Edmonton has become increasingly renowned for its restaurants. Masterminds behind the Sugarbowl restaurant, which has evolved into a brewery and pub, are leading lights when it comes to Edmonton's culinary scene.
Famous for Beer Selection
The Sugarbowl has gained popularity due to enthusiastic internet reviews and word of mouth. The well-loved restaurant has been featured in the media for its famous brunches and, as Edmontonians hungrily await their fix, lineups outside have become a familiar sight. Outdoor tables are crammed in the summertime. Edmontonians have been flocking to the restaurant in large numbers to enjoy the lively space and delectable meals, choosing from a wide array of spectacular beers. The Sugarbowl serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, and if you're out on the town at night, you're in luck. The kitchen is open daily until 11:45. The last call for drinks is generally around 12:45 most days, or 1:45 on Fridays and Saturdays. The happy hour window is extraordinarily wide. For a stretch of time that lasts from 2pm to 7pm daily, customers can get a deal. Prices, though, are affordable at any time.
The restaurant is a daydream for beer aficionados with its remarkable inventory of 160 craft beers from all over the world. There are fruit/spice/herb beers, lambic beers, pilsners, IPAs, lagers, wheat beers, etcetera ... the list of varieties is extensive. If craft beer isn't your cup of tea, there are fine wines and classics like Sangria or Caesars. The liquor selection, then, is definitely a strength here. Food wise, the diversity of flavours is impressive. Classic comfort foods are a hit, and they're often enhanced with unique touches. The eggs benny, for example, are served with grilled cornbread, and the Mac' n Cheese is full of smoked cheddar. Bison chili? Yes please. Patrons rave about classic desserts like cinnamon buns and banana cream pie. The restaurant also offers less classic, more unique choices, such as chicken and waffles. Breakfast beer is another unusual, surprising treat. The restaurant itself is a warm, glowing place to be; its brick walls are decorated with artists' masterpieces. Some works that have been featured in the past were created by artists from the nearby university. Many find servers friendly. This month, a local brewery, Alley Kat, is hosting a cask night, serving up delicious chai tea beers. The restaurant is expected to fill right up.
Visit the Sugarbowl's website at thesugarbowl.org to learn more about the Sugarbowl and to be impressed by the drink menu. Facebook, twitter, and instagram feature enticing shots of the photogenic dishes and of Edmontonians having a great time.
Students and faculty at the University of Alberta are particularly lucky, because the restaurant is located very close to the campus, at 10922 88 Avenue. The Sugarbowl is almost immediately south of the large greenspace that includes Kinsmen Park, Kinsmen Pitch and Putt, Kinsmen Sports Centre and Walterdale Park. It's also a short drive away from the north end of the Mill Creek Ravine. This locale makes it feasible to take in delicious calories before or after a stroll, or on a recreation day. But, the Sugarbowl is worth the trip whether you're coming from Garneau or Silver Berry. Perhaps you crave an early morning coffee before a day of serious work, an afternoon brunch after a long snooze, or a craft beer and a decadent dessert following a hard day on the basketball court. The Sugarbowl will satisfy these desires. It's a fine example of Edmonton's well-deserved place in Canada's food scene.