What to do in Lacombe

Toast the start of road trip season with a day trip to Lacombe. Only a one-hour drive from Edmonton, you’ll be biting into the best cannoli and burgers sooner than you’d think. Here are five must-stops.

Sweet Capones
The city’s best spot to sit and chill, Sweet Capone’s serves up a menu that will satisfy any sweet-tooth craving. Cannoli deservedly takes centre stage, using a recipe that’s been in the Solda family for generations. The cannoli counter is crammed with tempting flavours such as lemon, vanilla, chocolate and coconut, plus other Italian delights like pesche dolci, tiramisu and Florentines. Recently, the menu expanded to include savouries, such as Panzarotti, ham and cheese cornetti and focaccia bread. Sweet Capones, 4912 50 Avenue, Lacombe

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The Flat Iron Building
When it debuted in 1903, Lacombe’s triangular-shaped Flat Iron Building represented modernity and dominated the city’s downtown core.  Today the Flat Iron Building is occupied by the Lacombe & District Historical Society and a fabulous place to learn about the area’s early beginnings. Flat Iron Building (Lacombe & District Historical Society), 5005 50 Avenue

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Cilantro and Chive
There are so many dishes to love at Cilantro and Chive, but perhaps its most constant stunner are the duck wings braised in apple juice and then doused in a salty Asian sauce. Each crunchy bite is a lovely balance of tangy and sweet goodness. There’s also no going wrong with the lamb burger topped with blueberry goat cheese, mint and a roasted sweet pepper aioli. Make sure to plan a return visit to this Lacombe spot because it would take several visits to make a dent in the beer menu that has more than 100 craft beers on offer. Cilantro and Chive, 5021 50 Street, Lacombe

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Blindman Brewing
Blindman Brewing’s taproom in Wolf Creek Industrial Park is deceptively unassuming and easy to miss, but prepare to elbow your way to the tasting bar. Nearly a dozen brews are available on tap from a hoppy New England-style pale ale to an American-style sour with notes of citrus and peaches to a barrel aged stout. Casual fare, like a charcuterie and cheese board, is designed to pair with, and sop up, all those suds. Blindman Brewing, Bay F – 3413 53 Ave, Lacombe

Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery
Scores of distilleries have been cropping up across Alberta in recent years. One of the best places to procure a bottle of gin or vodka in Lacombe is Old Prairie Sentinel, whose name pays homage to the iconic grain elevators that once dotted the Prairies. Owners Steve Dick and Rob Gugin specialize in high-quality, small-batch spirits with an inventive twist. The pickled pepper vodka and barrel spiced gin are sure shots. Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery 3-3413 53 Avenue, Lacombe

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