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Back to Calgary

I lived in Calgary about 5 years ago and am heading back for the first time since then to visit some friends for a week. I'd like to try the spots that chowhounders love -- if you could pick just 3 of your current fave restaurants, what would you pick?

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  1. Capo
    The Belevedere

    1. Rouge
      St Germain / Raw Bar (Both in the new Hotel Arts)

      1. Tiffin's Curry and Roti House (Ismaili-style Indian w/ fresh rotis)
        Centini (Convo Centre Italian)
        Han's (Taiwanese by way of Malaysia in a tiny Chinatown resto)

        1. Wow, definitely starting at the higher end thus far :)

          Bow Bulgogi (for lunch)

          1. and at the very low end for Yen...

            Matsarang House (CHEAP but delicious Korean in the Tarjan Point condos)
            Shawarma King (not dirt cheap but huuuuuuuuge portions)
            Banh Mi Thi Thi (best Viet subs in Canada, gotta say)

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            1. re: John Manzo


              I will never understand your fascination with Shawarma King, other than they are open until 4am. I find their food to be barely passable... but one man's trash... :)

              1. re: yen

                Hey- gobstopper likes Mango Shiva, pick on him! :)

                I like the garlic mayo at the King, and the fact that they make their own turnip pickles- in fact they were one of the first places in Calgary that I found with turnip pickles. Plus the owner looks like Mr Slate from the Flinstones, and Mr Slate has been a cartoon fetish for me from way back.

            2. Divino
              Mango Shiva
              River Cafe

                1. re: cosyigloo

                  I've never even heard of velvet. Where is it and what do they serve?

                  1. re: yen

                    Velvet at the Grand 608 1st ST SW

                    Check it out for

                    Same owner as Cilantro, Ranche and Divino

                    I'd classify the food as "The Ranche meets Muse/Rouge"

                    Elk, Bison, Duck everywhere on the menu, but done in more contemporary ways.

                    A great meal, I did have. Went for the Game Trio appy and the Glazed Duck w/Truffle Risotto. Good wine list. Price high, but similar to places of like quality. I intend to return to see if they can crack my top 10 restos.

                    1. re: newJJD

                      Wow, you weren't kidding that it's pricey. Interesting menu... but ala carte!? That'll ring you up a few $$$.

                      Look forward to hearing about your subsequent visit. Greatness is achieved through repeatability!

                2. Aida's
                  Boca Locca
                  shikiji (for ramen only)
                  Peter's Drive Thru
                  Siding Cafe

                  1. Everyone -- thanks so much for your posts!! This is great. I will pick some and report back.

                    1. Tazza
                      Rose Garden

                      1. Seconding ByeByeBaby's vote for the Rose Garden Thai Restaurant.
                        Bow Bulgogi House
                        Galaxie Diner/Belmont Diner (sister diners; all-day breakfast and lunch)

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                        1. re: aktivistin

                          not exactly all-day- both diners close at 4.

                          Look for a new project from the Belmont people soon- the space that is currently Marda Scoop will be transformed into something Calgary really needs- a really goood burger place that's neither a chain nor a drive-in. Think Vera's in Vancouver or the late lamented Fatso's in Toronto.

                          1. re: John Manzo

                            Thanks for the tip, John. I'm definitely looking forward to this burger joint. Hopefully it'll be open past 4!