From Saskatoon

Restaurant Review: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

My first experience with Five Guys Burgers and Fries came while were in Calgary back in 2012.  When it came to Saskatoon, we have checked it out a couple of times since it is right beside Don’s Photo where Jordon works.  Since we keep going back, we must like it.

The one thing that all of us have learned is that we just order the single patty.  It is a big enough burger with just one and is just too much beef with two of them.  Since you can customize the burger any way you want it, we tend to load up with some combination of ordering a cheeseburger and…

  • Mayo
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Grilled Onions
  • Grilled Mushrooms
  • Ketchup
  • Onions
  • Green Peppers

A burger and fries at Five Guys

The hamburgers are cooked well done and then there is the fries.  The fries are good but we tend not to order them as the burgers are that filling.

It’s a diner so set your expectations for service accordingly.  It’s loud in there with the staff calling out your orders and the music is really too loud but our experiences with the service is consistently excellent.

There is a big debate on who has the best burger on 8th Street; Five Guys, Fuddruckers or Jerry’s Food Emporium.  I’ll pick Jerry’s but Five Guy’s is awfully close to being the best.

As a mom with a somewhat picky eater for a son, having the ability to customize your burger is a wonderful thing.  I know you can do it at other places but it’s nice not to have Oliver going, “I don’t like this because there is a pickle somewhere in the burger”.  Maybe that is one of the reasons parents love this place.  It’s one less thing to deal with and I appreciate that.

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Restaurant Review: The Konga Cafe

A restaurant review of the Konga Cafe in SaskatoonCan I give a restaurant a 7 out of 5 rating?  If I could, I would give it to the Konga Cafe.

It is located at the bottom of Caswell Hill in Saskatoon and features an amazing assortment of Caribbean food and fare.  Being from Guyana, it feels like I have travelled back in time and can eat some of the food that I grew up with.

When we go to the restaurant, it doesn’t feel like we are going out to eat in an establishment but rather like we are going over to a friends place to eat their excellent home cooking.  From the first time we went, we were made to feel at home at The Konga Cafe.  It has a festive laid back atmosphere.  Not only are you chatting with your server but chatting with other guests.

Of course the food is amazing.  Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Curried Shrimp, Spicy Peanut Shrimp, and an amazing steak.  If the kids just want a burger or chicken fingers, they have that as well.  For dessert, you need to try the key lime pie. 

The Konga Cafe has long been a favourite restaurant of both Jordon and I.  It is a great enough experience that makes it perfect for a special date night out but it’s casual enough that we can take the kids and enjoy it as a family any evening.  No wonder why it is so highly rated on TripAdvisor, Planet S Magazine, and Zomato.

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Konga Cafe
204 Avenue H N
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
(306) 244-7867

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Happy Birthday Jordon!

It’s Jordon’s 41st birthday today.  To celebrate I got Mark and Oliver up early and we gave him his gift which was a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for his Pentax camera.

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens

He will use it to shoot Mark’s football this fall with and maybe some wildlife.  I hope he likes it.  Of course Mark is super excited as it means that he gets Jordon’s older Sigma 70-210 lens.  He sees it as a win-win.

Mark gave him a new Starbucks Travel Mug

Starbucks Travel Mug

Oliver gave him Saskatoon’s Electric Transit: the Story of Saskatoon’s Streetcars and Trolley Buses by Easten Wayman

Saskatoon's Electric Transit by Easten Wayman

It’s a used book from Westgate Books.

They also ordered Jordon a 65 litre backpack for our trip to Grey Owl’s cabin.  It’s big enough that we can pack Oliver in it and have room to spare.

North 49 - 55 litre backpack

It is Jordon’s day off today.  I took it off to hang out with him.  After the boys were off to school, we went for coffee at City Perk and then grabbed lunch at the Spring Roll on 33rd.  This afternoon we are  off for a long walk as Jordon tried out his new lens and then to Broadcast House where Jordon does his 5:15 roundtable with David Kirton and Cynthia Block.

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Jordon is working today but I am not.  He did get up early and gave me a new “Canada” spring jacket, a chocolate rose that I wanted and a chocolate rose (my favourite kind of rose).  He also took me down to the CP Rail Bridge in Saskatoon and put a love lock on the stairwell.  The wind was howling and it was unbelievably cold by the time that we climbed the three flights of stairs.  By the time we got back to the car our ears and faces were frozen.  I’m glad he did it.  It was a great romantic gesture.   He does this romance stuff well.

