Creating a list of restos in Calgary
I'm trying to create the "ultimate" restaurant list for reference for those times when my friends and I go out and can't decide where to go (You know the conversation: "Where do you want to go to eat?" "I dunno, where do you want to go?").
We usually go out for lunch on Saturday, a few times a year it may be dinner (same day).
We're open to most kinds of cuisine (Western, Italian, Latino, East Indian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Japanese, diner...) but don't really do sushi and not much fish (other seafood is fine). Chains are okay if they're decent.
We're in Calgary, concentrated around the northern SW and NW area but will drive a reasonable distance (ie. not the far south or east).
Any input would be appreciated as I'm sure we're missing out on quite a few good places, sticking to the "usual."
Sorry, forgot to add—
Price point is fairly low, $20/pp with tax and tip would be great (for shared appies and entree or entree and shared dessert, no alcohol), $25 is fine up to maybe $40 for a special occasion.
Here are some of my go to's:
Bun Bo Hue & Vietnamese crepes: TNK
Pho: Sunny's or Noodle King
Greek style pizza & greek lamb: Spiros
Thai: Chili Thai Club
Shanghai dim sum: Peking Garden
Japanese: El's or Shibuya
Weekend brunch: Diner Deluxe or Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus
Vietnamese sub: Thi Thi
Somewhere that is very central and within your pp is TASTE. Items can be per each...but it's more fun to share and the food is wonderful and perfectly presented. The menu changes with the seasons.
Across the street is Guiseppes and definitely well within your cost/budget. For the portions...you get a lot of food and it is perfect. There is a good variety of wood-fire pizzas that are designed for one...but great to share. Great pasta dishes, salads and of course, the meatballs!
For downtown, I have special soft spots for Muriettas, Belvedere and Centinis...but they are a little higher end. It's okay to splurge and treat yourselves.
Of course, I'll second foodkarma on Alloy (out of the way gem - but so worth it), Capo and Teatro.
Another new little gem to try is the Wildernest Cafe in Inglewood. Very affordable...but great attention to the food and quality.
My suggestion is to put all the recommendations you get onto little slips of paper and put them into a bowl....then once-a-month...make the draw!
Have fun and be sure to report back.
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The coup-Vegetarian place on 17th
Aida's- Mediterranean on 4th st
Taj Mahal - East Indian on Mcleod Tr.
Open Sesame- Pan-asian cuisine just south of Glenmore on Mcleod.
Classic Jack's- Pub/lounge, but kitchen is open till 2 with some really decent food at good prices. Their sides are really fantastic. Mmm, sweet potato fries.
Alloy & Murrietta's both great for more special occasions.
Chili Club Thai House for Thai
Dairy Lane Cafe in Kensignton for Brunch/lunch.