Summer time means ice-cold beverages, fresh produce and grilled goodies. And our Airdrie restaurants are nailing the summer menu and entertaining experience perfectly.
First & Vine just opened a two-tiered patio surrounded by shrubbery that makes you forget you are in town; if you squint just so you can imagine a patio in Tuscany.
Chef Michael Frayne is brewing homemade iced tea (both alcoholic and non), but he’s got the best patio drink in town – the meadjito; a blend of delicious Fallentimber honey mead, mint and line served over ice. First & Vine has also launched their patio burger – a changing inspiration with local beef, pork, lamb or bison, handmade buns and fresh toppings. Watch for various feature dishes crafted with ingredients from their growing kitchen garden.
Over at Hayloft, chef Jason Barton-Browne is celebrating summer with Saskatoon-berry mojitos and rhubarb mojitos, wine-tasting dinners and – (this is extremely cool) the Hayloft Outdoor Market. Yes, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Hayloft is selling fresh produce from their local suppliers, outside the doors in the early-day sun.
Those local suppliers are also the reason you will discover the following goodies on the menu – wild mushrooms, fava beans, fresh fruit, sorrel, garlic scapes and edible flowers. Even local duck from Carstairs is making the menu! Watch for some of last summer’s favourites getting a tweak, such as Seared Steelhead Trout with a wild rice and sorrel cream. Brunch and lunch is now available Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After scoring those fresh ingredients at Hayloft’s market, walk over to Thumbprint Craft Beer Market and fill up your growlers. Nowhere else in Airdrie can you find this awesome way to enjoy your favourite craft beer. Sampling from up to eight brews is offered so you can sip before you buy. The extensive collection of craft beers from around the world will keep you coming back every week to keep that cooler full of flavour for all your summer adventures.
Over at Abe’s Restaurant change is afoot and you’ll be thrilled to see an expanded summer menu featuring Abe’s Perfect Summer Salad with quinoa; Texas barbecue sliders; and added to the brunch menu, hazelnut-banana French toast, chicken and waffles and California Eggs Benny. You can also enjoy Abe’s $5 Bar – every drink is $5 including a limited selection of cocktails, wine and craft beer. And they haven’t forgotten dessert – try the new gluten-free brownie with fresh strawberries.
Summer at Sorso is the place to be. Sorso Espresso & Wine Bar offers a variety of cold drinks to beat the heat on their patio. Choose from refreshing cocktails, draught beer, sangria, buckets of PBR and 40+ iced teas, as well as great coffees. Sorso recently expanded their menu and we highly recommend the prosciutto flatbread with roasted apple and caramelized onion.
Their drive-thru window also just opened so it’s even easier to grab their fresh roast coffee and an Egg Mack Daddy sandwich on the way to work!
Watch for daily drink and food specials and take in the local art on display at Sorso, too.
Bring on summer because regardless of whether you enjoy golf, you can enjoy the food even more thanks to the The Woods Restaurant & Patioh (aptly named when you notice visitors walk around the corner and say “Oh! I had no idea…”) Yes, the Woodside patio is the best-kept secret in Airdrie. New menu items include a pomegranate glazed chicken breast salad; a gourmet house-made beef burger piled with Montreal smoked meat on a Village Blacksmith Beer bun; and for your sweet cravings, try the crispy fried wontons stuffed with banana and marshmallow, drizzled in chocolate and served with ice cream
If you can’t stand the heat … you know the rest and Social Supper makes it so easy to stay out of the kitchen except for fun. Sign up for DIY workshops, adult cooking classes and yes – kids camps!
For the ready-to-go meals, Social Supper surveys followers for her menu choices so check in before the end of each month to plan ahead! This summer, Social Supper features lots of camp-ready meals (which are frozen and make perfect cooler packs!!), barbecue-friendly meals and dishes loaded with seasonal fresh tastes.
TASTEairdrie Festival is coming!
Mark your calendar for Sept. 21, from 5-10 p.m. at the Days Inn. This is your chance to have a fun evening sampling new wines, craft beers and spirits and finding a few new selections for your home bar and cellar.
Look for samplings from our TASTE restaurant partners, too! Follow TASTEairdrie on Facebook for the latest details!