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Jul 16, 2008 12:01 AM

New to Edmonton - need cheap recomendations!


I am a new grad student at U of A and need some food recs! I'm staying at a place near Corona station so anywhere near a c-train line or near the university would be awesome. I also don't have a car and I'm not a huge fan of bussing it just for a resto (unless its very worth it!)

some things I'm looking for is price (under 20 would be nice) and location

other than that i'm open to it all! I love all ethnic food but I also love some good western restos as well. i've browsed the forums and I got overwhelmed with it all lol.

One thing I couldn't find is if there is any hong kong style cafes that are relatively easy to get to?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. You could try:

    Zuppa (next to Grandin station) - wonderful homemade soups and Italian sandwiches (plus desserts look delicious, but I found the soups very filling so never tried the sweet stuff) - but extremely busy at lunch during weekdays.

    The lunch counter at Chancery Hall (around the Churchill station, close to the law courts and city hall) - I tried their gyro and it was good.

    Near university, try Da Capo - pizza, gelato, and coffee, plus big tv to watch soccer

    Chinese - you could take the LRT to Churchill station, and then walk to Chinatown area (97 Street). Maybe another poster can advise as to any HK style cafes in that area.

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    1. re: Libertycafe

      if you're going to go to chacery hall- go a little farther - to the Courthouse and visit their cafeteria for lunch- and they have a pretty good breakfast menu too, and it's cheap for what you get. They serve two styles of lunch- one is your typical cafeteria type food- hamburgers, fries, onion rings, etc..., and the second type of lunch is an option- pick one of three different entres such as baked ham, poached whitefish, roast beef, (on wednesday or thursday roast turkey and stuffing which always draws a huge crowd), and two choices of vegetable- also cheap for what you get. people from city hall and surrounding businesses show up for the lunch.

    2. You must go to Praha bistro it is downtown but worth the drive

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      1. re: careme

        you don't need to drive to Praha - get off at central and it is less than 2 blocks.

      2. For Hong Kong Style cafes, I would try Spicy Garden in Chinatown (105 Ave & 97 St, walk north on 97 St from Churchill or catch the #3 on 97 Street) or Double Greeting Wonton House (96 St & 102 Ave, 4 blocks east of Churchill Station). Also Sam Wok on the southside (67 Ave? & Calgary Trail), but probably not worth the bus ride.

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        1. re: unclerufus

          Thought these places were Cantonese restaurants. Are they the actual Hong Kong cafes that serve wonton and brisket noodles and Hong Kong versions of Western food like peanut butter stuffed French toast and macaroni soup?

          1. re: pepper_mil

            Yeah this is more what I"m looking for. I would LOVE if I found a place that did baked rice

            1. re: marauder

              if you mean bo zi fan (煲仔饭), sam wok has it on the menu. I've never liked the food there though, and it is a bit out of your radius.

              There is also Phobulous across from the Garneau on 109th. Name and menu a bit too cute but the noodle bowls are good and well priced and I was really impressed with the drink menu which includes a sake list on the back (and weasel excrement coffee). The food is not better but it's cleaner and with a nicer atmosphere than most Chinatown Vietnamese places. Didn't try the pho but you can easily eat and have a glass of wine or beer plus tip for $20 or less.

              1. re: pepper_mil

                I actaully had phobolous recently! I kinda feel self conscious putting in my order (because of the weird/embarrassing names lol) but I wasn't a huge fan of the actual pho itself. The temperature was too hot and it remained too hot throughout the meal. Also i'm not sure if its just me or not, but the noodles weren't too good either as it was too sticky and tasted over cooked (probably from the overly hot broth). Also the broth was sweeter than I usually like but this is more a personal thing.

                With all of that said, I would probably go here lots! I'm sure if I ask them to reduce the temperature I would have liked it a lot more. I absolutely loved the artwork and a clean vietnamese resto is a rare thing (at least where I'm from).

                I also had the pho in the west edmonton mall (attached to T n T) and loved it. noodles were right on and the broth was more to my liking. But then again, that pho resteraunt is a huge chain for a reason lol

            2. re: pepper_mil

              Spicy Garden and the Garden Bakery (similar to Spicy Garden but not as polished and a little cheaper) has the wonton noodles and brisket noodles, along with other stuff like Hainan chicken rice, Yin Yang rice and the long donuts wrapped in rice noodles. I believe there is a limited amount of the HK western food however, but there are some dishes. Double Greetings has some of these but I can't remember which ones. You're not going to find an exact HK cafe in Edmonton - you'll have to go to Calgary or Vancouver for that.

              I used to eat HK style spaghetti at Taipan on 97 st years and years ago, but I haven't been there in at least 15 years so I have no idea what that place is like nowadays.

          2. Wow thanks everyone for all the help! I can't wait to try all the new food heh. I'm from calgary so we pretty much do viet food and surprisingly sushi pretty well. I hope to try new stuff while in edmonton!

            Also, quick question...where is chinatown ?

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            1. re: marauder

              97th street (and adjacent streets) north of 104 ave. the #5 bus will take you there from jasper or you could walk from churchill station.

            2. Avenue Pizza is across the street to the east of the U of A Hospital in Newton Place, 8519–112 St, on campus. They have surprisingly decent pizza, loaves and burgers. And the prices are student friendly. It used to be a lunch favourite when I worked in Med Sci.

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              1. re: cdnprairiedog

                University area & whyte ave has tons of 'cheap' options:
                high level diner
                cafe mosaic
                oodle noodle