I spent the weekend in Saskatoon with my parents, celebrating my lovely ageless mother’s birthday. She chose the Granary restaurant for our special dinner. As I walked in, it was incredibly familiar, even though it’s been at least 15 years since I last visited.

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The decor is a throwback to a prairie era gone by – from the old time containers on shelves, to the old licence plates on the wall. It’s a warm and friendly decor, with equally friendly and capable staff.

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We chose to start with the salad wagon. You just don’t see a lot of salad bars anymore. The fresh vegetables and other salad accompaniments were really delicious. It made me almost want to go back for seconds, but I knew how delicious my main meal would be, and I didn’t want to spoil it.

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I chose an old favourite of mine, the sirloin oscar. The steak was cooked perfectly, and the shrimp and crab and hollandaise on top was wonderful. I also loved the loaded baked potato. Just as I remembered.

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My dad chose the prime rib, and my mom chose a pickerel dish – we all raved about our meals.

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It was a really fun dinner for us, where we could reminisce about the past and truly enjoy the delicious meal that was right in front of us in this moment. Some things are classic and unchanged for a reason. Judging by the large tables of families celebrating something all around us, a lot of people still agree.

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