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calgary dining

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Bridgette Bar

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo courtesy Bridgette Bar.

BRIDGETTE BAR

Bridgette Bar excels at offering options for both snacks and a full dinner with a carefully selected drinks list. Try the addicting garlic bread filled with cheese curds, or the large plates that offer everything from rainbow trout to wood-roasted duck. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Deane House

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo courtesy Deane House.

DEANE HOUSE

The sister restaurant to the renowned River Café, Deane House is located in a beautifully renovated historic home with several different rooms and moods, from the garden room overlooking the front yard to the upstairs library with a private bar. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Foreign Concept

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo courtesy Foreign Concept.

FOREIGN CONCEPT

Flavours, ingredients and culinary ideas from across Asia are transformed in the hands of Foreign Concept’s award-winning chefs. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: The Nash

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by S. Ward, courtesy The Nash.

THE NASH

Executive chef Michael Noble took what succeeded at NOtaBLE—gourmet comfort food, excellent service and a wood-fired rotisserie—and brought it to the historic National Hotel in Inglewood. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Pigeonhole

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo courtesy Pigeonhole.

PIGEONHOLE

Pigeonhole focuses on sharing plates that are creative and eclectic. The charred cabbage is Instagram-famous and raved about by many of our panelists, including Dan Clapson, who says it’s a great example of how the simple technique of charring can make the most humble of all vegetables shine. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: River Café

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo courtesy River Café.

RIVER CAFÉ

River Café on Prince’s Island Park is a welcome haven from bustling city life. The patio, surrounded by greenery, is popular for leisurely summer brunches while the cozy, cabin-style décor and roaring fireplace provide an ideal winter retreat. The menu focuses on seasonal fare from Canadian farms, ranches and waters. (more…)

Q+A: The Dining Empire of Lance Hurtubise

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Much has changed in Calgary since Lance Hurtubise made his first foray into our city’s culinary scene—as a dishwasher at the age of 12, making $2.10 an hour. From his days serving as a bus boy, waiter, bouncer and manager, to now as President and CEO of the Vintage Group, Hurtubise has seen it all in Calgary’s kitchens over the last four decades. (more…)

Giving Back at 3 Calgary Restaurants

By MICHAELA RITCHIE and SILVIA PIKAL

Calgarians aren’t the only ones getting into the spirit of giving this season—many Calgary businesses have launched programs this December that give their customers a chance to give back. Consider supporting one of these local charitable diners the next time you step out. (more…)

Last Minute Holiday Parties in Calgary

By ELIZABETH CHORNEY-BOOTH

Procrastinate on planning a holiday party? These nick-of-time solutions will save the day! (Photo courtesy of Pixabay.)

Whether you’re entertaining clients and colleagues or catching up with friends, this time of year is prime party season. The holidays call for fun and frivolity around a dinner table or over a glass (or two) of cheer, but if you’re trying to put together a last-minute shindig, it can be difficult to navigate Calgary’s wide variety of wining and dining options. Whether you’re aiming to impress or just want to do some holiday socializing, there’s a spot in Calgary to help host a cheer-worthy celebration. (more…)

3 Must-Try Eats in YYC: Gwendolyn Richards

By GWENDOLYN RICHARDS

(Photo courtesy of Without Papers Pizza.)

The weather outside is frightful, but Calgary’s hot plates are so delightful! As the coldest months of the year approach, our favourite local dining destinations are turning up the heat—everything from cozy comfort foods to a hearty helping of spice. If you need to banish the chill, we recommend you peruse these menus. (more…)

10 Must-Visit Places in Kensington

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Calgary’s vibrant Kensington neighbourhood is known for its eclectic shopping, artisanal dining scene, and prolific street festivals. (Photo by Jason Dziver.)

Kensington maintains a charming, bohemian vibe while also hosting some of Calgary’s best restaurants and boutiques. The pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood is easily reached from downtown by foot or the CTrain’s Sunnyside station while bustling street festivals occur at all times of the year. (more…)

Fine Dining Delivered: Top 5 Takeout Restaurants in Calgary

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Tuk Tuk Thai promises “fast and flavourful” authentic Thai cuisine to Calgarians, but they aren’t the only restaurant in town that serves up delicious meals on the fly! Check out our favourite local takeout restaurants below. (Photo courtesy of Tuk Tuk Thai.)

Life moves pretty fast—sometimes so fast that the only viable option out there for lunch or dinner is a dish served on the go. But if the idea of takeout leaves you cringing with memories of cardboard pizza and greasy burgers, never fear! Not all hope is lost when your city is full to bursting with delicious fast food options around every corner. Browse the takeout menus at our favourite speedy local eateries and taste for yourself! (more…)