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YYC Holy Smoke Bbq

So let me get this right. People go to a place called Holy Smoke and then complain about smelling of smoke. Is that not like jumping in a swimming pool and moaning that it was a bit wet? That lingering smell is great advertising too. If someone came back to the office smelling that good I'd be down there like a shot. Tried it a few times now and LOVE this place. I've been going for a few buck a bone ribs along with a brisket or pork sandwich and an apple juice, surrounded by a half dozen sauce bottles. Tip: If you're going to try the lip blister sauce have it last, not first.

Apr 04, 2011
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Corned beef hash in YYC?

I just tired the short rib hash at Red's Diner and thought it really worked. A huge plate with big pieces of tender beef and not over-seasoned. Just tasty with good quality ingredients and presentation. Two wedges of toast on the side and a giant mug of coffee. Pretty damn good start to the day.

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

Feb 15, 2011
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YYC breakfast spots

Finally tried Diner Deluxe and have to say it really wasn't worth the long wait and the deathly slow service. Sure, the food was great - as expected for the price - but the overall experience was a bit of a let down. I can live without ever going back there. Next on my list...Over Easy.

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Diner Deluxe
804 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J6, CA

Jan 29, 2011
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Breakfast in Bowness?

Cadence Coffee east of Bow Cycle is the only place I know of down there. I'd be interested to hear of any other spots in the area though.

Nov 26, 2010
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Best restaurant lunch menu in Calgary right now?

I'm taking someone for a birthday dinner this week. If you could go to one resto for lunch around downtown right now what would it be? I was thinking (rather predictably) River Cafe but thought I'd throw it open to some suggestions...? Anyone?

Nov 08, 2010
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English breakfast in Calgary?

Nowhere in Calgary does a real 'full English'. With a bit of work though you can buy some of the essentials and do your own. Some decent free run eggs. Superstore just started selling a decent English style back bacon (it's packaged as Wiltshire Bacon). You can get the UK Heinz baked beans from any english store. You can pick up a good black pudding from a butchers. Throw a slice of fried bread into the mix with the mushrooms and toms and you're getting somewhere close. Still haven't sourced a good English-style sausage to go with this yet though. That's still the missing piece.

Jun 14, 2010
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Green Chili - Westbrook Mall?

Drove down Bow Trail today and, sure enough, the old Burger Inn in Wildwood Plaza IS the new Green Chili location.

May 10, 2010
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Green Chili - Westbrook Mall?

I noticed the Burger Inn in Wildwood Plaza near the mall on Bow Tr looks closed. That would be a decent location.

May 07, 2010
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Green Chili - Westbrook Mall?

Anyone else hear anything about this? Gilchrist reviewed the 17th ave location on CBC's Eyeopner show this week (gave it an 8 out of 10) and mentioned they were looking at a new location in the Westbrook Mall area. Hope there's something in that rumour.

May 05, 2010
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best indian food calgary

Just wanted to recommend my new favourite takeaway Indian. A bit out of the way, but The Taj in Discovery Ridge is REALLY good. Maybe one or two bucks more than some other places overall, but quality is great and well worth the drive (they also deliver). It's basically restaurant quality in a takeaway format. So far I've only tried the Chicken Vindaloo, as it's so good I've ordered it the last three times in a row. Samosas are SO good too. They go with the thicker, rounder tennis-ball sized style than the thinner triangular type. I would drive there just to get an order of those on their own. Pakoras are very good too. This, along with Surya, Green Chilli and Mirchi is now on my regular list. Awesome find.

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Mirchi
825 12 Ave SW #101, Calgary, AB T2R 0J2, CA

Apr 29, 2010
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"WIcked Chili" taking over former Kashmir space on 17th Ave SW (Calgary)

You'd think they could have switched some of the wording around at least? Looking forward to checking it out, regardless of the menu plagiarism.

Apr 04, 2010
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keg. calgary .help

Why all the Keg hate? I've never had really bad food or service there. Steak can be a little overseasoned sometimes, but still generally pretty good. A baked potato is what it is at these places, so no complaints there either. Downtown or beltline is as good as anywhere.

Apr 04, 2010
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Calgary Farmers market

Forgot how overpriced the market is. Spent 18 bucks on a crappy cornish pastie that was not good at all and a small steak pie, which was actually pretty good....but not THAT good. Also it seems to be lots of people selling stuff for other people rather than the producer selling directly to the consumer. Didn't see many farmers either.

