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

Based on the criteria you have for your meal in Calgary, I would recommend at least one of your trips be to River Cafe. The rustic atmosphere, in the wintery park, with the local ingredients, by the fire... Very "Calgary" for this time of year.

Teatro is probably my favourite restaurant in the city, but as was mentioned earlier, I don't think it's really that unique. The food is great, the space is great, the service is great, but coming from SF, I suspect you've got enough "great" available to you. Dining while travelling should be great [i]and[/i] a little unique.

That being said, if you have time for both, even better. If you're running a little low on time on your trip back through town, Model Milk is a fantastic, if more casual, option.

Do you have your other dining plans set for while in Banff?

Dec 11, 2013
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Angie`s salted caramel popcorn in YYC?

We regularly trek south to the Okotoks Costco and have bought many bags of the salted caramel popcorn (the aformentioned gluttony isn't unique to you;) ). The stock at that store seems to be more random than most of the others, but keep an eye out, I know they get it in from time to time.

Aug 14, 2013
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Looking for a venue in Calgary for cocktails and appetizers for 50, financial crowd

I suppose it depends on what type of "financial crowd" you're hosting, but I'd suggest something right in the core.

Osteria seems to get mixed reviews at best and if I was hoping to impress a group of people, I wouldn't want to risk it. FWIW, any of the IBs I know wouldn't be caught dead at Osteria... A little too "Versace", rather than "Tom Ford".

I'd look to see if I could book the Lounge Central 899 in Le Germain, or even Charcut.

Mar 02, 2013
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Monki and Downtown Food YYC

Downtownfood was initially conceived by the owners as an inside joke, having the initials DTF... Good taste prevailed and the abbreviation was dropped. Expect to see a DTF cocktail at some point though...

Sep 05, 2012
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Breakfast in Calgary

Depending on where around DT, I would recommend either Red's Diner on 4th street (just north of 17th ave) or, a little further away, Dairy Lane Cafe on 19th Street NW in Hillhurst. Neither has done me wrong, but if I had to chose, I'd give the nod to Dairy Lane.

Both are along the lines of casual cafes and nothing fancy. Anything you're looking for in particular?

Dairy Lane Cafe
319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

Red's Diner
1514 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y2, CA

Aug 02, 2011
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Lunch Rec for Coeur d' Alene


I need to arrange a lunch for a group of about 20 in early Sept and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. Nothing particular in mind and we're only passing through town, so no specific area required. Looking for some type of "local gem" that we likely wouldn't find on our own. Please Help! TIA!

Jul 27, 2011
Chow_Down in Mountain States

Quarry, Canmore - closed replaced with...

Mixed feelings about that. I never enjoyed any of the over-priced fare at Quarry, but I really wish it wasn't replaced by a GE. Missed opportunity for something more interesting to open in a cool spot.

How long has Quarry been closed for? I have to admit I haven't even paid attention to that spot for quite a while.

Apr 15, 2011
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Fergus & Bix, Marda Loop, Cgy

I was actually at the Trop for lunch on Thursday, mostly out of curiosity.

The re-done interior is nice, but nothing special or different than what's already in the area. My friend had a pizza that looked (and he said was) above average for pub 'za and I had a chicken sandwich that was passable, but again, nothing special. Unfortunately, it was more of the same that can already be found in the area.

23 - there is nothing specifically wrong with any of the pubs in ML, but I find that instead of having one go-to place that I enjoy, I choose based on which pub I'm least bored with at any given time.

Apr 03, 2011
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Fergus & Bix, Marda Loop, Cgy

Well, thanks all for the heads-up. Doesn't sound like anything to get excited over... Not that "O" was either.

Marda Loop is severely lacking a decent pub. Union Station - meh. OJs - meh. Garrison - Not bad, but pretty meh. This is disappointing.

Mar 30, 2011
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Fergus & Bix, Marda Loop, Cgy

Sorry, but I'm not familiar with Fergus & Bix. Can anyone share anything more on it? This is a good thing?

Mar 29, 2011
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Three Weeks Remaining to Eat Gluten - FOREVER! What would you include??

Couple things...

If you're basically an unconfirmed Celiac, won't stuffing yourself with gluten turn into a rather terrible experience?

Secondly, Celiac disease seems to be EXPLODING. Everywhere you turn lately, there's a gluten free option, alternative, etc.

Many of the items on your list can be made to be gluten free. It takes a while to trial-and-error your way through new or tweaked recipes, but Celiacs is by no means as difficult a lifestyle as it was even three years ago.

I honestly didn't realize how easy it is to live gluten-free until I tried - my ex-gf had a severe case of Celiacs which basically meant I might as well have ;) As I said before, it's a little tough at first but you get the hang of what adjustments need to be made pretty quickly and it just becomes second nature.

I know this doesn't really address your question, but I wanted to let you know it's not as bad as it first seems :)

Dec 15, 2010
Chow_Down in General Topics

YYC Fiddleheads

Saw some at Sunterra (Britannia location) yesterday... $3.99/package I believe.

I've never tried them... maybe I should go back :)

May 03, 2010
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Calgary - Petite: A little too warm, but great food

I was also there last week for dinner and ate the same things as you, alley - great minds... :)

One of the servers took a seat at the table next to us as we were waiting for our desserts. He explained the heat and smoke issue was due to it being a heritage building (is it?) and they weren't able/allowed to "punch a hole in the brick for extra ventilation". There were a few times throughout the evening where it got a little smokey and hot, but it was easily remedied by someone opening the door. I'm very willing to overlook things like this, but I know others on this board aren't and that could be quite a problem for Petite. Surely there's something that can be done...

