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What new restaurants are opening in Calgary? I am excited about UNA Pizza but what else?

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  1. never heard of it. do you work there?

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    1. re: nonlinear

      It's what replaces Wicked Wedge.

      Local Cook- one exciting new opening will be Charcut in Le Germain. Also, look for the rebirth of Hy's Steakhouse in the new Jamieson tower.

      1. re: John Manzo

        This is great! Thanks for the letting me know about these exciting openings...I am going to try and find out more about them. Let me know if you hear about any others...LC

        1. re: John Manzo

          Do you have anymore info on the new HY'S?

          1. re: John Manzo

            Did the Wicked Wedge go under? Or did they just relocate their entire business to Chinook?

              1. re: John Manzo

                That seems like an odd choice to me. Do you know why they decided to do this? Was the 17th Ave location not fairing well?

                1. re: electroleum

                  It was faring fine- but a place at Chinook is a complete cash cow, so I assume they ran with it.

                  Una Pizza is SO MUCH BETTER than WW ever was. We traded up.

                  1. re: John Manzo

                    I agree, Chinook food court would be an automatic cash cow for most places, but I'm not so sure it'll be quite as lucrative for WW if they keep the same price range they had on 17th.

                    I think the reason they were able to sell slices for around $5 each is because they had a captive (and drunk) client base on most nights. These are the crowds that don't care what they spend so long as they get food. The shopping crowd will likely be a little bit more cost-minded than the drunken bar crowd.

                    I think people might be a little more likely to spend the same amount of money on a filling meal at one of the other fast food joints. But maybe that's because I'm just a big ol' bastid that usually needs more than a slice to fill the gap :)

                    I'm interested to see how it goes nonetheless.

                  2. re: electroleum

                    Different owners. The Chinook location is with the original owners, who sold the 17th Wedge a couple years ago. The new owners ran the Wedge for a couple of years, then brought in some new partners to create Una.

                    1. re: Albertagirl

                      I didn't know the 17th Av location was sold before the move - interesting. Thanks Albertagirl.

          2. New restaurant in the Scotia Center is set to open by the start of February. It's going to be 2 floors plus a rooftop patio.

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            1. re: L.C.

              Scotia? Facing Stephen Ave? Trying to picture it...

              1. re: John Manzo

                I walked by this week on the Plus 15 level and it looks like it will be situated on the northwest side of Scotia Center... closest to the old Bay parkade. The area is obviously borded up but there is promotional signage. From what I recall, all it has is the letter "M" and "Coming Soon". I immediately thought of Mercury because the font is similar... than I thought perhaps a high-end new concept Moxies. Who knows... Can anyone else shed some light on this opening?

                1. re: DeeDub

                  This is under construction forever. I actually thought M stands for Metropolitan Grill (they are downstairs) but maybe not.

                  1. re: josey124

                    It is backed by the Met group and the signage that they are using to board it up are the same ones from Mercury, hence why they would look familiar.

                    1. re: L.C.

                      Nope. Concorde Group Victor Choy. Trust me. This place is M-A-S-S-I-V-E. Bigger than the old Ceili's. And indeed a Mercury.

                      1. re: derfster

                        It's huge...somewhere around 700 seats (with the patio open). It's supposed to be open in the next 5 weeks or so.

                        1. re: L.C.

                          I was out on the weekend with a bunch of people that work in the F&B industry, and heard a few things about this place. It's definitely a Concorde venture. It's apparently going to have a few levels, and each level has it's own staff & kitchen, and I heard that each floor could possibly have its own theme. They also mentioned it's going to have one MASSIVE rooftop patio, but I'll have to take a closer look at the exterior of the building to see if that's even possible.

                          1. re: L.C.

                            how do you feed that many people properly? i can't see the food being good or consistent if it's that big? can downtown calgary support something that large? crazy...

                            1. re: pants

                              I'm guessing it will bank a lot of its business on the lunch/after work crowd. It's right in the heart of the business core, so I can see it doing well in that regard.

                              As far as nighttime business is concerned, that's up in the air. Not too many places that are north of the train tracks do all that well in the evenings or on the weekends. Choy's Tangerine Supper Club failed pretty miserably, and Vickers' Spur/Italian Kitchen spot doesn't seem to be doing all that well either (at least not at night)

                              1. re: electroleum

                                Lots of places on 8th Ave do well at night: Auburn, Murrieta's, Metropolitan Grill, Divino, etc.

