dawg said.

    He loves these little ironies.

    i'm not sure you'd recognize irony if it was swimming in your dish but then again i don't even know you outside of the third party drivel you post.

    But Ken, this didn't stop you of accusing me of sanctimony when I was obviously making a pun. You don't know me either. You claim to know what I am like in a lot of your responses. You condescended to Dawg as well. In the exchange he was defending me from your unsolicited latest barbs. Which I like to think are playful attempts but cross into range where its your comments that should be called out.

    You did accept that part though so that is understood.
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    As per Normands I just go to the Citadel location. Don't like the one on Jasper which feels cramped and stuffy. At Citadel its a nice open space. They don't serve the smellier mussels as it would go wafting through the whole theatre. Its a pretty open air restaurant space, its not really enclosed at all.
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    ^Dad and his son-in-law's Dad, in their 70's or so - and having lived a long life of meat eating ...

    pronounced steak at Normands the best they'd ever had. (and steak and potatoes were their mainstay and both were country boys)

    And, I'm talking cow-steak, not the wild meat they offer.

    BTW, I have no shares or financial interest in the place - nor have been there for several years.

    But, for a place just west of a gasoline station - pretty effin amazing for me.

    Oh, and family here for XMAS, not open XMAS Eve, but recommended another pretty great place, with a perfectly sized private dining room with a view of the Ledge XMAS lights.

    That'd be the sadly departed Copper Plate. Damn.
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    I'm not a big-$$$ spender for Fine dining, but when I am, my prime pick is LaRonde, because 1) it's Fine Dining enough for me, and 2) THE VIEW. I've spent $$$ in places like Hardware Grill and other FD places, but great as the food is it's generally served within nice walls, perhaps with a view if one is near a window and there's a view worth having. But for me the best FD bang for my intermittent bucks for it is a room where every seat has a view and the view is always great (except for the Edmonton House bit).
    I am in no way entitled to your opinion...

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    ^ Said extremely well!
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    Laronde is a decent selection but a bit overpriced. Plus its a revolving view of Edmonton.

    Whenever we go to Vancouver we go to the Top of Vancouver Or Cloud nine revolving restaurant at least one. Spectacular view, more affordable prices, and the windows are downward and so you can lean out and look straight down from your seat. A spectacular experience, Laronde is a pale imitation of it.

    ps Just noted that Cloud nine in Vancouver is sadly closed. we had wonderful experiences in there.
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    Pricey yes, but I don't mind. Doesn't go in circles, but if we're talking other cities, Smith Tower Bar in Seattle rocks all. https://www.smithtower.com/observatory-and-bar.php

    But, I love that La Ronde has an almost unprecedented view of the NSR valley and despite avoiding it for years thinking taller buildings ruined the view - went back ...

    And discovered no - view is actually even better. (Well, yes, except Edm. House).
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    I really like it. I remember being on a class trip as a kid. We were in queen elizabeth park for a picnic when the teacher pointed out to the class the new chateau lacombe under construction. Always think of that when I go there. Now that’s a year or two ago. lol

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    Our office went to Bundok last week and it was delicious.






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    Tried out DOSC's dinner menu for the first time last night with the parents. Between the three of us we had the (non-wagyu) rib eye, short rib, fries, broccoli, gnocchi, and kale cabbage. All was very good, and $110 including 3 drinks but prior to gratuity seemed quite reasonable. Service was also very good. The place seemed fairly busy, too, which was good to see, Probably 80% capacity. But that included the Oilers pre-game crowd. Hopefully the place is doing well, as both my visits so far have been quite good.

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    Let's Grill on Jasper/107st last night for some Izakaya. We tried 9 dishes, all were tasty, but I had hoped for a couple of standout. Definitely brought me back to my trips to Japan and the many Izakaya we went to. Such a fun place to go after work with a larger group for snacks and drinks.

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    Spicy juicy beef Kushi
    Pork belly Kushi
    Agedashi tofu
    Tako Yaki
    Chicken Karaage
    Unagi Don
    House roll - tuna/salmon/shrimp/fish eggs
    Soy paper TNT - crab/avocada/shrip/fish eggs
    Crunchy spicy tuna








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    Ian, I sent you a sketch of you and a companion listening to a waiter that someone drew while you were out one night. Perhaps you can share it the people here?

