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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Very sad to report that Amin's has closed as of September 1st 2013.

The City has approved the construction of a fancy automated rotary parking lot to be built in its place.

Oct 01, 2013
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Barakas closed today - Says something about their lease finished on their door. Awaiting to hear what will replaces it!

Oct 01, 2013
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Our friend Amin is not selling Donairs or any food at the moment, and will soon shut down permanently.

There are plans to turn the block he is located into one of those fancy revolving parking garages.

The end of an amazing era - Will miss you Amin!

Sep 10, 2013
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Where are the Calgary Food trucks?

Anyone try out the new trucks and any thoughts?

I headed down at 11:15, but encountered hundreds of people in line ups, so instead opted for Amin Donair (Amin really should start up a truck since he's closing down Dec 31 this year)

Fellow employees that braved the lines at the food truck launch on August 11 waited 2+ hours!

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Amin Donair
121 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB , CA

Aug 12, 2011
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Where are the Calgary Food trucks?

If you are looking for the Calgary food trucks the best way to find them is via Twitter or Facebook:

TWITTER
Each truck has a twitter account that provides ionformation on location and menu.
The Twitter accounts are:
@yycfoodtrucks (this is a consolidated twitter account for all YYC food trucks)
@alleyburger
@perogyboyz
@jojosbbq
@fiascogelato
@chefmariomobile
@loscompadresmx
@fries_n_dolls

FACEBOOK
Add any of the food trucks as a "friend" via Facebook

Finally visit www.YYCFoodTrucks.com and locate the trucks or learn more!

More information is available here:
http://www.buzzbishop.com/blog/2011/0...

Aug 12, 2011
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

I finally made to Amin Donair about 2-3 weeks ago. What a mistake...
I should have visited months and months ago! Excellent Rec!!! This place is the perfect hole in the wall. The menu is limited, but the donairs Amin serves are some of the best I have ever had and reasonably priced for downtown. I have been back 1-2 times a week ever since my initial visit and completely enjoyed my visit every time, including some very interresting discussions with Amin. He makes all of his sauces fresh every morning, including his "suiicide" (and you can taste it). Sadly, Amin says his Lease runs out summer of 2012, and he plans on retiring. I asked if he is considering selling the business, and he says without a lease, no-one wants to purchase! So if you havent been go now while you still can... and make certain you have napkin(s) to help catch any excess sauce dripping from dripping onto your clothes.

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Amin Donair
121 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB , CA

Jun 01, 2011
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Best Value Dining in Calgary

Try Southern Spice for their Masala Dossa specials on Wed and Thu

$6 for a huge plate of amazing Vegetarian Dossa (a large golden brown crispy rice and lentil crepe stuffed with masala style curried potatoes and vegetables served with a coconut and spicy chutneys and a bowl of sambar (Spicy lentil/vegetable soup) http://www.southernspicecalgary.com/i...

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Southern Spice
4655 54 Ave NE #102, Calgary, AB T3J 3Z4, CA

Apr 07, 2011
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ISO the best sandwich in YYC

Some of the my favorite sandwiches are:

Thi Thi Vietnamese Submarines - Look for the lunch line up at 209 1st st SE (across from Harry Hays Building. Try the Beef Sate!

At the next 3 places everything is excellent and the locations all strive to use local suppliers and organic ingredients:

Rise Bakery & Cafe http://risebakery.com/

Deville Luxury Coffee and Pastries at Fashion Central http://www.devillecoffee.ca/

Caffe Rosso http://www.cafferosso.ca/

Flafel King on Steven Avenue Mall http://www.falafelking.ca/

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Thi Thi Vietnamese Submarine
209 1 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2G3, CA

Apr 07, 2011
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

One of my fave places near City Hall, Avenue Diner has recently closed, Thier Web and FB sites say "We are relocating but still searching for the perfect location" http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avenue-...

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Avenue Diner
105 Steven Avenue Mall, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4, CA

Mar 01, 2011
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Looking for those "hidden gems" in Vancouver and Victoria

There is a link, Kunal Ghose, the Co-owner and Chef for Go Fish worked at Red Fish Blue Fish right after it opened for about 6 years.

Original article is here: http://www.redfish-bluefish.com/04may...

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Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA

Feb 06, 2011
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

A Mucho Burito has opened at Suncor Energy Centre, #230, 150 – 6th Avenue SW.

I have stopped in twice, once for the 3 taco special and once for the soup. It is typical fast food, passable, but not fantastic.

The Tortillas were very much packaged and not as fresh or homemade tasting as I would have preffered. The soup was "build it yourself" (much like everything on the menu) and was pleasantly surprising, but of course it is very dependant on the items you add.

I still prefer the Taco Del Mar, but neither place is as good as your typical US taco truck...

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Taco Del Mar
420 2 St SW, Calgary, AB , CA

Jan 20, 2011
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Newcomer to Calgary

The old school waiters and dated ambiance are part of what makes Ceasar's the experience it is. Have had some of the best steaks in town forever. My favorite for now, unless Hys ever reopens.

