Although Red Ox Inn recently received an honourable mention for best overall restaurant in Avenue Magazine’s 2016 Best Restaurant Awards, when I mention it as one of my favourites in Edmonton I still find that many people have not eaten there or sometimes even heard of it.
Perhaps it is because it is not the new and trendy kid on the block, but owners Andrea & Frank Olson have consistently kept loyal customers happy over the years. Chef Sean O’Connor and his culinary team have always served me remarkable meals; every time I leave I think – I must come here more often.
The menu is not extensive – but a small menu clearly allows the kitchen to perfect each dish. We shared the pork belly and lamb carpaccio appetizers, both dishes left me wishing we had ordered another serving.
Served perfectly pink, The Spaniard was very pleased to have taken our server’s suggestion of the lamb for his main course.
Marc decided on the gnocchi, and while I couldn’t sample his gluten-filled dish, I feel he made a mistake choosing pasta over a meat or seafood dish. He liked the dish, but he tried my fish and said he liked it better. I think for a vegetarian dish it looked substantial, but I just feel The Red Ox Inn is a place where meat dishes shine.
For dessert we were all winners. Marc loved his cheese plate, The Spaniard was all smiles with a plate of bread pudding, and the key lime posset was the perfect last bite.
My most recent visit was satisfactory before I even walked in the door because my roommate Marc and The Spaniard lost a bet to me and I got to pick where the two would buy me dinner.
Clearly I chose a winner as well because the staff at The Red Ox Inn served up another great meal. If you haven’t been to this quaint little spot tucked away in Strathearn – I encourage you to give it a try. It is one of Edmonton’s longest running fine-dining restaurant for a reason.
Red Ox Inn
Ph: 780 465 5727
9420 91 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
Tuesday to Sunday, Open at 5:00pm