It’s incredible what’s happened in Prince George’s restaurant industry in the last few years.
It’s a tough, competitive business and every customer that walks through the door expects top-notch service and quality. When they don’t get it, they take to social media to tell their friends and the world to avoid that place.
Yet Prince George is obviously hungry for lots of different eating experiences. Just look at the variety of places available. It’s a smorgasbord of options, from family diners, locally owned and operated restaurants and some popular franchises.
If the restaurant business is growing in any city, it’s a sign of a strong local economy and confidence from investors and entrepreneurs that the economy is going to stay strong for the foreseeable future.
The eating experience available just in the downtown alone is as good or better than anything available anywhere else in B.C. For those looking for a fancier and more formal lunch or dinner, The Keg, Cimos and North 54 are superb. For a more casual but still top-notch tasty time, there’s the Copper Pig, the White Goose, Nancy O’s, Betulla Burning, the Black Clover, the Twisted Cork, Kask, Crossroads and Karahi King.
Still downtown, there’s Cornerstone in the Ramada and Winston’s and Shogun in the Coast Inn of the North. There’s family dining at White Spot and fun food at North City Donair, Wasabi, Mai Thai and Amigo’s.
What a lineup! That’s just downtown and I didn’t even mention places like Zoe’s, Ohh Chocolat and Margo’s where you can grab a coffee, muffin or a sandwich or have a visit with a friend or client.
And I know I’ve forgotten some places (sorry if I did). My point is how much choice we have for places to eat and what a great mix of the new and the well-established, traditional favorites.
Not far from downtown, there’s Dana Mandi, the BX, Red Robin, China Taste, Slice of Life, the Oakroom Grill, Sushi 97, the Chopped Leaf (which just opened!), Joey’s, Earl’s, Moxie’s, the Grand Trunk Tavern at the casino (which just opened!), the Westwood, Montana’s, the Rockford, Mr. Mike’s and Real Canadian Brewhouse.
I could keep going, heading into College Heights to Ricky’s and Fatburger or I could head up the Hart to Northern Palace and The Salted Cracker. Or I could have a glass of wine and a tasty treat at the Bistro at Northern Lights Estate Winery.
Coming back downtown, we just had Downtown Summerfest and all of the amazing food truck experiences but if you missed out, there’s still Foodie Fridays until the end of August in Canada Games Plaza.
Like Prince George itself, our local restaurants have so many unique experiences for both residents and visitors. And there’s more on the way, with Brown’s Social House under construction at Pine Centre.
There is something missing, though. It’d be great to have a Greek restaurant in Prince George again. Like many longtime locals, I sure miss the Achillion but I bet someone is looking at that opportunity.
Prince George is on the move and it’s plain to see and hear inside every bustling restaurant in the city.