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Mar 27, 2009 07:56 AM

Edmonton restaurant for gift card

Hi all-
Two of my very good friends are moving to Edmonton in the summer and, as a belated wedding present, I wanted to get them a gift certificate/card to a special occasion restaurant in Edmonton.
The number one priority is quality of the food (doesn't matter what type) with second being ambience/service. A bonus would be a place willing to mail the gift certificate to the U.S. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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  1. I have personally never ordered a gift card from them but Original Fare would be my choice in this instance. You can order the GC and then it is valid at any Original Fare Establishment

    I think that you can get the card shipped to the states but you may want to double check on this.

    This is a great way to introduce new Edmonton Foodies to the local establishments instead of having them get overwhelmed my the abundance of chain restaurants that are on every corner.

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    1. re: Bellavino

      Bellavino's suggestion is great - this will give your friends a choice of many excellent restaurants in a range of price ranges, cuisine types and dining styles (ie family vs formal). You'll see in the list of restaurants several 'special occasion' restaurants that they will enjoy.

    2. First thought was Original Fare, mentioned by bellavino, but if you do that you should also include a list of which restaurants to use it at - they vary a lot.

      But many (most? all?) of the Original Fare members also do their own gift certificates, so that might be a better bet - Red Ox and Blue Pear are, for me, the best of the bunch (best in city) and sell gift certificates for just their restaurant. And I can't see why either wouldn't be willing to mail them.

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      1. re: Dan G

        I like the idea of doing it for a specific restaurant so I can tell them that I did research on this and this is where they should go - rather than having them have to figure it out on their own.
        I'll check out Red Ox and Blue Pear. Any other thoughts?
        Thanks to everyone so far. This is very helpful.

        1. re: mhdousa

          Do they have a fondness for any particular kind of food that they'll miss from home?

          1. re: mhdousa

            Then I would definatly agree with Dan on the Red Ox and Blue Pear recommendation. My only addition would be Culina. All of these are Original Fare Members so they would get a great meal from any of them!
            Good Luck!!

            1. re: mhdousa

              As a gift, really the only third choice would probably be Hardware, but I prefer either of the other two over it. Been at RO twice in the past month, both times great as always. It has been several months since I have been at BP (have been out of town a lot...) but going tonight, don't expect to be disappointed.

              1. re: Dan G

                Report back Dan...have not been in ages, but we have an OF giftcard to use, and we were thinking there....

                PS. completely agree with above suggestions. I would lean more towards Blue Pear, just because they are (i believe) the only place in town that does a 'prix fixe' menu, so you could purchase that for them and know that you are covering the cost of their meal, you could also add on wine pairings to the G/C depending on how much you want to spend. Blue Pear feels more expensive to me over Red Ox, although when you work it out, it is probably similar, so for my choice, I would want the splurge g/c given to me, even if it is just a portion of it. :)

                1. re: cleopatra999

                  I'll do a mini review, maybe comparing Blue Pear and Red Ox, in its own thread tomorrow...a bit tired and a bit drunk right now. But yes, Blue Pear is more expensive: tonight it was 3 people in my party, 5 course prix fixe with the mid-level wine pairing, and tax was $460. Last week at Red Ox, 4 people, 3 course - 1 person not having dessert, 4 beers and 2 bottles of mid-price ($58/bottle) wine and I think bill was a little under $400. Tip extra.

                  1. re: Dan G

                    This is awesome - thanks everyone!
                    I look forward to reading your mini-review.