About Us

Restaurant life


New owner and Executive Red Seal Chef Rahul Mahadiratta has brought his 20+ years of worldly cuisine to the small town of Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Rahul wanted to create a unique experience in the heart of Alberta Cattle country while ensuring he didn’t forget about the roots of Alberta and its western heritage.
Today’s Hitchin Post Bar & Grill is introducing a new sensation of flavours to the Ponoka area. Aside from the Central Alberta staple foods of steak, prime rib, ribs and hamburgers, The Hitchin Post is serving up new and unique items such Bibimbap, Japanese Gyoza, Atlantic Salmon Salad, Butter Chicken, or a Chickpea Curry Bowl. Today’s Hitchin Post is a fusion of flavors from around the world and from our own backyard.
We do our best to not purchase ingredients where every other business purchase from and we instead support a vast number of local ranchers, farms, greenhouses, butchers and produce farmers. We want your experience at The Hitchin Post to be as fresh and natural as possible.

Head chef

Chef Rahul has always been passionate about food. His culinary career began more than 15 years ago. Graduated in Hotel Management he prided himself on providing guests with an extraordinary experience they would always remember. Rahul style is to keep food simple and natural, focusing on the intensity of Individual flavours and the harmony of regional ingredients. He has worked for some of the well-known Restaurant Brands in Canada like White spot, River Rock Pub & Steakhouse (B.C), Chop Steakhouse & Bar, Glendale Golf & Country Club, Rio’s Grill & Lounge leading the innovative culinary team and gaining and sharing his culinary journey. He Worked for ARAMARK as Executive Chef at University of Alberta since 2014. A seasoned talent with extensive experience in the culinary arena, Chef Rahul is committed to delivering great food and service to Enchantment guests.

How Do We Support Local Farmers

We support as many local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, and small businesses as possible.  We could get our food from the same sources as everybody else, but that doesn’t celebrate the western culture that is Alberta.  This is agriculture, cattle, and rancher country, and we support our local farmers. We get our potatoes from the local Hutterite community . All our mixed greens come from a local year-round greenhouse: 

Our proteins: beef, pork, chicken and lamb is sourced throughout Alberta but comes from local butchery: 

You will never get a bad meal from The Hitching Post. Always out standing and staff are really friendly. Like walking into a friend’s house for supper.

Diane Hopgood

I'm away f They are the best in Ponoka and if you are looking for a good feed of tasty fish, then try The Hitching Post. Affordable ,a friendly family atmosphere.

Edward McLain

4405 AB-2A, Ponoka
AB T4J 1J8 Canada
+1-403-783-3800 , +1-780-699-3350
Open: Mon to Thur 11am-11pm
Friday 11am to 2am
Sat 9am to 2am
Sunday 9am to 11pm