Eat­ing K-Town from Dawn to Dusk

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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.

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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

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Top Chef (Sea­son 3) alum and Krafty Kitchen owner Chris Shaften. 4

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