Just wondering if you have any absolutely favorite, top-of-the-list memorable plates from restaurants in Calgary. Where would you go (and what would you order) for that special occasion where you really want to treat yourself?
If you left the city for years and came back for a visit, which meal would be a *must stop* for you? Even if the restaurant isn't your favorite, some dishes just shine :)
Some that come to mind (I'm sure there'll be more) are:
- Lobster tempura @ Alloy
I've heard mixed things about this cafe, but the coconut walnut mousse cake is delicious!
Just thought I would do a shout.
Yum light summertime sweets :-)
Opened recently in Mission / Cliff Bungalow area (4th Street SW).
Anybody been? Verdict?
They are from La Creperie in Kingsland Farmers Market -- fantastic news! Love them. :)
Can anybody confirm this horrible possibility -- that Spoon Me is closed forever?????
Oh God frozen yogurt sadness. Part of the worst kind of sadness.
I just had one of the best meals I have had in years!!!
I was tempted to keep it a secret to myself before it gets overrun by all you gluttons, but knowing the somewhat onerous nature of Calgary's restaurant scene, I'd rather see this one stick around. At least long enough for me to try everything on the menu. Finally... I mean, AMEN, FINALLY (!) this city has some phenomenal Mexican food (John Manzo I'm looking at you). :)
It's kind of hard for me to explain this place. Which is refreshing because I'm so thankful it's not another subpar overpriced bland poutine-wings-fusion / decor-over-quality restaurant that has become so ubiquitous in Calgary these days. Basically, they have everything I love: artisanal beer, Mexican food, great value, homemade ice cream, and bacon everywhere! It sounds like a heart attack, but it hits more like a heartbreak. I was with a group of people, and every single thing we ate was delicious. I am planning to go back again.
Grand Opening is the 25th of February -- located at 12th & 12th SW where Crush used to be.
They put truffles and bacon on their mac & cheese! Best caesar in the city, no contest, because it gets weird. Amazing empanadas and braised pork belly... chicharrones, best desserts I've had in a long time, rotisserie for miles... And they close at midnight. Beer is around $5.
Okay let's discuss. What are 3 things it would take for a restaurant to get into your top favorites?
For me, it's comfort... price... and consistent deliciousness (spicy food, big salads, great desserts... and random inventive ethnic sh*t.)
Sorry to rave. I just really hope this place succeeds. Looking forward to your thoughts on this one!
Please share with me all your favorite risotto recipes!
It's hard not to throw in an entire stick of butter or cup of cream, but if you have any healthy-ish risotto recipes -- don't hold back!
Bonus points for creative flavor combinations.
Classic: red wine + chopped white onion sauteed in butter
Valentine's: chicken stock + drizzle truffle oil + topped with marinated porcini mushrooms + parmesan slivers
Weekend: veggie stock + chopped scallions + asparagus + white wine + white & black pepper
Leftover deluxe: braised short ribs (or any tender meat: osso-buco style, pork shoulder, etc.) + himalayan pink salt
Summer Risotto: fresh sweet peas + roasted garlic cauliflower + chili flakes + white wine + herbed bread crumbs (thyme // oregano // green onion // leeks) + drizzle olive oil
Southwest Risotto: tomato juice + stock + black beans + sauteed chopped onion + can chillies (chipotle // ancho) + salt + handful cilantro
I like to leave that last one a bit charred on the bottom like dolsot bibimbap.
I haven't made risotto balls yet as it seems a bit sticky and laborious.
Taking all suggestions! Starting a new healthy breakfast regimen for the new year :-)
I like sweet, savory, sweet-salty, and weird cult flavor combinations. Gimme whatcha got.
Classic: blueberries + walnuts // sliced almonds + nonfat vanilla // Greek yogurt // almond milk
Congee style: scallions + cilantro + soy sauce + sesame oil + chili paste // sriracha
Cozy: sugared ginger + dried cranberries + tiny splash maple syrup + squeeze of lemon + Greek yogurt
Late brunch: maple syrup + pecans + sliced strawberries // cinnamon // cayenne powder
"Parisian": overripe pears + yogurt
And sometimes I'll fry leftover oatmeal in sliced container-sized shapes in some browned butter and a sprinkle of salt, then top with maple syrup. Delicious!
Tilted Grill - Happy Hour M-F: 30% off wine & food
Golden Bell Saigon (17th)
Salt n Pepper Mexican Restaurant
Rose & Crown:
El Sombrero - Special + $4 wine, $3 fried ice cream, $3.50 Corona
European Bakery and Deli
Salt & Pepper
Rose and Crown
Rustic Sourdough Bakery & Deli
European Bakery and Deli
Bolero Fire Grill
Cultural Centre Restaurant
Curry N' Hurry
Fab Bar (Gay Bar with good food?)
