Whisky BBQ Braised Back Ribs. Radisson Hotel Atrium Cafe YEG


It takes a lot of courage for a girl to eat finger – lickin’ good ribs in front on someone she doesn’t really know, right? But I did just that at The Atrium Cafe located in the Radisson hotel on Gateway Boulevard in Edmonton, AB …and it was worth the BBQ sauce on my cheeks!

I was mesmerized by the menu description of Full Rack Baby Back Ribs, cooked in the Atrium’s own Unique Dry Spice Rub, basted in Whisky BBQ sauce. The magic word, of course, was whisky…because, as you know, I can’t resist anything that has whisky in the descriptor.

Just as I was thinking it couldn’t get any  better, Atrium’s friendly & efficient server advised there was a choice of 2 sides from which we could choose. They included baked potato, sweet potato fries, rice, seasonal vegetables, house salad, Ceasar salad or fresh asparagus.

Wow! Something for everyone. You can see I decided on the fresh asparagus, cooked to perfection with just a slight wash of butter & salt and the Ceasar salad. I loved the diversity in side-selects and wish every restaurant could offer more than the typical carb options.

When dinner arrived to the table, the plates were really warm; a nice touch that allows hot foods to stay the perfect temperature right to the end of the meal. This was a much appreciated detail.

The main event, of course, were the ribs. Oh, whatever ingredients the Radisson Atrium is using for the rub & Whisky sauce, they’ve hit it out of the park!  It was really delicious, with a perfect balance of sweet, tangy & smoky.

Although the ribs weren’t exactly what I’d call fall-off-the-bone tender, everything was good enough to finish right to the last bite. It was all washed down with a nice accompaniment of Hardy’s Shiraz red, red wine.

Restaurant goers sometimes don’t consider hotel options when it comes to enjoying dinner out, but the experience with Radisson Atrium Cafe suggests this is a restaurant worth remembering.

With a 6 oz. glass of wine, dinner for 2 can come in under $75.00 all in…and that’s OK


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