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Dining in Sherwood Park with Caroline

Dining in Sherwood Park with Caroline My goal is to offer detailed, honest and impartial reviews of local restaurants in a fun and relaxed

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Restaurants are open again!!!!  More reviews to come including this one of Branches Restaurant inside Greenland Garden C...
06/18/2021

Restaurants are open again!!!!
More reviews to come including this one of Branches Restaurant inside Greenland Garden Centre!!!!

Spoiler: This was DELISH!!!!

What do you crave when you watch the game?🥅 🏒 I personally want pub grub!!!  🍻 SO, last Saturday when the Oilers were sc...
03/25/2021

What do you crave when you watch the game?
🥅 🏒

I personally want pub grub!!! 🍻

SO, last Saturday when the Oilers were scheduled to battle the Jets, I was on a mission to find myself some epic appies......
And I DID!!!

After reading several local online menus I decided to go with curbside pickup from Oscars Pub;
A cozy British Style pub which I have enjoyed several times in person!

Oscar's appetizer menu has a larger selection then most pubs/bars in the Park, and that's what I was hankering for.......
Options!!!!

Everything sounded wonderful and it was hard to decide, but I ultimately chose:

Deep Fried Pickles
Dry Ribs
Crab Cakes
Spring Rolls
&
Hot Wings

I watched the Oilers beat the Jets 4-2 all while filling my belly with tasty & satisfying "hockey" food. ☺️

Everything was warm, flavorful and really hit the spot! 💗💗💗

What a great evening!!!!

If you're watching the game this coming Saturday and want to take the experience up a notch, I highly recommend ordering food from Oscars!!!

Thank you Oscars & Let’s Go Oilers!!!

Wasn't the weather this weekend phenomenal?!?!?☀️☀️☀️For that reason, I chose curbside pick up food so I could enjoy it ...
03/22/2021

Wasn't the weather this weekend phenomenal?!?!?
☀️☀️☀️

For that reason, I chose curbside pick up food so I could enjoy it in my own sunny backyard!!! 💗

Now, I'll be honest........
Since Covid hit I've only ordered curbside food a few times because quite frankly even my favorite restaurant's food was AWFUL by the time I got it home. 😕

(Ex: Packing a container of cold sushi on top of a bowl of hot soup = hot sushi......YUCK!!!) 🤢

Yup! Pizza delivers well, McDonalds has take out down to a science, and Chinese travels well, but my favorite dine in restaurants were struggling to get good food to my table at home.
(Completely understandable!!!)

SO...... just over a year into the global pandemic and I was ready to try it again!!!
(And am so glad I did!!!) ☺️☺️☺️

I ordered a Burger and Fries, Soup, Salad & Bread, Hot Wings & a Pasta Bowl with Chicken from Brown's Social House!!!

Each dish impressed and satisfied my family with the exception of soggy fries.....
But really; that's almost to be expected with fries!
(Nature of the french-fry-beast!!!)

A year ago I threw a few curbside meals in the trash....
This week, I was happy with my food and actually hope curbside take out sticks around for option value!
(aka: So I can dine in my pj's)

Thank you Brown's Social House!
You have obviously adapted well to the changes required and I very much enjoyed my meal at home! 🤗

I will be ordering curbside pick up from you again!

P.S. I loved the had written note on the take out bag!
A sweet and personal touch we could all use right now!!! 💗💗

My primary goal is to always give 💯% honest and impartial reviews, so I’m going to start today with this disclaimer:Chop...
03/14/2021

My primary goal is to always give 💯% honest and impartial reviews, so I’m going to start today with this disclaimer:

Chop Steakhouse & Bar is already one of my favourite restaurants in Sherwood Park!

Why you ask?

#1. The Atmosphere!!!!!

In 2014, I graduated from the U of A and recieved my CID letters.

My special interest being the psychology of design means that every room I walk into makes me FEEL something, and I notice!!!

Chop IMO is the best designed and decorated restaurant in the park!

The lighting is both spectacular & moody, the space plan is social yet spacious, and the decor finds the perfect balance between classy & comfortable; creating that sought after “grown up” experience!

#2. The Food

Let’s put it this way:

When I heard restaurants were being shut down again, I ran out for “one last meal”....
at Chop!

When I heard restaurants were opening up again, I ran out for “my first meal out again”...
at Chop!!!!

(That says a lot!)

I have literally never had a menu item at this restaurant that I did not like!

All the food is tasty, fresh, perfectly cooked & seasoned.

