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Can you make a suggestion for a healthy dinner out

Hi! I am trying to find a place to go for dinner with friends on Friday night that meet the following criteria:
-nice ambience
-healthy and/or organic options
-not uber-expensive

We don't get out too much (it gets hard to get sitters with 4 little ones!) so I am hoping that some of you will have some great suggestions! I really appreciate it!

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  1. I hate to be the one to say it, but we can't give you recommendations without a city! Where are you?

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    1. re: peter.v

      oh yes, that is a crucial bit of information isn't it? Thanks Peter!

      I am in Calgary.

    2. Aida Mediterranean Restaurant is my favourite. The King and I is also good.

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      1. re: sarah galvin

        I would have to disagree with the King and I suggestion as yummy as Thai food is, it is far from healthy (ie. low fat or sugar) and The K&I is probably the most expensive of Thai places.

        If you want really healthy and organic then the cafe in Community Natural foods downtown would fit the bill, however there is not much for ambience.

        I like sushi places for healthy, as long as I don't choose the tempura.

        1. re: cleopatra999

          I don't think the cafe at Community Natural Foods is open for dinner.

          The Coup? I think the food is extremely bland (especially compared to my favorite similar restaurant- Rebar in Victoria BC) but it's oddly popular.

          1. re: Jetgirly

            Disagree 1000%. Flavours at the Coup are big and their ingredients top-notch. One of the best restos in Calgary and the single best pure veg resto I've ever been, anywhere.

      2. Despite Jetgirly's bad luck at the Coup, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. i've always had excellent meals there, and certainly would never call their food bland.

        You might also want to consider cafe Koi on 1st street and 12th ave sw

        Aida's is an excellent recommendation as well, if you're in the mood for Mediterranean/Lebanese, although I prefer the ambiance at my other two picks.

        I think Diner Deluxe (yes, they do do dinner as well) or open range or big fish would all meet your criteria as well.

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        1. re: marcopolo

          cafe koi is a great recommendation Marcopolo. I love it there. Book a table if there are a few of you though, it can be quite busy. It is all asian inspired meals. I don't believe it is organic but there are lots of vegetarian options. if I remember correctly, I think that they serve brown rice. I also love the atmosphere there, cool and loungy.

          1. re: marcopolo

            I'm curious as to what you've eaten at The Coup that was good. I would be willing to give it a third chance, as I am really pro vegetarian restaurants.

            I went for breakfast and had El Sombrero, which is a bit like a breakfast burrito. It was really dry and I'm pretty sure they didn't add any seasonings other than the main ingredients. The worst part was the "seasonal veggies" was like, beet greens, with really, really thick, hard, crunchy stems and very few leaves.

            The time I went for lunch I had El Taco, and there were seriously about six beans and then a whole bunch of really dry quinoa. Is there such a thing as sundried quinoa? :) I dissected both sides of the "taco" (and I use the term VERY loosely) and also could not find any signs of avocado. For both this and the previous dish the "sprouted tortillas" were extremely dry and their "whole grainy" taste totally overwhelmed all of the other ingredients (again, due to a lack of seasoning).

            Maybe I need to stop ordering dishes that start with "El"?

            1. re: Jetgirly

              Although I do agree that Rebar is superior, I have had excellent meals at Coup. Try the Upstream Burger or the Dragon Bowl with their peanut sauce. I'm not wild about Coup's lunch menu, but I've always enjoyed their dinners.

              1. re: Jetgirly

                Get the appie platter and go straight to heaven. Their lavash alone is worth a visit.

                The tempeh "fries" with miso dip- just outstanding, my mouth waters just writing "tempeh."

                The falafel panini thing- superb as well.

                The only bad thing I can say about Coup is that I've never had a decent soup there- so I never order soup.

                1. re: Jetgirly

                  I've only been there for dinner. I like their dragon bowl, lavash, yam and tempeh fries as others have mentioned.

                  I also remember once they had a coconut curry soup of some kind which was really good. so their soup is sometimes good...

                  But usually I have the falafel quesadilla. It's odd, their taco is more like a quesadilla and their quesadilla is more like a taco...