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Best Calgary restaurants?

I can't speak to whether the wine menu is unusual or not, but our current "splurge" night is the tasting menu at Muse.

Jan 31, 2014
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Downtown work group lunch - new ideas?

10-12 people isn't that big of a group, it's only 5-6 per side of the table. I'm sure they have plenty to make it work, or sliding a couple tables together.

Nov 06, 2013
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Downtown work group lunch - new ideas?

How about Double Zero? I've always found it to be a decent place for a group lunch. Can order a bunch of and try a bunch of different pizzas off their menu.

Nov 06, 2013
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SE YYC

I'll give a second for Karma. Their daily lunch buffet, while not being giant, is a nice selection of the usual suspects, and always tasty and flavorful.

Regarding Dim Sum, there was a little hole in the wall in Bonavista called the Magic Bowl that my wife and I tried a couple years ago that was pretty decent. It even got some love from John Gilchrist. It's not terribly impressive inside, but the food was good.

Aug 26, 2013
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Chef's Tasting, Private Table - YYC

Hi everybody. A group of 8 of us are planning to go out next weekend for a tasting menu and thought that it would also be fun to hit a restaurant that has a private Chef's Table. Any suggestions?? We've done the tasting menu's at Rush, Chef's Table, Muse and Rouge before, and have no problems returning to any of them. However, has anybody had a small private room/chef's table at any of these, or any other place that they can recommend as particularly fantastic that I haven't thought of?

Thanks!

Jul 22, 2013
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De Thai, Marda Loop - yyc

I read on twitter that a new Thai place opened in Marda Loop, on 33rd where the Rasoli used to be. Anybody seen, been, or had a look at the menu yet?

Apr 10, 2013
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Moving to Calgary

For great takeout Thai, Jackie's Thai in Eau Claire is also excellent. Well priced and delicious.

Mar 20, 2013
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Fresh Lobster in YYC? Price vs. Quality?

Saw the sign on the way home from work yesterday while driving down 14th. Boyd's has live Lobsters for $11.99/lb right now.

Feb 13, 2013
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Fresh Lobster in YYC? Price vs. Quality?

I've bought other things before from Boyd's on 14th St and never a problem. They seem to have a nice selection of lobsters all the time.

Feb 12, 2013
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Fresh chorizo yyc

Yes, I bought chorizo sausage at Spolumbo's about a month ago.

Feb 07, 2013
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Jackie's Thai, Eau Claire Market, Calgary

Finally was able to get over and try this place. They had about 5different dishes to have with rice, in addition to the Pad Thai, salads and soup. The whole experience was very good. My co-worker and I got there, started looking at the options. The guy working the front offered us a couple to try in a sample cup. Seem to have a nice assortment from mild to spicy dishes. Will be back to try all the menu items.

Nov 28, 2012
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Last Night of Honeymoon & NYE in Calgary

My wife and I did the Chef's Table at the Kensington Riverside Inn last New Years Eve, which is still one of the best "nice dinners" you can get in Calgary these days. If it's similar to last year, the set menu was about an 8 course chef's tasting menu, wine pairing if you like. I'd recommend.

Nov 27, 2012
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Best Cakes in Calgary?

We get a Bliss cake a couple times a year for birthdays, has never failed us. Our favorite by far.

Sep 05, 2012
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Romantic...close to delta bow valley

Good call... probably the better choice to any I mentioned. I always forget about them.

Aug 15, 2012
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Romantic...close to delta bow valley

Ha, I suppose. I'm typically romanced when I eat good food though!

Aug 15, 2012
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Romantic...close to delta bow valley

Since you're downtown, you've got plenty of options.

I always recommend out-of-towners start with Charcut, one of the great resto's we have going on in our city right now.

Otherwise, you're close to Divino, Catch, Home, Blink, and Rush. All will deliver a great meal and are walkable from where you're at.

Aug 15, 2012
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Visiting Calgary w/ 4 Yr old

Oh right, my bad. You Gotta Eat Here is what I meant.

Aug 15, 2012
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Visiting Calgary w/ 4 Yr old

I'd second the Pfanntastic Pannekoed Haus, which is great for families. It was also recently featured on Eat St on Food Network (the canadian verison of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives).

Aug 14, 2012
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3 nights in Calgary

I can't add much that hasn't already been mentioned here. Different tastes for different folks, but I think it's hard to go wrong if you find your way into Charcut, Divino, Home, Farm, Cibo, etc.

For what it's worth, what hasn't been mentioned is that you happen to be staying across the corner from Deville, which IMO is one of the top 3 coffee houses in the city. So if you're a coffee drinker, make your way over there for a great cup of coffee.

Aug 13, 2012
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Cold chocolate drink in YYC?

Never been, so I don't know if it's good or if they offer it... but maybe the Chocolate Bar on 17th Ave and 14th St SW??

Jul 01, 2012
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Cibo - yyc

We revisited Cibo on Friday evening with some friends from out of town

Rather than each get a dish, we decided to order family-style, and order a bunch of dishes to share (which is apparently the idea behind their menu). Among the 4 of us, we ordered the 3 bowl appy, 2 pizzas, the gnocchi, and each couple shared a dessert.

