Calgary,Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club?
Any thoughts or reviews? I want to try it, but its right in one of the sketchiest parts of town.
You do not need to worry about the location. That particular side of the street is less than respectable but it is across from an LRT station, a half a block from the Hyatt and a little more from the Stephan Ave. restaurants. It has plenty of normal foot traffic so there is no reason to avoid the place because of the area (but you are right as that side of the street is a bit of a junky thoroughfare)
I've only been once and the emphasis appeared to be more on drinking that food.
Decent ribs, brisket for Calgary. (It's not going to be anything close to the U.S.). Not a fancy place, but it's clean and decent. No need to worry about location, it's only on the edge of the "sketchy part."
I went twice. I liked the brisket and pulled pork the first time I was there - it was a bit better than Big T's near McMahon. I also enjoyed the jack daniels wings. The garlic fries are not great (just fries and raw garlic!), but a friend from Texas assured me this is how they prepare garlic fries down there too.
However, the second time I went, I had ribs that were so tough and dry, I could've done better at Tony Roma's.
And Harju is correct, depending on the time of day, you might find people there mostly swilling beer and a loud band playing.
I would recommend Big T's over Palomino. The food is at least consistent, and you're not eating in a loud bar. Booker's is an option too if you want to stay downtown, altough they seem to have more of a lunch menu (pulled pork sandwiches, hushpuppies, coleslaw, etc)
I LOVE Palominos! It is casual, clean and cozy. The food is great! I love the garlic fries and especially the Ceasar Salad. Fresh, simple food. I would say one of the best in town. And I have been to expensive places with less quality in food. I totally recommend it for a casual dinner (or lunch!) and drinks.