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I need some Calgary advice

I'm heading to Calgary for the August long weekend and I need some food advice!

I hope to have dinner at the River Cafe, but I'm not sure about the rest of the meals during my visit.

Some friends suggested going to the Broken Plate, but they're open to somewhere else in that price range if I can come up with something. I had another friend recommend Ho Won for Chinese. Any comments about these places or other suggestions? Places like Divino and Capo sound heavenly to me, but I have a feeling my friends may not be comfortable with the cost.

Also, any tips on food I can't get anywhere else that I should buy to take home would be welcome. My traditional "take home" is fresh Buddist veggie food from the Veggie House in Chinatown.

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  1. Try Aida's on 4th Street SW for cheap and tasty Lebanese cuisine. Also Sahara's for more upscale Lebanese food and belly-dancing...Moti Mahal on the corner of 14th and 17th for wonderful Indian meals...

    1. Any preference on cuisine?

      1. For Chinese, Tai Pan in China Town inside a building on 3rd Ave and Centre Street (it's on the north side). There are usually only Asians there, which is a good sign. Ho Won is dicey - if it's too busy, the food ends up suffering.

        I also second Moti Mahal.

        1. Could you maybe specify a price range that your friends would be comfortable with? That way, rather than shotgunning suggestions, we can suggest things that fall within your price range?

          For example, IMO, Capo and Divino fall into different price ranges. River Cafe is expensive, and Broken Plate is 15-25, so it isnt exactly cheap either. Im not sure what range you are looking for.

          Any additional info you can provide would help.

          1. IMHO, Moti Mahal is kinda meh- and I live less than a block from it. I very much prefer Glory of India or Tandoori Hut, but for great downscale Indian you cannot beat Tiffins.

            I sure hope people here are visiting Tibet on 10th- great lunch buffet at great price. It's not quite Indian of course but it's damn good. Their spicy potatoes are to. die. for.

            OP, I am wondering why the rec for Broken Plate- it's Greek you know, but you don't specify if you or companions specifically want Greek. Also, there are two locations, one in Kensington (a very cool urban vibe, near downtown with tons or restos), the other in a kind of mall/stripmall combo called Willow Park Village, in soul-destroying suburbia.