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Lunch in Kensington (Calgary)

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asiandelight Sep 17, 2008 08:45 AM

I have a friend visiting for the day next week and she would like to go for lunch in Kensington - somewhere "unique and fun and offbeat". Any suggestions? We're not looking for anything highend, just good, simple eats followed by walking and shopping. Thanks!

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    cmanten RE: asiandelight Sep 17, 2008 08:46 AM

    Vero's is pretty good - it just opened a few weeks ago. Pulcinella for pizza is also tasty.

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      John Manzo RE: cmanten Sep 17, 2008 09:17 AM

      seconded- have heard good things about Vero and Pulcinella is definitely unique and dripping with atmosphere. When I get lunch in Kensington I usually hit Globefish (sort of the extreme edge of Kensington, on 14th St) or Sushi Zeal for sushi (Zeal is IMO underrated, I've been three times and liked what I got very much, and prices are very decent), get the Malaysian curry at Sungate Cafe (though last visit they were understaffed and I gave up without ordering- and though the curry is excellent, the space is pretty depressing), or the Shish Tawouk at Shawarma Station.

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        irishgirl RE: John Manzo Sep 17, 2008 09:51 PM

        Ditto for Pulcinella and Globefish. I'd also recommend Heartland Cafe - the coffee is not great but I really like their sandwiches, qeusadillas etc and cakes, and the building has a lot of character.

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      danniek RE: asiandelight Sep 18, 2008 07:36 AM

      If you want unique and offbeat, I would go to Marathon. It's an Ethiopian restaurant. Get the lunch for 2. You share samples of their food. Its quite diffferent.

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        cmanten RE: danniek Sep 18, 2008 10:23 AM

        We've tried all of the ethiopian restaurants in the city....Marathon is definitely one of the better ones (the other is the one on 17th but I'm blanking on the name).

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        danniek RE: asiandelight Sep 18, 2008 12:13 PM

        Are you talking about Fassil's? It is on my list to go to. Is it much better than Marathon, or around the same?

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          cmanten RE: danniek Sep 19, 2008 05:52 AM

          Yes, that's the one. I actually liked it better than Marathon, but not by much.

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            danniek RE: cmanten Sep 19, 2008 07:59 AM

            Good to know, Thanks a bunch!

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