                                (Come to think of it, Tangerine was just around the corner from 8th Ave, but being in a basement on a side street made it really easy to miss).

                                1. re: 23skidoo

                                  Tangerine used to be the Elephant & Castle pub which packed the house on wing night if memory serves...and did pretty well most nights iirc. Tangerine's demise wasn't 100% due to location.

                                  1. re: maplesugar

                                    I'm not saying all places are doomed, it just seems as though there is an overwhelming preference for places down on the Red Mile versus Stephen Ave (or thereabouts). If this place ends up being as great as it's expected to be, that could revive the core nightlife a little bit.

                                    1. re: electroleum

                                      I agree not all places are doomed to be sure. It could be...Stephen Av seems to have to battle the sidewalks-roll-up-at-5 vibe with so many of the retailers closing early whereas 17th Av has more all-around appeal?

                                      In the case of Tangerine there were alot of other places that opened in their price range that are stellar... I think if you weren't wowing people you got lost in the shuffle.

                                2. re: electroleum

                                  Had lunch at Italian Kitchen: beef carpaccio, and lasagna with a side caesar. The food was okay (although the carpaccio wasn't carpaccio, it was thick and seared like steak tataki), but wow did our meals and drinks ever take a long time to come out. 2 and a half hours for the whole meal. Even dessert was a 20-minute wait.
                                  I was in a group of 15, which may have made a difference, but we were the only occupied table in the restaurant.
                                  Our server was attentive, if kind of flirty. Super-attractive young waitresses isn't in itself a bad thing, but you could tell the food wasn't the primary concern for this place.

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                                  Italian Kitchen
                                  351 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1G1, CA

                  2. re: L.C.

                    Will be open by April, guaranteed. Also, rooftop patio can be seen from 16 office buildings, so they are building private cabanas....awesome.

                    1. Just came back from dinner there. Interesting concept and my darling wife got her gluten free Pizza.

                      1. This one is probably less exciting for everyone else, but there's a 3rd Rusty Cage location opening up on 16th ave in the old Kits/Fat Jack's spot. It's big news for me because instead of driving all the way to Westbrook for wings I can just drive up the hill :)

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                        1. re: electroleum

                          hmmm...I always assumed that the Rusty Cage was more of a "meat-market" dance bar...are their wings really good? really cheap? or better yet, that perfect intersection of just good enough and just cheap enough?

                          1. re: KcM

                            Their wings are the best & most consistent wings I've had in Calgary so far. We used to go to Kilkenny's all the time, but both the service & the quality of wings were so sporadic that we sought a new place to go. The wings at Rusty Cage are almost always of good size, and they always taste great. They have also expanded their menu to include 50 flavours (although stay away from the Peppercorn Brandy....yuck!). The price went up a tiny bit, to $0.29 per wing, but that's understandable considering they just added 25 flavours to the menu. The key is to get there a little bit before 6pm, because all drinks are $2.75 from 5-6 :) And unless you go for wings at 11pm, you won't have to worry about any sort of bar crowd. When you go around suppertime, the people there are just there for the wings.

                            The only thing I'm worried about is that the quality of the wings @ 16th Ave might not be as good as the Westbrook location, because the ones down at Studio 82 aren't as good either.

                            1. re: electroleum

                              $.29 wings! $2.75 happyhour! Stumbling distance from home (downhill to boot!) Thanks for the info, I'm going to have to check it out.

                              1. re: electroleum

                                i've only had wings at rusty cage one time. they were raw inside. won't give them a second chance after that experience.

                                this was the studio 82 location, BTW.

                                1. re: nonlinear

                                  Can't say I'm overly shocked given that it was that location. I'm a diehard Rusty Cage'er and even I won't go to that one because the one time we had wings there, they were awful.

                            2. re: electroleum

                              Drove past the new one on 16th ave N.W. former "Fat Jacks" former "Kits" tonight, it's open.

                              1. re: The Gut

                                Yeah, it opened up about a week ago. I've only peered in through the window. Looks like a decent setup

                                1. re: electroleum

                                  Went to the new Rusty Cage location last night for the Canada/Russia game. Unfortunately, my suspicion was correct - the wings there are not as good as their main location. I don't know if they use different methods at their satellite locations, but they're different & not as tasty.

                                  That being said, I like the new location's layout & decor. Even has a downstairs "tiki bar" lounge area.

