Earlier this year, Avenue Edmonton asked Stephanie Enders, Manager - Startup Edmonton, and Nathan Beck, Product Manager, Testfire Labs, to share their favourite local eats as part of their 25 Fav Eats 2018 round-up. Thank you, Avenue, for including the startup and tech community! We can't wait to try all of the dishes recommended this year!
Stephanie Enders: Poutine at The Next Act
For Stephanie Enders, poutine at The Next Act is a weekly ritual — even as we’re chatting about this story, she mentions she’s going to The Next Act the following evening. “On any given Friday night, a group of us will meet to have dinner after an action-packed week — sometimes there is just a pair of us, other times we’re the ruckus group at a giant table,” Enders says. “What matters most is The Next Act feels like home.”
No matter how often Enders visits, she rarely changes up her order and has yet to tire of the delicious poutine. “It’s manageable enough in size that I finish dinner almost at the same time as my friends. I’m an impossibly slow eater because I’m too busy catching up to remember to eat.”
There’s nothing better than good friends and good food, is there? — B.M.
Nathan Beck: Tenderloin Sandwich at Accent Lounge
When Nathan Beck moved to Edmonton from Medicine Hat in 2009 to start his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta, he was on a mission to find a good steak sandwich. He didn’t have to search for long, as one of the first restaurants he ate at was Accent Lounge, where he discovered its Tenderloin Sandwich.
“I love all kinds of steak sandwiches, from the five-dollar ones to fancy ones,” Beck says. “But this one is the best.” Served on Portuguese bread with goat cheese, cucumbers and a side of potatoes and salad, Beck’s glad the recipe has never changed. “I go there every year on my birthday to eat it, so when my friends ask where we’re going for my birthday it’s always like, ‘Accent Lounge for the steak sandwich!’” — B.M.