Okay, before I go on let me get one thing out of the way…
Fantastic. Now, onto the review.
As some of you may know, I’m a HUGE fan of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival (which starts Aug. 11 and runs until Aug. 21. Check it out because it’s one of the biggest festivals of its kind in North America…/endpromotion). For the past 6 years, I’ve been a box office volunteer and have seen countless amounts of shows since I first started “fringing”. But there was always one question I constantly ask myself every single season: What should I eat?
(For some of you rolling your eyes right now going, “of course the foodie is always looking for places to eat!” Just work with me on this one okay?)
Yes, that’s a question we ask ourselves everyday. But at festivals like the Fringe that are located in busy hot spots like Whyte Ave, you have a TON of a options and sometimes you become indecisive about what you should eat. Whenever I’m on Whyte, I usually gravitate towards 3 places:
The Next Act
These places have always been safe bets for me, but I can only visit these places so many times during the Fringe before I begin to crave a change in scenery after repeat visits. Plus, one can only consume so much taco-in-a-bag before the shame settles in.
But thankfully, I stumbled up on a neat little brew pub called Situation Brewing.
First off, let me say that I was a little hesitant checking this place out. When I think of pub food, I often think of places like Hudson’s or Elephant and Castle (RIP December 2015) and “okay” burgers and fries that you wash down with whatever beer was on special that afternoon. But let me tell right now that the food here is *SPOILERS* SCRUMPTIOUS. *SPOILERS Over*
Their menu is very straightforward:
As you can see, you can get a variety of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and mains that range from mac and cheese their “Swine and Succotash”. It may look like your average pub fare, but take a closer look at the ingredients for each dish. For example:
The Angry Bison (which is what I ended up ordering)
6 oz. bison patty
Spicy cheese croquette (THIS. MY GOD. MANA FROM HEAVEN.)
Angry BBQ sauce
Oh and perfectly seasoned fries
Here’s a photo of it:
If your mouth isn’t watering after that…I have no words. I don’t often wolf a burger down, but I did when I went to Situation. Every single bite out of this thing was god tier levels of delicious. The bison patty was succulent, the cheese croquette had actual cheese in it and was super gooey, and the sauces were flavourful but not overpowering. Hell even the fries were great and well seasoned!
Alright I gotta ease up on the praise because I’m getting super hungry talking about this place. If there was any criticism I had about Situation Brewing, it’s that the service was a little slower than I expected. It could be due to the fact that the place was pretty busy when I went there or because was super hungry and I was just being impatient (I may have missed out on lunch at the time). Other than that there isn’t a whole lot of negative things I can say about this place. It’s that good.
But that’s it. I had a really positive experience overall. Although I didn’t get a chance to try out any of the beers they had on tap (I was driving), I highly recommend that you give this place a shot. The food is good enough to warrant a visit AND you could check the place out between shows at the Fringe because it’s a hop, skip, and a jump from the main festival grounds! 😉
I know I’ll definitely be going here more often now because this place has definitely earned a spot on my Whyte Ave list: