Eat your way around the world on 22nd Street
Enjoy food from India to China to El Salvador
You don't need to leave Saskatoon to enjoy savoury Indian curries, flavourful Middle Eastern falafel or spicy Chinese beef dishes.
You don't even need to travel to different parts of the city — just head down 22nd Street.
As Saskatoon Morning explores the future of 22nd Street, online host Matt Kruchak took a trip to visit just a few of the many restaurants that serve food from around the world.
"When I came to Saskatoon, east side people always feel proud of their east side," said Sadiqur Rahman, owner of Swadesh Restaurant. "And I think they're a little bit 'I don't know about the west side. I don't want to go on the west side.' But when I started my business on the west side, believe me, there is lots of immigrant people living on the west side. West side people are really so good and that's why I chose 22nd Street. It is the right place for doing the business."
H67 Pizza and Donair
"We had some tough times, but it's getting better," said Kashif Malik, manager of H67 Pizza and Donair. "It's good now. [22nd Street] wasn't a good place to do business eight years ago, but business is getting better and better. More and more people coming to the city."
Saba's African Cuisine
Saba Keleta is the cook, owner and namesake of Saba's African Cuisine, which has been located on 22nd Street for 10 years. "I've noticed that we have more and more traffic," said Keleta, who is originally from Eritrea. "Everyday there's more and more cars." With the increase in traffic, more people are discovering the restaurant, she said.
"Any ethnic restaurant that you find, it's because there's a need," said Kathleen Lipinski, owner of the Latin American restaurant EE Burritos. "People want that little bit of home. It doesn't matter if it's Ukrainian, East Indian — whatever. You miss certain tastes of home and it's good to go there."
"One of the reasons why I like it a lot is because this is an area with a lot of diversity," said owner of Cafe Roma, Joseph Silveira, who is originally from Portugal. "A lot of different cultures. A lot of different people from different parts of the world. You get to meet a lot of different kinds of people. You get to talk to them about where they're from. What was it like over-there? Why did they come here?"