Ricky’s All Day Grill (Lethbridge, AB) – Burger and Fries

While in Lethbridge, I was hungry and headed to the nearest restaurant, Ricky’ All Day Grill. I haven’t eaten in Ricky’s All Day Grill for years and am curious to see if things have change.

As my philosophy goes for these types of restaurants, I went for a burger. From the list of burgers, the Old Style Bacon N’ Cheddar Burger caught my eye. It was described as a 1/2 lb beef patty topped with maple bacon, double slices of Canadian cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red relish, and mayo. A choice of fries and signature tossed salad was available. Moreover, for additional cost, there were choices of soup, caesar salad, savoury potato wedges, sweet potato fries, or onion rings. I decided to go with the traditional fries.

Ricky's All Day Grill - Old Style Bacon N’ Cheddar Burger

The Old Style Bacon N’ Cheddar Burger arrived fully assembled which was great as it provided room on the plate for the large portion of fries.
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Hubie’s 1955 Diner (Red Deer, AB) Attacking the Mighty King Burger

Having spotted this subtle restaurant in the West Park Shopping Centre while driving by, Hubie’s 1955 Diner has since been on my radar. In fact, I have had a past failed attempt to eat there on a Monday which was when I first learned that they don’t open on Mondays.

Hubie’s 1955 Diner

The West Park Shopping Centre provides ample amount of parking even though there are a number of businesses within the shopping centre.

Hubie’s 1955 Diner Front

Inside, Hubie’s 1955 Diner teleports you back in time (here’s a guess: to the 50’s). The diner green color was definitely the predominant shade with Elvis mementos decorating the area behind the stools/bar. Clearly, someone is a big fan of Elvis.

Hubie’s 1955 Diner Interior

Hubie’s 1955 Diner Interior 2

Hubie’s 1955 Diner - Jukebox

Unlike typical diners, the kitchen is not open and behind the line of stools. Instead, it is located in the back though you can clearly see the chef working hard.

I have decided to do something unusual and post the complete menu since there is very little online presence for the restaurant.

Hubie’s 1955 Diner - Menu Page 1

Hubie’s 2955 Diner - Menu Page 1

Hubie’s 1955 Diner - Menu Page 3

Hubie’s 1955 Diner - Menu Page 4

I decided to go-big-or-go-home and order the King Burger which had 2 homemade lean beef patties topped with a cheddar and mozzarella blend, bacon, mushrooms, and grilled onions. Hubie’s fresh cut fries were served on the side though one can substitute a tossed salad for an additional cost.

 Hubie’s 1955 Diner - King Burger

The King Burger was served open-faced and despite the presentation style, the burger was stacked high already.
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Penny’s Place (Red Deer, AB) – A Local’s Hangout in the Edgar Industrial Area

Having never ventured out to the Edgar Industrial Area other than to eat at Thap Ba’s old location, we finally decided to drive around the area to see that part of Red Deer. We found a restaurant right on the edge of Red Deer called Penny’s Place. However, as it was a Sunday, the restaurant was closed. Interestingly, the restaurant hours are Monday to Friday, 6:30 AM to 3 PM which meant that their patrons must be the surrounding workers.

I kept Penny’s Place in mind and decided to have lunch there on a Monday (NOTE: Apparently, there had been a change in ownership since my visit). The restaurant has a sizeable parking lot with room even for long haulers.

Penny's Place

The interior was a bit dark due to the choice of lighting. It was spacious, but one section was closed off as the lights were turned off.

Penny's Place - Mirror

Penny's Place Interior

When you walk in, you have an almost full view of the open kitchen which is appreciated as you can see the cleanliness. It is a diner after all, but that doesn’t mean that it must be associated with dirtiness. Here, it was pretty organized and clean.

Penny's Place Open Kitchen

There are no printed menus. What’s available, including specials for the day, are written on 3 white boards adjacent to the Kitchen.

Penny's Place - Menu 1

Penny's Place - Menu 2

The food here mainly consisted of burgers, sandwiches, and soup. It’s basic diner fare with a few Chinese dishes. In case you haven’t figured it out, Penny is Chinese. I spoke with her and found out that she opened Penny’s Place in 2001, after selling her previous place in town. I also noticed that most of the customers are regulars as Penny addressed them by name or knew what they preferred, ie. newspaper, coffee.

