Astros Restaurant: West End Staple Serves Up Traditional Comfort Favourites

Heather Gunn

Astros Restaurant
10038 167 Street

Lasagna and Greek salad. Photo: Heather Gunn

With the chilly weather arriving in full force here in Edmonton, many people turn to delicious comfort food to warm up. Astros Restaurant is a staple on the west end for their wide array of homestyle comfort food.

Established in 1970, Astros is tucked away in a small strip mall near Mayfield Common. Their menu has something for everyone – pizza, pasta, salad, steak, and more. It was hard deciding what to get as everything sounded delicious after a long day at work.

My friend and I decided to each get something different to see what the quality and taste was like from item to item. I opted for the baked lasagna with meat sauce and the Greek salad, while my friend went with the New York Cut striploin (8 oz) that was served with sliced tomato, a baked potato, and a garden salad.

My first impression was that everything was presented very well; The food came piping hot, the lasagna was generously topped with golden-brown cheese, and the salads looked fresh. Going in for the first bite of lasagna, I was slightly underwhelmed with the meat sauce as it wasn’t evenly coating the pasta – but this was just a minor qualm. Those who enjoy a mild sauce where the meat is front and centre will be fans of this recipe. The dish overall tasted hearty and familiar, the way a great lasagna should.

Next up I sampled the Greek salad. The lettuce and vegetables were crisp, and the dressing had a great tangy flavour. This salad only comes in a large size, which was a bit too big for one person. It would work great as a full meal, or for sharing between two or three people. My friend enjoyed her garden salad and noted that it was fresh, and a great side portion paired with her steak.

Striploin steak and salad. Photo: Heather Gunn

The striploin came properly cooked to my friend’s request of medium rare, and she really enjoyed the baked potato (and its toppings) that came with it. We each had a side of garlic bread as well, which was delicious, as all garlic bread typically is. We unfortunately didn’t try any of their pizza, but next visit I will make sure to order one as they come quite highly regarded.

As a lifelong resident of Edmonton’s west end, I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try this local gem. I’m so glad I finally did! When you want food that is simple and comforting, Astros is the place to go.

Astros is currently open for take-out and dine-in from Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.m and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Heather is a former freelance writer for Vue Weekly and a current copywriter with S.O.S. Media Corp. You can follow her on Instagram: @yeg_flavours.

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