Eating out has looked a little different this past year, but that hasn’t stopped Medicine Hat from continuing to cultivate an amazing food scene.
Whether you’re looking for classic diner fare, something quick to go with your morning coffee, or a top-notch meal to help mark a special occasion, this city’s got you covered.
Breakfast on your mind? Head over to local favourite, Lela’s Place the Chocolate Shop. Located in the middle of the South East Hill neighbourhood, this diner offers everything from early-bird-special platters to omelettes, pancakes, waffles, and french toast. But their secret weapon arrives at noon - salads made fresh to order, homemade soups, and a cheeseburger rumoured to be the best in town. Call to order whatever you’re hungry for.
Down the hill on 3rd Street SE, Madhatter Roastery is another fun morning stop. Irina and Leanne, the cafe’s bakers, are always trying new things, like adding breakfast cereal to their whoopie pies or tweaking their cookie recipes. Their Madhatter staples are always ready to go as well - a frittata breakfast bun or a gluten-free scone goes perfectly with a cup of their coffee. You can call to order beforehand or stop by to see what they have on display.
Hop one street over to 2nd, and you’ll find Station Coffee Co., a great cafe for picking up lunch or a tasty treat while you walk through the city’s historic downtown. Lunch specials change daily at Station and often feature a hearty soup paired with a sandwich or a loaded piece of pizza. Baked goodies are also on constant rotation, and gluten-free options are always available. Everything on the menu is made behind the counter, using as many local ingredients as they can find.
Next door to Station at Sabai Thai Fusion, the Houmphanh family serves authentic recipes that have locals regularly coming back for more. Tradition Pad-Thai, Red Choo Chee, stir fry dishes - you name it, they’ve perfected it, and will serve it to you with a smile. Their staff are known for being particularly sensitive toward food allergies, so don’t hesitate to mention any specifications you might need.
For an exciting night out, follow South Railway Street southeast of downtown to Grit City Distillery. Owners Andy and Jenn pride themselves on keeping things fresh - ordering all their bread, buns, and dough from McBrides Bakery and sourcing local ingredients for their distillery and restaurant. The new captain of their kitchen, Chef Curtis, runs a tight ship while adding new things to the menu, like Andy and Jenn’s favourite, the AJ Chicken Sandwich. If table service is available, you can’t leave without pairing your meal with one of their signature cocktails, all made using the distillery’s creations.
Redwood Steakhouse, tucked right inside the Medicine Hat Lodge, is another fantastic option for dinner. Every item on the menu will have your mouth watering, but the star dish has to be their 28-32oz Tomahawk AAA Ribeye, served with salad, two veggie dishes, two starches, garlic sauteed mushrooms, and three sauces made in-house. Don’t let the high price fool you - the dish serves up to four people. Call to order delivery or take-out, or sit and enjoy their highly rated service for the perfect date night.
These establishments are only a taste of what can be found in Medicine Hat. Whether you need a quick snack or a five-course dining experience, we have a host of friendly, creative people ready to serve you delicious food while making adjustments to keep you and your family safe. No matter what door you open in this city, our cuisine is sure to please.