Carvers has better ambiance, and is always amazing as well, a very close second

I also have had very good steaks at Reef and Beef on 36 st North East for the last 30 years or so

Oct 20, 2010
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Small Corn Tortillas in YYC

Next time... If you ever want to make your own.

Pick up the Maseca (corn flour with lime) from superstore or any latin store
(theres one down the block from me on Coral Springs Blvd and 68 st NE)

SUPER EASY to make, nothing but water, the corn flour, and salt.

If you don't have a press, use some plastic wrap to cover the bottom of a large pan and roll the dough into a ball and press with the pan over another piece of plastic wrap on your counter.

I make mine all the time, way better and more authentic than anything purchased!

Oct 20, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Tried numerous places on the map over the past week.

Rise - Great bread... tried the turkey sandwich recommended by the friendly clerk from Montreal. I would have liked more than just cheese and turkey on the sandwich but even this plain it was very good... and I'll be back!

Lotus Vietnamese - not on the map. Good (but not great), although I frequent numerous Vietnamese restaurants in the NE which are difficult to beat.

Yogen Fruz - hmmm.
I'm a fan of any rich creamy iced dairy product that has lots of flavor to match it's high caloric count. Yogen Fruz is OK, but tries hard not to fall into this category. Its good, but Ill keep looking. I believe Baraka's caries foothills creamery products. Its not Dolce Gelato (White Rock) but it may suffice for a quick iced dairy fix.

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Baraka Cafe
225 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K9, CA

Oct 20, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Hit up deVille today - Great Rec! Had a very tender Lamb Sandwich with a nice spring salad and an organic ginger ale. Food was great, ambiance was even better.

Was very busy, but my 2 colleague's and I were able to locate a comfy seat and if we didn't have to go back to the office, would have been an excellent place to leisurely enjoy numerous glasses of red.

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deVille (Art Central)
100 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2C6, CA

Oct 14, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

No Gelato nearby? Time to relocate offices again!

Guess for now I can do Yogen Fruz at Suncor 150 6th Avenue SW
(it is still there right?)

Oct 14, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

I know... sad.

Bernard Callebaut is in receivership and the Macleod location was closed. The retail stores are to remain open for now, but I am uncertain if it has (or will) reopen. Depends on the new buyer.

Oct 14, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

LOL Everything! It is a true "diner" in every sense.

The decor has not changed since I can remember (over 40 years), The tables still sport the same worn arborite I grew up with and I believe the staff are probably still the same ;-)

The home-style meals and huge slices of flapper pie all reasonably priced and where else can you get a Sirloin (or Turkey or Roast Beef Dinner, complete with all the trimmings, a beverage and desert for $12.50?

Oct 14, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Adding Bliss... or could also do

Fiasco Gelato 807 1 St SW
or
Yogen Fruz 150 6 Avenue SW

(too bad Bernard Callebaut has closed the McLeod trail location. mmm chocolate for lunch!)

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Bliss & Co. Cupcakes and Desserts
108 3 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0E7, CA

Oct 13, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Mapping Rise Bakery Cafe
181, 250 6 Ave SW

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Rise Bakery & Café
250 6 Ave SW #181, Calgary, AB T2P 3H7, CA

Oct 13, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

A friend Suggested I try Ogam Korean Japanese 328 Centre Street SE.
Haven't been yet, but will add rating once I do!

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Ogam Korean Japanese
328 Centre St SE, Calgary, AB T2G, CA

Oct 13, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Adding Pho Hoai

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Pho Hoai Vietnamese Noodle House
132 3 Ave SE #16, Calgary, AB T2G 0B6, CA

Oct 13, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Adding Charcut Roast House

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CHARCUT Roast House
101 9 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2G 1B8, CA

Oct 13, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

I am a huge Diner Fan (Diner Deluxe, Blackfoot Diner etc) just too far away for a walking lunch. Sooo since I have never tried Avenue (and have always wanted to) its high on my list of must tries!

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Avenue Diner
105 Steven Avenue Mall, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4, CA

Oct 13, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Tried Mezza today, Great Donair, will definitely go back.

I am also a huge Falafel King fan (and cant resist an inclusive slice of excellent Baklava!

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Falafel King
225 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB , CA

Oct 13, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Hey Jetgirly - I can always race walk or bring a bike or run or... I believe this also resides in the free C-Train zone

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Cafe Koi
1011 1 St SW #100, Calgary, AB T2P, CA

Oct 12, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

I am also a fan of Taco Del Mar Tacos and Burritos, it is almost impossible to get a fish taco in this town... and really good Mexican is not easy too find. I spent much time on business travels throughout the southern states with my last employer. I miss Tex-Mex!

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Taco Del Mar
420 2 St SW, Calgary, AB , CA

Oct 12, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Mapping Hans

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Han's Restaurant
303 Centre St S #116, Calgary, AB T2P 2B9, CA

Oct 12, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Mapping Thai Tai

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Thai Tai
811 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P, CA

Oct 12, 2010
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Downtown Calgary Lunch Map - Within Walking Distance

Mapping Pho Pasteur

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Pho Pasteur Saigon Restaurant
207 1 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2G3, CA

Oct 12, 2010
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