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tex_in_yyc Jan 21, 2009 10:44 AM

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...

  1. wonderflosity Jan 28, 2009 07:50 PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed Alloy, It's one of my favorites!

    I just wanted to suggest The Coup on 17th ave. They've just expanded and added the funkiest lounge with amazing drink concoctions to give patrons somewhere to wait for a table. The service is slow on the weekends, but they have a fun, interesting, healthy, fresh, local and organic menu.
    It's definitely something to try if you're looking for atmosphere, but something less pricey than Alloy or Divino.

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      John Manzo Jan 28, 2009 09:02 PM

      Is there a separate food menu- or any food period- at Meet? I love the look of it.

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        sarah galvin Jan 28, 2009 09:05 PM

        I thought it was Meat?

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          John Manzo Jan 29, 2009 07:25 PM

          No. Meet.

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            sarah galvin Jan 29, 2009 08:00 PM

            Must have been like the time I glanced at Foot Locker and saw Food Locker. Maybe that store doesn't even exist any more.

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          ajy Jan 29, 2009 09:36 AM

          Yes, there is a separate, fairly small, food menu at Meet. Although it was a little confusing to read, because the menu was actually a Rolodex. I do remember that they had poutine. Fortunately, they also had a paper copy of the fairly extensive drink menu, and the few that I sampled were delicious.

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        lynnrb Jan 22, 2009 09:25 AM

        Oh and I just remember the Vin Room. That's a really interesting new place too!

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          lynnrb Jan 22, 2009 09:23 AM

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

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            tex_in_yyc Jan 24, 2009 02:01 PM

            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.

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              John Manzo Jan 24, 2009 09:01 PM

              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!

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                MeXx Jan 26, 2009 09:53 AM

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

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            aktivistin Jan 22, 2009 09:23 AM

            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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              jdelcorro Oct 21, 2009 07:18 AM

              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. sarah galvin Jan 22, 2009 07:52 AM

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

              1. maplesugar Jan 21, 2009 09:42 PM

                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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                  tex_in_yyc Jan 22, 2009 07:44 AM

                  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...

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                    maplesugar Jan 22, 2009 11:12 AM

                    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 :)

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                  Metatron Jan 21, 2009 09:14 PM

                  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.

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