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May 24, 2007 04:47 PM

14 St/17 Ave SW Cgy- flurry of activity.

I live about a block south of this intersection and it's very interesting how much has been happening here lately.

-Cuppagogo, the little franchise that could, is no more. It's now the second location of Hard Disk Cafe, they have a real espresso machine in there now (replacing the farting superauto that CGG had) and it seems sedate and nice. They're open Saturdays and a little later eves now (not so when first opened) and I wish them the best there.

-Tio's, the little Mexican restaurant that could NOT, is gone, and good riddance. After a few months of papered-over windows, it's set to reopen Monday as a paninni place. Counter service (one of the things that Tio's shoud have done), new tables and paint, sandwich menu with cappicola this and salami that (and I hope a nice veal cutlet, but that would be too much to dream in Calgary), espresso bar, and they'll have Mario's gelati. Good to hear- no more having to head all the way to Amato Gelato.

-Restaurant Indonesia, the big Indonesian restaurant that could and did, is dead. One day they were experimenting with a lunch buffet (with, um, no plain steamed rice. I have no idea what that was about), and a week later, shades drawn, and a little hand-lettered sign on the door that reads: "We are CLOSED! The management." No "thanks for your patronage," nothing, really odd. Well, according to paninni man next door, it's being redone as a sushi place. I can't believe this is happening- the west end of 17th has always been this forgotten stepchild and now this. I pray it's good. Not Sumo, please not Sumo. Good space, huge windows and great potential for a patio (unused by Indonesia), this could be great.

-Da Lat, the little Viet-Thai place that could......NOT compete with the one-two punch of Co Do and Noodle King virtually across the street, is no more too, and according to the good people next door at Priape, it will be a tapas place. They have removed the raised patio and are redoing the facades of all over that place, Ghetto Blaster and the little grocery next door. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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  1. Darn, sorry to hear about Restaurant Indonesia. I've been meaning to take my fiancee by for lunch but every time we go it's been closed. It was a lunchtime favorite for me and my group when I used to work on 10 ave up the street.

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    1. re: taiphun

      Too bad about Da Lat too, it was one of the first places my friends and I went upon moving to Calgary. I really liked it, unpretentious, cheap, and very tasty.

      Wonder if they're going to open anywhere else?

    2. For some reason I thought that Restaurant Indonesia closed years ago. Hmm, should've gone while I had the chance,

      Da Lat was there for a long time, no? Wasn't it there before Co Do and Noodle King?

      BTW, Co Do has spectacular Pho satay - best in the city IMO.

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      1. re: Shazam

        No, it closed quite recently. Sadly, they were never all that busy whenever i went. Food wasnt great,but it was good value.

        Da Lat was there before Noodle King, but not before Co Do. CoDo has been around for a long long time.

        IMO, i hate the Pho Satay at CoDo :) I know a lot of people agree with you, but i guess im just not one of them.

        1. re: yen

          Yen , where was your recommended pho sate? Was that Saigon Y2K?

          1. re: John Manzo

            Depends on your preferred style, but yes. i like the one at Saigon Y2K. It's thick and has a great peanut flavour, not just a few roasted peanuts ground up and tossed on top of soup with a lot of hot sauce in it.

            My second preferred choice is Noodle King, for their use of what i think is coconut milk in the pho sate. Very rich and tasty!

            1. re: yen

              I have noticed a huge difference in pho sates and was wondering.... is it a regional difference thing, or just a good vs. bad thing? I tried it at the place in Dalbrent Center... terrible. Watery, bland, the only indication of sate was the brownish tint to the soup. The Y2K, which I tried upon Yen's recommendation, was very good.

              1. re: alex8alot

                Good question - as I was wondering if Pho Sate was even authentic at all!? Anyone here been lucky enough to travel to Vietnam yet? Was Pho Sate available? I've never seen it mentioned on programs examining Vietnam.

                1. re: yen

                  Pho sate seems to me like a variant of malaysian laksa, maybe there's something about the particular immigration patterns of Vietnamese in Alberta (I say this because I've not seen pho sate on viet menues outside calgary/edmonoton- and I've had viet all over north america and in hawaii)- maybe a lot of them arrived via malaysia or something?

                2. re: alex8alot

                  I've seen that version of pho sate at quite a few places - in fact, more of those than the thick, red, peanuty sate soup.

                3. re: yen

                  Saigon Y2K's sate is second place for me :) They tend to put a bit too much fish sauce in it for me sometimes, so they lose simply on lack of consistency.

                  I actually went to Co Do the first week it opened. There were about four customers in the whole restaurant. Business was so slow the spare waiters were making napkin origami.

                  1. re: Shazam

                    When was that Shazam? We moved here Aug 2000 and always got takeout from CoDo because it was smoking! With those low ceilings! Amazing how times have changed eh?

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      I think it was March 2000. About a month after it opened it was pretty busy.