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best ginger beef in Edmonton? Anything else special that I should/could try while in Edmonton for a few days?

phoenikia Sep 17, 2009 03:44 PM

I lived in Calgary for several years, and realize that's the birthplace of ginger beef, but was hoping for an Edmonton rec for a good version of the dish.

What else could I seek out while I'm in Edmonton? Sad that Bistro Praha is closed for the next while. Besides Milan's mentioned in the recent Bistro Praha thread, are there any other Eastern European restaurants in Edmonton right now?

After reading a few threads, Sabzi and Dadeo jump out as restaurants I might want to try while I'm in Edmonton. Where else would you suggest?

I have read the recent thread on staying near the Sutton Place Hotel- but most of the restaurants recommended (like Blue Plate) seem to be your standard Continental/comfort food offerings. I'm more interested in things I might not be able to find east of the Red River.

Thanks for any of your suggestions.

I just realized this earlier thread is has a similar theme:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639638, but I would still love to hear if you have any other recs or comments!

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    pengcast Sep 18, 2009 09:49 AM

    Again for general recs, I would go with Normards on Jasper and Culina (either location) and Dad De Os. They are each extremely good at their speciality. The Creperie is good too - in a traditional auberge style.

    For ginger beef, best bet near downtown -- LIngnan is a wonderful time-warp kind of Chinese place. It always make think I am back in the 60s or 70s. It is the one featured on Family Restaurant. Also nearby are Noodle Noodle or Wok King. I don't usually order ginger beef at either place because they do more traditional dishes.

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    1. re: pengcast
      cleopatra999 Sep 18, 2009 12:34 PM

      I have not been there, but maybe someone else can comment on A Taste of Ukraine?

      1. re: cleopatra999
        anonymoose Sep 18, 2009 12:50 PM

        Authentic, huge and tasty portions, kitschy interior, probably pricier than you would expect for perogies, etc.

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          cleopatra999 Sep 18, 2009 02:32 PM

          another interesting option might be Culina Highlands. Certainly not close by, but interesting home style inspired items like goulash (often or borscht) and perogies.

          1. re: cleopatra999
            phoenikia Sep 18, 2009 02:54 PM

            Thanks for the recs- exactly the type of feedback I was hoping to receive.

            Have a nice list to work from, now!

            I'll have a car, so maybe I'll get a chance to try Culina Highlands!

            1. re: phoenikia
              pengcast Sep 19, 2009 06:46 AM

              It is a lovely of tiny place. So call for reservations and be prepared to hunt around for parking. It is in a older residential neighbourhood with only on-street parking.

              Have the perogy starter.

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                phoenikia Sep 19, 2009 07:09 AM

                I will...just checked out their dinner menu...can't wait!

          2. re: anonymoose
            Sonic Monkey Sep 20, 2009 12:08 AM

            On Taste of Ukraine, I have a Ukrainian mother, so I will say while it is authentic, it is not particularly tasty.

            I suggest Wild Tangerine for something different as well.

            1. re: Sonic Monkey
              phoenikia Sep 20, 2009 06:37 AM

              Thanks for your comment about On Taste of Ukraine.

              And thanks for the Wild Tangerine recommendation- interesting menu!

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                phoenikia Sep 24, 2009 07:55 AM


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        crigg Sep 21, 2009 03:49 PM

        the monster burger! do it :P

        that ukrainian sounds good..but I'm in calgary! darn

        1. CHEFINTHECLOSET Sep 23, 2009 08:10 PM

          Best ginger beef is at Thanh-Thanh Oriental Noodle House at 10718 101 Street NW
          Edmonton -Tel: 780-426-5068. This restaurant has an amazing menu. Another good Asian food -thai-viet restaurant is Saigon Paradise, awesome menu selection - great fish 13536 97 St NW. Another one for cajun/creole is Louisiana Purchase located at 10320 - 111 Street
          420.6779. Some awesome jambalaya there.

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          1. re: CHEFINTHECLOSET
            phoenikia Sep 24, 2009 07:29 AM

            Thanks for your recommendations!

            Looks like Thanh-Thanh might be convenient for me. What other dishes does Thanh Thanh do well?

            1. re: phoenikia
              MrsCris Sep 24, 2009 10:57 AM

              I really like their lemongrass chicken in spicy cocoanut sauce. Also their vietnamese soups are good, and the imperial rolls fresh and crispy. It's one of my favourite spots too.

          2. CHEFINTHECLOSET Sep 23, 2009 08:17 PM

            ukrainian food is somewhat overrated. For a first class experience try the herbed crust pork tenderloin or beef tenderloin at the Red Ox Inn. Beautiful first class restaurant. Expensive but worth it.

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            1. re: CHEFINTHECLOSET
              phoenikia Sep 24, 2009 07:28 AM

              I don't find Ukrainian food overrated- I like it.

              1. re: CHEFINTHECLOSET
                phoenikia Sep 24, 2009 07:32 AM

                Thanks for your recommendation of the Red Ox Inn.

                Nice menu ;-)

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                  Silverwing Sep 24, 2009 04:00 PM

                  I concur wholeheartedly with the Red Ox Inn recommendation. Service, food and wine all impeccable. Just note that it's a small room and while I adore the cozy and sometimes noisy atmosphere, I know of some who find the adjacent tables to be just a bit too close and the atmosphere less intimate then they would desire. It works for me, and is my absolute favourite restaurant in the city. I'm partial to the goat cheese salad, beef tenderloin and the lemon tart, but have strayed on occasion!

                  Also echo Thanh-Thanh. Cashew chicken, imperial rolls and several of the prawn dishes are not to be missed.

                  I haven't been as yet, but I've heard good things about Sabor Divino. Fairly new restaurant with Portuguese flavours. Not inexpensive. Less expensive is Sofra Turkish Restaurant.

                  And absolutely, if you like Ukranian, go to Taste of Ukraine. Fantastic!

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