New & Notable: Blowers & Grafton

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

The OG Halifax Donair. Photographs by Curtis Comeau.

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,

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

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