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    Haha...
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    For me a restaurant must have good food AND value. If it is good food but very expensive it's off my list.

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    Bundock for my birthday this week, didn't disappoint. Gnocci is amazing, service very prompt. Fully booked for a Tuesday.
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    Currywurst, brat, schnitzel, and properly sized beers.



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    Went to the wildflower grill in earlier January. Never been before, it was our anniversary dinner and we always try a new-to-us non-chain restaurant each year.
    The space is definitely dated - the booths need to be reupholstered, decor is 15-20 yrs old.
    We were literally the only people in the restaurant our entire meal. Had to ask the waiter/manager to turn the music on as it was eerie without any. Food was very good from starters right through to desserts. They closed up when we left at 8p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobleea View Post
    Went to the wildflower grill in earlier January. Never been before, it was our anniversary dinner and we always try a new-to-us non-chain restaurant each year.
    The space is definitely dated - the booths need to be reupholstered, decor is 15-20 yrs old.
    We were literally the only people in the restaurant our entire meal. Had to ask the waiter/manager to turn the music on as it was eerie without any. Food was very good from starters right through to desserts. They closed up when we left at 8p.
    Wow. Typical of how transient the Restaurant scene often is. For a decade or so Wildflower was hitting home runs and had bookings only times and turning em away. Was that a Weekend night you were there? Was the food any good still?
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    ...keep in mind that there was new ownership a few years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    Currywurst, brat, schnitzel, and properly sized beers.



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    As a person of German heritage I find that plate and presentation somewhat repulsive. Did they even deep fry and bread the brat? This is like a fast food version of German food from the looks of it.

    Nor are Fried croquettes standard German fare, anywhere. "Deep fried perfection" Gross, those like like 3 times deep fried and dead. Try spaetzle or home made potato dumplings. That is more typical fare, or home made German warm or cold potato salad (not the Reeser garbage sold here)


    Nor would any german throw a side of plain lettuce on a plate and serve that way. More typically in anycase an accompaniment of Red Cabbage, Swiss chard or some other vegetable serving would be on the plate.


    Reading the menu they make it sound like this is standard German fare. It sounds and looks not so great. Like a Chuck E cheese version of German food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    ...keep in mind that there was new ownership a few years ago.
    Ahh, that's too bad. Didn't know of the change and haven't been in years. Apparently its a miss now.
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    I prefer plain schnitzel and sauces on the side, but everything was delicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    I prefer plain schnitzel and sauces on the side, but everything was delicious.
    Yeah, the sauce looked interesting and the chef said on their website they had trouble getting it right but landed on some that are working good. Too much reliance on deep fried food though and that is atypical German preparation. Pan fried is, and they should stick to that. But nothing beats good german potato dumplings, potato salad or red cabbbage though as sides.

    Being that Schnitzel and Brat tend to be on the heavy side, German fare typically features sides that balance with healthy vegetable servings. That is missing from their plates from what I can gather from the menu and pictures.

    Would be like going Chinese and only getting deep fried fare and nothing healthy.
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    Is it supposed to be “authentic” (whatever that is) German food?

    Moreover I understand that it is now good to avoid cultural appropriation.


    Traditional Chinese Food Is Very Different From Restaurant Chinese Food | HuffPost Canada

    “As famed Chinese chef Ming Tsai, who is based in Massachusetts, once said in an interview with CNN, "Chinese-American cuisine is "dumbed-down" Chinese food. It's adapted for the wrong reasons, to be blander, thicker and sweeter for the American public." We can only imagine the same holds true for Chinese-Canadian food.

    Of course, we're not saying these dishes aren't delicious (because anyone who's eaten General Tso Chicken knows that's a bald-faced lie), and we're also not saying Chinese people wouldn't eat them themselves. But the fact is, they aren't the real deal.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    Is it supposed to be “authentic” (whatever that is) German food?

    Moreover I understand that it is now good to avoid cultural appropriation.