                            3. Had lunch at UNA Pizza today. Great starters, and best pizza I've had in a long time.
                              Sat in front of the chef "Pizza Steve" as he worked the menu. Great atomsphere great addition to 17th.

                              1. New Korean place is opening soon in what used to be Soba Ten. Maru. http://marucalgary.com/

                                  1. re: ilovealbertabeets

                                    Michael Noble's newest place? I thought that was NoTable? If so - from what I've read construction on the interior has just started so it'll be months before we hear about an opening.

                                    1. re: maplesugar

                                      Yes, Michale Noble's new place is Notable (NOtaBLE?). The building is starting to come along pretty good now. Hopefully it will be weeks not months. I can't wait. Bowness & Montgomery are in dire need of some better dining spots.

                                  2. New place by the name of Char Cut Roast House opening on the ground floor of Le Germain (just north of the Calgary tower at Centre St & 9th AV). By the looks of things it should give the competition a run for their money as they say. According to their site they're slated to open in two days: http://www.newsbureau.ca/Content.aspx...

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                                      1. re: maplesugar

                                        Went here last night with a girlfriend, and shared the bone marrow gratin, duck fat poutine and the Share Burger - a sausage patty topped with egg on brioche. All the portions are on the small side, but big on flavor.

                                        Two roasted marrow bones are served with a tiny dish of sea salt, parsley to cut through the richness, long handled spoons and crostini. If you like bone marrow, you'll be in heaven.

                                        Duck fat poutine was good - ducky and flavorful, but could've used more gravy to be a proper poutine. The truffle flavor was nonexistent, probably due to lack of gravy in the first place. This is the one dish I won't be craving out of the three, and Brava Bistro's lobster poutine is a better dish.

                                        The Share Burger is not a proper beef burger - it's a thick garlic sausage patty topped with a fried sunny side up egg, but man is it satisfying! The patty is so full of flavor, slightly charred on the outside and not overcooked, dripping with the egg yolk it's a rich awesome calorie fest.

                                        Both of us have large appetites and weren't sure we ordered enough food, but were stuffed by the time we left, simply due to the caloric overload. The drinks were fine - leaning heavily towards wine; beer on tap is not all set up yet, and caesars were quite average but serviceable. Overall a unique menu very well executed. Can't wait to see how they evolve.

                                        1. re: tatiana131

                                          Thanks for the report! I've made a reservation there for Dining Out week.

                                        2. re: maplesugar

                                          We went last night, too. It's a beautiful space, quite a good crowd for only just opened. They have an Enomatic wine system just like Vin Room, with 2oz tastes and 5 oz glasses. The list is short (about 20 wines) but interesting, we had several glasses instead of the usual bottle. They change the menu daily so what we had may not be available. The tuna app, leg of lamb on shelled beans and the steak were outstanding. The steak is only available medium rare, (not the usual rare I like to order) but it was red throughout and perfect. It came sliced up, a little unusual but absolutely delicious. I loved the duck fat fried poutine (I could feel my arteries clogging as I ate it!), hand cut fries with curds and gravy, I don't usually like duck (unless it's Peking duck) but this was great. They have house-cured meats, looked really interesting going to the neighbouring tables, we'll have to try them next time. Overall, fabulous, a really good addition to the choices downtown.

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                                          Vin Room
                                          2310-4th St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X2, CA

                                          UNO
                                          , New York, AB , USA

                                          CHARCUT Roast House
                                          101 9 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2G 1B8, CA

                                        3. For those of you into the Pub scene, I went up to the new pub in Bridgeland, "Fiddler's Courtyard", for the Canada/Slovakia game on Friday night. It opened about a month ago, replacing that dingy-looking "Neighbourhood Pub" at the top of the Edmonton Trail hill.

                                          Was quite impressed. Very cozy decor, and a warm & friendly atmosphere. From what I could discern, the place is run by a true UK owner, which clearly helps it accomplish that authentic UK Pub feel. They have a fairly standard draft beer selection, but they had a very eclectic & vast bottled beer selection. I didn't really take a long hard look at all the choices, but there were a LOT of bottles that I had never seen before.

                                          As for food, I've always found that I can fairly accurately judge the quality of a Pub's food by ordering their clubhouse sandwich. If they do it half-assed (with sliced chicken, crappy bread, etc etc), then it's almost a sure bet that the rest of their food is mediocre as well. If they do it well, then that's a good sign that the rest of the menu could be good as well.

