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Restaurant help in Calgary Please

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My husband and I will be arriving in Calgary in August and have never been there before. It is part business and part fun.

Not knowing anything about the restaurants, we sure would appreciate any info regarding good, clean, fun restaurants.

The food type does not matter. We just want good food for a good price.

A great view would be nice if possible. I have been reading the AAA/CAA book and have found a couple of choices but still not sure about them.

We would love small, family owned business where the local Calgarians might eat.

Your help is truly appreciated. Thank you.

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  1. The writer lives in Calgary, but I suggest you consider an easy drive south to Okotoks, a bedroom community about 15 miles south on Hwy #2 -- particularly in summer. There you will find a pretty good place Cafe Divine, right along the main street -- good choice of salads, sandwiches etc. for lunch. Another place would be the local golf club, D'Arcy Golf and Country Club, open to the public, simpler lunch menu, pleasant outlook to the west toward the mountains -- I know the view won't do it, but the food and service are also good. A little more upscale is La Petite Table, French bistro style, also along the main street.

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    1. re: JJD Calgary
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      grannieanniebooks

      Thank you for your reply. What do you mean the "author" lives in Calgary?

      1. re: grannieanniebooks

        I don't think I said 'author' -- I believe I said 'The writer lives...' -- Just showing off my fancy formal writing style -- picked up from the days when 'The New Yorker' never used the first person singular -- it was always, 'When so&so was interviewed recently, the reporter learned...'

    2. The writer lives in Calgary, but I suggest you consider an easy drive south to Okotoks, a bedroom community about 15 miles south on Hwy #2 -- particularly in summer. There you will find a pretty good place Cafe Divine, right along the main street -- good choice of salads, sandwiches etc. for lunch. Another place would be the local golf club, D'Arcy Golf and Country Club, open to the public, simpler lunch menu, pleasant outlook to the west toward the mountains -- I know the view won't do it, but the food and service are also good. A little more upscale is La Petite Table, French bistro style, also along the main street.

      1. Head downtown Calgary for Buchanans or a nice romantic spot on the river at the Riverside Cafe on princes island. Excellent Italian at Zefferellis in Kensington and awesome Ethiopian at Marathon Ethiopia in Kensington as well. For an upscale but well worth dinner try The Ranch in Fish Creek park.

        1. Here are some places to try. Calgary can be hit or miss, but there is some great food in wonderful environs.

          Must- or should-do's: The River Cafe one evening; also the patio at Cilantro for a cool respite. Walk down the Stephen Avenue mall one weekday lunchtime with a shish taouk purchased from Falafel King on 1st St and grab a bench. Go to The Blackfoot Farmers' Market on Friday or Saturday mornings and buy some fruit and have some homemade perogies. A coffee and muffin at Caffe Beano on 17th Ave and 9th St SW. Family-style dinner at the Living Room. Have dinner at the bar at Brava Bistro or at Divino, Calgary's hottest new restaurant. BUY SOME WINE at a local wine store; Metro Vino is my favourite. Have Chinese one night at the Harbour City in Chinatown and order lobster. Go to Sandro Pizzeria on Edmonton Trail for lunch. Go to the Skylark Restaurant in Forest Lawn, or to Maurya for Indian food. Drink too many mojitos at the Latin Corner.

          Link: http://www.river-cafe.com

          1. I just returned from a family vacation in Calgary (downtown) .I can highly recommend "The Catch" on Stephens Ave.if you like seafood!We supported the Alberta beef industry too when we had an excellent meal of CCA beef at the "Saltlik" which is kitty corner to "The Catch". You should check if reservations are needed. If your hubby likes beer with his steak I found the local "Honey" draft very satisfying.I think both places have outdoor patios if you want to watch the world go by!Great city ,fantastic food!

            1. Check out Avocados Grill. You'll find it one of the best Mexican influenced restaurants in Calgary! www.avocadosgrill.com

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              1. re: y2gabs

                i think if you search for mexican in calgary in this board, you'll find that being 'one of the best mexican influenced restaurants in Calgary' is rather faint praise. Having said that, IMHO, Avocado's grill isn't even near being one of the city's better mexican offerings.

                1. re: y2gabs

                  If you like Taco Bell in a nicer restaurant go to Avacados Grill...If you like real, delicious mexican food go to 1. Salt & Pepper 2. El Sombrero in that order.

                  1. re: Major_9000

                    I wouldn't suggest Salt and Pepper, it wasn't great when I was there last ( that being said, it could have improved or been an off night.

                    1. re: Major_9000

                      I think the Salt and Pepper in Bowness is way better than the one on MacLeod Trail, if you have a choice definitely go to the one on Bowness Road

                      1. re: geckogirl

                        This may be the case. We haven't been to the one on MacLeod Trail for years but go occasionally to the one in Bowness and it's good if not spectacular. Last time we were there it seemed there was a new owner but the menu seems unchanged. 'Last time' could be as long ago as last winter so this isn't current news.

                        1. re: sharonanne

                          The owner is still the same (Alex - formerly of the Red Iguana and Baha Bistro). However, he has moved out to the west coast with his family. He still comes into town occassionally. The main thing to remember about Salt & Pepper is that the food is Guadalaharan not Tex-Mex or other more common Mexican.

                  2. As others have said, River Cafe and Maurya. On the right summer evening, in the right light, the River Cafe is as magical a place to eat as any place in North America--the river, the trees, the lights of the skyline--unforgettable. And the food can be absolutely first rate too. I always head straight there on arrival in Calgary. Also really really good, as stated above, is Saltlik. Great Canadian wines (no that's not an oxymoron, believe me) and, for me, the best steak in town. As for small, family owned businesses, I would say Co Do on 17th is my favorite Vietnamese anywhere. And whatever you do, no matter what anybody tells you, skip The Catch.

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                    1. re: Steto

                      do you realise original post was 2003?