    Traditional Chinese Food Is Very Different From Restaurant Chinese Food | HuffPost Canada

    “As famed Chinese chef Ming Tsai, who is based in Massachusetts, once said in an interview with CNN, "Chinese-American cuisine is "dumbed-down" Chinese food. It's adapted for the wrong reasons, to be blander, thicker and sweeter for the American public." We can only imagine the same holds true for Chinese-Canadian food.

    Of course, we're not saying these dishes aren't delicious (because anyone who's eaten General Tso Chicken knows that's a bald-faced lie), and we're also not saying Chinese people wouldn't eat them themselves. But the fact is, they aren't the real deal.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/0...n_4687460.html
    The menu and website is loaded with reference to what Germans eat in different parts of the country and that the food is all authentic. I've never heard of German croquettes before. It might be a newer thing in Germany and popular now but its more common in Bavaria or Austria apparently. The Frikadellen they serve at this restaurant is also not traditional as described. It is a food in Germany but made differently and often with Seafood like a Tuna or Salmon (canned works fine), prepared with lemon, ground mustard, parsley, pepper, mash potatoes and mashed together and made into cakes and then fried in a pan. That's how we always had it and it was delicious and nutritional and not laden in fat and calories like a lot of what is on this menu. Making this dish with ground beef or pork is basically making a hamburger or sausage of it. Why not have the authentic, and unique version that is much more interesting?

    Currywurst is also not a traditional German food in the slightest. It was introduced from American soldiers bringing curry and ketchup in rations and some German woman figuring she should throw it on sausages and somehow that abortion of a dish caught on. I never ever heard about it until today. Its like saying Ketchup on a hot dog is a national dish. Also, I've never met one German, ever, that prefers to serve dinners with white bread. lmao.


    The restaurant also uses canned mushrooms and Kraft cheese slices as "Cheese." Oh my... I was bang on with the Chuck E Cheese description.


    In anycase Chinese food establishments quite often do distinguish whether they are Western Chinese food or Authentic and or both and with menu items often indicating which dishes are authentic and from where in China.
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    Haven't stopped into The Underground in quite some time. They have a good beer selection, prices are reasonable, food was always passable, the service straight forward and the location worked.

    Last night we stopped in for a pre-date drink but had to leave because of the overwhelming odour - like one giant urinal puck. The place was near empty. It reeked like they were trying to cover up some other bad smell. Is there something wrong with that building? Yikes.

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    ^Jeez, I don't like the sound of that. And I was just thinking the other day that I haven't popped in there in years and should check its pulse...
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    You sure it wasn't the scent of Drakkar Noir? For some reason that's what I smell "in my head" when I drive by and picture myself sitting in there accidentally.....

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    Good one - definite possibility. Like they had mopped up someone's urine with Drakkar and ammonia.

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    I'll stick with my Innes & Gunn Honey Ale thanks.
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    Great work by Edmonton Tourism.

    Mall is great, festivals even more so. But when we travel, it's for neither - it's for the city as a whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    misquoted "ICE District" but other that, great article
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    Ate at Panini's Italian Cucina on the end of Jasper in one of the Edgewater tower's podium. Probably some of the most reasonably priced dine-in food I've had in awhile. Built my own pasta and it came out to $12~ and was flat out delicious and perfectly portioned. I would certainly recommend anyone giving this place a try if you are in the area. Cute spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickv View Post
    Ate at Panini's Italian Cucina on the end of Jasper in one of the Edgewater tower's podium. Probably some of the most reasonably priced dine-in food I've had in awhile. Built my own pasta and it came out to $12~ and was flat out delicious and perfectly portioned. I would certainly recommend anyone giving this place a try if you are in the area. Cute spot.
    I second this. nice little spot.
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    Meuwly's yesterday to grab a sandwich for lunch. Tried their Real Deihl Sub. Amazing, simply amazing. Fresh made focaccia bread with a selection of their own Italian meats, banana peppers and sauces. I could have it every day. Highly recommended.
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    Had lunch at the downtown Pasta Amore today. Got in before the lineup started. Service was brisk but friendly. The Italiano was delicious although I chose to leave aside the zucchini. Washed it down with an Amoreicano, which was good.
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    ^^Believe it or not, their veggie sandwich is also top-notch. While I usually opt for either the Real Deihl or another meat-based option, my wife gets the veggie everytime, and I always steal a bite or two. It's amazing.
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