Filos Pizza & Pub
Hankang Korean BBQ
Ichizen Japanese Cuisine
Jacqueline Suzanne's Bistro & Antiquities
Kinh Do Vietnamese Subs
Koreana BBQ Restaurant
Ogam, Korean & Japanese Restaurant
Saigon Baguette (former owner of Saigon Y2K)
Spolumbo's Deli ($8 - $10)
Sura Korean Restaurant
Trawler's Seafood Kitchen (excellent fish & chips)
Union Station Tap House
Looking for all the places in the city where one might find Alfajores or similar!
Thanks in advance, chows
That is hilarious! Great tips, Bill. I will have to visit those shops. If Mrs. Scary ever needs to thin her LC collection, have her email me!
Went in yesterday. It looks beautiful! Concord Group did a great job with this one.
Can't wait to try out their menu. Lovely open kitchen design and there is also a nice private dining space as well.
Any other menu or drink recommendations?
Hi Jay, I found a large rotisserie pan with handles and a rack included for $150. Good deal?
Stainless steel. I do not like how All Clad is Made in China!
Is it worth it?
1. “The Whole Truck” at Alley Burger Food Truck
PLEASE: no wasting time with criticisms of the list. I happen to think it is a pretty fucking great list, and I have a sneaking suspicion I could either find authors/excellent eaters "LAURA PELLERINE, DAN LEAHUL & ALLISON ONYETT" on this board, or at least that they have been paying attention to Chowhound. So - respect where respect is due. Good job, guys!
...Now. Any glaring absences??! What would you add?
Yann Haute Patisserie
Dairy Lane Cafe
Delicious Thai Restaurant
Sincerely doubt this yogurt is anywhere near *authentic* Greek yogurt, but Coop has new Danone "greek yogurt" Oikos on sale 2/$6.98 -- good deal for greek yogurt in Calgary!
Going to try it out today!
There is an $8.99 lunch buffet at the Indian Bakery in the NE (Castleridge).
Apparently their desserts and samosas are fantastic! And they give you a big basket of naan, which is how it should be.
Where in the downtown core do you go for fantastic frozen treats?
- Amato Gelato in Kensington is pretty great, but sometimes you want a big heaping scoop of creamy melty ice cream and not a tidy portion of intensely flavored gelato. That said, Amato is my go-to for a summer treat most all of the time.
- Spoon Me (2 locations: Kensington, 17th Ave) is getting much better. They've been widening their flavors and have great promotions sometimes to encourage customer return. They've also started their own weighing system, which makes for better portion regulation I guess (and excuses to charge $10 for frozen yogurt) ?
But sometimes even the "plain" flavor at different locations is inconsistent -- I love the sour tang of Pinkberry, etc. and it really just doesn't compare! Needs more crisp, fresh yogurty bite.
- My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe in Marda Loop is excellent, huge array of ice cream flavors to choose from. Price structure needs a bit of help, though. $7.50 is non-negotiable if you want three flavors and it comes in a massive 16-oz portion (WHY?!) Also location is very out-of-the-way.
...................Obviously I'm a fat kid at heart. My nephew and nieces however are very picky connoisseurs, so these are just things I happen to know via extensive summer research, okay? :)
- There is a new "Crepes & Cravings" location on 17th, a branch from the one in TD Square. A bit of a shaky start, and the gelato flavoring needs some help... but all in all, they've nailed the location and the value elements of CENTRAL DOWNTOWN ICE CREAM.
Are they the only ones???
My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe
Crepes & Cravings
Skidoo that is brilliant.
Thanks for all these suggestions, guys! Super helpful.
I did end up taking a lovely summer trip to the Okanagan, and you're right -- what a brilliant idea. So many fantastic wines from BC, it baffles me to see so many restaurants mark up hugely on cheap, awful American and Australian wines when there are some fantastically priced Canadian wines to be found with 0 import costs!
To add to the list of great Canadian vineyards:
- Cedar Creek makes an AMAZING Ehrenfelser, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling. I'm not usually one for whites, but these were truly beautiful and worth stocking up on at ~ $20/bottle.
- 8th Generation makes such an incredible Pinot Meunier Rosé, it's not even funny. It is a masterpiece! http://www.8thgenerationvineyard.com/...
Browsing ads in The Herald is a great idea, and I will be keeping Superstore in mind this week.
Also apparently there is a wine store called "100 wines" on Olympic Way and 11th Ave SE (right by the Stampede/Casino). They update a selection of 20 wines for under $20. Perfect!
None of these are really late-night, though :(
The ideal would be someplace open PAST midnight!
By the way, the staff at Weeds like to arbitrarily close several hours early... depending on foot traffic, weather, barista mood. So not a very dependable option unless you like your coffee with a side of jackass.
Waves Coffee is open until midnight every night I think. Is that it for late-night in Calgary?
Phil & Sebastian - 9pm
Everything else closes around 4 or 5pm, which is just PITIFUL! Am I missing any??!
Where can I find you again? Best tacos I've ever had in Calgary. We met at Inglewood SunFest, and I already miss you.
That is excellent, thank you.
I agree, $15 is outrageous!
