Skip the typical fast food joints on your way home from work and try these instead. You’ll get good slow-cooked fast food – your taste buds and stomachs will thank us.
14816 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton
Owner: Theo Psalios
WHY WE LOVE THEM: Chances are, owner Theo Psalios will be there to greet you when you stop by Little Village to grab your lunch or dinner. Started as a food truck in the summer of 2012, Little Village expanded to add a take-out location in the West End of Edmonton in March 2017, and now offers catering. While you can choose to eat in with casual bar seating by the window, Little Village is primarily a take-out location, offering slow Greek food without a wait. With high quality and fresh ingredients, it’s clear that Theo is uncompromising in providing the best Greek food including marinated roast chicken, slow roasted lamb, keftedes (pork and bacon meatballs), lemon roasted potatoes, falafels, tzatziki, Greek salad, a variety of delicious dips, pita sandwiches, and more.
MAMA ASHA CAFÉ
11745 95 Street, Edmonton
Owner: Saharla Aden
WHY WE LOVE THEM: Located on a bustling corner of 118th Ave, and named after owner Saharla’s grandmother, you’ll feel immediately calm when walking into Mama Asha Café. A spacious and modern interior with sit-down tables makes way for the friendly faces behind the counter. We especially love their sambusas, the Somalian version of samosas – they’re kid-friendly, and it’s quick and easy to grab a bag full to bring home for dinner time. Don’t forget dessert: their thick mango shake made in-house and topped with a scoop of ice cream is one of the most delightful things we’ve tasted in a while.
BUOK FRESH KOREAN KITCHEN
10707 100 Ave NW, Edmonton
Owner: Henry Song
WHY WE LOVE THEM: Owner and chef Henry Song is passionate about bringing authentic Korean food to Edmonton in an easy and accessible way. Buok, which means “kitchen” in Korean, is inspired by Henry’s mother’s cooking, and how she always uses good, fresh ingredients. Buok can create a customized BiBimBap bowl (it’s pronounced BEE bim bap and means “mixed rice”) bursting with flavour in just minutes, including gluten-free and vegan options. The kimchi is handmade in-house following Henry’s mom’s recipe and traditional methods, and the making of it is often a family event. If you’re relatively inexperienced with eating Korean food, as we were, the key to a BiBimBap bowl is to mash all the ingredients together before digging in and enjoying the delicious flavours in each bite. Besides their BiBimBap bowls, Buok also offers a variety of sandwiches and small plates inspired by Korean street food.
This article was originally published in Eat Local Magazine Issue 2 | Spring 2019 | Subscribe Here