Calling all Alberta foodies! To truly know where some of the best spots to eat in the province are – you have to visit Central Alberta! There’s plenty of fantastic restaurants, eateries and diners with lots of charm dotted across the  Central Alberta landscape. Here’s your guide for great eating in a few regions in Central Alberta. Let’s dive into it, shall we?


Situated in South-Central Alberta, this town is sitting on some serious culinary heat. Just Jacks, located in the Pomeroy Inn & Suites, offers a pub atmosphere for hotel patrons, backed with a killer selection of craft brews from nearby Olds College. Another fantastic example of a casual dining experience is Grouchy Daddy’s, just a stone’s throw from the college: perfect for those looking for a deep dish or a burger that doesn’t mess around. Between Tasty Thai and Zhu’s Ginger Beef, your options for Asian food are COVERED. If you’re going with friends, prepare to eat plenty. Last but not least, we’re happy to report one of Olds’ newest culinary delights, The Pit BBQ is a smokehouse heavyweight. If you’re a fan of Texas-styled briskets, smoked meats and delicious burnt ends, the Pit is your charcoal-filled oasis.


We’re pleased to report this Central Alberta town is packing plenty for your tastebuds. Fireside is an excellent family option, dishing out Greek eats at Innisfail’s mall, the Henday Centre. Plant fans can breathe easy – the restaurant has an array of vegan/vegetarian friendly options ready to go. Just down 50th Street is Persian House Restaurant, a refuge for fans of early breakfast (6AM open times!) and Middle Eastern cuisine. We’d be remiss if we didn’t include D & R Drive In on this list! It’s been part of the Innisfail community for a long time; multiple generations of residents can all say they’ve logged significant hours at the drive-in. Our word of advice? Get the mushroom burger. It’s comfort food done right.

Red Deer County

While Red Deer County might be more well-known for its amazing farms, agri-tourism operators and producers – don’t underestimate it’s culinary scene. Starlite Diner Car brings back memories for older visitors of this establishment, while younger visitors will feel like they’re on the set of Riverdale. Starlite blends a 50s’ diner feel with space-themed decor while offering up some truly mouthwatering eats. The Landing at Glennifer Ridge offers a comprehensive menu, a relaxed setting and terrific views from their patio. The Landing is located just south of Dickson and pairs well with a beautiful Central Alberta drive.

In Spruce View, Tivoli Garden Cafe pays homage to the area’s Danish roots with its name and a few of its menu items. This family-owned restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Pines Clubhouse Restaurant, located at the Whispering Pines Golf & Country Resort also has a fantastic menu. Unwind on their patio with Pine Lake views.

So with that said, there’s plenty of options waiting for you in Central Alberta – start planning your next culinary adventure today!

Feature image courtesy of The Pines Clubhouse Restaurant. 

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