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Hot Dining Calgary

Hot Dining: Exotic Tastes

Step into the world of Persian cuisine with a dish of kashk-e-bademjan at Shiraz. Combining the gentle flavour of roasted eggplant (bademjan) with mint, fried onions, and crisp garlic and topped with a drizzle of whey (kashk), this is a silky appetizer that offers a great beginning to a meal of kebabs, stews of okra and chicken or beef and split peas, and luscious Persian pastries. 1120 Centre St NE, 403-452-4050. –John Gilchrist


Hot Dining: Hot Pies

Packing the lower level of The Core building with over 200 seats, Double Zero is heating up downtown with hand-pressed and rolled pizzas. This new pizzeria uses finely ground, Italian 00 flour and other top quality ingredients to create chicken-confit-and-eggplant or rapini-and-pine nut pies. And they make a tasty meatball panini too. 100, 751 – 3 St SW, 403-265-9559. –John Gilchrist


Hot Dining: Cheese Please

A purveyor of some of the creamiest Gouda and tangiest Roquefort this side of the Champs-Élysées, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese recently opened its “Grilled Cheese Bar.” Its menu is straightforward, with two anchor items and one rotating daily—there’s the Ham and Cheese Please, with maple pepper ham, Gruyère, and sun-dried tomato tapenade or the sublime Farm, filled with warm nutty Oka cheese, a sharp three-year-old cheddar, and sweet tomato chilli jam. Each sandwich is served on a crisp ciabatta, and comes with a side of coleslaw. 1017 – 16 Ave SW, 403-299-0990. —Dan Leahul