Great flavours abound this spring from Airdrie’s best TASTE purveyors!
If you haven’t visited Fitzsimmons Brewing Co., be sure to head over for two new seasonals or enjoy their signature Big Hill Blonde or East Lake Amber beers.
Airdrie’s only microbrewery has created a classic Irish cream ale for the season that boasts a warm flavour balanced with thick creamy head.
Also on tap starting May is a new roasted pineapple beer made with fresh fruit caramelized on the grill that infuses the sour ale with a sweet, tropical and fruity finish.
If you are looking for high-end dining at approachable prices this spring, look no further than Hayloft Restaurant. The popular burger-and-a-beer special, featuring Your Local Ranch beef and beer for $20, is available for lunch, Tuesdays through Sundays. Weeknight specials include a burger for $18 on Tuesdays, homemade pasta and wine features on Wednesdays and a featured flatbread for just $10 on Thursdays. Hayloft’s brunch and afternoon tea is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.
The Woods Restaurant & Patio has been named Airdrie’s Best Brunch location for the last nine years. Located at Woodside Golf Course, the Sunday Brunch, served buffet style, offers a variety of fresh, seasonal options including carved AAA Alberta prime rib, custom omelettes, waffles, desserts and breakfast favourites such as eggs benedict, fresh seasonal fruit and pastries. This popular restaurant offers great views overlooking the golf course. All group sizes can be accommodated, although reservations are recommended.
Not only does Sorso Espresso & Wine Bar have a large selection of on-tap beers and wines, it is also one of the best cocktails spots in Airdrie. Thanks to a new mixologist who combines fresh, high-quality items, such as kombucha and premium teas, with spirits, the restaurant’s cocktail has been elevated and expanded. So whether you’re craving an old-fashioned or a unique choice, like a martini crafted with aloe water, look no further than Sorso.
First & Vine, recently voted second best overall restaurant in the Calgary area on OpenTable, is expanding its single entrée choices. A new 15-ounce double-cut pork chop served with sarsaparilla barbecue sauce and grilled cabbage coleslaw promises to be a hit. New sandwiches, including a delicious offering made with smoked-and-grilled pork belly and garnished with arugula, tomato and a black garlic buttermilk ranch sauce, now grace the restaurant’s casual, approachable menu.
Using its own pure, raw honey produced on a farm near Didsbury, Tamarack Jack’s offers a unique lineup of meads available at numerous liquor stores in Airdrie. Both Buzz Saw and Sawyer are carbonated, all-natural, gluten-free meads. Buzz Saw is a traditional mead and Sawyer has hops added, giving it a more beer-like quality. A seasonal, limited-edition mead, Sougan comes with a jar of honey and spices for mulling and is only available at the meadery or at farmers markets.
If you have an important event coming up, be sure to check out Good Earth Coffeehouse Airdrie. The restaurant caters and will bring its salads, sandwiches, breakfasts, snacks, beverages, sweets and everything in between to you. Good Earth has you covered with its disposable cutlery, napkins and dishware, provided at no additional charge, and offers allergy-friendly and gluten friendly options.
Ilforno is now Ilforno Fusion and that, dear foodies, is a GOOD thing! Turns out two longtime chefs, Escoffier Nick (Jimmy) and Rakesh Roshan, had dinner at Ilforno a few months back and loved the experience so much they approached Sal and Anna Maria Monna about a partnership. The timing was great and now Sal and Anna Maria can relax a bit more as Jimmy and Rakesh join in the kitchen keeping Anna Maria’s Italian recipes intact while complementing the menu with some new flavours. The boys have a long resume of experience on cruise ships and even restaurants in Italy and Sal, being very particular about his longtime customers having the same high standard of service and traditional dishes, is very happy with how the partnership is working. Watch for a new menu in the spring with all your favourite Ilforno dishes and few new tastes from the new team members.