Kelowna is in the midst of a delicious restaurant boom
The following article was written by Elizabeth Chorney-Booth and published in the Calgary Herald on May 4, 2019.
The time has come when many a Calgarian looks to the west to start plotting a trip to the Okanagan. Driving out to Kelowna for some lake time or a weekend of wine-touring is a spring and summer ritual for so many of us, but navigating another city’s restaurant landscape- especially one in a state of growth- can be a challenge.
As a food writer, I get asked for recommendations for nearby vacation destinations like Kelowna more than I do for spots here in Calgary. While many Calgarians have favourites that they can’t pass by in Kelowna (places like Mission Hill Winery, Raudz Regional Table, and Waterfront Wines Restaurant and Bar all come to mind), several intriguing new restaurants have opened in Kelowna since last year’s season and very few of them resemble the classic winery dining room that so many of us associate with the Okanagan.
“There have definitely been efforts and inroads in the culinary scene over the last few years in Kelowna,” says Casey Greabeiel, owner of Salt and Brick and Jack’s Pizza Liquor and Bar, two of Kelowna’s newest and most innovative new restaurants. “But truly in the last 12 months — and in the next coming 12 months — we’ve seen a big boom.”
Here are just a few of the new places that are worth checking out:
Part of the Raudz Creative Concept group (which is also opening a new concept called The Okanagan Table later this summer), Sunny’s, which is branded as “a modern diner,” has a retro-chic look and a menu of cheekily named lunch and all-day breakfast items. I emphatically recommend the Chicks on a Raft ($13.50), which is a nice chunk of baguette topped with fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, very sharp cheddar cheese and peanut butter. It sounds weird, but it works surprisingly well.
235 Bernard Avenue, 778-478-1170, sunnysmoderndiner.com