Century Casino – Edmonton Edition (Fort Road)
Disclaimer: most of this post is regarding a visit where I was invited by the business to have the full “date night” experience. Prior to attending the VIP event, I did visit on my own to be able to compare the two different experiences. Please note that all opinions are my own and will not be affected by the complimentary passes.
A co-worker was the first to point out to me that the casinos in Edmonton had really great food specials on a nightly basis. This gets you in the door so that you will buy a couple of drinks, do some gambling and maybe catch a show. There is actually a lot to do in one of the stand alone casinos here in Edmonton. She had invited me out to the Century Casino in St. Albert for the rib special one night before a class we were taking together. It was a huge portion, it was really cheap and it was okay (you need to remember I am picky about my BBQ!) None of us are gamblers, so it is a decent, inexpensive night out with friends.
Fast forward to my invitation.
The original invitation was for one of the concert series of events. It took me forever to try to find a band that I would enjoy watching. (I enjoy really obscure Power Noise bands) I finally picked one and unfortunately one of the members fell ill and they had to reschedule the show. My schedule is nuts on a good day, so I saved the date to go to the Mid City Grill on my own bill.
It was the Friday Night Buffet for $24.95, but we didn’t do the buffet. I had a steak sandwich and my husband had one of the burgers. I also had to try the cactus chips with the queso dip. The food was good, my husband really enjoyed his burger.
At the beginning of the meal, our server was attentive and awesome. When it came to the end of the meal, not so much. My husband likes to enjoy a post meal beer and some conversation, maybe some dessert. Our server was intensely focused on cleaning up after the dinner rush and didn’t check in to see if we would like anything else. We got frustrated and just ended up paying our bill and leaving.
So my regular visit synopsis; the food was good and a good value. The service was also good but could have been better.
The Influencer experience was similar, only the staff had been briefed that we were visiting. We were warmly greeted by the Yuk Yuk’s Manager (I am so sorry, I am terrible with names) who escorted us to Mid City Grill. We were shown to our table.
Thursday night’s special is prime rib for $8.99. Sold! Prime rib is one of my favourite things to eat. My husband ordered a very nice looking Beef Tenderloin steak with lobster Bearnaise sauce ($35) that he thoroughly enjoyed. My Prime Rib was also delicious; juicy and tender. My only wish was that you could choose your “doneness” like you would at a carvery.
They have a really great new featured cocktail menu. I tried their Negroni, and it was really nice, very refreshing. I am sure that the rest of the choices are also top notch.
This time the service was spot on. Our server was absolutely delightful and made sure that we were well taken care of. We were very full from our meal so decided that we would grab dessert at Yuk Yuks.
We had some time to kill before the Yuk Yuk’s show, so onto the slot machines we go. Sorry gamblers, it’s not something we do hardly ever. We put a nice chunk of change in the machines and unfortunately didn’t come out as winners. It’s a fun way to pass the time though while you wait for your show.
Being all about local, I wanted to attend the comedy night that featured local comedians. I love to see what talent is up and coming. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Ryan Short was the headliner. We had the opportunity to catch one of his shows previously and really enjoyed ourselves.
We got upgraded to one of the booths along the back wall when we were seated at Yuk Yuks. Usually that will cost you an extra $20. I had my eye on a frozen drink from Mid City Grill that I wanted to try with dessert. I didn’t see it on the Yuk Yuks’ cocktail menu. When I asked the server, they actually have separate menus for the restaurant and the theatre. She was amazing and went over to Mid City to get me the drink. Thank you! It was chili and chocolate and delicious! I would go back for a visit just for one of those. Spicy and chocolate is a favourite in our house.
We both chose tiramisu for dessert. The slabs of cake were HUGE. Neither of us could finish them. They were very good though, one of those things that you can’t stop eating when it is just sitting there.
I love that Yuk Yuks is giving the local entertainers a chance at some stage time. They don’t get long for their set so there were a lot of different acts on the stage. Honestly, we enjoyed most of them. There were only awkward silences maybe a couple of times where the punchline didn’t land.
Thank you to Chef Walter Esser and the rest of the kitchen team, the food and drinks were top notch! Thank you to Yuk Yuk’s for the awesome comedy experience. Thank you to the rest of the Century Casino team for making our “date night” one to remember.