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Worth stopping at TEATRO en route to Banff Springs for a quick wine lunch?

Let us know how it went and also if u r OliverB @flyertalk

Mar 06, 2014
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Barilla no boil lasagna noodles in Calgary?

Co-op carries their brand of oven ready lasanga.

Mar 06, 2014
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Winter Holiday at Banff Springs!

Banffshire club has revamped its menu and I think chef not too long ago. We really enjoyed our meal there over labour day weekend and appies were around $12 and entrees $32 so much lower compared to in the past.

Samurai sushi in the hotel is also a good option. But it's a very small room so make sure to reserve ahead, you can always cancel. I suggest this for any restaurant in the hotel I recommend here. If you go with a boat here the final tab is very reasonable too.

Waldhaus restaurant got a full renovation very recently and the new room looks great. I've been happy with the food here and always go for the schnitzel.

The other options at the hotel are meh ime besides the pantry for very casual and fast bites. Grapes doesn't open till 5pm I think so lunch won't be an option.

I've stayed at the springs around a dozen times now so have a bit of experience and just wanted to say dont overlook the options above. The banff restaurant scene could use a few new spots for sure.

Nov 08, 2013
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3 nights in Calgary

Marco I agree with you about Notable, every visit had been underwhelming for me. I just finished up lunch there. Asked waitress about a beer and she says lager so I order, ends up being a hefeweizen.
$20 for a quarter chicken lunch. My soup bowl may have been filled a third of the way. Coleslaw was small and nothing special. The chicken was nice and moist but way over seasoned. For $11 I may go back but at their prices you can actually find real gourmet food at many other spots.
Notable wouldn't even enter my top 100 in Calgary

Aug 15, 2012
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Torontonian visiting Calgary....reccomendations, please?

Teatro hasn't ever really impressed me. For high end italian I would suggest Il Sogno or Mercato. Cibo is new but their sister restaurant Bonterra has an excellent patio and food so I'm looking forward to checking it out too.

Rouge and Catch are my usual suspects for higher end dining.

Jun 29, 2012
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Traditional Christmas Dinner in Canmore/Banff area

Banff Springs Hotel. It won't be cheap but I think it will be worth it. I'm sure a few of the restos on Banff Ave will also be open. You can also look into Rimrock hotel in banff too.

The Banff Springs hotel has about 7 restos inside so they may even be offeriing different XMAS dinner options.

As for Canmore options, well since most of their hotels are condo type projects they just don't have restos attached that are worth checking out. Merry Christmas and happy dining!

Dec 24, 2011
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Tasting menus in Calgary?

Il Sogno. Enjoy

Dec 24, 2011
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Restaurants near the Westin Calgary

Luckily for you the Westin is connected to our +15 system so you can stroll indoors to Scotia Place and then this opens up all the great restaurants on Stephan Ave. +15 is open till 9pm on a limited but in your case useful route to open up the range.

My first stop as a solo diner after getting out of Scotia Place would be the newly renovated Catch Oyster Bar downstairs, try the Manilla Clam linguini. Everything else is very solid too and Ian the oyster shucker will keep you entertained with excellent service if you sit at the bar.
There are lots of other good options on Stephen Ave.
Close to the hotel there really isn't any standouts besides River Cafe, I live about a 3 minute walk from the Westin so know the area well. At the westin there is a Keg which is a chain so many fellow hounders may frown upon this but I've had good service and really enjoy the prime rib. There is also a new Japanese resto right next door which I;ve heard good things about.
Joeys right accross the Sheraton is another lively option for a solo diner. Sit at the bar and you will have a good experience in all aspects. Once again a chain but one of the best ones imho. It's not a michelin star place by any means but for the prices you can't expect this either. I've sat next to so many hockey stars here who enjoy Joeys on their roadtrips up north.
My recos have a but more of a livelier atmosphere which is usually what I like while out of town on business. If you are looking more for a pure fine dining experience let us know.

Dec 13, 2011
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Sexiest restaurant YYC?

Even "Sexiest" is subjective but I think what you are looking for is Ubu Lounge. It's backed by a very good group so even though I haven't been (Even though I live a cpl blocks away and walk by a few times a week) but will still suggest it for you.

Nov 17, 2011
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Restaurants that serve good game (deer or elk) in Calgary

The Ranche. Overall a great experience every time I go.

Aug 11, 2011
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Best bakeries for day-olds, deals, and cheap crusty bread loaves?

The italian bakery sells day old products for a significant savings. Well at least thats what a shuttle bus driver told me while driving by it once.

Jul 19, 2011
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Olly Fresco and Marcellos for DT lunch

Totally agree about the NY style sandwiches. My fav so far is the Reuben but I ask for a little mustard too. Since they slice the meat it's always hot and tender for those who haven't had the chance to enjoy one yet.