                                          So, I gave their clubhouse a try, and it was quite delectable. Real chicken breast, proper amount of mayo, and crisp, fresh-tasting bacon. A winner in my books. Fries weren't anything to write home about, but they weren't terrible either. They had a good looking pizza selection on the menu as well, and also a selection of traditional UK pub fare.

                                          Service was quite friendly & efficient (our server had a GREAT sense of humour), and they had a very adequate wait staff given the small size of the establishment. It also didn't hurt that their bartender is extremely attractive (although a little too skinny for my liking). But...that's not important, is it? :P

                                          1. Looks like there is a new place being built in Chinook Mall - attached to the parkade next to the movie theatre. I thought it might be the Moxies that was closed to make way for the mall expansion, but there is a sign up now saying it will be a Chophouse (can't remember the name though).

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                                            1. re: djdragan

                                              It's called Chop:
                                              http://www.chop.ca/

                                              I've been to the restaurant in Edmonton. It's ok. I shared the Chop Platter with a couple people. It wasn't amazing, but it wasn't horrible either.

                                              1. re: Bex_03

                                                Bex_03:

                                                That is a fair assessment.

                                                I went fairly frequently when it first opened but have not been back in quite some time.

                                                Usually associated [as is the one in Edmonton] with Sandman Inns but I understand have opened large "shops" in Richmond, BC, perhaps Winnipeg in addition to the one you have described as part of the Chinook expansion.

                                                Used to have outstanding [IMHO] big roast chicken wings but soon due to customer complaints [not from me] when back to the standard, see everywhere, deep fried or oven baked ones.

                                                Very good...very blue cheese...blue cheese dip for their Chop salad and wings.

                                                It's competition for the CFD dollar in this area of town, i.e. Earl's, Moxies, Cactus Club, The Keg, Joey's, etc. with more the emphasis on steak, prime rib, etc.

                                              2. re: djdragan

                                                There's also a new Flatiron Grill going into the addition- and a new Phil and Sebastian cafe!

                                                1. re: djdragan

                                                  If they're adding a bunch more restaurants as part of the Chinook expansion, I'm never going to want to go there ever again once it's all done. Unless they have added a massive amount of new parking underneath the expansion section, that place is permanently going to be a zoo, and not just around Xmas.

                                                  1. re: electroleum

                                                    AFAIK there are plans to add underground parking under the expansion... don't know how it's going to be laid out though. FWIW I usually find it easy to get parking on level 2 since level 3 (outdoor access to the mall and zellers) and level 1 - (the Bay and Arnold Churgin/Main floor) are the most popular.

                                                    ETA: just googled and the expansion plans include a 1200 stall underground heated parkade. Phil & Sebastian, Chop, a Cha Chi's, and Flatiron Restaurant & Bar are also listed. http://www.chinookcentre.com/en/custo...

                                                    1. re: maplesugar

                                                      something cupcakey and a godiva? too, was going to ask if anyone went today :) I still ashamedly haven't tried phil & sebastian... so I am drawn there but not right away! :P

                                                      edit: oh this is cool! Fancy cook/bakeware

                                                      http://www.lecreuset.com/

                                                      1. re: crigg

                                                        Bliss & Co. has a store where the knife shop used to be on the main floor by Zellers - that was probably the something cupcakey. I heard about the Le Creuset store *swoon* I'll have to find an excuse to make it down there soon :)

                                                        1. re: maplesugar

                                                          I'm almost a tad giddy over it now :D

                                                        2. re: crigg

                                                          I am heading there today- I don't teach on Thursdays this semester so I'm hoping I can avoid crowds this way. I've seen pics of the new P&S and it's shocking, the amount of high (SUPER-high) end coffee kit they have there. TWO clovers, and if I am seeing things correctly, THREE espresso machines, two La Marzocco FB-80s and one Kees van der Westen Idrocompresso, which AFAIK is the first in Canada- drool at this puppy: http://www.keesvanderwesten.com/mirag... This might, just might, be the single best-appointed coffeehouse in North America.

                                                          1. re: John Manzo

                                                            You're going to enjoy it John. The van der Westen is gorgeous!

                                                            Note: No Clovers at this Phil & Sebastian - they'll have two at Marda Loop. They do have two Uber Boilers though that they'll be using for different brewing techniques.

                                                            From what I've been told, the Marzoccos they have in there at the moment are temporary; I didn't get a good look at them, so I don't know if they're the FB-80s.

