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23skidoo Mar 10, 2010 11:30 AM

I just spent a few days in Saskatoon, and here are some of the hilights of my trip:

Schryer's BBQ - Fantastic BBQ, better than Big T's or Palomino in Calgary. The pulled pork and ribs are very moist, and we loved the fries, cornbread, etc. It's also very reasonably priced. Besides being a restaurant, they sell vacuum-packed ribs and other items from a cooler. The smoked cheese is tasty, although it isn't the highest quality to begin with (think supermarket brand mild cheddar).

Jin Jin Cuisine Dumpling (?), on 20th Street - don't let the location scare you away. Through the plywood door awaits authentic and interesting Chinese food, with a focus on house-made bao. We had the five-spice beef (tender marinated brisket), and some steamed leek bao. I want to sample the whole menu.

Amigo's - We went there to see a band but were treated to surprisingly good Mexican food (although not as good as Las Palapas, which I missed out on this trip).

Fine Art Cafe - The food wasn't anything special (I still preferred my soup and sandwich at Cafe Vivant, RIP), but the price was good, and the building is in such a nice location. I'm sure I'd love a seat outside during the summer

Clarence Avenue Market - At first glance, this looks like a run-down urban grocery like LP foods in Calgary, but it's so much more. They smoke meat in-hose, offering sausages, jerky, smoked porkchops, smoked turkey, and other items. They also sell local products like Aunt Kathy's perogies (blueberry!) and preserves I can't remember the name of.

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    cherubr8 May 16, 2010 09:23 AM

    Def. agreeing with the choice of Schryers. Some of the best BBQ i've ever had.

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      chefblue Apr 19, 2010 06:36 PM

      I was very disappointed with Freddie's Fifties Diner. My husband and I went there not long after it opened and thought the food was great. We raved about it to a lot of people and decided to take some family members from out of town there for a treat. Things have gone downhill in the past 6 months. The food was HORRIBLE, the burgers were all bun no meat, fries very undercooked, the milkshakes were all canned whipped topping. We ended up spending over $100 for 6 people and feeling like heels for recommending the place. Save your money and buy some burgers from the grocery store.

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        23skidoo Mar 27, 2010 06:10 PM

        Photos of Jin Jin Cuisine:

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        Jin Jin Cuisine
        416 20th St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M, CA

         
         
         
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          pengcast Mar 16, 2010 08:48 AM

          Clarence Avenue Market is near my Mom's in S'toon and it seems I always end up doing an emergency run there and come back with a bunch of extra stuff. The perogies are good, especially when served with the in-house kobassa. And the smoked chicken is amazing. The local jam, particularly the saskatoon jelly, good.

          Also love the candy racks. They alway seem to have obscure candy I haven't seen in years.

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            jasongogal Mar 14, 2010 09:31 PM

            I still haven't been to Schryer's, primarily because it's in such a weird location, but I really need to check it out. I'm sure their cornbread will be miles better than the sad little frozen microwaved sugar puck I had at Montana's.

            1. rosetown Mar 11, 2010 12:37 PM

              adding links:

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              Schryer's Smoked BBQ Shack
              2830 Millar Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7K, CA

              Jin Jin Cuisine
              416 20th St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M, CA

              Amigos Cantina
              632 10th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7H 0G9, CA

              Fine Art Cafe
              702 14th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0P7, CA

              Clarence Avenue Market
              516 Clarence Ave S, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2C9, CA

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                23skidoo Mar 10, 2010 03:49 PM

                Addresses:

                Schryer's - 2830 Millar Avenue, Saskatoon, SK
                http://schryers.com/

                Jin Jin Cuisine - 416 20th Street W, Saskatoon, SK

                Amigo's - 632 10th Street E, Saskatoon, SK
                http://www.amigoscantina.com/

                Fine Art Cafe - 702 14th Street E, Saskatoon, SK
                http://www.pacificgallery.ca/fine_art...

                Clarence Avenue Market - 516 Clarence Avenue S, Saskatoon, SK

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                  Sandy204 Oct 6, 2012 09:18 AM

                  Sadly the Fine Art Cafe (702 14th Street E) closed last spring due to zoning difficulties, I believe. We grabbed sandwiches and coffee at Taste Buds on Lorne Ave this summer. Small folks love the selection of ice creams for dessert.

                2. The Gut Mar 10, 2010 03:10 PM

                  Thanks for the report.

                  Someone needs to open an illegal smoke shack in Cow Town selling brisket baskets, loaded with corn bread and fries.

                  I must say the garlic fries at Palomino are excellent and I'll keep going, never managed to get any ribs still.

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