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ISO good/interesting restaurant in Calgary

Can anyone throw out some suggestions for a good/interesting restaurant in Calgary for a couple?

I feel we've fallen into a rut of the "usual" places and am looking to break the habit. I'd like to avoid the downtown core, we've pretty much worked our way through all of it. The SW quadrant is preferred, but not required...

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  1. Aidas on 4 th st sw at 21 st or so is good. They serve Lebanese food and the prices are reasonable. Basically it is like something like Greek.They have great tabouli (parsley) salad.

    Mercado a block or so south has good Italian - a bit pricy and busy.

    1. I think Metatron meant Mercato: http://www.mercatogourmet.com/main.html

      The SW quadrant is rather large, could you give us a rundown of your "usual" places/ neighbourhoods and maybe we can narrow the list? :)

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      1. re: maplesugar

        The "usual" places for us for this kind of thing would be Di Vino, Red Water Grill, Catch (back when it was good...). We typically abhor the chains or anything wanting to be a chain..

        I've been meaning to get to Mercato.. it might be the right choice this time around...

        1. re: tex_in_yyc

          SW: I'd suggest checking out O and Globefish Sushi in Marda Loop...Mi Tierra Tu Taqueria in Oakridge ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/459380 ) I've been to Mercato but I wasn't blown away by anything but the bill to be honest (your mileage may vary).

          Inglewood: Rouge, Capo, Sugo, Nectar Desserts

          NW(but really just north of downtown): Il Sogno, Globefish and Muku http://ugonnaeatthat.com/2008/10/11/c... (Muku review

          )

          HTH :)

      2. Wildwood and Bonterra are both good. Wildwood Pub is a bargain with better than usual pub fare.

        1. Momoyama in the Glamorgan strip mall. Small space, and they don't like to take tables more than 5, but the sushi is decently priced and fresh (it's busy; high turnover).

          O in Marda Loop has been getting a lot of attention on this board.

          Misato in West Market Square (the Sunterra strip mall in Signal Hill) also has, from what I've heard, pretty good sushi and other Japanese cuisine. Haven't been here so can't give more details.

          Bow Bulgogi House on 17th Ave by 35th St or so. New management but the food is still great. I like the beef, chicken, and pork bulgogi, and the tofu appetizer/side is one of my favourite foods.

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          1. re: aktivistin

            I ran across a video of momoyama the other day. If you want to see what the sushi looks like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlQ07l...

            I had the chance to check it out. The sushi choices are limited to the basics. It keeps the prices lower. The other odd thing they do is deep fry the kama. Quicker I guess, but not as good as broiling it. That's just my opinion. It's good casual sushi for a quick bite.

          2. How about Alloy? Not quite downtown (McLeod & 42st SE). Has its own parking. Good food. Good room. Not too pricey.

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            1. re: lynnrb

              We have a winner. :)

              We ended up choosing Alloy and had ourselves a very, very good meal. Service was definitely above average (especially for Calgary). Interesting space, interesting menu. Even the deserts were above average.

              I'd definitely keep Alloy on my list of great food places; prices do add up a bit with wine, coffee, dessert, but then again, those items run the tab anywhere else as well.

              1. re: tex_in_yyc

                Service seems to be improving across the board these days- and I'm not only talking in restos. I got a plumber in about 10 minutes the other day. God bless the recession!

                1. re: John Manzo

                  AGREED! it's now at a somewhat acceptable level...