New & Notable: Blowers & Grafton

This Whyte Avenue spot is bringing Halifax street food to Edmonton.

February 1, 2019

Photos Curtis Comeau

The OG Halifax Donair

This new Whyte Avenue pub gets its name from a particular intersection of two streets in downtown Halifax, where a hub for street food has formed. The restaurant itself offers a tip of the hat to Halifax with photographs from out east on the walls as well as a curved wood plank roof that has a distinctly nautical feel.

Josh Robinson, one of the owners at Blowers & Grafton, serves up a few brews

   Obviously, there are several menu items that pay tribute to the donair, from the actual OG Halifax Donair — a fresh pita filled with donair meat, tomatoes, onions and the distinct Halifax style donair sauce — to donair pizza and even donair nachos. There’s also a taste of the Maritimes among the abundance of fare from the sea, from mini lobster rolls to a mussel bucket. For those who just can’t decide, the Fisherman’s Platter is a solid choice — although it’s definitely one you’ll want to share. The platter contains beer-battered haddock, fried steamer clams, fried scallops and prawns. The fries are fresh and crisp, the tartar sauce is tangy and flavourful, and the variety makes it a can’t-miss dish for seafood fans.

Mini Lobster Rolls

Garlic Fingers

Looking to end your meal with a sweet treat? Blowers & Grafton has only one dessert offering, but that’s all it needs — the Blueberry Grunt Donuts are small bits of fluffy, doughy pastry drizzled with a blueberry compote and glazed with maple syrup.

10550 82 Ave., 780-250-3663,

 This article appears in the February 2019 issue of Avenue Edmonton. Subscribe here.


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