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mickeyj Aug 28, 2006 11:57 PM

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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    Hart50 RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 07:55 AM

    The Belevedere

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      newJJD RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 03:00 PM

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

      1. John Manzo RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 03:19 PM

        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)

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          yen RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 03:22 PM

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

          Bow Bulgogi (for lunch)

          1. John Manzo RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 03:25 PM

            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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              yen RE: John Manzo Aug 30, 2006 10:44 PM


              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... :)

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                John Manzo RE: yen Aug 31, 2006 01:23 AM

                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.

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              Gobstopper RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 06:27 PM

              Mango Shiva
              River Cafe

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                cosyigloo RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 06:47 PM

                River Cafe

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                  yen RE: cosyigloo Aug 30, 2006 10:44 PM

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

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                    newJJD RE: yen Aug 31, 2006 12:25 AM

                    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.

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                      yen RE: newJJD Aug 31, 2006 12:52 AM

                      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!

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                  eco987 RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 08:06 PM

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

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                    mickeyj RE: mickeyj Aug 30, 2006 10:10 PM

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

                    1. ByeByeBaby RE: mickeyj Aug 31, 2006 05:53 AM

                      Rose Garden

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                        aktivistin RE: mickeyj Sep 1, 2006 05:17 AM

                        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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                          John Manzo RE: aktivistin Sep 1, 2006 03:32 PM

                          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.

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                            aktivistin RE: John Manzo Sep 12, 2006 12:18 AM

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

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