Downtown

Restaurants

1. Asti Trattoria Italiana

Asti Trattoria brings an Italian-inspired cuisine to the downtown core. The fine dining atmosphere is classic and creates the opportunity for a date night, family celebration, private event or business meeting. Asti’s overall menu essentials present the traditional Italian taste of creamy sauces of tomato with freshly-made portions of penne, linguine and fettuccine pasta. A menu item must-have is the chef featured Sicilian mussels from Newfoundland served in a spicy Pomodoro sauce with fresh fennel.

Reservations, Kids, $$
#200, 10020 Franklin Avenue,  T9H 2K6
587-276-2421 • astifm.com

2. Avenue Coffee

It’s where Fort McMurray’s hip and trendy go for coffee. Located in the popular River Station District, Avenue offers a bright and inviting atmosphere with rustic-modern decor. The only thing better than the vibe is the high-quality specialty coffee and delicious baked goods. It’s a great space to catch up with friends, meet for business or chase the digital nomad life.

Kids, Wi-fi, Take-out, $$
#5 – 8102 Fraser Avenue, T9K 0G1
780-750-2600 • avenuecoffee.ca

 

3. Bailey’s Pub

Inside the Stonebridge Hotel, Bailey’s Pub has an extensive menu, and watch out for the specials as well. On the menu, the beer burger has beer-braised onions and mushrooms with Swiss cheese and garlic aioli. The Benny burger, all the benny-fits of eggs benedict included, is also one to try. The smoked stuffed chicken leg is something not seen too often on a bar menu and is filled with Chorizo and Havarti. Appetizers are exciting too; smoked bacon and duck meatballs and piggy wings are just a couple of the interesting and delicious starters!

$$
9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
780-743-2114

 

4. Blue Mountain Bistro

Built in the bustle of downtown at the Jubilee Plaza, the Blue Mountain Bistro stays true to its style with a quaint, intimate space with deliciously, simplified food options like flatbread and pizza prepared fresh by the pastry chef. The café selections come from the blends of Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and match well with the daily baked sweets. On weekdays, the Bistro is regularly frequented by downtown workers and pedestrians. On weekends, customers pop in during the Farmers Public Market held from May to September and during special events.

Reservations, Wi-fi, Take-out, Kids, Patio, $$
#138 9909 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2K4
587-536-8783 • bluemountainbistroymm.ca

 

5. Boston Pizza

Boston Pizza is a superior pizza chain in 350 locations across Canada. The pizzas are good, the restaurants clean, the service staff friendly, and half of the building is made over to a walled off bar with the same menu and enough screens to watch all the hockey in the world. In addition, they do the traditional North American starters, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, salads and main courses, (the steaks and ribs are really good, even by Alberta standards). The kids’ menus keep the little ones quiet, they can do gluten free, and watch out for the specials in the middle of the table, always worth exploring. The spinach and artichoke dip and the flatbreads are stars of the starters, the pasta dishes are big enough to share or pack the leftovers for lunch the next day, and the pizzas are, not surprisingly, worth making the trip. In addition, they will deliver everything on their menu, so if you want to stay home give them a call.

Reservations, Take-out, Delivery, Kids, $$$
10202 MacDonald Ave. T9H 1T4
780-743-5056 • bostonpizza.com

 

6. Cedar’s Bakery

Known best for its shawarma and falafels, the Cedars Bakery and Restaurant brings the best Middle Eastern cuisine to Fort McMurray. Located in the Waterfront District on Fraser Avenue, the establishment hosts a cafeteria-style restaurant, a bakery and a Lebanese-inspired food market. It’s open seven days a week to offer an expansive menu along with their signature coffee and tobacco. And if guests are unfamiliar with menu options like Kafta, Lebneh and Zaatar, Cedars’ employees have offered samplers to help guests fall in love with their food.

Reservations, Wi-fi, Take-out, Kids, Vegan, $
8102 Fraser Avenue, T9H 0G1
780-750-0555 • cedarsbakery.ca

7. Clearwater Cafe at Boomtown Casino

The Clearwater Café at the Boomtown Casino is more than just a refueling station for gamblers and late night citizens. This is the place to test the decadence of an all-day breakfast as the restaurant stays open until two in the morning. Champagne and fried eggs anyone? The sweet chili chicken is worth ordering, as are any of the four breakfast items and the wings, especially the teriyaki. Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and salads round out the menu, and the create-a-basket option fits the grab-and-go atmosphere perfectly. Both of the fish and chips options, haddock or cod, are good luck choices for late night fare, irrespective of your run of luck at the tables.

$$
9725 Hardin Street, T9H 2K5
780-790-9739

 

8. Cora’s

Cora’s specializes in breakfast and brunches and their emphasis is on fresh fruit, both as a feature and as a towering side to most plates. A skyscraper of apple slivers along with and a medley of fruity goodness decorate the dishes, and even the eggs Benedict choices are coloured with mandarins, melons and maybe even a mango. Smoothies and fruit cocktails abound, check for the flavour of the day. If you are having difficulty deciding you can’t go wrong with one of the crepe servings, savoury for starters and fruit for dessert. And pause at the rebelliously good section of the menu. Breakfast poutine sounds wrong but isn’t, crepe hot dogs are sinfully good and the brunch burger seems as large enough to tide you over for a meal or two extra. If the restaurant is full, and it is popular enough to be so, they will also do take out for you.

