I'm working on an article and am curious what Calgarians consider to be the best of Calgary.
When you have a friend or family member coming to visit from out of town for a weekend and they want to experience Calgary, where do you take them to eat?
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Capo is great ! but you can find it in any big city. River Cafe is # 1 for that great tourist experience with excellent service & exceptional local organic food experience. My favorite dining experience for bringing visitors is Brava Bistro. Great people watching inside & out, great music & mood, service is always friendly, food very bistro (comfort food that i could eat every day.(& i do eat a couple times a week)) Being on 17th ave. on a weekend night at Brava Bistro i think their is no better place to see Calgary.
Moti Mahal (14th Street & 17th Avenue location only)
Los Mariachis (Mexican)
Fantino (Good mix of hispanic food)
Too many to choose!!
For out of town guests, it's hard to top a "Calgary" experience like River Cafe, or Caesar's. Personally, i take every guest that comes in to Tazza for Shawarma, Buchanans for a burger, Manuel Latruwe for breakfast, Pfanntastic Pannenkoek House for Sunday brunch, and the Currie Barracks Farmer's Market for weekend strolling (with a stop at Phil and Sebastiens for my weekly coffee). Nothing that definitively says "CALGARY!", but to me, a good representation of the great diversity in food that Calgary has to offer.
Hmm, yeah, i guess im a bit of a yuppie :)