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Calgary restaurants

Calgary restaurants: 4 new and noteworthy things

By Silvia Pikal

Read the latest in our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

Elwood and the Rabbit opens in Bridgeland

Photo by What’s Good Photography, courtesy Elwood and the Rabbit.


If the name Elwood and the Rabbit makes you think of an imaginary rabbit named Harvey, you’re not alone. We promise. (more…)

Dining spotlight: Andrew Keen’s journey from ski bum to Murrieta’s chef

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Photo courtesy Murrieta’s Bar and Grill.

Who doesn’t love an adventurous dish prepared with exciting new methods and piled high with unusual ingredients? Nothing feels quite so top-of-the-line as imported ingredients and menu items with names you can barely pronounce, right? Well, not according to chef Andrew Keen, leader of the charge at Murrieta’s Bar and Grill.

Born in Ontario, raised in England, and a culinary prodigy of Canada’s west coast, Keen may be a citizen of the world, but he still insists the best menu around is the one grown right here in Alberta’s backyard.

“I love the simplicity,” Keen says of the steakhouse fare he’s cooked for over 17 years. “It’s about showcasing and respecting the product and the skill of cooking it. It’s tempting to get creative, but the simplicity of a perfectly cooked steak sometimes gets a little lost. Salt, pepper, a great piece of meat and a hot grill—those are really the only ingredients you need.”

After abandoning his former career as an insurance broker in London to live the life of a ski bum on the slopes of Whistler, Keen first stepped into the kitchen when the money for his lift tickets ran out. He cut his teeth cooking omelets at the Nancy Green Lodge, a natural choice for a part-time gig, he says, given the town’s history as a hospitality hotspot.

“You’d do your best, and sometimes you’d cry yourself to sleep in the store room to make sure you were there bright and early for the next morning, but the camaraderie of the kitchen was like nothing else.”

While long days in the kitchen could prove daunting for Keen, the lessons he learned there proved invaluable and before long he made the move to Calgary and opened his own venture, The Living Room, in 2000. He’s since lent his talents to a vast buffet of local dining establishments, including Redwater Rustic Grille and Vintage Chophouse, infusing inspiration from his days in the mountains into every dish along the way.

“There’s a huge amount of talent in kitchens here, being able to be flexible and make use of product that’s not available all the time. You know, cooking local in southern California, that must be pretty easy—everything grows around you all year round. So the fact that Calgary chefs are doing local, and doing it well, I think is a huge compliment to this city’s ingenuity.”

Calgary restaurants: 5 new and noteworthy things

By SILVIA PIKAL

This is part of our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

Brunch Happy Hour at Earls

Brunch got a lot happier at Earls in January 2018. All brunch entrées are $8 on the weekends during brunch happy hour, along with $5 mimosas. Hollandaise fans should order the chorizo and mushroom hash with crispy fried potatoes and poached eggs, topped with everyone’s favourite breakfast sauce. Visit their website for a list of times and locations. (more…)

Calgary restaurants: 5 new and noteworthy things

By SILVIA PIKAL

This is part of our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

Bar Annabelle now open on Stephen Avenue

Photo by Jasmine Croteau.

Bar Annabelle’s pink doorway with gold script draws you inside to a tiny but welcoming space. The wine bar opened in December 2017 right next door to sister restaurant Blink on Stephen Avenue, and offers a unique drinks list and tapas menu. The cozy bar is accented by pink, from the light fixtures to the distinctive Kat Marks price point and bill markers complete with Bar Annabelle’s logo. (more…)

Where to Dine Awards: Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017

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.

ANJU RESTAURANT

Photo courtesy Anju restaurant.

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Calgary’s Best New Restaurant 2017: Bar Von Der Fels

By RACHAEL FREY 

Photo courtesy Bar Von Der Fels.

BAR VON DER FELS

One of Calgary’s Top 12 Restaurants in our 2018 Where to Dine Awards and Best New Restaurant, Bar Von Der Fels quickly became a staple in Calgary’s foodie scene after opening in autumn 2016. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Bonterra Trattoria

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo by Gustav Nel, courtesy Bonterra Trattoria.


BONTERRA TRATTORIA

When you just want some classic, delicious Italian fare in a charming atmosphere with attentive service, Bonterra is the place that will bring it all together. (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…)