For people aching to sample new or different food, Alberta Avenue has good news in store. Eats on 118 is back with some exciting changes!
Eats on 118 (originally called Dine the Ave) is an initiative that started on Alberta Avenue in 2016 as a way to engage the community, familiarize residents with restaurants around Alberta Avenue, meet restaurant owners, and try unique flavours. The food tour was the result of a collaboration between Wild Heart Collective, Alberta Avenue Business Association, and the City of Edmonton. Originally the event was a food tour, where patrons would buy tickets in advance and visit three or four restaurants over the course of an evening. The tours were always a success.
Eats on 118 is starting in the spring this year instead of the summer and organizers have come up with creative solutions to promote locally-owned restaurants. The evolving pandemic has forced restaurant owners to continuously adapt to new restrictions and find new ways to bring patrons through the door safely. As small businesses need a spotlight now more than ever, the event will take place over the entire month of March and later in June, too.
From March 1-31, people are encouraged to sample food from the participating restaurants. Diverse restaurants are offering food specials ranging from $15-$25. Restaurants will follow guidelines specified by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Government of Alberta to keep patrons safe. As there will be no tickets, Alberta Avenue is yours to discover and experience at your own pace!
For those who prefer to eat in the comfort of their own home, a delivery option is available. An Eats on 118 Tour & Taste Box can be purchased online on alberta-avenue.com/eats-on-118 until March 29 for $68.25. A curated box filled with a diverse selection of food from participating restaurants will be delivered to your doorstep.
Over the past five years, Eats on 118 saw hundreds of patrons visit more than 40 restaurants along Alberta Avenue.
“I never knew certain restaurants existed until I participated in an Eats on 118 tour,” says Nick Marcus, an HR professional living in the west end and working downtown. “Alberta Avenue is often overlooked by many. The event is a good opportunity to bring awareness to this part of the city. I have recommended many restaurants on the Avenue to my colleagues. Since then, lunch has been regularly ordered from these restaurants.”
As the pandemic surpasses a year of challenges to small business owners, Wild Heart Collective encourages Edmontonians to keep the restaurants along Alberta Avenue busy while indulging in the gastronomic delights that Eats on 118 has to offer.
EATS ON 118
Some participating restaurants:
Coliseum Pizza & Steak
Coliseum Safeway Deli Counter
Flava Cafe *NEW*
Green Onion Cake Man
Jasmine Belle Cafe *NEW*
Tasty Sabaya & Pizza *NEW*
Swagat Indian Bar & Bistro
T&D Noodle House
The Duck Bar & Grill
Two Brown Dogs Catering *NEW*