Nestled in the heart of Alberta, Cilantro and Chive is not just a restaurant; it's a culinary journey that celebrates the essence of community and the joys of good food. With two thriving locations in Red Deer and Lacombe, this eatery has a story that's as rich as its menu.
Cilantro and Chive's journey began in 2012 when they opened their doors in Ponoka. It quickly became a go-to destination for showcasing fresh and mouthwatering dishes, while also putting a spotlight on local food and drink. The community embraced them, setting the stage for a remarkable culinary adventure.
In 2015, they found their new home in historic downtown Lacombe at 5021 50th Street. With hard work, dedication, and the support of those who believed in their vision, they transformed their humble beginnings into a vibrant community space, right down to every meticulously chosen detail.
One of the standout features of Cilantro and Chive is their unwavering support for local suppliers. Their menu is a testament to their commitment to using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Whether it's the Korean Noodle Bowl, a delightful twist on a classic favourite, or the Jambalaya Pappardelle, a pasta dish that bursts with flavour, every item is prepared with love and precision.
The Nashville Chicken Sandwich is a true delight, offering a balance of heat and flavour that's bound to satisfy your cravings. Duck Wings provide a unique and mouthwatering experience that's perfect for sharing with friends. And for burger enthusiasts, the Canadian Smash Burger is a must-try. It's a juicy, flavour-packed masterpiece that's simply irresistible.
Cilantro and Chive is more than just a restaurant; it's a beacon of community support. They actively give back to the communities that have embraced them and made their growth possible. Seeing smiles on people's faces is the reason they got into the hospitality industry, and with your help, they're now able to impact more people and communities for the better.
Cilantro and Chive always have something special on the menu. Their daily specials, including Mac N Cheese and Mule Cocktails on Monday, Poutine and Beer on Tuesday, Prime Rib Night on Wednesday, and Stuffed Yorkshire Puddings on Thursday, offer a delightful reason to visit every day of the week. You can choose to dine in or pick up your favourite dishes, ensuring that their delectable creations are accessible to everyone.
But you don't have to take our word for it. Cilantro and Chive's extensive craft beer selection, along with their generous and delicious meals, have earned them a well-deserved reputation. Whether you're into classics like fish and chips or want to explore something new, like the dill pickle poutine, you'll find dishes that leave your taste buds singing. Cilantro and Chive is a must-visit spot for anyone looking to embark on a culinary journey through the heart of Alberta, where fresh flavours and community converge.
Britanny Burr is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the 2023/24 Cool Winter Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.