Wi-fi, Kids, $$
#27, 8528 Manning Avenue, T9H 5G2
780-750-0395 • chezcora.com

 

9. Dedicate Healthy Kitchen and Meal Prep

In the summer of 2015, the local franchise of the former Eat Clean opened its doors to offer people of all health and diet types clean-eating food options and include gluten-free and vegan menu items. With something available for all ages and body types, this new rendition boasts of its no pump hormone fresh chicken, no hormone grass-fed beef and always fresh and organic produce. It’s also a popular celebrity spot as pop-in guests have included A-list musicians and world-known athletes who travel to Fort McMurray to entertain.

Wi-fi, Take-out, Kids, $$
8102 Fraser Avenue, T9H 0G1
780-750-0078 • eatcleangrill.com

10. Earls Kitchen + Bar

Earls Kitchen and Bar is a popular gathering point for the start of an evening’s entertainment. The bar is elegant and can get quite buzzworthy at times. On the other side, the restaurant is designed for comfort wide open in layout, the scene of the to-be-seen. The weekend brunch menu is much talked about, and for good reason, and the chain is not afraid of spicing it up a little. From delicious appetizers to decadent desserts, this seasonally-updated menu is sure to please all palates!

Wi-fi, Take-out, Kids, Patio, $$$
9802 Morrison Street, T9H 5B8
780-791-3275 • earls.ca

 

11. East Coast Kitchen & Bar

The East Coast Kitchen and Bar (fomrerly the Newfoundlanders Club) is a home away from home for the many from Canada’s easternmost province. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is affable and the menu nostalgic. Cod tongues sit side by each with popcorn chicken, wings, buffalo bites and the shrimp and scallop basket. The sandwiches are large and filling, and the pan fried cod with scrunchions (crispy, addictive pork rind) is an experience never to be forgotten. The daily specials are also highlights as well as cultural experiences, and the all-day breakfasts will set you up for the evening. This place gets loud and friendly very quickly and is probably the most welcoming bar in the whole community. Come if you want to have fun.

Kids, $$
#4, 36 Riedel Street, T9H 3E1
780-791-6353

 

12. Fatburger

Fatburger is better than its name with a style that is folksy soda pop stand, and burgers that Jughead would worship. Wings go from mild to melt your mouth and the shakes are so thick you can walk on them. With six different fries and three poutines, this is a happy, happy place to be.

Wi-fi, Take-out, Kids, $
#130, 8412 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J3
587-537-0124 • fatburger.com

 

13. The Fox Den Grill & Patio

Every Spring this restaurant at Miskanaw Golf Club reopens and we are delighted. And every Fall when it closes, we are sad. This little golf club eatery is one of the best secrets in Fort McMurray. The menu is always tempting; try the Grilled Portabella Mushroom Naan-Wich for one, but keep coming back, there’s always more to delight. The Tikka Masala is fragrant and sensuous, the cavatappi pasta a vegan delicacy. In fact we challenge you to find anything wrong with the menu. We believe you can’t. Now if only they’d stay open all year!

Kids, Patio, $$$
151 C.A. Knight Way, T9H 4H1
780-791-0070 • miskanaw.ca/fox-den-grill-patio

 

14. Freshii

Freshii is part of a chain of healthy wholesome food creators. Their food covers breakfast, meals and snacks. The bowl meals are filling and healthy, with the Oaxaca and the Pangoa well worth trying. Frozen yogurts, burritos (try the baja with quinoa instead of rice) salads, wraps and excellent soups round out the menu. Freshii is a place for great tasting food that won’t sit heavily on the rest of your day.

Kids, $$
306-9612 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J9
587-536-1248

 

15. The Frosty Fox (Winter Only)

On the second floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, behind the fitness centre. The Frosty Fox opens when the Fox Den closes for winter from 11am-12am. The menu is similar to the Fox Den but features a seasonal fare.

Wi-fi, Take-out, $$
1 C.A. Knight Way. T9H 5C5
780-791-0070

 

16. Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Fuji Restaurant has been serving sushi, sashimi, and tempura to Fort McMurrayites for many years and shows no sign of stopping. Freshness is the key and Fuji works hard to make sure only the best produce is used. It’s always good to ask what’s special but the best value is in the combos or the boat for two. If raw fish isn’t for you, the teriyaki entrees come with soup, rice, and sunomono salad.

