Great Okanagan places to eat

Vancouver Sun, July 15, 2021 by Mia Stainsby

Food and restaurants writer Mia Stainsby’s first instalment in a three-part series on where to eat in the Okanagan.

The late, legendary foodie James Barber once dubbed the Cowichan Valley “Canada’s Provence,” a title oft repeated by writers such as myself. But frankly, that southern France billing may better fit the Okanagan Valley, with its aromatic garrigue landscape softened by carpets of lush vineyards, delicious wines and hot, dry summers.

Add the exciting and ever-growing terroir-based food experiences, and my annual pilgrimages there (barring 2020) are like a trip through Provence — almost. And with the crisis of Vancouver’s unaffordable housing, it keeps getting better as West Coast big-deal chefs find their bliss in the Okanagan.

Since we’re now unleashed to travel B.C., here’s the first of my three-part series on where to eat in the Okanagan which, by the way, will in no way tell the whole story. First is a roundup of places I’ve visited in the past, have been around for some time, as well as a couple of newish ones. Next week, Penticton’s new hot spots! Travel safely!

RauDZ Regional Table

1560 Water St., Kelowna.

250-868-8805. raudz.com

Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao pioneered a new level of dining in Kelowna 20 years ago with Fresco, which later rebranded to RauDZ Regional Table. All along, it’s been about local, sustainable, farm-to-table. Check out their 20th-year celebration menu, highlighting dishes from their past, like grilled sockeye salmon BLT on fig anise toast with pancetta and fennel fries.

Sunny’s Modern Diner

235 Bernard St., Kelowna.

778-478-1170. sunnysmoderndiner.com

Bright, cheery spot for brunch or lunch by the same folks as RauDZ Regional Table. Named after their golden retriever, the large photos of the seemingly smiling Sunny adds more cheer.

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