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We’re back with Restaurant Roundup for 2015! This year’s theme: Where To Eat This Weekend. Every other week we’ll be profiling a different city in Canada with a list of great dining recommendations for you to check out – from fancy to hole in the wall and everything in between!

Today food writer Renée Kohlman takes us on a tour of Saskatoon restaurants to check out this weekend! This gem , The Hollows4, located in the trendy Riversdale neighbourhood5 has been a favorite among locals for almost four years. Chef duo Christie Peters and her partner Kyle Michael have become known for stirring up the Saskatoon dining scene with their creative, contemporary cuisine focusing on natural, seasonal ingredients. Brunch is always packed on weekends with folks enjoying the breakfast poutine (do get the truffle mayo), cured trout benedict, pear and lavender oatmeal and – my absolute favorite – the potato rosti. Just imagine a crispy shredded potato nest topped with seasoned lentils, poached eggs, lardons and greens dressed in a warm truffle vinaigrette. It’s to die for. Their dinner menu is also inspired and worth checking out. Open Wednesday to Sunday. Reservations recommended.

 

Prairie Harvest Cafe4.5 is one of my favorite places to eat in the city, and they do a knock-out weekend brunch. This small restaurant located in an East side residential neighborhood fills up faster than you can say house-smoked bacon and for good reason. PH is the tops for using locally-sourced fresh ingredients in creative, rustic home-style dishes. Chef/Owner Mike McKeown is frequently spotted at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, and the menu at PH is always changing as seasonal ingredients come and go. Must try: the Breakfast Burger – housemade beef burger, topped with bacon, fried egg, Hollandaise, and dressed greens. Their weekday lunch and dinner menus are also fantastic, just be sure to save room for their signature maple bacon doughnut. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Reservations recommended.

If a greasy spoon diner is what you had in mind for your weekend noshing, than look no further than The Park Café4. A fixture in the Riversdale neighborhood for many years, this family-owned restaurant serves up some of the best Eggs Benedict in the city. I like to relax in a cozy booth with friends, sip bottomless cups of coffee and tuck into my poached eggs and Hollandaise. They offer many breakfast options, but I’m a hard-core fan of the Benny. It’s a busy spot, with lineups out the door, even on a frigid Prairie winter morning. Service is always friendly and prompt, and the people watching is top notch. Doesn’t take reservations. Open daily.


Top Chef Canada alumnus Dale MacKay, along with co-chef Nathan Guggenheimer, opened Ayden Kitchen & Bar4.5 to rave reviews two years ago and the accolades continue. Globally inspired comfort food using local and seasonal ingredients is their forté and they do it well. Butchering is done in-house and their burger is made from daily ground b

eef. That’s fresh! The fried chicken is quite lovely and you can never go wrong with their fresh pasta, made in-house of course. Cocktails are exceptional, with master mixologist Christopher Cho at the helm of the bar. With an open kitchen design, you can watch the team of chefs work their magic behind the line. Reservations recommended. Open Monday to Saturday.

 

It’s always good to have a cheap eats option for dinner and Jin Jin4 is my go-to. Known for having some of the best Chinese dumplings in the city, it’s also worth noting that there may be a small communication barrier if you don’t speak Mandarin. The owner, God bless her, will do her best not to lead you astray, and there is lots of smiling and pointing at menu items and nodding. All of the most popular dishes on the menu are circled in ballpoint pen. Of these circled items, you’ll want to try the Fried Scallion Pancake – a steal for $2. Spicy Chicken with Chilli Peppers is quite delicious. I’m also a huge fan of Stir Fried Sliced Pancake with Veggies and Egg. And oh, the dumplings! Jin Jin does an assortment of scallion, pork and cabbage, pan-fried just the way I like them. Reservations not required. Open daily.

 

Right across the street from Jin Jin is Primal5, the best restaurant to open in Saskatoon in 2015. Christie and Kyle – the same chef couple who own and cook at The Hollows – also work wonders with their Italian-inspired dishes at Primal. Using Saskatchewan heritage grains to make their pasta and whole animal butchery throughout the menu, they’re creating food that’s simply a pleasure to eat. Starter favourites are the bone marrow and house-fried bread with balsamic. The short rib agnolotti with braised kale and chili breadcrumbs practically brought tears of joy to my eyes. The menu will change with the seasons; Christie has a large garden and a horticulturalist on staff so the produce is always fresh and fabulous. Reservations recommended. Open Wednesday to Saturday.

Another flourishing occupation in town is dog walkers5

 

 

Source: www.foodbloggersofcanada.com/2015/09/where-to-eat-this-weekend-saskatoon-edition/

 

 

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