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Mar 4, 2013 11:06 AM

Maclean's 50 best restuarants in Canada

Seven of these are from Alberta, 1 Regina and 1 Winnipeg.

I like Tres Carnales (a lot), but I have to question that it is one of the best restaurants in Canada...

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  1. I enjoy Tres Carnales on occassion, but between the food and service, I don't think I would put it in my top 5 in Edmonton.

    That being said, I think I am off on popular opinion. I really, really like Corso 32, but I actually like Cibo in Edmonton more and that isn't the commonly held preference.

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    1. re: aasg

      1+ for Rosie and crew at Cibo

    2. Yeah, I think Tres Carnales gets a lot of extra points for atmosphere and eccentricity in Edmonton. And the fresh taste of the food makes it interesting.

      On a tangent, I'm really disappointed in the Montreal list. I had only heard of one of the restaurants before.

      I wonder how Maclean's decided on the list. Did certain restaurants provide incentive? How does the taste of food compare to the service and atmosphere? Overall not impressed with the choices.

      1. When I click on the list, all I get is the 2012 list, published 6-ish months ago. It has two restaurants from Winnipeg, not one, so am I looking at the wrong list?

        1. I think the Macleans list is a politically correct list.

          This has more of an independent feel:

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          1. re: Scary Bill

            In my experience, any "best of" list that depends, even just in part, on the votes of the general public is suspect. The Miele Guide is a perfect example of what I mean.

            1. re: Scary Bill

              I don't know that one seems pretty Vancouver and Toronto heavy though...

              1. re: cleopatra999

                That is exactly why I say the Macleans list is politically correct, it has pretty much equal representation country wide, which is a dead giveaway to its bias. One would expect that larger metropolitan areas and more populous provinces woud have greater representation on such a list. Vancouver and Toronto in particular would (or should) have more restaurants on the list not only because of the greater populations, buy also because of the greater ethnic diversity.

                Also, look at the judges on the Vacay list, they are almost equally from all parts of the country, so there is a bias in it from that standpoint, yet the judges clearly are not biased to their own home area in making choices. They are picking the best restaurants they know.

                I actually believe that list is also flawed because to me, Toronto and Ontario restaurants are under-represented. For example, any such list that does not include Michael Stadtlanders Eigensinn Farm is severely deficient, and I could name others - but then again, like the judges, it is only my opinion.