I love diners and when I saw there was a 50’s inspired diner not far from me in Edmonton, Alberta I knew I had to keep this on my radar and make it there the first opportunity we had. A few weeks ago our friends that we travel with said they’d love to do a day-trip roadtrip with us and I asked them if Rockin Robyns Diner would be something they’re interested in and they were just as excited as I was! We got here and the place was still busy as it should be just after their lunch rush, and we waited about 20-25 minutes for the table. Not too bad as we can keep ourselves entertained!
I knew I had to eat a burger, and I burger I got! I tried their Great Canadian Burger which came out the size of my head! The patty was thick and juicy and very well seasoned! It was as though we were eating a mini-meatloaf in a burger. My burger was topped with back bacon, cheddar, cheese curds and baconnaise! It wasn’t as messy as you’d think it would be but it was massive and delicious! Our friends also devoured some sort of burgers as well.
We had also ordered some old style Strawberry Milkshakes because for my history and growning up adventures, I always had a strawberry milkshake. I think everyone just enjoys one with me as that’s our thing to do now. The milkshake was very delicious, still a thick and rich one but not as thick as I would have expected. The strawberry flavour was awesome and of course it was very pretty!
The only oddball order at our table was the Chicken and Waffles and I must say that was really good! The chicken was crispy on the outside and very tender and juicy on the inside. The sauce they used was perfect with an amazing waffle to accompany the chicken!
Overall, it was a fantastic stop to Rockin Robyn’s and we had a lot of fun there! The food was amzing, the portions sizes were huge, and the service was top-notch! We really wanted a piece of pie, even if it was one slice for all 4 of us to share.. however we were already rolling around as we were stuffed. We said next time, we’ll come back just for pie and coffee!
(picture from AY)
Rockin Robyn’s Diner
16604 109 Ave NW,
We take random trips out to Edmonton and this particular afternoon we were there and found ourselves at Old Stratcona area fueling up. We decided to eat something before the drive home for the evening, so this was an early dinner when we went downstairs to Tokyo Noodle Shop. It was a busy Saturday night as the place was half full, not sure if everyone else is doing what we’re doing or what’s going on but it was a lively place!
I ordered their Chicken Ramen which the waitress said it comes the way it looks in the picture when I asked if there was corn in the ramen. I know it sounds strange, but I do like corn! The chicken ramen wasn’t bad, a nicely grilled piece of chicken that sits on top of the soup with a generous portion of noodles and toppings!
The other noodle we ordered, they called it Deluxe Udon, which was a bowl of udon with chicken and crabsticks and it also came with shrimp tempura.
The Shrimp Tempera that came with the Deluxe Udon was pretty decent! The shrimp was clean with a good texture and it was perfectly fried to a nice light crisp.
Overall, we enjoyed our dinner here. It was fun to see the beautiful presentation that they have for the customers that order sushi. They really take pride in the work they do, and it does show!
Tokyo Noodle Shop
10736 82 Ave NW,
We were driving home from Cold Lake, Alberta and wanted to take a stop in Edmonton for lunch and something lighter as we still had a few hours to go before we returned home. We decided to try a Vietnamese restaurant for some soupy pho and found ourselves at Xu Hue, where we found some street parking on the streets behind.
I sat down and wanted something hot and spicy as it was a rainy day and it rained on us on and off at Cold Lake for the airshow. I decided I wanted my favourite dish, Bun Bo Hue and I asked for it “not so spicy” so I wouldn’t get a tummy ache during the adventure home.
This restaurant had some very unique items that we’ve never seen on a Vietnamese restaurant menu and I wish we had the opportunity to try more, but there’s always next time. We asked the manager what Duck Congee was and his face lit up when explaining it. It was really different so I’m glad it’s something we tried. The item came in 2 portions, the first section was the congee which was a great congee base with lots of flavour. It was far from boring and if this was all we got, we would have been very satisfied.
Almost immediately after came what the manager called Duck Salad, and that was a plate of duck! It was really odd! This salad had lots of greens and toppings on and we weren’t actually sure how to eat it. The manager told us to put the salad in the congee or eat it on the side. So, we did both. It was amazing! It was light, it wasn’t heavy, it was sort of refreshing. We really enjoyed this!
This experience was extremely memorable. We eat out for Vietnamese all the time and this one just stuck in my head. Last week, we were in Edmonton and when we drove by, I made the comment of the “duck congee”, so it’s great it’s on my radar!
I have wonderful coworkers that send me to eat at awesome places, and this particular time they sent me to Edmonton in search for a delicious Southern food and ended up at Louisiana Purchase in downtown Edmonton.
We started with their Seafood Gumbo which is something I can eat day and and day out of my life. Basically very fragrant and flavourful soup with seafood! All things that I like and here, no exception!! This thick soup is here to satisfy me!
This was dinner, and I ordered their Louisiana Jambalaya which is a plate of baked Tomato rice with ham, chicken, smoked sausage and peppers, topped with one Cajun spiced shrimp with creole sauce. This plate may look small but it was so filling!! Everything was tasty and I couldn’t put it down even though I was stuffed to near explosion!
The hubby ordered the Satisfaction Plate, of course! Why wouldn’t he!? This was pretty amazing as well, although it looked like what I ordered with more stuff, he was satisfied. On this plate, it had Louisiana Jambalaya with shrimp creole and red beans & sausage. Choice of creole sauce or tomato-tequila salsa and we picked the tomato-tequila sauce. Hearty and delicious.
To end this night, we didn’t stop. We ordered their Southern Pecan Pie which is what it sounds like, a pecan pie with whipped cream and fresh berries. This pie was perfect, it wasn’t sweet where it was hard to eat when you’re so stuffed, but yet it was still full of pecan flavour.
What an amazing dinner here! I was so happy I didn’t have to sit in the car for 3 hours to go home and got to spend the rest of the evening in Edmonton and digest. And yes, after a few hours I ate again as this city has so much unique and tasty food to offer.
10320 111 St NW
We got up really early during one of our last trips to Edmonton and was really hungry. I didn’t want to go to a coffee shop, so we walked up and down Jasper Avenue for a while, and right when Madison’s Grill opened, we were pretty much right outside. We went in and they sat us, their first table of the day.
After looking around, we realized that the Madison’s Grill is in Union Bank Inn, was in a boutique hotel, and it was stunning!
I ordered their Breakfast Sandwich which came in a brioche bun, which is one of my favourites! The breakfast sandwich was filled with some greens, bacon, eggs, and cheese with a side of potatoes! It’s a very fantastic and filling sandwich!
We also ordered Smoke Salmon Benedict which is another of my absolute favourites! Their full order is served with 2 eggs Benedicts and I love it when the eggs are runny, and they did it right! The breakfast was so cute and quite delicious!
Overall, the serving sizes here was very generous, the ambiance was amazing, and the food & prices was quite amazing! It was really a cool experience!
Madison’s Grill – Union Bank Inn
10053 Jasper Ave NW