                                                            I think they're still tinkering with their setup. I found the cappuccino to be too milky, especially for P&S, who tended to make them stronger than everyone else in Calgary. I think it's the new cappuccino-sized cups; they're a touch bigger than what I'd expect for a traditional cap. It was opening night, so I expect that it'll be back to form by the time I come back today.

                                                            I think this is going to be a great space for P&S. I love that they're right by an entrance for the folks who don't want to trek through the mall in the morning, but they still have some decent,quiet, seating space (with most seats with a good view of the Uber Boilers and the van der Westen!).

                                                            Good luck to P&S in their new space!

                                                            1. re: can_i_try_some

                                                              Any idea what time they open in the morning? That Sears end location is great for a quick pick up in the morning.

                                                              1. re: worldwidestuff

                                                                http://www.chinookcentre.com/EN/Direc...

                                                                Looks like they're open mall hours Mon-Sat 9:30am-9:00pm and Sun 10-6

                                                                1. re: maplesugar

                                                                  I'm pretty sure they are open from 7am Monday to Saturday.and 9am on Sunday's. The closing hours are correct.

                                                                  And can i try some is correct - two uber boilers as a manual brew bar. It's all press and loose leaf tea to start, but Chemex, Aeropress, v60 likely in the future.

                                                                  1. re: yen

                                                                    I read on a tweet or somewhere that they had two clovers- maybe it was referring to the one each at CFM and Marda Loop?

                                                                    Those boilers are gorgeous, and apparently the Kees is up and running. And the FB-80s are just placeholders for two two-group MISTRALS that should be set up soon. Coffee geek paradise.

                                                                    1. re: John Manzo

                                                                      You were probably thinking of the Marda Loop location, as they've recently installed a second Clover.

                                                                      Check out this video of them in action... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT5r9i...

                                                        1. re: electroleum

                                                          Not only do they need to get all their parking in order, but something needs to be done with traffic flow in general around the mall. The way that Macleod Trail backs up in both directions due to traffic into the mall is enough to keep me from even driving by that area. It's a shame that our city planning departments don't take those sorts of things into account when they pass out permits for large development projects.

                                                          1. re: tex_in_yyc

                                                            The LRT is actually part of the problem in that area. Pedestrians walking to LRT, make it impossibly for vehicles to turn in and out of the mall on the north west side of main entry off MacLeod.
                                                            Yes, agreed overall traffic planning at that area is a problem but for a Le Creuset store , I'll endure!

                                                      2. does anyone know if Calgary is going to get a Chipotle Grill anytime soon? I know they have them over in Toronto... thanks!

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                                                        1. re: annieinab

                                                          Calgary is not on their expansion radar. We would love it, but until then, we have to go States side.

                                                        2. I visited the mall on tuesday, post is a bit late but I thought I would put in my 2 cents

                                                          At phil and sebastian's I asked for something really simple decaf w/milk and it was the best coffee I've had in a long long time :) Nice lil heart on the top... sorry, I was too tired to pay attention to the equip but *cough* I couldn't help but notice they take your name... apparently someone here has been one of their best/most loyal customers for years ;) I'm kind of embarrassed that the question slipped out, I think it kind of surprised them. Pastries look yummy and there are some really tasty sounding sandwich combinations.

                                                          I got a chocolate/cheesecake marble cupcake that had swirled white coconut batter with the chocolate. It's basically buttercream bakeshoppe using only simple flavors. Fancy lil shop.

                                                          The new saucy bread looks a lot better. wicked wedge is still delicious :P I also went to the new cookware store, pretty stuff, but if I had the money I don't think I would buy it! Godiva was giving out free truffles and caramels to sample I'm not really into truffles but the cake flavored ones sounded good.. carrot cake etc.

                                                          Forever 21 wasn't open yet, at least I enjoyed the lego, mac(computer) and sephora stores.. I'll have to go back when everything is open, and try some P&S sandwiches ;)

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                                                          1. re: crigg

                                                            For reasons only a psychiatrist could help me with, I had a food-court lunch at- gag- KFC on my visit there (also to check out P&S) and my spicy crunch was, for lack of a better word, chewy. Fries were greasy. Never again.'

                                                            Apparently P&S has all their equipment up and running now, can't wait to visit again, on a weekday :)

                                                            1. re: John Manzo

                                                              But the KFC DoubleDown will be debuting next week. ;-)