I’ve heard that there are two things that are must-haves at Campio (other than the beer, of course), the pickle chips and the MacDavid pizza.
So, of course my friend and I order both, along with a couple of amber lagers.
Don’t think that “pickle chips” are some sort of gourmet take on the dill pickle potato chips you find at the convenience store — and then truly regret buying. No, these are thinly sliced pickles, fried and dusted with spice, served with a house-made dipping sauce that has a lot of tang. These are very addictive and, surveying the taphouse, it’s pretty clear that they’re being delivered to many tables. Is this Edmonton’s new beer snack of choice?
Then comes the pizza, a giant rectangle, with the thick, bready crust that we all equate with the Greek pizza places that used to be ubiquitous in Alberta. It’s loaded with ground beef, cheese and a secret sauce, then sliced into squares. What surprises you, before you even take a bite, is how much each square of pizza weighs. It’s heavy. As in, if you piled them together, and used the cheese to bind them, you might be able to build a shelter.
Take a bite, and the “Mac” hits you right in the taste buds. The sauce, shredded lettuce, beef and cheese all come together, and the playful take on fast food’s most famous burger is complete.
This is food that’s truly fun. And when you’re sharing a laugh or two with friends over pints, it’s great that the stuff that you’re eating is worthy of conversation.