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Beautifully Retro Guinness Poster/Ad Design

Beautifully Retro Guinness Poster/Ad Design

*Update: Added the Ottoman Lounge and The Garage*

I have wanted do this post for quite a while now but I didn’t have enough research, so I decided this might be as good as time as ever, seeing as it is St. Patrick’s Day and all. The post name is self-explanatory. Where in the city can you grab a delicious pint of Guinness? Well, as it turns out, only two places to my knowledge. Now, what I mean when I say “pint of Guinness”, I ain’t talking about from a can or something, I’m talking about on tap! This is also what I meant by research, I have only found it at two pubs/bars, but with that being said, it’s probably at some others. So if there is any other places that you guys/gals know, please comment so I can add them!

Original Joe’s

Not only does Original Joe’s have Guinness on tap, they also have a huge selection of other beers, house beers, and hybrid beers. View our review on Original Joe’s by Sean.

The Silver Buckle

This is one of my favourite pubs in the city. The laid back atmosphere, Dale’s Pizza attached to it, and Guinness – Combine those three things and you will have a full belly and a good night.
THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

In the past week I have been to Original Joe’s twice. Each time was with a different group of people, but even if it was not, the food and service is so good that it would warrant going twice in a week anyway.

A couple months ago, Original Joe’s moved into the building where the East Side Mario’s restaurant had previously been. Since then it has been completely revamped. The walls have been torn down and everything is now wide open. Seating is comfortable and the lighting is dim, creating a more comfortable and personal atmosphere. The service is probably the best I have ever had in town, and the food is wonderful. It looks although Original Joe’s will prosper far better than East Side Mario’s did.

Each time I have been there, the servers were coming by regularly to see how things were and check up on drink levels. A couple times they even brought drink refills to our party before they were completely empty, which showed good attentiveness to their customers.

The food each time has been fantastic, and the best thing is you get 2 sides with most of the meal choices without having to pay extra (in comparison to other restaurants that only offer 1). Even while dining there during an Olympic hockey game that Canada was playing in, the food was prepared and served quicker than I thought it would have been.

When you are finished your meal, instead of lining up at the cash register to pay for your food, the server will bring a debit machine to your table. This allows your server to see you through your entire dining experience instead of leaving you to lining up and waiting for someone else to proceed with the meal payment.

The only possible quarrel I have is that since everything is entirely wide open, it can be very loud, especially if it is hockey night or a band is playing. Another downside is that you must be 18 years or older to enter, so minors unfortunately cannot experience the awesome food.

Original Joe’s definitely gets two thumbs up.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries has been around town now for a while, but it seems like the hysteria has not died down much yet. As everyone probably knows, it is located across the parking lot from the Super Walmart, and as everyone probably knows, it is almost constantly packed with lineups. To thwart this, a friend and I went to the restaurant yesterday at 4PM when it would hardly be busy.

The first thing I noticed upon entering the restaurant, which I imagine is similar to many stores, is the numerous staff that were working at the front – at least 12 during our visit. I know that at 4PM this would be the start of the supper/evening crew, but with so many people it just felt somewhat intimidating. Their production line seemed a little crowded and redundant, and part of their crew seemed to be proficient at slacking off. They were hiding behind a wall in the seating area where the boss could not see them goofing off. Two people in particular stood there for around ten minutes rearranging their bandaids, attempting to do the splits, and sauntering around to lazily wipe the tables without any cleaner.

The food is rather expensive, which was the talk of the town after the restaurant opened. A normal cheeseburger goes for $7.50, while a smaller version of the cheeseburger goes for about $4.50. Fries do not come with the meal, so they have to be purchased separately at $3.50. Drinks are $2 for the smallest size. On the plus side, you are able to combine any or all of the toppings they offer, which there are a lot of.

The burgers were tasty overall, and I enjoyed the fries in particular. In the store, there is a sign that declares where the fries for the day are from, implying their fries will have a slightly different taste with each visit.

I found it odd that around the store and on their take-out menus there were quotes, mostly by magazines, about how wonderful the establishment and the food were. For instance, one quote said, “Voted the best family burger.” I just do not get the significance of a quote like that. Also, Five Guys is apparently Barack Obama’s favourite burger stop. The more you know!

I am not an avid lover of fast food, but Five Guys would be my place of choice if I were craving a fast food burger.

Sadly, as rumored this morning by radio stations, Devine Grill has closed, but why? They seemed to be busy the few times Taylor and I had been there, and everyone seemed to praise their cullinary art.

Recently, as heard around town, Devine had struck lunch specials from their menu. I found this surprising, since most restaurants maintain lunch menus to help drive business. Regardless, that would not stop me from going there during lunch hours. The thing I will miss most is having a good freshly prepared meal outside on their patio.

The rumor going around is that the Medicine Hat News arrived at City Hall this morning to interview the Business Development Officer regarding the closing. You can bet there will be something on the news tonight and on the radio tomorrow about it.

