Best Seafood Restaurant: Booker's BBQ Grill and Crab Shack

Captured by  Neil Zeller

Captured by Neil Zeller

Barbeque, seafood, craft cocktails and live music – Booker’s BBQ Grill & Crab Shack really does have it all. Established in 1998, Booker’s opened in a century-old brick warehouse beside downtown’s East Village community. Nested on the edge of the Bow River Pathway, Booker’s is a hotspot all year round, but particularly busy in the summer months when people are walking the area.

The barbeque is smoked and flavourful, the cocktails are creative and sumptuous, but the seafood is where it’s at. Whether you’re looking for crispy calamari, a hearty crab bucket or fire-grilled prawns, Booker’s will keep your taste buds guessing as you work through their perfectly seasoned from-the-sea options. The snow crab dinner offers one pound of crab, butter, lemon and your choice of two sides for a positively scrumptious meal, or perhaps you dive into the blue cod beer-battered fish and chips for a laid-back coastal meal. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed with the quality, quantity or sheer authentic presentation of dishes at Booker’s. For a full list of their menu options and live events, visit their website.

FIRST RUNNER UP: RODNEY’S OYSTER BAR

SECOND RUNNER UP: BIG FISH