For lunch, I opted for the Free Press Bistro (80, 10014-104 Street). The Free Press Bistro is a great lunch spot for a tasty sandwich and soup or salad sort of deal. It's almost next door to the Red Arrow downtown office - convenient for travelers who need a quick bite! There's a great selection of sandwiches that are pressed to perfection, which you can enjoy with a hearty and creamy tomato soup, light green salad, or home cut potato chips to boot for $15. The menu does delve outside of the sandwich spectrum, but their Downtown Dining Week lunch offerings showcased their pressed sandwiches and supplied home cut potato chips in addition to your choice of soup or salad for the same price of $15.
For dinner, I went out with a friend to Cocoa's (10222-102 Street) in the Delta Hotel at Edmonton City Centre. Cocoa's is a charming little place, located on the top floor of Edmonton City Centre's west side, right by the movie theatre. It's got a slightly older feel to it, which is comforting in that you can enjoy some finer food without an uptight feel in the air around you. For $28, Cocoa's Downtown Dining Week menu offered a 3-course dinner featuring a baby kale salad, a choice of surf or turf, and a custard for dessert.
In comparison to my Downtown Dining Week experience last year, this one certainly blew it out of the water - steak included. I always appreciate this festival for highlighting some of the great eateries in Edmonton's downtown core. Looking forward to Downtown Dining Week 2018!