May 02, 2010
Chow_Down in Prairie Provinces

Teatro Calgary - Experience with Private Functions?

Sweeterpea... forbsie1 said he wants to spend "approx. 50/per person, totalling (sic) 2500 for my team".

I can't think of too many private rooms that can accommodate 50 people...

Aug 26, 2009
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Kensington gossip - Calgary

There is a take-away option, so I guess that's what makes it "express"...

Aug 18, 2009
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Kensington gossip - Calgary

I stumbled across "Royal Kabab Express" last week when I was on my way to Shawarma King and decided to give the new place a try. There is dine in and take out options, and since I wasn't in a rush, I dined in. I had a "Sultani Kabab" meal at $18.50 which included basmati rice, grilled tomatoes and a Persian Salad consisting of tomato, cucumber, onion, mint and lime juice. The kababs were Kubideh (ground beef) and Barg (steak). Afterwards, I treated myself to a delicious little baklava.

Flavours were great and portions were sharable in size, but I still felt the price was a tad high considering what the meal actually consisted of.

The space is nice enough and clean, as you'd expect an "everything-new" restaurant to be.

I'll likely be back, but will probably stick to ordering a more reasonably priced pita wrap, even though the "super" size wraps get up to $13.50.

Overall a quality alternative to the other Middle Eastern options in the area... though I would say their pricing will be the biggest hurdle to attracting customers (during my time there, two groups came in and left again after looking at the prices... heading across the lot in the direction of Shawarma King).

Royal Kabab Express
#20B 14th Street NW (next to the liquor store where the frame shop was)

Aug 18, 2009
Chow_Down in Prairie Provinces

Gluten Free in Calgary & Western Canada

Hmmm, I'll mention The Coup... as a dedicated carnivore, it never occurred to me, but makes sense that they would have many GF options.

Does anyone have any other information on A Tasty Menu re-opening? I did a quick search and couldn't find any news... the phone still just rings and there's no mention on their website.

Aug 07, 2009
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30 hours in Vancouver!

Last time I stayed at the Met, I had great food at Diva (at the Met). Considering your time constraints, I'd think either breakfast or your last (early) dinner would be well accommodated there.

I guess I should note that it has been a couple years since I stayed there, so things may have changed.

Gluten Free in Calgary & Western Canada

The problem is, many places that should be able to accommodate a celiac aren't entirely sure what has to be sub'd or eliminated.

Also, many places don't properly consider the sensitivity to cross-contamination and all the possibilities which can cause a severe reaction (such as fryers).

Not using flour is only the first step.

Aug 04, 2009
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Blush Lane is fantastic (Cgy)

Where ever they get it from, I was very pleased with the quality of the produce over the weekend. It looks as though they actually pick their produce, instead of just taking a whole "batch".

Jul 27, 2009
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Cactus Club Cafe-West Edmonton Mall

Regarding the Granville Island brews, you guys in Edmonton are either under-served or Bryn, you need to look around more. I've been able to find Granville easily here in Cow-town for at least the last 8 years... maybe I just luck out on where I buy my beer, but several smaller 'community' stores that I go to seem to stock it. Nice to see it being served in CC though!

Jul 06, 2009
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Q Haute?

Were they busy? I haven't been the since lunch a few months back... have they changed the menu to reflect the current 'conditions' as so many others have?

Jun 26, 2009
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Calgary: Good place to buy cast iron cookware?

Albertacf - Just a minor point, but none of my Le Cruset has the origin on the bottom (nothing at all, actually) or anywhere on them.

Maybe I have knock-offs? The boxes, which I've kept, do state "Made in France" though...

Jun 18, 2009
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Review/Tip: Kalamata Grocery's Smoked Bacon (Calgary)

Fantastic cover!

I've never been to Kalamata, but between these posts and that clip, I'm heading there today... Love Chowhound!

Jun 07, 2009
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Real Chicago-style pizza in Edmonton?

It may not help, but it shows that Chicago-style pizza does exist in Canada!

So, why hasn't someone done this up right? Seems like there is a demand for authentic pie that isn't being met. Has there been any place in the past that has since closed?

Jun 01, 2009
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Your latest 'addiction'?

What's the one thing that you can't just get enough of lately?

Maybe it's a drink you just tried for the first time, or a rekindled love for a favorite appy, or a spice that you now put on everything... What ever it is, what's your current addiction?

For me, I recently started making my own hummus... I probably make 3 'batches' a week with slight tweaks. (Maybe a little amateur-ish)

Your turn!

May 28, 2009
Chow_Down in General Topics

Coming Soon to Calgary: loungeburger?

Haven't heard anything of it. I'll assume this will be similar to Tommy Burger (which would be fine by me!)...

May 28, 2009
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Calgary Safeways

Don't forget that food prices have seen their greatest inflation in over 20 years recently...

Apr 20, 2009
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Calgary Safeways

I was going to ask about Co-Op prices...

I may not be the best grocery shopper when it comes to price per item, but I sure did feel that my Sunday dinner cost more than usual (about 15%)... was it just me?

Apr 20, 2009
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Calgary Safeways

The Garrison Safeway is my go-to... I also ran into a chicken shortage on Wednesday last week (April 15th).

I made the mistake of going to the Midtown Co-Op on Sunday for a few items... it'll be difficult going to the Garrison Safeway again...

Apr 20, 2009
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