Wild Wild South

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Kool Moe Dee: inventor of ‘the cowboy phase’.

Wild Rose Cafe and Bar

9743 60 Avenue, Edmonton

When I meet people from out-of-town, I make every effort to demonstrate Edmonton’s greatness. This city gets enough flack from some of the half-steppers who live here that the last thing we need is for out-of-towners giving it a bad rap.  Sure, the Gateway City’s downtown is dead and Whyte Ave is the resting place for the worst types of shit, but there is so much in this city if you take the time to look for it. As part of my never ending pursuit to show-off Edmonton, I took my Haligonian fiend Katherine to Wild Rose Cafe and Bar for pizza and a ‘mid-day Heineken’ (rap reference number one).

Off the beaten path in Edmonton’s southside industrial area, Wild Rose Cafe and Bar perfectly represents this fine western city. It is a blue collar lunch joint that serves ‘just-passing-through-town’ truck drivers,  it looks like a wild west saloon, and it serves fantastic pizza.


I first came across Wild Rose while riding my bike to Millwoods a few months ago and, even though they had pizza on the menu, I ordered a plate of fish because I was in a rush. While the fish was terrible, I felt that there was something about the restaurant that deserved a second – more pizza focused – visit, so I called Katherine and we hit the dusty trail. After a visit to Marshall’s Discount Fabrics to change tags (rap reference number two), Katherine and I made our way to Wild Rose, tied our trusty bikes next to their troughs and moseyed on in.

Inside, Wild Rose resembles your standard greasy spoon/lunch diner, but there is something rustic and classy about its wood-heavy interior. The owner (ex-X-Wrecks owner, for those familiar with the Capilano institution) is very friendly, even bringing Katherine and I unsolicited beer refills (we had to pay for them, but his mind-reading skills were on point).

The pizza at Wild Rose is some of the best nooner, non-Italian Pizzeria, pub pizza that this city has to offer. The cheese is nice, the sauce is nice, and the hot bell peppers were freshly chopped and not from a can. The most impressive thing about Wild Rose’s pizza is its dense yet thin crust, which, in hindsight, reminded me a lot of a green onion cake (also, new idea: green onion cake pizza).

This place is amazing. I think you should go there.

Snoop Dogg: took the cowboy phase too far?…….

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