She stated that everything is homemade on her menu with nothing bought frozen. The Chinese dishes she has available are homestyle, but westernized for patrons. She is really proud of her restaurant and the fact that all the dishes are simple, homemade goodness.

I decided to do my burger test and ordered the Bacon Cheese Burger. Like all burgers and sandwiches available, there was a choice of fries, soup, or salad. I was tempted to try some homemade soup, but because it was a burger test, I had to go with fries.

Penny's Place - Bacon Cheese Burger

The Bacon Cheese Burger was served open-faced with a generous amount of fries. The bacon was crinkled which on tasting confirmed that it was cooked to a pleasant crispy texture. Honestly, the one thing that I always seem to be able to count on in a diner is crispy bacon. Along with the few sprigs of raw onion and 2 slices of pickle, the bacon gave texture to the burger.
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Little Star Vietnamese Cuisine (Red Deer, AB) – Revisiting for Wings, Pho, and the usual Vermicelli

After our last visit to Little Star Restaurant, we finally made it back for another visit.

I managed to get a better shot of the building exterior thanks to daylight savings time.

Little Star Vietnamese Cuisine

For interior photos, please see the previous visit.

I wanted to see how their wings compared to other places so I ordered the Spicy Wings.

Little Star Vietnamese Cuisine - Spicy Wings

The Spicy Wings arrived quickly and were plated on top of a bed of shredded lettuce with shredded carrots on the side. I wondered if the intention of the lettuce and carrots was to dress up the dish as oppose to being part of consumption. I felt bad leaving them uneaten. A wedge of lime (as opposed to lemon which isn’t found in Vietnamese cuisine) was served on the side.
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Go Fish (Vancouver, BC) – Not Chicken, right?

I heard about Go Fish from friends, but never noticed it during my trips to Granville Island. One day, using Google Map, I located the restaurant which was in the area that I never walk around.

It was a sunny afternoon when we decided to visit Go Fish. The restaurant was busy with people sitting everywhere.

Go Fish

My wife decided to order off the Go Fish Daily Specials board. She picked the Seared Tuna Tacones with wasabi mayo, ponzu, and nori. The Tacones come as 1 or 2. My wife decided to go with 2 Tacones.

Go Fish - Seared Tuna Tacones

The Seared Tuna Tacones were fresh made with slight grill marks on the tortilla. The tuna, while minimal, was delicious with just the exterior cooked. The wasabi mayo went well with the tuna and was well-balanced with the ponzu sauce. The fresh veggies helped maintain a lightness and added texture to the tacones.
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Dono Sushi (Lethbridge, AB) – Tofu French Fries. Yes, you read that right!

We found ourselves in Sourthern Alberta one weekend, visiting Lethbridge to be precise. We were hungry for lunch and naturally found ourselves gravitating to a restaurant that I haven’t visited in a few years. Dono Sushi is located on Mayor Magrath Drive, the main road in Lethbridge.

Dono Sushi is a little obscure, hidden under the Travelodge Hotel. There is parking in front which is never full.

Dono Sushi

Inside, Dono Sushi has divided booths and tables. The atmosphere is a little dark, but clean and tidy.

Dono Sushi Interior

Dono Sushi Interior 2

Dono Sushi - Decor

The Tofu French Fries caught our eyes so we decided to start with that.

Dono Sushi - Tofu French Fries

The Tofu French Fries came in 2 bowls with dipping sauce in a third, smaller bowl. The Tofu French Fries indeed lived up to its namesake and from afar, could definitely be mistaken for french fries.
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Tandoor ‘n’ Flame (Red Deer, AB) – Great Lunch Deals!

I finally made the drive down to Tandoor ‘n’ Flame in downtown Red Deer after having a request posted on ToothFoodie.com. The restaurant is situated in this odd s-shaped road which resulted in plenty of angled parking.

Tandoor ‘n’ Flame

Tandoor ‘n’ Flame Front

I took the opportunity to walk around downtown which I think we all take for granted. The history, the architecture (it may not be Chicago or New York, but still rich in its own way), and the people are in a category of their own. No matter how beautiful and comfortable the expanding suburbs can get, they could never compare to Downtown Red Deer.

Inside, the restaurant is well-light and decorated with East Indian themed items. Immediately, you see the buffet layout stretching from one end of the restaurant to the other. The buffet area was very clean which is much appreciated as I remember entering some very dirty buffets as a kid. Here, it looked spotless despite my arrival just pass the lunch rush.