Reservations, Kids, Wi-fi, Take-out, $$
#200, 8707 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J6
780-788-2128 • fujifortmcmurray.com

 

17. Hardin Café

Every drink and dessert at Hardin is Pinterest worthy. From the rolled ice cream to brownies to matcha lattes to cappuccinos – you’ll be pulling out your phone before you indulge, to snap a pic of the beautiful baked goods, beverages and more. Stop by the new downtown favourite and treat yourself.

Kids, Take-out, $
#3 – 9711 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2

 

18. Hu’s Pizza

Hu’s Pizza and Donairs is an anachronism, as is the owner, cook, chief wash up guy, and only member of staff, Hugh MacLennan. He’s closed every second weekend to spend time with his kids, doesn’t stay open late and hasn’t changed the décor in years, but the food is divine. Pizza slices that are the perfect mix of content and top-shelf cooking and donairs made from the best ingredients. That’s it, that and pop is all he does, but he does them so well you almost wish he would franchise the secrets. Where else is there a restaurant where the name encapsulates the menu? Hugh at Hu’s is one of the community’s little secrets, but we’ll share him with you when you come and visit.

$$
10020 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2K6
780-791-5554

19. Juba Restaurant Somali Cuisine

Juba restaurant offers the food of East Africa. The menu sounds exotic Samboos, mandazi, sabayat and buur are the first four items. Further down there is the hilib ari, spicy encrusted goat that will turn you into an addict, as well as camel, which is a delicacy and tastes like a richer version of beef. While the beef liver for breakfast is an acquired taste, the owners should be praised for being proud of their culinary heritage, and visitors who are adventurous will come back often.

Reservations, Kids, Wi-fi, Take-out, $$
8219 Fraser Avenue, T9H 0A2
780-743-4334 • jubarestaurant.ca

 

20. The Keg

The Keg is one of those chains where you know what you are going to get and they take pride in doing them right so you come back for more. This is the place for steaks and ribs, although the bone in rib steak is pleasing as well. Afterwards, hang out in the bar areas which seems big enough for half the town to get in.

Reservations, Kids, Wi-fi, Take-out, $$
10006 MacDonald Avenue, T9H 1S8
780-791-2540 • kegsteakhouse.com

 

21. Kozy Korner Restaurant

The Kozy Korner is another Newfoundland home away from home, with the best wait-staff in the business and the biggest breakfasts; ham bacon, bologna and a sausage with eggs and hash browns served up with baked beans on the side, a great start to any day. The fish and chips are excellent as well and the staff feels like new friends. On the way out stop at the cake counter and take something home. Go on, you know you want to.

Kids, $$
8802 Franklin Avenue, T9H 3N2
780-743-3268

 

22. Fort McMurray Legion (in Waterways)

The Fort McMurray Legion Branch #165 is the place to be for food and entertainment. The branch has been newly renovated and the kitchen has been taken over by Maxine of Chez Max fame. Not only can you head to the Legion for a delicious meal, there are often fun events happening for you to enjoy. Whether you love bingo or trivia or something in between, the Legion has something for you.

$$
9317 Huggard Street, T9H 1C4
780-743-2329

 

23. Maye Restaurant Somali Cuisine

It’s amazing to think we get to experience flavours all the way from the Horn of Africa right here in downtown Fort McMurray. Maye Restaurant serves up many delicious Somali and Ethiopian dishes,  but it would be remiss to not try their signature Maye chicken aka Kutulti Al. Made with the freshest ingredients and a whole lot of love and care – try the Moskolo, Doro Wat or Kata Kata and they won’t disappoint.

Take-out, Delivery, $
8219 Fraser Avenue, T9H 0A2
780-743-4334 • mayerestaurant.com

24. Mitchell’s Cafe

Mitchell’s Café is well-loved for its fresh-baked Sunshine Bread. It’s their signature yellow bread that inarguably tags the family-owned business with the best sandwiches in the city. With a wide variety of salads, soups and homemade baked goods, their specials are created daily by Mitchell’s passionate chefs. The location is rich with history as it was once the first RCMP barracks in Fort McMurray. During the lunch rush, customers conveniently pick up their orders, while others maximize the outdoor patio during the warmer seasons.

Kids, Take-out, $
10015 Main Street, T9H 2G4
780-743-1665 • mitchellscafe.ca

25. MJ’s Pizza and Grill

MJ’s has you covered when it comes to traditional Italian food, pub grub and so much more. With a wide variety on the menu it’s easy to satisfy any craving with donairs, popcorn shrimp, sweet potato fries and, of course like the name suggests, pizza. MJ’s is also open fairly late for those after-pub munchies and there are also delivery options.

Kids, Take-out, Delivery, $
10012 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2K6
780-750-9001 • mjspizzaandgrill.com

26. Montana’s Cookhouse

Montana’s is a family favourite. Brown paper on the table and crayons bring out that child in all of us, and the wait staff can all write their names upside down. The kid’s menu is the most extensive one in the town and the main menu offers surprising options. Although by décor and intent a steakhouse, if you venture farther into the menu the smothered mushroom chicken is a worthy meal. Wander too past the traditional rib dishes to the gigantic beef rib bone. You will need a doggy bag to take some home, but’ it’s worth the wait. The specials also need investigating as they are often whimsically experimental and keep room for the desserts, if you can.

