Eating K-Town from Dawn to Dusk
The best restaurants, cozy wine bars and too-cool breweries in Kelowna.
The tourist brochures would have you think that eating in Kelowna is always done en plein air, a freshly picked apple enjoyed while strolling through the riesling vines. And while the outdoors is ever-present here, Kelowna is also the fastest-growing city in B.C. and now home to 200,000 urbanites. So here’s a sample day of enjoying the best of what the city has to offer—no hiking required.
1 Morning Coffee PULP FICTION COFFEE HOUSE
With giant Pulp Fiction posters adorning the facade, this downtown coffee shop is hard to miss. The inside has a retro- cool vibe and, you guessed it, Pulp Fiction- themed artwork throughout. But this is no ordinary coffee shop: adjacent to the café is Robbie Rare Books (a bookstore named after the poodle of owner and former oilman Max Sloan) and Britannia
Antiques, a shop full of rare treasures. This cozy spot is the perfect place to grab a cappuccino and sticky cinnamon bun while you spend a few hours reading your newest paperback. pulpfictioncoffehouse.com
2 Brunch THE BOHEMIAN
The best brunch places always have a lineup outside, and the Bohemian is no exception. Luckily, the turnover rate is quick—and the food is well worth the wait. At this family- run eatery (decorated with mismatched chairs, movie posters and eclectic artwork), the menu is inspired by comforting home- cooked meals: eggs Benedict, blueberry oatmeal pancakes and corned beef hash. We recommend the BOH combo, which allows you to choose four of your favourite breakfast items for only $15. The aBOHcado (half an avocado stuffed with salsa) is delicious, especially with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt. bohemiancater.com
3 Happy Hour BACARO
This Kelowna wine bar and restaurant has a divine drinks menu and some stellar happy hour deals. From 5 to 6 p.m. you can enjoy bucka-shuck oysters and save $2 on draft beer, wine, original cocktails (the Devil’s Akvavit is a refreshing mix of orgeat, aquavit, pineapple, lime and ginger beer) and appetizers. The seasonal menu includes prosciutto-wrapped portobello mushrooms and pan-seared halloumi with glazed beet carpaccio. And the happy hour gets going early at 3 p.m.
KRAFTY KITCHEN AND BAR
Featuring seasonal menu items and beloved mainstays (Burgundy-braised beef cheek! Grilled octopus!), owner and chef Chris Shaften’s farm-to-table restaurant is the perfect date- night spot. It’s trendy yet cozy, styled with industrial wooden tables, metal chairs and hanging incandescent light bulbs. Though there will always be meat on the menu, Shaften says a number of vegan dishes will be featured this spring. Look for the “not tuna tartare taco,” which features compressed watermelon in a seaweed vinaigrette—according to Shaften, it looks and tastes like the real thing.
kraftykitchen.ca 5 Late Night TREE BREWING BEER INSTITUTE
End your night with a few beers at the Tree Brewing Beer Institute. In addition to offering seasonal beers and year-round favourites, this local brewery also features a “tank to tap” selection—a rotating lineup of experimental beers for patrons to try. You can visit the institute during the day for a behind-the-scenes tour of the beer-making process, but after dark is better suited to sipping brews and playing board games. treebrewingbeerinstitute.com
Top Chef (Season 3) alum and Krafty Kitchen owner Chris Shaften. 4