Mar 11, 2010
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Bison Mountain Bistro, Banff

A new one for me and a great find. Dropped by for a midweek lunch and a break from the cold. Received a nice, warm welcome to a really nice space. Great decor and a nice modern take on the usually dated or stuffy Banff lunch spots or chain places. Yes, there are bears and mountains on the walls, but on huge canvases and wood boards with a fresh, contemporary take on the mountains theme. There's a cool little bar area with comfy white leather bar stools that I imagine is a nice spot for evening drinks. Huge, thick wood tables split the daytime dining area made up of smaller tables with big windows letting in plenty of natural light. Menu was really well priced and everything sounded like I wanted to eat it, which is always a good start. After much deliberating I opted for the Bison burger (with saskatoon berry chutney, comte, pickles on a wild flour organic brioche) and (great!) fries with a small side of house smoked ketchup washed down with a pint of Grizzly Paw beer, from down the road in Canmore. Service was great, space was great. Everyone really friendly. I will certainly be back for more, maybe dinner next time.

Nov 16, 2009
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Mercato, Calgary. Meh.

Surprisingly not impressed with this place after wanting to try it for a long time. If your idea of great atmosphere is a room full of pretentious people talking over eachother then this might be the place for you. Took an hour for the food to arrive and even then the veg plate was something different than I'd actually ordered. Food tasted fine and no complaints about the portion size or presentation, but overall it just didn't blow me away like I'd hoped. I opted for the lamb, which was a little overdone for my liking, and I hate places that charge you 40 bucks for a lonely plate of meat. I did order one of the over-priced veg accompiments, but even then it made for a boring and expensive plate that was just missing something. Desert was a decent Tiramisu (always amazes me how much Tiramisu varies from place to place). An expensive evening and a little disapointing overall. Given that this place is busy pretty much every night with people who clearly have plenty of money to blow, I'm sure they won't lose any sleep over me not rushing back there.

Nov 13, 2009
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Log Barn 1912 - Calgary

Picked up some stuff on the way back from kelowna this summer. Pies are amazing, sausages are the German/eastern european style as opposed to British style and were so good. Strawberry jam with almonds was amazing too. Good stuff, but definitely on the expensive side.

Nov 05, 2009
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BBQ on the Bow

We've experienced the same disappointment at BBQ on the Bow in terms of not even being able to try any of the food involved or get too close to the action. It smells great, which makes it all the more frustrating! As I remember there's one caterer doing corn and beef or pork on a bun who's not involved with the competition at all. We stood eating a pretty average beef on the bun watching as dozens of BBQ outfits cooked the real-deal stuff we REALLY wanted to be eating. It definitely needs some changes to make this a more user friendly event. They should do an amateurs competition alongside it where people can show up and show off what they can do with a grill/smoker and the public can taste and judge, but I guess there'll be all kinds of politics and health and safety legislation in place to make sure that doesn't happen. Oh well.

Sep 07, 2009
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Kashmiri and Bengali food in Calgary?

Every Rogan Josh I've had in my life, in a few different countries, have all been made with tomatoes. I didn't know there was any debate!

Jul 09, 2009
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Greek restaurant in Calgary

Just visited Mykonos on Centre Street for the first time. Really genuine warm welcome, cosy table and great food with great service. The standard greek-style potatoes, rice and veg with kebabs/gyros/fish etc. All in all a fairly typical North American Greek menu. I had a great lamb sish kebab cooked to a perfect medium. It's a pretty old school place, which is what I liked about it. No pretentions, just decently priced food that tasted great. The plate smashing behind me flinching a bit, but I can live with that. I've also had good food at Mannies, but Pegasus was a strange one. I keep meaning to try Spiros on 17th, which is next on the list.

Apr 06, 2009
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Green Chili NW Calgary now open

It's definitely not a clean place. I'm always amazed at how dirty even the door handle is there, which is a terrible welcome. Sitting waiting for food looking at everything around me it is all very dirty. From the floor to the walls to the dead plant in the vase by the door the place is filthy...and that's the bit they're actually willing to let the public see! BUT...the food is undeniably awesome.

Mar 16, 2009
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Green Chili open now at Crowfoot

I love Green Chilli. Chicken Vindaloo extra hot or the Kadhai done nice and hot are both on regular rotation in our house. Consistently good food.

Dec 23, 2008
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Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner Take-Out (Calgary)

Last year I was really sick at home so we got take-out turkey dinner from Ed's opposite Elbow River Casino near the Saddledome, which was really nice. Once we'd popped it onto proper plates from the oven it was perfect.

Mango Shiva is open (calgary)....

Chicken wings and Calamari....in an Indian??? Bizarre.

