Like it or not, the holiday break is over and we have to get back to work. But there is one way to make meetings more tolerable, and it's the same thing that makes all things more tolerable: food.
By Cory Schachtel | January 11, 2022
Upper Crust Cafe
If you’re like Larry David — and we’re all a little like Larry David — you don’t like hot food for lunch, which makes Upper Crust’s sandwich menu perfect for light talk over a light lunch. No need to bust out detailed spreadsheets here, but maybe discuss potential investment opportunities in between roast beef bites. 10909 – 86 Ave., 780-758-5599
AGA’s May Restaurant
May’s “open space for ideas” is perfect for discussing big picture talks, like how to scale a growing business over a grilled salad and scallops. While you’re there, you might as well keep the conversation going with a leisurely stroll through the gallery (open Wednesday to Sunday) and let the art inspire your well-fed mind. 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-392-2501
Marriott Lobby Bar
One of Michael Scott’s rules of business is to “Make friends first, make sales second, make love third. In no particular order.” We’ll let you decide how effective this strategy is, but whether you’re trying to entice a new client or close a long-worked-on deal, the JW Marriott’s Lobby Bar is a good place to pull it off. 10344 102 St., 780-784-7950
Dalla Tavola Zenari
After decades as a downtown lunch staple in Manulife Place, Zenari’s has reopened on Rice Howard Way as Dalla Tavola Zenari (“from the Zenari table”). Still offering small plates of rich food (including single-serving meat and cheese boards), it’s a good place for an informal meeting or to try and poach a new employee from a rival business. 10166 100A St. NW, 780-540-8920
Bite of Brazil
Got the new job? Landed the big client? Did you wake up and get out of bed? These are all reasons to celebrate, and reasons to take a Bite of Brazil’s sweet and savoury menu, which is deliciously littered with the words “cheese” and “bread.” >10114 104 St., 825-461-1222
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