Once known as “The World’s Bread Basket,” Saskatchewan produces more than half of the wheat grown in Canada – but when it comes to food in this city, wheat is far from the most interesting thing on the menu.
Saskatoon has grown from a “steak and potatoes town” to a unique foodie haven, known for it’s independent restaurant scene featuring locally sourced ingredients and fantastic, homely atmospheres. So whether you’re passing through or staying in Saskatoon for business, check out these dining gems, before the rest of the world catches on!
Super Local: Prairie Harvest Cafe
If home-style, rustic, and seriously local is you thing, then you need to get yourself and your appetite to Prairie Harvest Cafe. The creative menu is constantly changing depending on seasonal ingredients sourced from the local farmer’s market, and ethnic Canadian roots can be seen in offerings such as pierogies, gnocchi, and homemade sausage. Think big portions, wholesome food, and a friendly, family-style atmosphere. One last thing – maple glazed bacon doughnuts. Need we say more?!
Veggie and Vegan: Nosh
This fantastic “eaterie and tap” aims for gourmet vegetarian fare (though there are options for meat-eaters), and hits the mark every time. Call in at the weekend for a mean brunch, featuring wholesome dishes such as nori wraps, yam and lentil burgers, and classic eggs benedict. For a sweet treat, don’t miss the chocolate pancakes.
Upscale Bistro: Ayden Kitchen and Bar
A relatively recent addition to the Saskatoon dining scene, locals are loving the new Ayden Kitchen and Bar, a mecca for “globally inspired comfort food”. Quickly becoming known for it’s excellent burgers,this upscale dining spot also has an ever-changing menu that includes solid choices like beef brisket, scallops, duck, oysters, and steak. Mixologist Christopher Cho has been hailed as one of the best in town, so if you’ve already eaten, do try to stop in for an expertly-blended nightcap.
And this is just the tip of the delicious iceberg! You can find restaurants serving Asian, Middle-Eastern, and South American food, great hole-in-the-wall pizza places, and mom-and-pop cafes all over Saskatoon, and if you feel like whipping up your own dinner, just head down to the wonderful farmer’s market, which is open all year long and showcases over 140 local vendors. Hope we’ve whet your appetite!