The bread really is a great base to there sandwiches too. The 7oz is plenty, once I went with 9oz and found it too much for me.

I've also been really enjoying the individual pickles too, great crunch and good amount of saltiness.

Mar 29, 2011
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Me and the wife for lunch tomorrow. Where?

I would do Bonterra even though you said price ain't an issue. Right now in Calgary we have "Big Taste" in which restos offer 3 course meals for a good deal. At bonterra you will get a nice salad, wild board linguine (Superb dish) and dessert for $15. They have long lunch hours too.
Report back let us know what you enjoyed.

Mar 10, 2011
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Dine out Calgary 2011

I just looked at the "dine out" menu of about 8 restos and 3 of them had vegetarian options. Keep searching and stop giving out wrong info here

Mar 05, 2011
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New pizza place - owned by Sugo

Last night I headed to WOP with the SO for dinner. You will notice the two "Pizza" banners on the 2nd level above the door since the small sign on the door isn't the easiest to find. Perhaps it was the chilling weather and we were just eager to find the place that we walked by twice without noticing it.

As you open the door you walk up the stairs and walk into a very nice "Loft" style space. We were immediately greeted and told to grab any seat. Since the table nearest the kitchen was open I snagged it right away. The tall ceilings, open kitchen and comfy seats give this place a nice feel. The two main walls have no art but projectors were playing the wizard of oz so I didn't really know what to think of that. The music was a Daft Punk cd which gave it a bit of a “loungey” feel which I enjoyed. Overall this is a place where I would feel comfortable coming after a long day of skiing in my baggy ski pants or even before heading to a Broadway show at the jubilee.

I asked our waiter what style of pizza they serve and he said "Thin Crust." I asked about the oven and was told it's the "Ferrari" of ovens and then asked if the pizza are cooked very quickly in it and was told “yes a couple minutes.” So I determined it's Neapolitan style which is my fav type of pizza or I enjoy a loaded Greek style pie but not much in b/w. As I looked at the menu I noticed only one pizza had buffalo mozz and pretty much every pizza had different cheeses, I think there were about 8 different cheeses in total for 12 or so pizzas.

We ordered the Margherita (Wanted my buffalo mozz fix) and Parma after debating if we should go with the HogWild since it sounded delish too. A few minutes after we put in our order Angelo made an appearance and we started a small conversation about the place and how he has had way too many pizzas in the last cpl weeks.

I first had a slice of the Marg and couldn’t help but notice how crispy the crust was. For those of you who complain Famoso is too soggy go try this pizza, you won’t be disappointed with the crust. The sauce tasted like it was made from San Marzano tomatoes but I never did ask to confirm.

Then I digged into the Parma which I immediately noticed it was a little dry, it reminded me of the flatbreads at Una a bit. I’m not sure if we were just short changed or if next time I’ll have to ask for extra sauce. About half way through Angelo asked our opinions and I mentioned this to him and noticed he was pouring the sauce on the dough from then on till we left. The arugula was fresh and I suspect the Prosciutto was domestic bc it just didn’t have the fat, colour and taste to what I’m use to from Italian Prosciutto but I could be wrong.

Overall we were very happy with the $12 Margherita and the $16 Parma was very close to being great as well, just needed more of that yummy sauce. I enjoyed a few $7 Steam Whistles they had on draught and my SO was very happy with her $6 glass of house wine, she would have loved to order a bottle for $25 but someone was the dd. Without Papers will be a good addition to satisfy my pizza cravings in a nice comfy environment.

Feb 18, 2011
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Mac & Cheese - Calgary

They have both.

Jan 20, 2011
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Olly Fresco and Marcellos for DT lunch

I recently dropped into Olly Fresco after a meeting went very late and I was one hungry person. The place seems to imply it's a NY style deli with a sandwich bar, hot NY style sandwiches, pizza, two daily specials and fridges filled with salads, pickles, etc.
I went with a $4 slice of pizza which was a good size and put in a nice box similar to Jugo style so it was easy to transport. The pizza was thicker then what i remember eating in NY but I enjoyed it. I also took a $5 Tuna salad which I found to be a great deal. The veg was plentiful with lots of cucumbers and very crispy veg too. Overall a nice find imho.
As for Marcellos I've never been. I keep walkijng by and see the salad bar line is huge. However I noticed another location at Canterra on my way to Frescos and the lines were non existent at this location. Is there anything I have to try at this eatery on my first visit?

Jan 20, 2011
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Are there any great restaurants in YYC Chinatown ?

Thai Bistro is the place I frequent most in Chinatown. If anyone is venturing here suggest you try one of the first 3 salads. My guests prefer the Papaya since it's less spicy but I'm a big supporter of the Larb Gai. Both these dishes you can order as a main or family style when we eat there, they go great with rice.