Once again, the appy's were a nice start to the meal, lots of flavour, and just right for the 4 of us to each get a taste of everything. The pizzas were spot on, we went with polar opposites, getting their pizza with a bunch of meats on it, and their vegetarian variety, covered with zuchini, garlic, goat cheese and olives. What really was the star of the meal this time though was the order of gnocchi. First boiled, then pan fried and served with fresh basil and artichokes, was loaded with flavour and really nice texture. This will be a dish that I go back to next time I go.

Finally, one final point of noteworthiness... when the meal was all done and we received the bill, we were incredibly happy. For the full meal that I mentioned above, along with 6 drinks (3 glasses of beer per guy guy) and 1 of the gals finishing with a coffee, the total bill came to $112. To be able to restaurant that serves good fresh food, has a good atmosphere, get a few drinks and walk out very satisfied for $56 per couple (plus tip) is extremely good value in my opinion!!

Jul 01, 2012
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Best butcher in Calgary.

They had a nice selection of some dry aged ones a few weeks ago. Haven't seen them there since, maybe it's only periodically??

Jun 27, 2012
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Best butcher in Calgary.

I was quite happy with the dry-aged bone-in ribeye that I got at the Midtown Co-op a few weeks ago.

Jun 26, 2012
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Cibo - yyc

Just had dinner at the newest creation from the folks that brought us Bonterra, and very pleased with the first impression.

The place is on 17th, just next to Farm, and is slightly inconspicuous from the outside. That said, once you get inside, it's a great space. Fun and happening bar/lounge space downstairs where there are some high tables both large and small, as well as space to sit at the bar or in front of their pizza bar (in front of the pizza oven where they make the pizzas), and then the dining area upstairs.

The menu appears to be based on simple and fresh. They have about 15 different 'small' plate appetizers that you can get at $4 for 1, $11 for 3, or $18 for 5, which all come with small fried pieces of bread to either dip, or place on. We ordered 3 of them and were very happy with the flavors in all 3, particularly the roasted eggplant and goat cheese dip.

After that, they have about half-a-dozen salads, half-a-dozen meat dishes, about 8 different pastas, and about a dozen different pizzas to choose from.

Having pre-checked the dessert menu (and being satisfied with the appetizers), my wife ordered a pasta dish, and I went with a pizza. The pasta she ordered was a Farfelle with sundried tomato, artichokes, chicken, pine nuts and basil, while the pizza I ordered was a bit of a "guy-special", wild-boar bacon, italian sausage and salami. We felt both were spot-on, well flavored, and fresh. The crust on the pizza in particular was really good. Right combination of crispy, soft and chewy.

Finally for dessert my wife had the nutella (with chopped hazelnuts) calzone, while I had a dessert (of which I forgot the name) that was basically 3 fresh fried donut balls accompanied by lemon curd and raspberry sauce. My wife (like many women I think) is a nutella-junky, so she loved hers, although I think I had chose the real winner, as mine was a fantastic finish to the meal. We also had a couple of coffees, which we were pleased to learn is sourced from P&S.

For the two of us, all in for the whole meal, including a couple of glasses of wine it came to $85 before tip, great value for for what we thought was good, fresh food in a nice space.

Would love to hear other thoughts as more folks get to this place in the future.

Jun 01, 2012
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Breakfast Spots - South Calgary

And if you have plenty of time and are happy going south, take the extra 40 minutes and drive to the Chuckwagon Cafe in Turner Valley. It's a nice drive on a summer day, and the breakfast is nearly impossible to beat.

May 29, 2012
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Breakfast Spots - South Calgary

I've had good experience having breakfast at the bakery in Woodbine, on the corner where DQ used to be.

May 29, 2012
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Anyone seen fresh fiddleheads in Calgary?

I've seen them at Midtown Co-op for a couple weeks.

May 23, 2012
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Recommendations needed for Calgary and Banff - thanks

You're on the right track for others to try in Calgary. IMO it's tough to go wrong with any of the following:

Charcut
Divino
Chef's Table (at the Kensington Riverside Inn)
Notable

In Banff, the Grizzly House is certainly a fun experience. Don't wear your nicest clothes there, you come out with them having that cooked meat scent from the fondu. I've also had several good experiences at the Maple Leaf, and have heard good things about the Bison.

May 06, 2012
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Olive Chicken - Calgary

After driving by and seeing it several times and reading a handful of reviews, I stopped by with my wife today for lunch. We were both very happy with the decision. We ordered the half-and-half order of chicken so that we could try both the sweet and spicy, and the crispy. Both were completely delicious. As tiny as it is, my ONLY criticism would be that after eating about half-a-dozen pieces of the sweet and spicy chicken, your fingers get VERY sticky with the sauce, it would be great to have wet-naps for eat-in orders.

Other than that one little nitpick, the food was delicious, no complaints! If you want something sweet to finish with, we stopped at the Korean bakery next door and satisfied the sweet tooth with a cinnamon twist.

Apr 27, 2012
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Smoked Meat

I think they're the same. Both website's still linked to each other, and the menu is the same on both.

Apr 18, 2012
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