Check these links out to see what we said about Devine Grill in the past:

Dale’s Pizza, located at 687 South Railway Street S.E., in the same building as the popular pub, The Silver Buckle lays a hidden gem among pizza lovers.

I have experience the pizza menu that Dale’s Pizza can offer around three times so far (that I can remember). Each time I have sat in the pub to enjoy the pizza goodness with a couple Guinness’ (which is on tap by the way at The Silver Buckle). It may seem odd to review such an obscure pizza place, but, trust me, it’s because of the quality and taste that I am passionate about it. I’ve probably ate every kind of pizza available in this city, and for sure, Dale’s Pizza ranks above them all for me. With a mixture of fluffy homemade-style pizza crust and just the right amount of tangy pizza sauce and mozzarella, you are sure to get your stomach’s worth of good deep dish goodness. The price ranks a bit above places like Pizza 73 and Pizza Hut, depending on the toppings. But the taste surpasses both of the aforementioned places in my opinion.

We usually order the large or medium size (depending on the amount people with us) with Pepperoni and Salami and top it up with the right amount of parmesan and chili sprinklings. If you haven’t tried Dale’s Pizza yet, it’s worth the test especially if you are already at The Silver Buckle. It’s not overly greasy and it’s not bland at all. Be careful though, you may gain some lethargy after eating it, especially after a couple beers, candy, and playing Nintendo 64 – that’s just my experience anyways.

Medicine Hat boasts a bunch of hotels and motels, most of which are directly accessible from the TransCanada Highway. As a guide for anyone visiting Medicine Hat or needing a place to stay during renovations or moving, here is a comprehensive guide:

Midnight Madness is over and done, but get ready to spend some more holiday cash on Moonlight Madness! Moonlight Madness takes place solely at the Medicine Hat Mall from 7:00PM to 11:00PM. It works a little different then the downtown counter-part as well. Instead of set deals and savings at a store, they change every 15 minutes, so you might have to go there at specific times to get the deal you want – kind of a cool concept. Some shops also have all-night deals on top of the 15 minute sales as well (view the bottom of the list to see these).

The Medicine Hat Mall followed suit again this year and decided NOT to place the deal list and times on their own site, instead giving the Medicine Hat News an exclusive, which might be on purpose, but certainly not good for them – why not have it on both? Anyways, this opens up an opportunity for us: THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

From colourful cupcakes to ceremonial centerpieces, Cake Break turns flour and eggs into sculpted art. I don’t know if I would eat skin or eyeballs, but you have to appreciate this talent.

On October 24th, Taylor and I revisited Devine Grill, but this time we dined in the restaurant, as opposed to our last visit where we dined on the patio.

Both Taylor and I were immediately impressed with the decor inside the restaurant which created an elegant atmosphere. What is more, there was an assortment of appealing art on the walls that we later found out to be all local, which were separated into three galleries around the restaurant. As it turned out, one of the sets of art on the walls turned out to be from Donna Macauley.

Almost immediately after sitting down, our waitress arrived to request our drink orders. She returned many times during our meal to ensure everything was going smoothy and to refill our drinks. Our meals were prepared in a timely fashion despite the large crowd of people dining in the restaurant, and like last time, the experience was exceptional and memorable.

After our meal was over, our chef, Todd, came out to talk to us briefly, as we kind of knew each other through Medicine Hat Media’s previous post on Devine Grill. It is wonderful to see the owners and chefs come out to talk to their guests.

The local art on display were from the following artists/establishments:

Check out Devine Grill for an awesome, fresh and local restaurant.

Pizza Hut "Book It" Program

Pizza Hut "Book It" Program

The Pizza Huts in Medicine Hat and Brooks have a special offer going on called Book It, which started on October 1, 2009, and will run until March 31, 2010. The offer is aimed at enticing kids in the younger grades of elementary school to read more, and the prize is free pizza. Who could say no?

The idea is for teachers to set monthly reading goals for each child in their class, which is then noted by their parents at home. Once the child reaches their goal, the teacher presents them with a free pizza certificate. The child (accompanied by a parent) can then go to any Medicine Hat or Brooks Pizza Hut to redeem a free one-topping personal pan pizza, as well as congratulations by the manager or service team. Each accomplished monthly reading goal afterwards will be rewarded with another personal pan pizza and a sticker of achievement.

The first step in the process requires the school to be registered with Pizza Hut (which could be done on their website), but unfortunately, the entry deadline was September 30, 2009, although the program renews every year. The second step is read, read, read. The third step is eat pizza. And the fourth step is to repeat.

I did this program in Regina when I was a kid, and personally speaking, it is an excellent way to motivate kids, because everyone loves pizza, although I do not ever recall being congratulated by the manager or any service staff…

  • Medicine Hat Pizza Huts are located at 1277 Trans Canada Hwy and #103 – 140 Maple Ave.
  • Brooks Pizza Hut is located #3 – 1131 2nd Street W.

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