Most all of the free BBQ's in the city that I knew about happened yesterday, July 14th. Cheers.
It's bruschetta season again! Looking for the cheapest crusty delicious bread in the city! Where do you go??
And while we're at it... any delicious bakeries for pastry deals?
My favorites so far:
- $1 flaky addictive cinnamon rolls at London Fog Cafe, south off of Macleod Trail
- $2 amazing chocolate madeleines at L'Epicerie
Excepting the famous starchy pancake breakfasts, of course. Which are great.
-Are there any exceptional patio food deals in participating Stampede bars / restaurants?
-Any *FREE FOOD* besides aforementioned breakfasts?
-Must trys, along the lines of... buying a big turkey leg and making a great soup out of it?
This is a call for all of your favorite Austin restaurant deals!
Excluding the free food during SXSW week, what are some of your favorite restaurants around town that tip the scales in terms of deliciousness, ambiance, and value? I'm looking for:
My two votes are:
1. Happy Hour sushi at Uchiko's "social hour" between 5-7pm. The restaurant is gorgeous, and they have the delicious p-38 hamachi avocado roll for only $6! The rest of the menu is fantastic, and although not included, *don't* skip dessert! Desserts are incredible.
2. Cipollina in Clarksville has half-off pizza during pizza happy hour from 5-6pm. Delicious truffled pizzas for a great price!
What are some other ideas?
(Not a huge fan of Sri Lankan food, but) Yes! That would be amazing! I am surprised when I find a great bowl of pho in Calgary, so a Sri Lankan stand would blow me away.
I applaud your high standards, I just think they must be getting a bit lonely in Calgary. It's curious how we approached Kingsland from opposite ends of a foodie spectrum, though... You with your steak marbling dreams and me with my gluten-free baking wishes. Ha... But thank you for that Brittania Village heads up, and I bet if we combined kitchens we would be an unparalleled, unstoppable force. I say that for you, or anybody, who can make me a batch of last-drop-licking pom vinaigrette. Mmmm.
I completely understand your criticisms. Though after a couple years of eating in Calgary, I feel the snobbishness has been beaten out of me by an overabundance of stylishly mediocre eateries and steakhouses. While it's true that Kingsland may not carry that must-have, "drive across town" food incentive for many, I found it a lovely and welcome option for those of us who live so close by.
(To be quite honest, there is very little in Calgary I would "drive across town for," the exceptions being: River Cafe, Crave cupcakes, Yann Patisserie almond croissants, and Gratitude Cafe's chickpea curry / Cilantro's salmon brie beet salad for "healthy" days. I also did once for a Five Guys fix after years in DC, but I doubt I'll do it again unless I have Ikea on my agenda.)
Unfortunately, the whole of Calgary IS quite "amateurish," and one can find that periodically charming or frustrating. I would truly question anything offered in this city being "best in class," and yes, I have no problem saying that, even after the Rouge thing of summer 2010.
That said, I found Kingsland to be much better in terms of organization, diversity, and health food options than the original Farmer's Market, though beloved it was. It stocked many more things I was interested in consuming, and I can tell because I spent way more money than usual and brought tons of food home. And if your goal truly is to find "world class" "prepared food," well, I mean... wouldn't you be better off going to a restaurant?
For the size, Kingland did surprisingly have everything I need. And perhaps you don't have as dominating a sweet tooth as I do, but the alfajore stand, crepe stand, and even the macaron stand (M existed before the macaron fad hit Calgary's streets) are all very endearing "small scale specialty shops." I would certainly revisit them again.
Also, it's true Kingsland is too new to be "gritty," if that's what you want for farmer's market character. There are no corn husks on the floor, not a lot of haggling, and the walls are still white and well-partitioned. While your "amateurish" and "character-less" assessment could also apply to any number of Calgary establishments with poorly executed brand identities and marketing, I found Kingsland to be more pragmatically lending a platform to sellers rather than "buying" customers with a specific Kingsland-centric idea. It was unobtrusive, efficient, and served market purpose well. I found it charming and clean. I think Kingsland is great for families, and I would go there on a date.
I guess I also have to recant my previous statement. There are several things I would race across town to Kingsland for:
-addictive pretzel rolls (If any of you have ever visited Jung's Bakery chain in Europe and believed their soft, chewy pretzel roll perfections could not be found elsewhere--fear not! They are right here in Calgary!)
-excellent pomegranate vinaigrette (Not sure where else to find this.)
-freshly made crepes (Are they the only ones in the city? I think so. Cora's pre-frozen gummy ones do not even hold a candle.)
-good Mexican food (where is there cheaper, better Mexican food??? Please tell me. Please.)
So to each his own. I'm with you in the anticipation for Blackfoot Market feeling. I assume it will be better (-funded, -stocked, larger) than Kingsland, but for the number of Farmer's Markets cropping up in Calgary, this one deserves a good word. When you find the consummate, "best-in-class-in-everything" local organic healthful gluten-free charismatic and flowing market, let me know! I will go and live inside of it.