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Jul 25, 2007 01:54 PM

Looking for Sunridge (Calgary)

A job change recently hurled me from Downtown to the Northeast earlier this summer.

I’ve checked out the German Canadian Club – lunch buffet with some solid offerings – dill cucumber salad, cooked red cabbage (mmm), dumplings, Zigeuner Schnitzel. A little further out is the previously unreachable-from-DT-over-the-noon-hour Taco Del Mar franchise. Definitely a step up from other Mexican fast food in the city!

But I need some other recommendations to help me knowledgably suggest options the next time a colleague says, “Hey, let’s go grab lunch at Ricky’s.”

I’d love to hear any thoughts on Chowhound endorsed lunch places (takeout/sit down/whatever) in the Greater Sunridge Metropolitan Area…say, Memorial to 32nd Ave and Barlow Trail to 52nd St.


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  1. Thai Boat is pretty good for lunch. Across Barlow on 32 ave.

    A little further up 52nd is the venerable Alberta King of Subs. Great poutine and also MSM sandwiches in a cafeteria like setting. Definitely worthwhile.

    And I may face ridicule from you all for this, but I like Swiss Chalet too. Quarter chicken with fries and sauce. Mmmmmm. My fave chain food by far. Maybe a little far out for you but always quick for lunch.

    Finally, there is Pho Que Hoang, my top pick for Vietnamese food in Calgary. It's in the Pacific Place Mall where T&T Market is located.

    1. I suck at directions in Calgary, so pardon if I get this wrong but isn't Pebble Street (Chinese noodle/rice restaurant) in that area? You could order take out or sit down.

      1. I may be taken around back and beaten by Chowhounders for these suggestions, but I think that Cactus Club and Oriental Phoenix are both good lunch options in that area.

        Also good is the Clay Oven Indian restaurant, in the plaza behind the Husky station at Barlow and 32nd. It's a buffet, and though the selection is small, the food is tasty.

        if you like the food at the German Club, you'll love the food at the New Berliner and the Austrian Canadian Club. Both are superior to the German Club.

        Nando's is meant to be quite good - it's a chicken place - but I've never tried it.

        Atlas Pizza has delicious pizza. It's a sports bar, but now non-smoking. The staff is really pleasant, and the place is usually quite quiet and relaxing for lunch. It's probably my favourite pizza in the entire city.

        I hope that helps! Let us know if you try any of the recommendations, and what you think of them.

        New Berliner
        2219 35 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

        Austrian Canadian Cultural Centre
        3112 11 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

        Clay Oven Restaurant
        3132 26 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

        Oriental Phoenix Restaurant
        2493 27 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

        Cactus Club Cafe
        2612 39 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

        Nando's Flame Grilled Chicken
        3333 32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

        Atlas Pizza & Sports Bar
        6060 Memorial Dr NE, Calgary, AB T2A, CA

        1. I second the suggestion for Thai Boat though I suggest avoiding Wednesdays (buffet day) like the plague. It's expensive & they let the food run quite low before replenishing. Other than that it's awesome.

          I also like Tiffin & Safari Grille on 28th just north of Memorial. Tiffin serves Indian cafeteria style (usually a couple of veggie options & a couple of meat options). Very tasty. Safari Grille is north African (but still Indian-esque). They have a great lunch offering for one meat curry & one veggie curry with a piece of Tandori chicken (very, very tasty) and naan for under $10 (I think it's $7.95).

          Also in the same area (north of Memorial on 28th) is Village Pita. They have a very yummy Meat Pie for $3.

          The Vietnamese place on block south of Memorial on 28th (don't remember the name) is also very good, cheap & fast.

          If you want a sandwich, I really like the chicken salad sandwich with salads at Cultures in Sunridge Mall (I find this Cultures better than others around the city).

          Hope those help.....can you tell I work in the neighborhood too?

          1. I work in the area too - and agree that Safari Grille is pretty good. Have also been known to hit the Cactus Club and Moxies in a pinch.

            The Keg on 36th is not too bad (it's no Chicago or Vintage Chophouse). There's a sushi place that's pretty good, but I'll have to grab the name on the drive home for you.

            Be thankful - my boss is always trying to take me to Red Lobster or the Coast Hotel buffet (gag). I (ahem) have been known to drive to Kensington for lunch (like today - tried Ten), or to Diner Deluxe on 16th Ave.

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            1. re: cmanten

              Lol. I currently work in the neighbourhood as well, and have a few additional suggestions as well.

              As moose mentions, Pebblestreet is just down 36 (it's in the same complex as T&T). There is Dim Sum on one side (Forbidden City), and cheap HK Diner on the other (Pebble Street).

              Across the street in the strip mall is the only edible Vietnamese place that i've found in the NE. Pho Xuen. The one one Memorial and 28th (Tu Vien) has terrible soup - i occasionally go there for all you can eat beef lettuce wraps, but otherwise, i dont like anything else on their menu.

              I second Nando's Chicken, Thai Boat, AB King of Subs, Clay Oven, and Cactus Club. I went to the ACC yesterday, and the schnitzel was decent, but i wouldnt say the food was great.

              For more obscure (and cheap) offerings, i suggest the patty's from Lloyds (same complex as Safari Grill), the pasta special from Little Italy (get there early), Coco Brooks takeout pizza, and Thai Tai just east of the Sheraton Cavalier on 32nd avenue.

              On aviation blvd (is this 12th street NE?) and 33rd avenue, there is a new restaurant opening up called Wonton King. It's owned by the people who own King's truck stop, but will be featuring primarily takeout, and is opening up on July 28th.

              Looking forward to trying Pho Que Hoang. I NEED vietnamese around here!

              1. re: yen

                Wonton King in the NE? You must absolutely go there then! Their Wor Wonton soup is awesome, and it is unlike any other fake Chinese soup you've ever had. Their other "Chinese" items are atrocious however. Mmm, I think I'll go to the one by Costco tomorrow.

                1. re: Shazam

                  I didnt know they had other locations. It's within walking distance of my office, so i'll definitely be hitting it up. Thanks for the info.

                  1. re: yen

                    The original King's restaurant is on Barlow Trail and Centre Avenue, so it is in your specified area. It originated in the NE! Go NE! :)

                2. re: yen

                  +1 for Nando's and Coco Brooks

                  Pho Xuan is way better than the one in Pacific Place, so you're not missing much

                  The Viet sub place a few doors down from Pho Xuan is pretty good for cheap eats

                    1. re: feuerzeug

                      what kind of pizza is coco brooks? is it onlt take out? are they sold frozen or bakesd?

                      1. re: alex8alot

                        It's individual sized pizza that you can eat there or take-out. You can get it baked there or frozen.