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Where to Eat in Saskatoon

From dinner at a Top Chef Canada winner’s restaurant to small-batch scoops and a perogy drive-through, here’s where to eat in Saskatchewan’s largest city.

Ayden Kitchen & Bar, Saskatoon

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Ayden Kitchen & Bar

For the culinary clout

Top Chef Canada winner (and former Gordon Ramsay protégée) Dale Mackay and his team transform Saskatchewan’s seasonal bounty into globally inspired dishes at this downtown hot spot. Pair lemon-grass-dusted chicken wings with craft cocktails in the lively dining room, housed in a retrofitted heritage building. Named one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants in 2014.

265 3rd Ave., 306-954-2590, aydenkitchenandbar.com

Sticks and Stones, Saskatoon

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Sticks and Stones

For the KFC

Inspired by Grassroots Restaurant Group co-owner Christopher Cho’s family heritage, this buzzy downtown restaurant infuses Korean and Japanese dishes with local ingredients. Slurp noodles swimming in homemade pork and chicken ramen broth or dig into the YXE maki roll, stuffed with smoked Lake Diefenbaker trout, crispy trout skin and puffed Saskatchewan wild rice. And don’t miss a plate of spicy or soy-glazed KFC, Korean Fried Chicken.

226 2nd Ave. S., 306-979-1919, sticksandstonesyxe.com

9 Mile Legacy Taproom, Saskatoon

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9 Mile Legacy Taproom

For the craft beer

Stemming from a grandparental legacy of co-founders Shawn Moen and Garrett Pederson (whose family farms are nine miles apart), this brewery recently upgraded from a nano-brewery to a microbrewery. Kick back with a cold one in the industrial taproom or sample a taster flight at the bar. Don’t leave without buying a growler of the popular English pale ale or their latest collaboration brew – a milkshake IPA called Malty National Collaboration is a recent favourite.

229 20th St. W., 306-373-2337, 9milelegacy.com

The Hollows, Saskatoon

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The Hollows

For the breakfast poutine

Located in Riversdale’s historic Golden Dragon building, this restaurant serves dishes, made with harvested and sustainably raised ingredients, amid eclectic, retro-kitsch decor. The dinner menu features specialties like butter poached Saskatchewan pickerel dressed with caviar beurre blanc, spruce tips and wood sorrel. But it’s the inventive brunch – from the all-dressed pannekoeken (Dutch pancake) to breakfast poutine topped with Quebec cheese curds, a farm- fresh egg, bacon lardons and kimchi – that’ll keep you coming back for more.

334 Ave. C S., 306-652-1505, thehollows.ca

Collective Coffee, Saskatoon

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Collective Coffee

For a java jolt

Come for the perfect pour-overs, and stay for the café culture. As one of the first businesses to open in revitalized Riversdale, the inviting space is a prime venue to people-watch, host an impromptu debate over the merits of blends versus single origins or get a quick caffeine fix to go.

220 20th St. W. and 210 Avenue P S., collectivecoffee.com

Drift Sidewalk Café & Vista Lounge, Sasktoon

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Drift Sidewalk Café & Vista Lounge

For sweet and savoury crepes

Sip a dirty chai latte from a hammock overlooking the farmers’ market, dine in the multilevel space’s whimsical West Coast-style room or relax on the rooftop patio at this Riversdale café. Create your own crepe concoction from a laundry list of locally sourced ingredients and sauces or sample such signatures as the smoked salmon laden Lox Ness, the curried-chickpea-filled Bollywood or the Crepos Rancheros with refried beans, scrambled eggs and jalapeño-avocado crème fraîche.

339 Ave. A S., 306-653-2256, driftcafe.ca

Fable Ice Cream, Saskatoon

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Fable Ice Cream

For small-batch scoops

Start with organic milk, fresh regional fruit and local products like 9 Mile Legacy beer. Add husband-and-wife team Jordan and Lauren Ethridge, and you’ve got a neighbourhood gem that serves small-batch, made-from-scratch ice cream. Menus change seasonally, offering flavours from rhubarb crisp t white tiger (fennel seeds and orange essential oils). Don’t resist the urge to stack as many scoops as possible onto a homemade waffle cone. (The record to date: four.)

816 16th St. W., Instagram

Christie's Il Secondo, Saskatoon

Christie’s Il Secondo

For a carb fix

Locals flock to this bright Nutana spot to stock up on a selection of freshly baked bread (the Prairie Grain Bread is a bestseller) and lunch on wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas. (Fun fact: Co-owner and second-generation baker Tracey Muzzolini won silver in the 2008 Louis Lesaffre Cup, preliminaries to the Bakery World Cup.) Don’t leave without snagging a morning bun: an ooey-gooey swirl of cinnamon, sugar, spices and currants that are baked to perfection.

802C Broadway Ave., 306-384-0506, facebook.com

Baba's Homestyle Perogies

For Ukrainian classics

Saskatoon is home to the largest percentage of Ukrainian Canadians per capita, so it’s no surprise that the humble boiled-then-margarine-bathed dumpling is a local staple. At this family-run business, tidy rows of potato-and-cheddar-filled perogies are hand-pinched and served with bacon bits, fried onions and a dollop of sour cream. Grab a seat in the no-frills dining room or get your order to go from the perogy drive-through, the only one of its kind in Canada.

720B 51st St., 306-933-4280, babasperogies.com

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