Kids, $$
9705 Hardin Street (Peter Pond Mall),  T9H 1L2
780-715-2751 • montanas.ca

27. Moxie’s Restaurant

Moxie’s also aims at the after-work crowd, sports bar one side, restaurant the other. Of the steaks, the New York strip is tastier than the sirloin, while the Portobello veggie burger is surprisingly delicious. The huevos rancheros on the brunch menu are eggs-cellent, and there is always a game on in the bar where your new friends await.

Reservations, Kids, Take-out $$
#100, 9521 Franklin Avenue, T9H 3Z7
780-791-1996 • moxies.ca

28. Mrs. B’s Family Restaurant

Mrs. B’s Family Restaurant is another home away from home for the large Newfoundland community in town. The focus is on simple food done well and the home-made bread is worth the effort all by itself. The large selection of sandwiches also invites return visits as do the seafood specials, and ask about the Jiggs dinner. If they have it, you want it.

Kids, $$
8550 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J4
780-715-15050

 

29. Original Joe’s

Original Joe’s is another chain destined to seem unchained. We’ve never managed to get past the main menu. Imaginative starters, an impressive lineup of mains, and a weekend brunch menu all impress, including their gluten-free choices. Lastly look at the desserts, but good luck choosing which decadent offering to go with. Best solution? Order them all and share.

Wi-fi, take-out, $$
8406 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J3
780-750-6544 • originaljoes.ca

 

30. Persian Kabob

Persian Kabob is another take-away that has expanded the multi-cultural palate of the town. The Ash-e-reshteh (vegetable soup) is a meal unto its own and the stews are as filling as they are tasty. Gormeh Sabzi is meat and beans in a wonderful blend, while Khoresht Gheimeh is meat and yellow split peas on a bed of rice. The ground beef kabob kubideh is simply delicious, and any of the kabobs can be converted to a wrap simply by asking. And we will, again and again.

Kids, Take-out, $
7-8802 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J7
587-275-3663

 

31. Podollan Pub

The Podollan Pub is a sports bar with a convivial atmosphere and an adventurous menu. Come for the game, and next time come back for the food. The ‘appies’ are different to standard pub fare. Try the coconut tiger prawns with a tequila citrus drizzle, the battered pickles, the citrus white wine mussels, crab and prawn cakes and especially the prime rib sliders, which are golden goodness en brioche avec horseradish. Others worth trying are the hot dogs, the stuffed sterling burger for those with fiery hearts, five separate steak dishes and a stuffed bison burger that reminds you why living in Alberta is great. For afters, the espresso coffee crème dessert will keep you awake long enough to enjoy the game. This is a sports bar after all. For those days when the sun is too bright, look no further than the hangover breakfast. It’s worth the indulgence to cure the overindulgence of the night before.

Reservations, Kids before 10PM, Wi-fi, Take-out, $$$
#201, 10131 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2K8
780-715-0544 • podollan.com

 

32. Prime on Franklin

The décor? It’s lux with a touch of rustic. The food? Spectacular. One half of the menu is devoted to some classics; think East Coast mussels in your choice of Sicilian or Curry sauce, or Prime Rib of Alberta Beef. One deep inhalation, though, and the Prime Social Bar-BQ side of the menu will entice you with their slow smoked jumbo wings, or their Oink Cackle Moo – a heaping plate of Memphis ribs, sliced brisket and Dixie chicken, served with BBQ baked beans, coleslaw, cucumber salad, and cornbread. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! They also have a games room…just clear your schedule for a full day of fun!

Patio, Kids, $$
8200 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2H9
587-275-9176 • primetestkitchen.com

 

33. Ramen Ramen Noodle House

It’s Fort McMurray’s newest Ramen noodle house and the hot, steamy bowls are like colourful works of art. Between the amazing selection of soup bases, proteins and veggies to choose from – it’s easy to create a soup that works for your unique palate. But what’s Ramen without a bubble tea or coconut slush to sip on? Ramen Ramen also has a variety of fresh, Asian-style drinks, appetizers and combo plates for sharing. Head downtown and see what they’re all about.

Take-out, Delivery, $
#33 – 8102 Fraser Avenue, T9H 1W5
780-750-0025

 

34. Saif Restaurant

Saif Restaurant, buried in the back of the Morrison centre is one of those places where it is almost wiser to ignore the menu. The food is Somali representing all that’s best from the horn of African Time and again we have asked the lady in the kitchen for advice and great piles of chicken with pasta or spiced goat with rice and vegetables. The pasta is unusual for African cooking, and is a nod to the Italian colonizers. There are huge heapings of food, and it’s all good so bring your appetites with you.