Sep 13, 2008
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Wings in Calgary

Another one to avoid for wings, suprisingly, is the Wildwood in mission. The last basket I got there downstairs in the pub I bit into the first one and it was still bleeding. Not just a little bit, like oozing out blood from the uncooked centre. Not a good sign. Looking on the positive side they took them off the bill and I didn't die.
Watchman's on 17th are good as are the Kensington Pub. Still never tried the now infamous Regal Beagle wings yet.

Jul 11, 2008
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Burger at the Metropolitan Grill, Review

So i found myself in the Met on 17th Avenue in Calgary and thought at 18 bucks their burger must be pretty special. As is the case with lots of overpriced food in Calgary, it was a letdown. Firstly, it’s served on a long rectangular ciabatta, which leaves the inch at either end devoid of anything other than dry bread. Not a great start. Also, because ciabatta doesn’t have much ‘give’ it was (almost) too big to fit in a mouth, which was both annoying and not a pretty sight. My wife looked at me in horror and shook her head as I tried to cram it in from different angles. The scene wasn’t too dissimilar from a wildlife documentary I once saw featuring an over-ambitious snake trying to eat a whole goat. The thing was dripping grease from all sides to the point where the ciabatta just disintegrated and I finished it picking pieces of meat, tomato and bacon off the grease-filled plate with my fingers. The portion of really average (surely frozen) fries that accompanied the burger was very small compared to other places and more importantly, it didn’t taste like an 18 dollar burger ingredients-wise. Greasy, ill thought out in design and just not that great a burger. To make things worse my wife’s food arrived stone cold and got sent back. We didn’t bother complaining as it was too busy and we felt sorry for the server, who was trying her best. I love my burgers in all forms but won’t be giving this one a try again. I'll stick to their beer and martinis instead.

best pizza in calgary?

I'd second the Pulcinella recommendations. Can't get enough of the pizza there - really authentic and just delicious.

Feb 21, 2008
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Calgary Mango Shiva?

I just hope they don't go all fine dining and start jacking up the prices due to the location. One thing that made it so good was the value.

Feb 21, 2008
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Pulcinella review, Calgary

So we finally tried Pulcinella in Kensington. The place was buzzing but welcoming with lovely smells hitting our noses before we even opened the door from the cold street outside. Greeted warmly, complete with a smile, and had no problem getting seated quickly and even had our coats taken for us. Nice modern decor with white walls contrasting with large backlit classic black and white prints, which set the tone for the place. Another Italian addition to the restaurant is the white Vespa scooter parked up next to the centerpiece of the restaurant - a huge wood burning pizza oven, which I could watch all night. It's just a casual, relaxed and nice environment without being overly-stuffy or pretentious. Just right for what it is with people in jeans and t-shirts with kids and also more dressed up people making a night of it.

The menu was pretty simple and I felt it was priced about right. Nice selection of appetizers, which we skipped this time around to save room for the pizzas (over-eating isn't good for you!). My opinion is that the test of a great pizza place is to try their basic Margharita first and judge them on that, so that's what I tried. My other half went for a (only slightly) more adventurous ham and mushroom creation.

Waited what you'd expect to wait on a busy night while we enjoyed conversation and the lively ambiance...about 20 mins. Pizzas arrived looking great and tasted even better than they looked. The secret is the really sweet tomato sauce, which sets the whole thing off. Nice thin and soft, floury base with the obligatory pizza oven blackening and light crisping around the edges, which adds to the taste in a good way. This was a basic but delicious pizza. Can't speak for my other half's (she said it was great too) or the quality of other toppings, but mine was everything I hoped it would be.

Bill came to around 40 bucks for pizzas, wine and beer, which I was really happy to pay given the quality, taste and the overall experience here. I honestly can't say a bad word about the place and will definitely be back soon.

Jan 18, 2008
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Calgary Mango Shiva?

The chicken vindaloo was the dish that kept me coming back to the old place at Penny Lane. Mango Shiva was probably our favourite place for a curry. We've tried lots of places all over Calgary and had plenty of disapointments, but MS was always a great experience. I loved the fair price, open-kitchen concept and the portion size and idea of the curry bowls. I never left feeling felt like I'd paid over the odds and the food was always consistent and - most importantly - delicious! Can't wait to try the new place. Good luck with the opening!

Nov 16, 2007
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One night in Lake Louise - where to eat?

So we're in Lake Louise at the Fairmont there for my wife's birthday on sunday night. Given we have one shot at it, can anyone recommend somewhere nice to go for dinner? I've heard good things about the post, deer lodge and the station but have never had the pleasure of eating at any of them. We're not too fussed about overly stuffy places, but don't mind a steep bill for quality food. Recommendations please....and anywhere to avoid???

Nov 06, 2007
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