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Thai Bistro
102 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 2B7, CA

Jan 20, 2011
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YYC breakfast spots

OverEasy is one of my fav breakfast spots in the city. Really well made dishes for good prices. I think the breakfasts start around $8 for the Panini, hover around $10 mainly.
After my last two visits to Avenue were very poor it was nice to discover this place. Be warned there is usually a wait on weekends.

Jan 20, 2011
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Calgary - Petite: A little too warm, but great food

Agreed. The food here is really made well and you can taste the quality in the ingredients. They also have Dinner events every few weeks (usually on Sundays) which are a treat to attend. These dinners have a food/wine theme, last time it was Champagne and Truffles....mmm mmm mmm!

Jan 20, 2011
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keg. calgary .help

I've been to this locations liunge 3 times in the last 3 months. It was the first time I had been to a Keg in about 5 years. The first time I ordered the Prime Rib here and it was really good so I keep ordering it every time. Each time it was perfectly cooked to my order of medium rare so I have to give this kitchen props for their great work.
However the last time I went after we asked for the bill our waitress sat down at the table behind us to chat with the couple for about 15 minutes while we were waiting to give our CC and jet out. Well I'm in no hurry to Jet back in but will probably have to bc I have one more GC left I got at a Golf tourney in the summer.

Jan 20, 2011
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Rise Bakery & Café - Calgary

There scones sure are great and at $2.25 it makes for a cheap and good way to start the day. I've had a few sandwiches and they are good but don't fill me up enough. How much is a "soup or salad" and sandwich at this place?

Jan 05, 2011
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Mac & Cheese - Calgary

Lobster Mac and Cheese at Vintage is truly a great dish.

Jan 05, 2011
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Calgary court restaurant

I walk by this place fairly often and it's usually quite busy. Now I know what to order so I'm looking forward to a visit soon.

Jan 05, 2011
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The BottleHouse Beer Parlour - Calgary (Kensington)

Good to know! I dropped in a few weeks ago just for a few drinks after dinner at Pulcinella and found the room nice. It reminded me of a ski lodge inside.

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Pulcinella
1147 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1X7, CA

Jan 05, 2011
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Banff Dining

Maple Leaf is a very good option in Banff. The space has a nice feel and the food I find always consistently good.
On NYE I tried Grapes for the first time at the Banff Springs. It doesn't take reservations and only has 6 tables so I found it to be quite a neat place. Be aware besides wine all drinks come from the Rundle so it takes a while in case so order early in case you're a fast drinker like me. The food was good once again but nothing to write home about.
They try to source all ingredients within 100 miles of Banff which is good. I had the Wild Mushroom Ravioli with prawns and it was a big portion but would have liked to taste more Wild Mushrooms bc the pasta is quite thick. My SO had the Chicken and it well made but reminded me of a dish my grandma would serve me with cabbage and a few other vegetables.
For italian food I still think the appies at Castello are great for Banff. The mains arent bad but they just don't stand out as much imho

Jan 05, 2011
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"Great Canadian Pizza and Fried Chicken" (Cgy)- anybody tried this one?

I was strolling looking for a new spot last night and dropped into this place. I noticed a few gents eating the biryani and tried one myself. I gotta say for the price it was a great find. I didn't see an extra meat option so just got a drumstick, thigh and wing but would def have paid the extra $1 for more chicken. The 1/4 of thinly sliced tomato, onion slices and few lettuce leafs along with the raita went well with the meal.

Jan 05, 2011
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Thai Bistro - Calgary

I just discovered this place recently after moving into the neighborhood. Since I consider myself fairly experienced with Thai food I can recommend this place to all fellow chowhounders.
Most mains during dinner cost $11-$12.95, fresh ingredients, nice presentation, ample quantity and best of all darn tasty! I suggest you try one of their "salads" bc the owner mentioned if there was a specialty those ere them.
I've had the Larb Kai (My fav Thai dish and executed excellent), Pad Thai, Green Curry and Tum Yum Gai soup. All reminded me of my visit to Thailand. I'm very happy with the food and value here.
I haven't been yet during lunch but they have a different menu with meals starting at $7.75. The owner tells me it's busy during lunch but both times I've been in the evening I've only seen two other couples.

Nov 29, 2010
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Taco Del Mar - no fish tacos in Calgary

I've had those and they are tasty. I think they are only available with a spring salad.
Also from what I recall you only get two so if you are actually hungry def get a third taco. I like a light lunch but that was too light imho.

Nov 29, 2010
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5 Guys Burgers in Calgary?

A burger has lots of elements besides the patty. Fresh bun, fresh veg (If you're into that) and lastly good melted cheese. All 3 are just as important as the patty. Five guys delivers on those fronts but I'm still not feeling the beef.

Nov 23, 2010
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