(My goal is to one day try everything on the menu!)

#3. The Service!!!

Where do they find all of the world’s nicest people?

Yup! Every server I’ve had at Chop is super sweet.......
and it’s GENUINE!!!!! 💗💗💗

So here’s the thing for me:
Sometimes people mess up.
But if you’re nice about it, own it, apologize, in my eyes it’s like it never happened!!!!

So has my service always been perfect? Nope!
But the lovely servers are so kind that I don’t even notice/care if they forgot to top up my water! 🤗💗

(I also tip big when my servers are lovely & pleasant, even if they make mistakes)

So today I’m not going to go into detail about each course, as I can honestly say it was ALL amazing!!!

(That being said, please ALWAYS feel free to ask specific questions below!!!)

So amazing in fact that you may notice I didn’t have room for a main! 😉🤣

Yup!
Drinks, appies, soup and dessert! Lol!

I left with a full belly and will be back soon for a main course in the near future!!!!

Thank you Chop for another wonderful evening!
💗💗💗

Today I found this hidden little GEM!!!!!  💎 I’ve heard the name “Toast” a time or two and decided to seek it out on thi...
03/08/2021

Today I found this hidden little GEM!!!!! 💎

I’ve heard the name “Toast” a time or two and decided to seek it out on this beautiful Sunday morning!!! ☀️

Boy, am I glad I did!!!!

Do you like Eggs Bennie?
Then you HAVE to try this place!!!!

My husband and I both agree this is possibly the BEST Eggs Benedict we’ve ever had!!!! 🥇

(Not exaggerating!!!)

The restaurant itself is a small, cute & casual little space tucked into a strip mall.
If you aren’t looking for it, you’ll likely miss it!

We sat at a table near a sunny window and were greeted right away with our coffee options!

We sipped our medium roast black coffee as we made our breakfast selections....

I chose:
The Italiano Eggs Benedict - Poached eggs with sliced tomato & prosciutto on a grilled English muffin topped with basil pesto hollandaise.

It was simply MAGICAL!!! ✨✨✨
I mean that!!!!

My husband ordered:
The Hawaiian - Poached eggs with honey roasted ham & grilled pineapple on a toasted English muffin topped with honey mustard hollandaise.

Nods of approval along with many “yum” sounds were coming from across the table!!! 😁

We both ate until we were stuffed!!
But unlike your typical “greasy spoon” breakfast place, we didn’t feel gross afterwards!

In fact, we felt amazing!
(Incredible how REAL food both tastes AND feels!!!)

I would like to raise a glass and “toast” to Toast!!!!
🥂

Our breakfast was phenomenal and more people in Sherwood Park need visit this place!!!

Bravo!!!! 👏👏👏

I 💯 will be back!!!! 💗💗💗

Curious about a specific Sherwood Park restaurant?  Have one you like/dislike and want my opinion?  Please throw in your...
03/07/2021

Curious about a specific Sherwood Park restaurant?

Have one you like/dislike and want my opinion?

Please throw in your two cents....
Where should I dine next week!

Your suggestions will help determine next week’s review!

I had the pleasure of taking my son to Polos Social Lounge this weekend for a mother-son dinner date!  I made the reserv...
03/07/2021

I had the pleasure of taking my son to Polos Social Lounge this weekend for a mother-son dinner date!

I made the reservation about a week in advance using the Open Table app......
Super slick!

When we arrived we were seated right away at this BEAU-T-FUL private table!!!!

The table looks like it could comfortably sit at least 10 people and we had it ALL to ourselves!!!
💗💗💗

And the bonus??? Check out the TV!!!! 😊

(Note to self: perfect place to watch an Oilers game!!!)

My boy and I started with Tea and a Sprite which were served almost immediately.

While sipping our drinks and browsing the menu a gentleman came around and asked if we were happy with the channel the TV was on.
(How nice of him to ask!)

It was curling (meh),
so I asked if we could see the Bruins vs Capitols game. 😁😁😁 🥅 🏒

He changed the channel just in time for my son and I to catch someone teaching Marchand a lesson!!!

(YES!!!! This night just got even better!!!)
😏😆

My boy ordered Calamari and I ordered Hot Wings to start.

They came out quickly, piping hot and delicious!

If you like your hot wings on the tamer side these ones are for you!

Just enough kick to let you know they’re there, but you’re not going to need a garden hose to rinse your tongue after eating them either! 😉

Despite the establishment being SUPER busy, our server was on top of things!
While still savouring our appies she asked if we wanted to place our order for mains.

