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ISO recs for dinner near Deerfoot Casino

There is Caesar's steakhouse in Willow Park (15 minute drive) and also Baton Rouge in Quarry Park (10 minute drive). I've had very good meals at San Remo, and never experienced the puddle of water issue.

Dec 02, 2013
YYCSpeedy in Prairie Provinces

Breakfast Spots - South Calgary

I've never been there, but I understand the Ranche in Fish Creek Park has a pretty nice brunch. I might also suggest the brunch in the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. I've done that one a couple of times and it's always good, if you don't mind the buffet style brunch.

May 31, 2012
YYCSpeedy in Prairie Provinces

Romance in Banff?

Thanks to everyone for their input. We did end up at The Maple Leaf Grille again, and had a really wonderful meal. We shared the scallop appetizer, and then I had the Apple Crusted Pork Tenderloin (yum!) and my enchantress had the special of the day. For desert we shared the Chocolate Souffle. Mmmm.

Will definitely try the Grizzly House next time we're up there. Thanks again everyone for your recommendations.

Maple Leaf Grill & Spirits
137 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB T1L 1C8, CA

The Grizzly House
207 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B4, CA

May 17, 2010
YYCSpeedy in Prairie Provinces

Romance in Banff?

I've recently met a woman and we seem to be hitting it off. We're planning our first "weekend getaway" in Banff, and I'm looking for a dining experience that will be memorable and romantic in Banff. Clearly this means a locale other than the Rose and Crown.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a nice, romantic restaurant. I'm not too worried about price (say $100 to $150 for dinner for two). I've been to The Maple Leaf before, and that's a front-runner right now, but I'm not that aware of my options in Banff.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

Apr 09, 2010
YYCSpeedy in Prairie Provinces

Rec's for Centre for Performing Arts (YYC)?

My family has tickets for Theatre Calgary this Saturday, and my father wants to treat us to dinner beforehand. In total there will be 7 of us. Now, what we're looking for is a place with a good steak and or prime rib, options for those looking to reduce calorie counts, not over the top in terms of price (Entree's in the $20 to $35 range), and within a reasonable walking distance of the Centre for Performing Arts.

At this point, the options I'm considering are:
Milestones (last resort)

Can anyone comment?

PS. Anyone know why, when I Google Saltlik, I'm directed to the website for Ruth's Chris?

Apr 27, 2009
YYCSpeedy in Prairie Provinces

Anniversary Dinner for 8; with Atmosphere.. Calgary

My wife and I went to the Ranche in Fish Creek Park the day after our wedding. It was a wonderful experience, but it was 5 years ago, so I can't really speak to recent experience. Still, it was a great night. We sat on the front porch and had a very nice meal while the deer literally wandered past us.


Edmonton - Suggestions for tough situation

Okay, here's the challenge:

I'm taking an old flame (whom I'm trying to rekindle) out for dinner in a few weeks. It's her birthday. I'm on a bit of a budget, so I'm looking for nice, tasty, and not too pricey (Say $100 all in, for two of us). I'm living in Calgary, and she lives in Edmonton. I know nothing about what's good in Edmonton, so I need some help.

There are a couple of complicating factors:

She has worked very hard and lost an incredible amount of weight in the last 12 months, and I want to support her in that, so heavy cream sauces and grease should not form the majority of the menu. We've recently been out for sushi, and to the garlic restaurant (I think it was called That's Aroma), and they were both tasty, but not really the atmosphere I'm looking for.

I'm still trying to figure out her tastes, but can say with some certainty that escargot is probably not on her list of things to try. Being a proper Alberta boy, my personal tastes lean more toward meat and potatoes, but I like an occasional jaunt to other cuisines. Besides, this is her birthday, and frankly I'm hoping the way to her heart is through what's left of her stomach.

I'm thinking seafood might be a good thought, but I don't know if she's into it. I may need a few suggestions to choose from or alternatively one place with a fairly wide ranging menu.

My standard thought is the Keg, or something like that, but I'd like something romantic too.

So, let's review the wish list:
- reasonably inexpensive
- low calorie options
- tasty
- intimate / romantic
- memorable
- a place that make me look like Prince Charming

Anyone up for the challenge?


Pre-prepared takeout Christmas dinners in Halifax, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa

Another option for those who live in the north part of Calgary is the Liberated Cook ( I've never been there, but have wanted to for some time now. If anyone has any experience with them, I'd love to hear about it.

Suggestions for meeting-type food - Calgary

There is a place in Bridgeland called the Main Dish. It is one of those take-n-bake places where you take the food home and heat it (anything from ribs, to pasta, to porkchops). The other half of their business is pasta bar and a sandwich bar for eating in the store itself.

I'm afraid I don't know if they actually deliver/cater, but I've eaten there a couple of times and it has been excellent each time. It's definitely worth the call to see what they might do for you. Prices were good, and very yummy if I may use such a term.

Nov 22, 2007
YYCSpeedy in Prairie Provinces

Xmas Cocktails with Co-workers (Calgary D/T)?

We have decided that our work group would like to go out for after-work drinks and perhaps some food in the Xmas season (mid December probably). We'd likely go mid-week, and we work at City Hall. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a nice place for drinks, good food, and can accommodate a group of +/- 10?

We have a couple of "food-savvy" people who are only too happy to spend $40 to $50 for a good meal, but a few others who consider nachos to be haute cuisine.

Suggestions are appreciated.

Foods you crave only once a year

To quote the movie "So I married an Axe Murderer" . . .

"I hate the Colonel. He puts a chemical in it that makes you crave it fortnightly, SMARTA$$"

I, on the other hand, love Col Sanders. In my bachelor days, I'd buy a bucket or a barrel (whichever was bigger), and eat it for lunch and dinner for 2 or 3 days in a row. I think KFC might be better cold than warm. Then for a week my pores would ooze grease, and it would be another 6 to 9 months before I'd repeat the process. Mmmmm. K-fry!

Sep 04, 2007
YYCSpeedy in General Topics

Campbell River Recommendations?

Thanks for the info. Wife isn't much for Sushi, so we'll have to give that one a pass. The other three places sound promising though. We're there for 4 nights, and staying at a B&B so between your suggestions and whatever our host might suggest, it sounds like we're in good shape. If you have any other thoughts popping to mind, feel free to post them. We don't leave for another 2 weeks.

radium/invermere.... anyone?

Strands is good, but haven't really changed their menu in about 5 years. My wife and I were there at the beginning of August and had a nice dinner. Not terribly great service, but decent. Entrees run around $30 to $35 each.

We were at the main dining room at the Radium Resort about 2 years ago and had a really nice meal, so you might try that too. Other than that, I'm at a bit of a loss.

Good Luck.

Campbell River Recommendations?

Will be going to Campbell River with my wife in mid-September. She's being a good sport and "enduring" a day of Salmon Fishing with me. I'd like to do something nice for her, and take her out for a nice meal or two while we're there. Any suggestions?