Our panel of 10 judges had a difficult task this year due to the extremely high bar that is being set by Calgary’s restaurants. There was much rigorous debate before they narrowed it down to 12 stellar examples of the very best the city has to offer. Each of these restaurants (presented in alphabetical order) are well worth the time and offer something new to visitors to Calgary—they are all original to our city. We invite you to see for yourself what our judges are raving about.
Photo courtesy Anju restaurant.
By SILVIA PIKAL
Here are five cocktails we ordered again and again in 2017, and the dishes we like to enjoy with them. This is part of our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!
Mimosas at Buttermilk Fine Waffles
Mimosas at Buttermilk Fine Waffles/Photo by Silvia Pikal.
Freshly squeezed orange juice is a must for breakfast and brunch. The team at Buttermilk Fine Waffles go through about 800 pounds of California navel oranges a week! They’ve recently stepped up their orange game by adding mimosas to the menu, which make use of those oranges and 3 oz of Prosecco. Pair your sweet drink with a savoury waffle like the green eggs and ham (poached eggs, maple smoked ham and aged cheddar).
Buttermilk Fine Waffles, 330 – 17 Ave SW, buttermilkfinewaffles.com (more…)
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…)
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…)
By SILVIA PIKAL
We’re lucky with the variety of restaurants that have opened in Calgary and area in the last few months, from French and Italian cuisine to a charcuterie and butchery shop you can stop at for lunch. Check out our favourite dishes from 5 new restaurants, the first post in our new bi-monthly food and drink series.
CARDINALE: MODERN ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Mezze maniche pasta at Cardinale/Photo by Silvia Pikal.
Housed in the historic Dafoe building in Victoria Park, Cardinale is a refresh and rebrand of La Vita é Bella restaurant. The new restaurant focuses on fresh pasta made in-house, hand-crafted cocktails and fine Italian wine. The space is beautiful; exposed brick, green velvet booths and a large bar greet you when you walk in. A short walk away from the Saddledome, it’s a favourite hang-out when the Flames play. (more…)
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…)
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…)
By MICHAELA RITCHIE
Surprise cocktail, appetizer, entrée and desert options lend an extra hint of mystery to an already ominous concept at Dark Table. The dining room is completely dark… so you’ll just have to trust us that the dish pictured here was delicious. (Photo by Michaela Ritchie.)
Marveling over the artistry of a dish is usually half the fun when you go out to dine at an upscale downtown restaurant—just ask anyone with an Instagram account! But there’s a new dark horse saddling up in Calgary’s culinary scene with plans to turn the tables on local diners: Dark Table. It’s the first restaurant of its kind in our city, where the table (as well as everything on and around it) is shrouded in complete darkness for the duration of your meal. (more…)
By MICHAELA RITCHIE
Want to throw a feast back at the office? The Happy Chicken Dinner from The Nash and NOtaBLE is now available to order out. (Photo courtesy of NOtaBLE.)
We’ve all been there—seeking out a delicious mid-day meal, but pressed for time in the middle of the workday or between errands and meetings. It’s easy enough to hunt down the nearest McDonald’s or Tim Horton’s for a quick lunch fix, but if you’re in the mood for something a little more hearty or healthy, finding a quality meal on-the-go can certainly be a challenge. Whether you’re looking for take-out or dine-in, a solo meal or a speedy spot that is sure to impress, these local eateries are sure to feed you right! (more…)