Dryden bannock eatery savours national attention

Bannock restaurant named a top spot to eat at in Canada this summer by national publication

Restaurant serving traditional fried bread is a family affair

An employee at Kokom's Bannock Shack mixes up a batch of dough. (Josee Racicot)

A Dryden restaurant has received national attention for the aboriginal fare on its menu. Kokom's Bannock Shack was recently highlighted in the National Post as one of the best places to stop for food Canada.

Bannock, a traditional fried bread, is served with every meal.

Owner Josee Racicot explained how the name and the concept for the restaurant came about: "Kokom means grandma in Ojibway. My grandma taught my mom to make bannock, my mom taught me and my mom has also taught my children. So actually there's now three generations that work in Kokom's."

The bannock burger is one of the offerings on the menu at Kokom's Bannock Shack in Dryden. (Josee Racicot)

Everything on the menu is homemade — with Indian tacos, bannock burgers and bannock poutine being among the specialties.

The secret to making the staple for every meal has come with years of practice and family tradition, Racicot said.

"It's in the mixing. My mom is very good at it. She's been trying to teach me. I can't quite perfect it as good as her."

Racicot joked that bannock is very much her comfort food, a tradition she's offering to her customers.

"I want the food to be reasonable. I want them to come in, eat and not be hungry when they leave."

Since the article in the National Post, Racicot has seen an increase in the number of customers coming in and said she feels overwhelmed by the attention.

Racicot is sharing her good fortune beyond just the menu.

"We do get a lot of First Nations customers in here." Racicot said.

"But it's also important to point out we take local art work to decorate our walls. So it means I am not just successful. They are also."

Kokom's Bannock Shack is located on Government Road in Dryden. 


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