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Food Review

One Stop Roadhouse

Food Review by Rob Diaz-Marino (From GayCalgary® Magazine, August 2008, page 58)
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One Stop Roadhouse is – as of yet – a lesser-known gay owned and operated restaurant in Edmonton, just off the east side of Whyte Avenue. They approached us for a food review to help get the word out to our GLBT readership.
The humble restaurant is fairly intimate with approximately 8 tables, in a retro-diner décor. When we visited, it was in slight disarray – it’s still undergoing a number of changes. Though they have been open as a restaurant for several months now, they are working toward completing a small lounge area which they hope will be utilized as a gay hangout, and a venue for GLBT community events. There is a lot of potential in this establishment, but the owner is only able to move forward with the renovations in small increments, as he balances his work in the kitchen. So in the meantime you can enjoy their wide range of lunch and dinner items, with an unexpected personal touch.
First off we tried the Lasagna, which comes with several slices of garlic toast smothered in melted cheese. The generous layers of lasagna noodles are covered in home-made tomato and mushroom sauce, and topped with an ample helping of melted cheese – totally delicious! We were also pleasantly surprised by the large portion size; it will easily satisfy those with large appetites, or can even be shared amongst two people with moderate ones. Lunch and dinner prices vary, as this larger portion size is offered for dinner orders of the dish.
Next we made a selection from their menu of thin-crust pizzas. We couldn’t resist trying the Philly Cheese Steak Pizza which is topped with bacon, shaved beef, cheese, onions, and green peppers. The owner tells us that he prepares the pizzas himself, right down to the dough! The result is a fresh and tasty dish cooked just right, having a crispy crust and still a tender layer of toppings. Other pizza flavours include your standard fare such as Meat Lovers, Hawaiian and Vegetarian, along with a number of other signatures such as Double Bacon Cheeseburger and All Canadian Supreme. Order a pizza for yourself or share with friends – sizes range from small (12”) to the massive 18”, with competitive prices to your local pizza chains.
Finally we sampled their standard Cheeseburger from the burgers menu, and found that the juicy 6-ounce patties are prepared from ground beef, seasoned and cooked in-house. The burger is topped with a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and multiple strips of bacon. The buns are slightly toasted to be crispy, not dry, and neither the burger nor the liberal portion of fries were greasy, as one might expect from such a platter. Despite how plain this dish may sound, we were impressed with how surprisingly good it tasted – simpler can be better.
In an age when it’s all too easy to heat up pre-made frozen food and call it your own, One Stop Roadhouse is a reminder that fresh-made items still taste great. Stop by and try it out for yourself – they have an extensive menu beyond what we’ve mentioned, including all sorts of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, and much more. Get it all, in one stop!

One Stop Roadhouse
Open 7 Days a Week from 10am to Midnight
8205 83rd Street, Edmonton
(780) 490-0675

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