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5 local hidden gems to consider when you want to try new cuisines. (Kelowna, BC)

We all know the benefits of supporting and eating local, but sometimes it’s hard finding those little gems tucked away in Kelowna’s growing cityscape. Are you looking for a way to support local businesses? Are you looking to try out a new cuisine? Check out this list and consider growing your experiences with flavours, textures, and cultures. (After it is safe to go out of course, or you can consider takeout)

Latin Fiesta – Rutland, highway 33 & Dougall

Latin Fiesta Store Front. Cheyanna Dyck (2020).

With the winter blues coming to end, many of us are dreaming of warmer weather and blue, sunny skies. Why not spice up your taste buds and experience some food inspired by warmer climates?

While you wait for your meal you can enjoy the beautifully painted interior, the fun, and upbeat music or chat with the staff. They are some of the sweetest people with the best customer service.

This local restaurant offers the freshest ingredients for their Mexican and el Salvadorian dishes. With everything from nachos and burritos to tamales and enchiladas, you’ll be drooling in line and leaving happy and satisfied.

Our favorite is the Al Pastor Tacos which starts with a soft corn tortilla smothered with slow-roasted pork shoulder. Then topped off with fragrant cilantro, crisp onions, and fresh lime. The menu includes kid meals, veggie-only options and the most delicious Tres Leches cupcakes for dessert!

So next time you are looking for a new place for Taco Tuesday or want to support local, try out Latin Fiesta located at 400B BC Highway 33.

Dunn Enzies – Downtown, Landmark Towers, Airport Village, Lower Mission

Dunn Enzies, Downtown Location. Cheyanna Dyck (2020).

Whether you are looking for a lazy Friday meal, or if you are looking for a bite to eat after a night on the town – Dunn Enzies is where it’s at! Serving up some of the best pizza at four locations across Kelowna.

All location also offers open mic nights, music shows, comedy and trivia nights. Pizza and a show… What more could you ask for?

All pizzas need a good base and they have some of the best pizza dough out there! Crisp yet soft and %100 homemade. The Dunn Enzies menus offer classics like Luigi (ham, bacon, pineapple, Mozza) and Bruno (double pepperoni, mushroom, and Mozza).

But they don’t stop there. They also offer unique spins on pizzas like Diego’s Inferno (chorizo, tomato, onion, green pepper, Mozza and chipotle aioli) and The Don (beef, onion, blue cheese, and Mozza). Are those names fun or what?

If you are looking for a fun atmosphere, great staff and even better pizza give one of the four Dunn Enzies locations a try. (They also deliver!)

Mad Mango Cafe – Downtown, 551 Bernard Ave.

Mad Mango Store Front. Cheyanna Dyck (2020).

If you are familiar with Kelowna and have been around long enough you have probably heard of Mad Mango more than once. If you are new to the area, we strongly recommend this adorable Asian fusion café located in the heart of downtown Kelowna!

The moment you step through the doors of this restaurant you feel the buzz, the energy, and the cozy atmosphere. Your nose is filled with the spicy aromatic curries simmering in the kitchen. The staff are incredibly friendly and answer any questions about spice levels, ingredients, and flavours.

When we visited Mad Mango, it was a cold and windy day in March, so a hot bowl of soup was a must-have. And the Laska soup and curry chicken soup were filled with flavors of coconut, curry and fresh veggies. The café also features traditional all-day breakfast, complete with eggs, bacon or sausage.

This was a new cuisine experience, but now we understand the hype around Mad Mango Café and are excited about our next visit! We highly recommend checking out their downtown location.

Bluetail Sushi – 1675 Commerce Ave and 1873 Spall Rd.

Bluetail Sushi and Bistro Store Front. Cheyanna Dyck (2020).

We all love a good sushi fix, right? With so many options in Kelowna, it can seem overwhelming to choose a restaurant. We recommend Blue Tail Sushi and Bistro, with two locations they are central to wherever you happen to be.

The restaurant on Commerce Ave. has the coolest ambiance with relaxing blue accent lights and modern black leather booths. The staff are friendly and super attentive, ready to ask any questions or make a recommendation

We love the spicy miso soup because it warms you from the inside out. The restaurant also offers tasty teriyaki combination dinners, and platters perfect for parties. With sushi platters like Viking’s Feast, you are sure to wow your friends and family, or your special someone with the Love Boat platter.

So, if you are interested in trying out the sushi craze, or just looking for somewhere new to try out, make sure you consider Blue Tail. The staff, the food, the décor, the fancy vibe, and great prices make it a complete dining experience.

Basha Donair & Shawarma – 135 Rutland Rd North

Basha Donair Store Front. Cheyanna Dyck (2020).

Basha Donair may not be local to just Kelowna, with locations in and around Edmonton, but they are too good not to mention. Their Rutland location is convenient and easy to locate and worth the little drive up Highway 33.

Their Kelowna location has the coolest décor, people’s signatures line the walls under the pictures and descriptions of the most famous donairs. For example, they offer The Sasquatch which is a donair about the size of the average person’s head – but man is it delicious!

The staff members are also very helpful in explaining what ingredients they use, such as the pink pickled radishes and an amazing array of sauces like tzatziki and hummus.

There is a little something for everyone at this restaurant. You can grab a quick lunch to go or bring the whole family down for dinner. Basha Donair & Shawarma will not disappoint, and you will leave happy and full, wanting to come back again and again. So next time you’re looking to shake up your lunch or dinner routine, consider this great local spot!

Peace & Love!

-Cheyanna.

By Cheyanna Dyck

My name is Cheyanna Lorraine and I am an Indigenous journalism student.

I love to write, cook, paint and everything thing about summer! Join me on my chaotic and beautiful adventure of navigating through life.

2 replies on “5 local hidden gems to consider when you want to try new cuisines. (Kelowna, BC)”

I am literally drooling 🤤!!

Being a visitor who comes to Kelowna for week long visits, I appreciate having this fun new list of places to try! I suspect “we”will be visiting them all!! 👌🏼

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