Tandoor ‘n’ Flame Interior 1

Tandoor ‘n’ Flame - Buffet

I was shown to the owner, Dilbagh Singh, who was behind the bar. He greeted me warmly and I requested the lunch takeout special menu. He happily handed it to me.

Tandoor ‘n’ Flame Interior 2

Tandoor ‘n’ Flame Interior 3

Tandoor ‘n’ Flame Interior 4

I decided to order the Curry Bowl which had a choice of Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Channa Masala, Aloo Curry, Chef’s Vegetarian Special, or Chef’s Non-Vegetarian Special. A bed of basmati rice was included with the curry bowl. I decided to go with the Butter Chicken. Dilbagh asked what level of spiciness would I like (mild, medium, or spicy) and I requested spicy.

Tandoor ‘n’ Flame - Butter Chicken Curry Bowl

Despite the name Curry Bowl, the dish did not come in a bowl. It came in a sizeable microwave-safe container. Like the restaurant, it was cleanly plated in the container.
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Fortune City Seafood Restaurant (Vancouver, BC) – Peking Duck for the win!

My aunt invited us to dinner after finding out that we were visiting Vancouver. She suggested Fortune City Seafood Restaurant for Peking Duck. Being one of my favorite relatives, how could I say no?

The restaurant is located on the top floor of the 1st Avenue Marketplace which also houses the T & T Supermarket.

The interior of the restaurant is not bad for a Chinese restaurant. It doesn’t look new, but certainly not dated. However, the tables were packed in like sardines. We certainly felt close to our neighbors.

We put in the order for Peking Duck right away. The second course was the Lettuce Wrap.

Fortune City Seafood Restaurant - Peking Duck

Unlike some places, the duck was not carved up infront of us. It was carved in the back and the skin was served on a large plate.
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Pelican Pier (Calgary, AB) – Not Your Typical Expected Fish and Chips

We found ourselves in the Northwest area and spotted Pelican Pier nearby. A quick glance at their menu online revealed a fish and chip joint with an attached fish market. Thinking that with a fish market attached, the food must be fresh so we headed in.

Pelican Pier

The interior of the restaurant had a seashore theme which was a nice deviation from the modern, cozy-style used by big restaurants like Cactus Club, Earl’s, etc. I thought it was neat that even the blinds had a gradient of blue.

Pelican Pier Interior

Pelican Pier Interior 2

Pelican Pier - Condiments Boat

My wife was hoping to have some raw oysters, but, unfortunately, they were only sold through the fish market and not shucked for table-side.

My wife settled for the Fish Tacos which came in a set of 3’s with a choice either fries, soup, or salad. My wife went with clam chowder as her side.

Pelican Pier - Fish Tacos

The Fish Tacos were plated with the ever popular metal rack holding them upright. They were quite reasonable with a decent size piece of fish in each taco. The fish had a panko coating which resulted in a very crispy exterior while maintaining a moist, meaty center. Textually, the Fish Tacos were great as the panko crust was very crispy while the pickled onions, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes offered up some lightness and a decent crunch. Taste-wise, it was a little bland. I imagine that some fresh salsa or spicy sauce would have elevated the dish. We were offered Tobasco Habenaro and Tobasco Smokey sauces of which I heavily relied on the latter. Still, I think the tacos would have been awesome with salsa.
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McKim Wonton Mein Saga (Vancouver, BC) – Famous Wonton Noodle Soup lives up to its Name!

We found ourselves stuck in line at the Peace Arch border one evening so by the time we got back to the Canadian side, it was late. We contacted PhoenixWright for some suggestions in the Richmond area. Top of the list was McKim Wonton Mein Saga, renowned for their Wonton Noodle Soup.

McKim Wonton Mein Saga

Once we arrived, we found only one other table occupied. It was quiet, but to be expected for a weeknight.

McKim Wonton Mein Saga Interior

My wife was hungry and ordered Beef with Gai-Lan.

McKim Wonton Mein Saga - Beef with Gai-Lan

We were served a generous portion of Beef with Gai-Lan. The beef had good caramelization thanks to the high heat used in a wok. They were likely tenderized with some sort of chemical enzyme tenderizer so each piece was soft with the slightest bounce. With plenty of sauce, they were succulent and satisfied my wife’s expectations. The gai-lan were cooked just right, maintaining just the right amount of crunch to contrast the softer leafy ends.
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