Reservations, Wi-fi, Kids, Take-out, Halal, $$
9914 Morrison Street, T9H 4A4
780-804-6592

 

35. Shawarma Palace

A taste of the Middle East in downtown Fort McMurray. Normally open for breakfast as early as 6 A.M, their hours change during Ramadan from 11 A.M to 3 A.M, catering to all of their clientele. All the food is Halal; try the platter, the chicken in particular nuanced in flavour and very filling. The shawarmas are great to go or to eat in, and for the less hungry, try the tabbouleh or the hummus with pita bread. It’s also a great place to take your vegan friends, falafel anyone?

Kids, Halal, Vegan, Take-out, $
1-8720 Franklin Ave, T9K 3K8
780-791-9200

 

36. Spices Indian Restaurant

Spices has an extensive menu that caters to vegetarians as well as the meat eaters sets out to show the community that spicy in this case means tasty, not hot. The masochists among us may ask for the hotter version but there is no need. Everything is appetizing and aromatic and it is definitely a place to try new things. A brightly airy restaurant, simply laid out, hints at the promise of the menu, and what a menu it is. The Amritsari Pakora fish is heavenly, as is the basket of starters. Paneer Burji is one of the best I have ever had, and the lamb kadhai is very special indeed. Dal Makhani is simple yet oh so tasty, and the naan bread is the best ever experienced in this town. For afters, try the mango lassi and drink tea all through the meal, a milky frothy mouthful of exotic warmth. This is a place to go back to again and again.

Reservations, Kids, $$
#101, 9616 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J9
780-750-9616

 

37. Spring Moon

Spring Moon has two restaurants in Fort McMurray, downtown and Timberlea. Both offer the same tantalizing menu, and it will take plenty of return visits to even sample every kind of dish. We are fond of the donburi (rice bowls), barbequed eel is spectacular, as are the tuna and salmon sashimi. The mussel miso soup is a different take on the standard classic, and the Sunomono salad, shrimp/octopus/surf clam, is a tasteful take on a starter. Of particular interest are the lunch specials, designed to get you back to work on time.

Reservations, $$$
#103-8528 Manning Avenue, T9H 5G2
587-275-1818 • dineatspringmoon.com

 

38. Stacs Fine Food

Stacs takes lunchtime classic to a whole new level with their amazing selection of gourmet and staple sandwiches. You might stop in for the Super Reuben – smoked meat, swiss cheese and saurkraut on marble rye – until the PB, Nutella and Banana catches your eye and has you reminiscing about your favourite school lunch as a kid with every bite you take. The sandwiches get a little lonely without a side so be sure to try one of their house-made soups. And don’t forget to ask about the 10x Project while you’re lunching – Stacs’ is proud to support non-profits in the community through this program.

Take-out, Delivery, $
10023 MacDonald Avenue, T9H 1S8
587-452-8343 • stacsfood.ca

 

39. Supreme Pizza & Donair

Supreme Pizza is a takeout with atypical extra dishes in addition to the wings/slice/donairs traditional to such places. Excellent calzones, starters that include shrimp cocktail and unusual yet wonderful mac & cheese wedges, and dolmades and spanakopitas so good that plates are in danger of being broken. The lamb chops and potatoes are tasty and filling and the specials drastically reduce the price. There is also a kids menu.

Take-out, Kids, $
4-8302 Fraser Ave, T9H 1X1
780-750-6665 • supremepizzaymm.com

 

40. Surekha’s On the Snye

The newly-opened Surekha’s on the Snye is the first eatery available at Snye Point Park. It’s a café and restaurant with a view of the Clearwater River like no other. With their signature Farmhouse Burger and steak-cut fries served during the day and braised lamb with pesto mashed potatoes served at night, locals are already gushing about their menu options. Inside, the ambience is relaxing with modern day décor and outside offers a lot to explore with its pet-friendly patio, large play park and beach volleyball court.

Kids, Patio, $$
2 Clearwater Drive, T9H 0J
780-713-3330

 

41. Tavern on Main Taphouse and Grill

This is a place where you will make friends the minute you walk in the bar. The beer selection is one of the largest in the area with, over 20 countries represented. On the menu, try the calamari starters or get stuck into the wings; the sweet chili is a favourite. Burgers, pizza and pasta are all served well, and special mention must be made of the sandwiches where the Montreal smoked meat is the best, marginally, of a group of worthy contenders. Ask after the soup of the day as well, or indulge in the Asian infusion part of the menu. And if you can, keep some space for the Turtle Molten Bundt for dessert. You won’t regret it.

$$
9708 Main Street, T9H 1T6
780-701-7006

 

42. Taste of the Orient

Taste of the Orient is the quintessential Chinese takeout with the familiar comfortable food that we all know and love. Chow mein, spring rolls, chicken fried rice, black bean sauce, chicken balls sweet and sour pork. Phone them up, (we like a 45 and an 86), and they’ll even deliver.

