Today, the legendary King Eddy is unveiling a new menu that pays homage to its Whiskey Row roots, with a drink list that includes some new whiskey-infused cocktails, and cuisine inspired by the railroad-riding international travellers and workers who stayed along 9th Avenue’s stretch of hotels and continue to gather in the area to this day.
“When we talk about the storied history of the King Eddy that goes all the way back to 1905, we like to say that the Eddy’s iconic soul is alive in a revitalized home,” said Ryan McLeish, the King Eddy’s General Manager. “With that in mind, we’ve come up with a menu that reflects the Eddy of today, one that’s all about comfort – fresh flavours with old soul – and appeals to the multi-generational, cross-cultural patrons who walk through our doors. For the past century, all walks of life have been making connections here. The menu is a nod to the past and a tribute to the diversity of our back-of-house staff who brought a piece of their home to ours. Music is for everyone, and our menu should be too.”
The food menu offers a global flare with items that include Aloo Gobi, Mushroom Bulgogi Bao, Lamb Souvlaki, Thai Red Curry Chicken, Korean BBQ Platter, and classics like the King Eddy Smashed Burger and a Grilled Steak Sandwich. Not to mention a range of vegetarian and vegan options, such as a tasty Thai Crunch Salad or mouth-watering Chickpea Fritter Wrap. The weekend brunch menu has also been updated with the delightful Vegan Tofu Scramble, Veggie Eggs Benny, Spicy Frittatas, Chicken and Waffles, and more savoury dishes.
New whiskey-centric cocktails give a tip of the hat to the Eddy’s rich history along Whiskey Row. There’s the Sundance Smash, so named after notorious outlaw, The Sundance Kid, who was rumoured to have spent time in the area; the Reifel Sour, created with locally-made rye from the Alberta Distillers in Inglewood, and other sure to be new hits. The menu also includes a range of mocktails for those who want a pop of punch without the booze.
In addition to the launch of its new food and drink menu, the King Eddy will be partnering with the National Music Centre to host a series of beverage tastings and listening parties in the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, featuring classic albums by bands who have recorded in the famous truck. The series follows a successful soft launch last month with a sold-out Led Zeppelin listening and scotch tasting event. The next round of listening and tasting parties includes Neil Young’s Harvest combined with a sampling of Canadian spirits on March 29, Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers paired with a tasting geared towards bourbon lovers on April 26, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours complemented by a California wine tasting on June 13. Tickets are on sale now for the Neil Young listening party and Canadian spirits event on March 29 and tickets for all upcoming events will be announced soon at kingeddy.ca/whats-on.
With its authentic hospitality and historic ambiance, the Eddy is a space to hear the best live music, eat great food, and form genuine connections. As McLeish adds, “The Eddy’s vibe is unparalleled. Its soul is embedded in its history, and we want people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to come here to share old memories while also creating new ones.”