I got him a new hat by Under Armour.  His old hat was stolen out of our Mazda.  It’s not the same but it is close enough and I think he looks good in it.

Under Armour Hat

Think of it as lingerie for bald guys.  Before you comment that I am horrible at this Valentine’s Day stuff, I actually am and this is what Jordon wanted.

For tonight, we are ordering in.  We have tried to go out many times over the years and the food sucks on Valentine’s Day in so many places.  They seat us late, rush some food out, and rush us out.  Not exactly romantic.  There are better nights for us to go out and enjoy being a couple.

We aren’t sure where we are ordering in from yet but I could go for some pizza or Vietnamese food.  After the kids go to bed, we’ll chill out over some gourmet coffee and music to chill out to.  There is a reason why we have a 60 gig iTunes library.

I hope you are having a good day as well.

Restaurant Review: The Woods Alehouse

The Woods Alehouse in Saskatoon

I used to hate going here.  The only time we went here was when The Rook & Raven, The Congress Beer House and State & Main were all packed.  Each time I regretted it.

Then things started to turn around.  They changed the seating arrangements.  The food improved to the point where it was edible.  There seemed to be a better attitude by the serving staff.  Instead of just having a wide selection of beer, they understood that a pub needs more than that, it needs to be a place where people enjoying going to.

They now have several good things on the menu from some excellent fries to some kind of nacho thing they do with fries instead of chips.   It’s pretty incredible.

There are good sandwiches and wraps as well.  The atmosphere has changed and the serving staff is now pleasant and fun to talk with.

There is a little less seating now then there was.  It makes the place more open, relaxing and more flexible as it is a great place for game nights, poetry slams, or as a place for a big gathering.

Normally places that suck don’t turn themselves around but The Wood’s Alehouse has and in the process has made a lot of us big fans.

The Wood’s Alehouse
148 2nd Ave North 
Saskatoon, SK S7K2B2

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Restaurant Review: Alexander’s Restaurant

Alexander's Restaurant

I have been eating at Alexander’s Restaurant for 20 years and it has remained one of my favourite restaurants from the first time I entered the restaurant.  Alexander’s manages to keep what is good while updating and reinventing itself in areas that need improvement like almost no other restaurant I have ever seen.

Long time favourite meals have been the nachos, quesadillas, excellent burgers, sandwiches, and of course their desserts.  Another staple of the Alexander’s dining experience has been excellent service which remains the same no matter how many waitresses and waiters come and go.

Over two decades, the restaurant has changed.  Five or six years ago this would have been a different review as the quality of even the appetizers varied from visit to visit.  Over the last couple of years the consistency of the food has returned which is what you want from a restaurant which serves up some excellent comfort food.

The prices is right, the food is good, and it is fun to go back to a place that brings me back to my college days while still remaining pristine and current.  I love it.

Alexander’s Restaurant & Bar
414 Cumberland Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK
S7N0W7

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Restaurant Review: Bottega Trattoria

I joined Jordon and a small group of people at Bottega Trattoria last night for dinner and a party.  It was my first time in the restaurant and we were seated in the lounge which features a fantastic garage door to let in the sights, sounds, and ambience of 2nd Avenue.  Sadly for all of Saskatoon, it was -30 last night and that door was securely closed.

Service was great.  Our server was busy (it was a Friday night) but she took care of our group well and was extremely pleasant, even as the night wore on.  She brought us out their amazing fresh bread and garlic butter, got our drinks and was around when we needed her but not so much where it was weird.  I liked her.

After having some of the bread, they brought out our appetizers where two wrongs made a right.  Jordon and I declined to order an appetizer and regretted it when they came out.  Luckily there was an ordering mistake and they had an extra order of deep fried mozzarella risotto balls so we split it.  It was great.

I ordered their lobster ravioli and had no regrets.  The portion size was good and it was extremely tasty.  Jordon had a 12 tenderloin steak cooked medium rare.  Another member of his party had the same steak cooked medium rare and it was cooked far better than Jordon’s which was over cooked.  Same steak.  Ordered at the same time.  One was overcooked.  Not sure how that happens.  Jordon ate it and as he said, “it was a good steak cooked medium”.  The steak was served on a cutting board (I love that idea) and had a healthy side of assorted vegetables.

I liked the restaurant and our dinner.  Jordon and I will return but I really wanted to like it more which seems to be a common sentiment of UrbanSpoon reviewers and friends who have gone there.  It seems so close to being amazing…

Bottega Trattoria
120 2 Ave N
Saskatoon, SK S7K2B2

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