Take-out, $$
#10, 8720 Franklin Avenue, T9H 3K8
780-790-1697

 

43. Townhall Public House Fort McMurray

The Townhall Public House is part of a chain that doesn’t look like a chain. It also has a pizza oven right at the front door that nearly makes the rest of the menu seem superfluous. The breakfast menu runs till 3 p.m. and is crowned by the single or double eggs benedict, though the southwest skillet with chorizo sausage and salsa is also eye and mouth-watering. With a gluten-free menu and over 40 choices for lunch and dinner, it’s hard to pin down what’s best to eat. The truffle fries are exotic, as are the fish tacos. But you will keep coming back for the pizza which has that woody smoky taste reminiscent of the best of New York’s finest. Go for simple cheese, tomato, a hint of herbs and come back again and again.

Reservations, Kids, Wi-fi, Take-out, $$
8104 Fraser Avenue, T9H 1W5
587-275-0240

 

44. World Bridge Buffet

Part of the Stonebridge Hotel building in the Peter Pond Mall parking lot, World Bridge serves food from around the world. The Chinese buffet is very popular as is snow crab night. And who doesn’t like a breakfast buffet. Other treats include the carvery and the chicken balls are a favourite with the young and the young at heart. They will also do a to-go combo for you if you ask.

Kids, $$
9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
587-276-0899

 

45. Yoshi Japanese Restaurant

Another downtown institution, serving fine food for over a decade. The bento boxes and hotplate dinners are worth trying, the enoki beef wraps are scrumptious as are the beef and tuna tataki. When it comes to sashimi and maki, the combination plates are always good value for money, and the tempura dishes are delicate and crunchy, as they are supposed to be. The lunchtime menu is aimed at quick turnarounds and they do takeaways as well.

Reservations, Kids, Wi-fi, $$
#310, 9612 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J9
780-790-3440 • yoshijapaneserestaurant.com

Fast Food

A. A & W

A&W is a Canadian franchise of burger restaurants that does things a little differently. Their breakfast muffins are also served on a bun, much tastier, and their reputation was built on their root beer and root beer float, which are highly addictive. They also do chicken burgers alongside normal burgers, chicken pieces, poutine, onion rings and sweet potato fries.

Kids, Take-out, $

Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
780-791-5098 • aw.ca

10023 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2K7
780-743-2226 • aw.ca

 

B. Booster Juice

Booster Juice does more than its name implies. In addition to just about every kind of juice, booster or smoothie known to mankind. They also serve a willing selection of food; paninis, wraps, quesadillas are all on the list and the smoothies are almost a meal by themselves. Try The UnBeet-able and The Ripped Berry. The Refresher, too, does what its name implies – its mint, cucumber, apple and pineapple mix reaches the taste buds with a satisfying swirl.

Kids, Take-out, $
#150, 9521 Franklin Avenue, T9H 3Z7
780-791-4140 • boosterjuice.com

 

C. Cosmos Pizza

As well as being well known for pizza, donairs and wings, Cosmos Pizza does a good selection of poutine plates, submarine sandwiches, pasta dishes (the fettucine alfredo pescatori is really special) chicken platters and even fish and chips. If you want real food done the real Canadian way, Cosmos pizza is pretty much your one stop restaurant. And don’t forget a side of Jalapeno poppers or battered mushrooms, zucchini sticks or popcorn shrimp, calamari or panzerotti. The list seems to go on forever.

Kids, Take-out, $
Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
780-790-1313

 

D. Edo Japan

Edo Japan, as befits its location in the food court, serves fast food that is cooked right in front of you. The Teppanyaki grilled food is enhanced by bold teriyaki sauce, and for the brave few as much Sriracha as you can handle. Even the broccoli is palatable when cooked this way. Sushi is fresh and always ready, the bento box meals are great to take away and they also have a kid’s menu

Kids, Take-out, $$

9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
780-743-2544

Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street,  T9H 1L2
780-743-2544 • edojapan.com

 

E. Extreme Pita

Made fresh in store, the Mediterranean Haloumi is a favourite, as is the Chimichurri beef, the shawarma, the fajita and the chicken souvlaki. Maybe you should try them all. The pitas come rolled or flat-baked, and you can make your own or pick from the menu. Buffalo chicken is worth trying and you can add a purblendz smoothie to your meal as well. Strawberries on the peach explains itself as does the big berry bang. There is also a kids menu and a breakfast wrap.

Kids, Take-out, $
104-19 Riedel Street, T9H 5P8
780-715-2413

F. Famous Wok

Famous Wok serves take-out and delivery food but as in most food courts, the best way to experience their food is to eat it there. The immediacy of eating piping hot food enhances the flavours considerably, and may even convert you away from take-out. Crispy spring rolls are a favourite as well as fried noodles, ginger beef, Peking pork and pretty much anything with sesame.