I ordered the Beef Stroganoff and my son ordered a burger and fries..... surprise! 😉

We were barely finished our appies and our dinner arrived!

A little quick for me, but honestly I understand and can appreciate them keeping tables turning over right now!
Not once did I actually feel pressured or rushed...... they were just very efficient!!

My kid gave both the burger and the fries two big thumbs up!!!! Especially the fries!
(I don’t know for sure, but they seemed fresh cut!)

My stroganoff was delicious!
Nicely seasoned, creamy sauce and three large asparagus spears!!!!

I’ve noticed many restaurants recently skimping on ingredients:
Smaller portions of meat, tougher cuts, less toppings, no garnish, etc.

Not Polos!

In fact, when many others are scaling things back Polos looked like they were flaunting their stuff!!!

It’s like when our dinner arrived our entrees yelled:
“TA-DAHHHH!!!!!!”

Good on you Polos!!!! I was impressed!!!

Their dessert menu was tempting as heck, but sadly we were stuffed after only 1/2 of our dinners!
(Doggie bags for next day are the best!!!)

Maybe next time!!!!

Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner Polos!!!
I will definitely be back!!!!!

Have you been to Polos?
What’s your favourite dish?

Reservation booked! Review of Polos Social Lounge to come!  Stay tuned!  🤗💗
03/02/2021
Fine Dining | Sherwood Park | Polos Lounge

Reservation booked!
Review of Polos Social Lounge to come!
Stay tuned! 🤗💗

Unique dining experience in sherwoodpark, enjoy crafted cocktails, 20 beers on tap, delicious food. Polos Social Lounge

I’m just going to say it......What a wonderful evening watching the Oilers game with my husband at Local Public Eatery!!...
02/28/2021

I’m just going to say it......

What a wonderful evening watching the Oilers game with my husband at Local Public Eatery!!!

Walking in we were greeted by the sign that made us choose this particular restaurant in the first place....
“Oilers with sound AND Happy Hour specials”????

Yes please!!!! ☺️

Once inside we were greeted by a very pleasant hostess standing behind a bottle of hand sanitizer with a sign asking us to please disinfect our hands.

We obliged, as she politely took down my name and phone number - as per current Covid protocols.

⭐️Well done Local!!! ⭐️
(Not all restaurants are doing this!)

The casual and cozy atmosphere is exactly what I was hoping for, but the fire tables were an added bonus!!!
I’ll be sitting there next time!! SO cool!!!

As neat as the fire tables were, we chose to belly up to the bar!
I’m a little obsessed with the Oilers and wasn’t going to put up with anyone’s head blocking my view! 😉

Our server brought us menus right away,
but wait a sec.... where’s the Happy Hour menu?

Apparently they don’t do Happy Hour on Saturdays.
Waa, waa, waa. 😕

Disappointed? Yes.
Going mention the sign outside? No.

I was still silly-excited to be there!!!

TIME TO ORDER DRINKS!

I’m always a red fan and gotta be honest, kind of a snob.
But not last night!!!!!

A can of wine? Did I read that right???
What the heck, I need to try this!!!!

Okay, seriously? It was better than I expected!!! Will it be a wine I search out? Nope.
But I would have it again!!!

I like that it was cool temp wise, and being 8oz was the tallest pour on the menu.
(They only pour 6oz wine at Local)

Period 1
TIME FOR APPIES!!!

My wings came out and they were wonderful!!!

Juicy, spicy, meaty, all the qualities of a good wing!
Sadly, as hot as they were on the spicy scale, they were slightly cool in temperature.

I can let that one slide..... I’m a mom!
I’ve eaten many of my meals less then piping hot!!!

Period 2
MAINS ARE ABOUT TO HAPPEN!

My fish tacos arrived and WOW!!!
They were beautiful to look at!!!!
Am I in a bar?

This doesn’t look like typical “pub grub” to me!
Just look at those fresh tomatoes, green onions and cilantro!!!!

I enjoyed every bite and have no complaints!!
In fact the opposite.....
My compliments to the chef!!!!! 💗💗💗

A quick trip to the bathroom to check on cleanliness and take a bathroom selfie and we were headed home for period 3.
(Way too full to eat dessert!)

Although the game was disappointing last night, our experience at Local was not.

The atmosphere was fun, the service was friendly and timly despite being super busy, the food exceeded my expectations, and I felt safe!

Local impressed me on all levels and I will definitely be back!!! 👍⭐️💗

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