Being located smack-dab in the middle of Alberta means that people from all walks of life pass through our city and still, one of Red Deer’s best kept secrets is our amazing food scene. Chefs and restaurateurs in Red Deer are always raising the bar in Alberta’s culinary landscape.
With restaurants, cafes, and breweries offering everything from grass fed steak from Alberta ranches to locally grown produce, choosing where to eat in Red Deer is never easy. What we can tell you: no decision is ever the wrong one when you’re here. If you don’t believe us, here is a list of five amazing and authentic Red Deer food experiences that we recommend everyone try at least once.
1. Stella Bean Sweets
If you’re anything like us then you take your desserts seriously — and so does Stella Bean Sweets. This locally owned and operated bakery and dessert shop offers delicious treats, daily lunch specials and coffee. Whether you’re stopping in for a tasty sandwich and a quick cuppa’ or buying them out of their handmade macarons, this is one place in Red Deer you won’t want to miss out on.
Our favourite: Donuts! Did we mention that every Wednesday is Donut Day?
2. La Casa Pergola
Unless you find a killer deal, a plane ticket to Italy is going to cost you around $1,200 or more. Luckily you can enjoy the smells and tastes of genuine Italian food right here in Red Deer at La Casa Pergola. With old world charm and plenty of wine options, La Casa Pergola is always a great place to gather with friends and family for a delicious meal. They also have gluten free options so everyone can enjoy.
Our favourite: Penne Salsiccia
3. Old Mexico Taco Buffet
Home to some of the best authentic Mexican food in Central Alberta, Old Mexico Taco Buffet really is one of our favourite hidden gems. Always homemade and fresh, Old Mexico is highly recommended by locals and even Mexican expats. You can’t go wrong with a street style taco and tortilla soup.
Our favourite: Al pastor tacos
4. Westlake Grill
If you’re looking for an amazing dining experience then you’ll have to spend a couple of hours at Westlake Grill. Set on the serene and beautiful grounds of Heritage Ranch, Westlake Grill serves only the best local and sustainable ingredients. No matter your occasion, Westlake Grill is the place to share a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board with your date or celebrate with family while enjoying expertly grilled steaks. Did we mention they also serve brunch?
Our favourite: 10 oz Harmony Farms Striploin
5. Pursuit Adventures Base Camp + Cafe
Pursuit Adventures knows that all great adventures are fuelled by great food and just because you’re on the go doesn’t mean you have to settle for something tasteless. Their bagels, granolas, breads, and muffins are all baked from scratch using local ingredients. Whether you’re joining Pursuit Adventures for one of their tours or stopping in for a quick bite, treat yourself to something good!
Our favourite: Big Bend Bacon breakfast sandwich
Featured image courtesy of Stella Bean Sweets