Canada's 100 Best restaurants list snubs Edmonton; three bars crack top 50

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Was it something we said? Was it the idolizing of the humble donair? All the new pizza joints?

Surely, there must be an explanation for Edmonton eateries being left off the top 100 restaurants in the country.

The annual list sees judges from across the country “vote for restaurants based on the complete dining experience: service, décor, the depth of the cellar — and, above all else, food quality,” according to the poll’s website.

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Sure, in such a big country there’s plenty to compete with, and the likes of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal are known as culinary hotspots.

But we’re no slouches either. On last year’s list, local beer haven Biera settled in at 84, and farm-to-table mainstay RGE RD landed at 89.

And Edmonton’s top restaurants are routinely serving up great eats. Our friends over at Edify offer their suggestions for the best places in town every year. This year’s list includes the aforementioned RGE RD, Uccelino, XIX, and relative newcomer Fu’s Repair Shop.

While our restaurants didn’t warrant a mention in the top 100, the bar scene in Edmonton caught the attention of the judges, with three in the top 50.

Clementine, noted for “overlooked spirits and unexpected preparations,” came in at 33.

Bar Bricco, given praise for “superb antipasti-style share plates,” and its “exclusively Italian drinks program,” came in at 40.

Rounding out the bar list at 50 is Baijiu & Little Hong Kong, the Ice District haunt with its own hidden speakeasy, where you can “sip exotic cocktails made with the namesake Chinese spirit” (the Baijiu Barbie), or enjoy the “raucous” mood.

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