The Next Act – Edmonton, Alberta

The Next Act
8224 104th St
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After recently experiencing Culina Highlands perogy dinner, which happens on the 2nd Sunday of each month, Sarah and I met up with friends for another monthly meal. This time, the third Sunday of the month, for a family dinner at The Next Act. Located just north of Whyte Ave, on the opposite side of 104th from a favourite of mine, Accent European Lounge, I realized just how long it has been since my visit as we walked through the entrance.

The pub was brimming with hungry bodies when we arrived, which is always a good sign in my books. The $15 menu is enticing enough on just the price, but what arrived was over the top. A huge oval plate that saw Sauteed Shaved Brussel Sprouts, Potatoes & Onions, Roast Beef, Carrots, Whole Wheat Bun. The meat was perfectly tender with enough pink left in the center to make 99% of diners happy; it was delicious meaty goodness. The potatoes and onions, along with the carrots, were tender and reminded me of many Sunday dinners my mom would cook. I know they could lose some points for using bagged carrots, but let’s remember that this is just 15 dollars. If there was one thing that was over the top, in a good way that is, it was the butter laden sprouts. Maybe a little too much fat, but who’s counting when it’s this good. For the price, I couldn’t have asked for more.

As our group sat talking, I couldn’t believe that we were soon delivered dessert. Made by the mother of a staff member, the Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake was moist, airy and finished the meal swimmingly. I even tried to snag a bite of Sarah’s, but it was already gone. While substitutions on this night are not the norm, we were pleasantly surprised to see our gluten-free friend, offered a special dessert.

On a beautiful Sunday evening, we had a meal where there was no worrying about the roast or stress about getting everything done at the same time; no dishes or mess to clean up afterwards. I must say that after two back-to-back Sunday dinners, I’m really, really loving these monthly specials. The staff at The Next Act were friendly, caring and sweet enough to make me think I should ring my father next month and take him down for what I hear might be Christmas In July. I can’t foresee being disappointed, and neither should you.

3 thoughts on “The Next Act – Edmonton, Alberta

  1. That meal looked fantastic! It’s such a great idea for restaurants to put on “Sunday dinners”, there’s just something about the way they bring people together to enjoy food and friendship.

  2. Happened on another “Sunday Dinner” now happening at Blue Chair Cafe. $20 per person and included music~!

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