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Grits for Breakfast in Calgary?.... Where?

jerrywes Oct 12, 2009 07:41 PM

Once in awhile i get a yen for grits with bacon and eggs (sunny side up)...
is there anyplace in Calgary (prefer SW) to find them?


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  1. John Manzo RE: jerrywes Oct 12, 2009 09:30 PM

    I'm going to guess no. Soul food doesn't exist in Canada.

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      raincity RE: John Manzo Sep 4, 2010 09:36 PM

      It used to once. Back when my grandma immigrated from the US (pre WW1 and around WWI) so did a bunch of Southerners, and Midwesterners- these people brought this food with them and there were restaurants. Unfortunately these restaurants have died out as eat-out and this food must be made at home.

      The last batch of southern style chicken and chicken and steak joints in Canada were probably iin the old Hogan's alley restaurants in Vancouver and they died out in the mid to late 70s.

      As a high school kid there in the early 80s I still heard stories of old timers being served chicken fried steak by Jimi Hendrix's grannie.

      Best bet is to cook this food at home or learn how and experiment.


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      miss.foodie RE: jerrywes Oct 12, 2009 11:15 PM

      If you REALLY want grits, Palomino's has it as a side dish. They have cheddar grits. But I don't think you can get it for breakfast/brunch. You can have it a side for one of their sandwiches or entrees at lunch/dinner. I can't attest to the authenticity as I'm not a grits fan and have never experienced the real thing from the South.

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        Scary Bill RE: jerrywes Oct 13, 2009 09:24 AM

        Ignatieff or "Norma" Bob Rae? First thing in the morning. Well that would just ruin the whole bloody day!

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          DeeDub RE: Scary Bill Oct 13, 2009 09:49 AM

          Denny's actually serves grits. They are the instant variety but will do if you are REALLY craving them. I load them up with butter, salt, pepper and hot sauce and pretend I am sitting in a Waffle House. ;-)

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            John Manzo RE: Scary Bill Oct 13, 2009 11:18 AM

            LOL Scary Bill!

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              Scary Bill RE: John Manzo Oct 13, 2009 01:12 PM


              It's easy to poke fun at Canadian Grits in these here parts. I do prefer US grits, they're more truthful.

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                John Manzo RE: Scary Bill Oct 13, 2009 06:30 PM

                I prefer Canadian Greens, because they're much more abundant :)

          2. sharonanne RE: jerrywes Oct 13, 2009 09:48 AM

            I hate to admit this but I have seen them on the menu at Denny's on 16th ave NW. Never ordered them just noted the option.

            Must have been writing this as DeeDub was. Just glad someone else admits to having been at Denny's!

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              Mawson Plan RE: jerrywes Oct 13, 2009 11:20 AM

              Luckily they are very easy to make.

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                sarah galvin RE: Mawson Plan Oct 13, 2009 06:17 PM

                I have never looked for them at the grocery store but are they easy to find in Calgary?

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                  sweedon RE: sarah galvin Oct 13, 2009 06:42 PM

                  I have never been able to find them in Calgary. I emailed Quaker and was told that they do not sell any grits in Canada. Your best bet is an online grocery store or take a trip to the US.

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                    sarah galvin RE: sweedon Oct 14, 2009 03:28 PM

                    Well, I'm in the South right now and would bring some back if they aren't readily available in Calgary. Do you use the quick cooking grits?

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                    maplesugar RE: sarah galvin Oct 13, 2009 07:42 PM

                    Bob's Red Mill (yellow)corn grits/polenta is available at most supermarkets. I used to get mine in Calgary at Superstore or Planet Organic. http://www.bobsredmill.com/corn-grits...

                    Cheese Grits Recipe from recent Home Cooking Expert in Residence & Grande Dame of Southern Food Martha Hall Foose: http://www.chow.com/recipes/18739

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                      DeeDub RE: maplesugar Dec 14, 2009 06:08 PM

                      I recently purchased Bob's Red Mill corn grits from Safeway and they are super easy to make and very delicious. A HUGE improvement over instant grits from Quaker that I used to smuggle across the border. Thanks for the tip maplesugar!

                2. maplesugar RE: jerrywes Oct 16, 2009 09:37 PM

                  Spotted instant white corn grits at Salsita (formerly boca loca) while picking up ceviche - they're in a strip mall on the south side of Northmount Dr just west of 14th Street NW.

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