Take-out, $
Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
780-790-9398

 

G. Jomaa’s

Jomaa’s does a few things really well and they are good at them. Don’t visit one of their locations for haute cuisine, but if you want pizza or a donair, one of the Jomaas in Fort McMurray is the place to go. Donairs, in particular, are a special comfort food, and a family favourite is the lasagna.

Kids, Take-out, $
8706 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J6
780-791-9111 • jomaaspizza.ca

 

H. Jugo Juice

Jugo Juice is a wellness restaurant and you can even buy wellness shots as part of your meal. If the turmeric tonic is a bit strong for breakfast, the wheatgrass will do the trick. Avocado on sourdough is a great start to the day as well, and dragon fruit is as exotic sounding as it tastes. Any of their smoothies are filling and nutritional, the blushing mango is a choice option. In addition their vegetable wraps give you a virtuous meal to go and a fruit salad is a better choice than a sinful dessert.

Kids, Take-out, $
Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street,  T9H 1L2
780-750-9337

 

I. McDonald’s

McDonald’s is all about comfort food. It is a norm for travellers and a home from home for North Americans. You know what you’re getting, and everyone has their favourite. Parents like the convenience, children love the flavour, adults are nostalgic for a cheeseburger or a shake, and everyone loves the value. In addition to the burgers, fries, happy meals, chicken and breakfasts, their coffee is the best of all the food chains in Fort McMurray and the McCafe is rapidly challenging the more established coffee chains with their espressos, cappuccinos, smoothies and lattes. There is nothing outwardly Canadian about the local stores on the normal menu. However, watch out for the occasional specials; poutine, maple syrup flavoured treats, salads, and even the McLobster. McDonald’s have a quality all their own and that consistency is often the most welcome part for visitors.

24HRS, Kids, Take-out, $

9608 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J9
780-790-9101 • mcdonalds.ca

2 Hospital Street, T9H 5E4
Open until 10pm everyday

J. Mac Island Café

Inside the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, beside the Syncrude Aquatic Centre. This is a small snack bar that is open everyday from 8am-9pm, selling coffee and teas, sandwiches and salads, soups, hot dogs and other snacks, as well as slushies.

Wi-fi, Kids, Take-out, $
151 C. A. Knight Way, T9H 4H1

 

K. Mucho Burrito

Mucho Burrito is a fast food service establishment with a difference as the food is made in front of you. While the tacos are good and the quesadillas are toastily tasty, the burritos are the star of the show. Six styles of meat, sauce, rice, vegetables, two types of beans and at least a dozen other choices. They are also licensed and this is definitely a meal that requires a Dos Equis accompaniment. Don’t forget the churros at the end, a fine way to finish off.

Kids, Take-out, $$
9910 King Street, T9H 5A8
780-750-0437 • muchoburrito.com

 

L. New York Fries

New York Fries has two main menu items, but they do them really well. The hot dogs come with a mound of condiments and the fries are taken to whole new frame of reference when they are ‘poutined’. Bacon double cheese, chicken parmesan, pulled pork and butter chicken among others are the options that turn fries into a meal of poutine goodness. Our favourite is the chili poutine; beef chili, green onions and real Canadian cheese curds.

Kids, $
Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street,  T9H 1L2
780-743-0410

 

M. Opa

Opa is part of a chain of Greek restaurants. They serve souvlaki drizzled in tzatziki sauce, pita bread, lovely garnishes (have the jalapenos if you dare) and golden fries. Try the signature Opa platter, with a choice of chicken, beef, gyro, falafel, lamb or shrimp. The calamari and salad is a great lunchtime meal, light yet filling, and there’s even a kids’ meal. Pia wraps are great to go, or you can enjoy hummus and pita, tzatziki and pita and falafel, with baklava to finish off. Any amount of customizing your meal is available.

Kids, Take-out, $
103-19 Riedel Street, T9H 5P8
587-275-2535

N. Panago Pizza

Panago Pizza offers variety: four sizes, five different types of crust and countless options for the pizza. They will deliver as well, and it’s a happy sight when that golden goodness arrives. All the shrimp choices have been thoroughly tested and not found wanting. The chocolate chunk pretzel cookie is sinfully good and the wings can get a bit heated, from salt and pepper all the way up to sriracha. Like all such establishments, watch for the deals, they’re worth it.

Kids, Take-out, $$
9914 King St. T9H 5A8
1-866-310-0001 • panago.com

 

O. Papa John’s Pizza

One of the few positive things to come out of the fire of 2016 was the new food places willing to take a chance on our community. A Papa John’s franchise means YMM residents can now order pan pizzas like the Bacon Cheddar Burger, Spinach Alfredo, Tuscan 6 Cheese and the Buffalo Chicken.

Kids, Take-out, $$
8720 Franklin Ave. T9H3K8
780-750-0272

 

P. Pizza 73

Pizza 73 offers life’s staples to Canadians; pizza, wings and pop. Watch out for the specials, there’s always something cheap and tasty. Tandoori chicken is sufficiently different as is the donair pizza, while the wings come in various flavours and as gluten-free, normal and boneless.

Kids, Take-out, $
9613 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2J8
780-799-7373 • pizza73.com

 

Q. Pizza Hut (Take Out Only)

Pizza Hut sells what the name tells you and the choices are pleasingly plentiful. Their wings are also tasty and the desserts are dangerously decadent combinations of Hersheys’ and cookies. The bacon Mac ’n’ Cheese meal is comfort food at its finest and the breadsticks are addictive. You have been warned.

Take-out, $$
8102 Fraser Avenue, T9H 0G1
780-790-3355 • pizzahut.ca

R. Quiznos

Specialize in submarine sandwiches as well as salads, soups, pizza and ciabatta bun specials. They’ll make any combination of the 50 plus ingredients they have, but there’s nothing wrong with their tried and true classics. The chicken mesquite is tangy and tasty while the peppercorn steak rivals anything served by more conventional restaurants. For lighter fare, the veggie guacamole is crunchy and wholesome; at the other end of the scale you can’t go wrong with the meatball sub. And the big pepperoni pizza, with 4 cheeses and sautéed mushrooms, is an off-the-wall joy. Pizza from a sandwich shop? What a treat.

Kids, $
#4, 9914 King Street, T9H 5A8
780-790-9574

 

S. Subway

Subway is the largest submarine sandwich chain in North America and it became so through its fresh food and quality. With a large kid-friendly menu that includes special lunch packs and specialty subs like the chicken and bacon ranch melt, the Italian B.M.T panini, and as many choices as they have combinations of ingredients, Subway is a great way to feed a family or start a party with a platter.

Kids, Take-out, $

Downtown 1
#101, 9912 Franklin Avenue, T9H 2K4
780-791-3145

Downtown 2
#120, 8412 Franklin Avenue, T9H2J3
587-537-0090

Peter Pond Mall
#2125, 9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
780-750-1713

 

T. Taco Time

This is a kid friendly place to learn about Tex-Mex tastes without burning the budget or the tongue. Burritos, tacos, fajitas and nachos sit alongside the quesadillas ad burrito bowls. Salads are served in tortilla dishes and the Mexi-fries, potato wedges, are a nice alternative to the French cut. There can be nothing more multicultural, can there, than a Mexi-fries poutine? The Empanadas, tortillas filled with cream, are an addictive dessert, as are the churros.

Kids, Wi-fi, $
Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
780-743-5745 • tacotimecanada.com

 

U. Tim Hortons

Family favourites include the soup of the day or the chili, the savoury potato wedges that are rib-stickingly filling, and any of the sandwiches. Crullers, muffins, pastries, bagels and cookies abound as well, and always ask what the specials are, they’re worth it. If you travel across this great land plan your journey from Tims to Tims. In addition to the victuals, their bathrooms are always spotless and the staff are the friendliest of this already friendly country. Lastly, if you are new to our shores, you need to try, at least once, a double-double and a box of Timbits. It is a true north experience.

24HRS, Kids, Take-out, $
9701 Hardin Street
780-743-1240 • timhortons.com

 

V. Umi Thai & Sushi

There can never be too many Thai restaurants in a community and to have one in the Food Court is a sign of an enhanced civilization. Just to be able to order Pho for lunch is a delight, and Umi fits snugly into the palate of the downtown. The food is quickly, spicy and a perfect antidote to shopping weary legs. Sit and enjoy.

Kids, Take-out, $
Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2

 

W. Wendy’s

Wendy’s does burgers better is their claim and it’s hard to argue with them. They also experiment with things like the fresh mozzarella chicken salad sandwich, a triple stack burger, and the baconator, which is as unhealthily yummy as it sounds. Their fresh salads are better than you would expect in a fast-food place, with the Mediterranean chicken at the top of the list and there are seven different kinds of chicken burgers as well as the full range of sides and beverages.

Kids, Take-out, $
9701 Hardin Street, T9H 1L2
780-743-4483   • wendys.com

 

X. Wok Box

Edmonton-based, the Wok Box at the end of Franklin serves up a plethora of different food from many different lands. Singapore cashew, Hong Kong spicy, Mongolian sweet, kung pao, dan dan and pad Thai are just some of the choices. The green onion cakes are pretty special and this is one of the few places that will serve proper spicy food. You have been warned.

Kids, Take-out, $
#4, 9914 King Street, T9H 5A8
780-790-9111 • wokbox.ca

 

Y. YOGEN FRUZ

Whether you’re looking for a great lunch option or a sweet treat, you’ll find it at Yogen Fruz. A very common stop after a trip to the Syncrude Aquatic Centre, we dare you to not add the delicious candy toppings! They also serve a wide variety of pita pizzas, wraps and smoothies

Wi-fi, Kids, Take-out, $
Inside MacDonald Island Park
151 C. A. Knight Way, T9H 4H1
780-750-0477 • yogenfruz.com