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Desperately Seeking Next Girl's Night Out Restaurant (YYC)

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Requirements:

-not Italian (we went to Da Guido last time (tonight!), and it was perfect)
-at least a few entrees available for less than $20
-somewhat classy ambiance
-somewhere in the SE or SW, but not completely across the city from me (Dover)
-able to accomodate a group (not sure how large yet, but this time I managed 5 people total)
-ethnic suggestions welcome
-preferably has an online menu, but not a must

I don't ask for much... ;o)

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  1. I did a stagette dinner with 8 women at Cafe Koi a couple of years ago. http://www.cafekoi.com/

    It is a trendy place, good music and atmosphere, I would not call it classy though, more young, trendy (not sure what your age group is). Great martini list, interesting menu especially good for sharing.

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    1. re: cleopatra999

      Thanks for the suggestion! Age group is around early to mid thirties. I forgot to mention that I'd prefer to stay out of downtown.

      Some places I was thinking of are: Fassil, El Bombazo, Koreana, Salt & Pepper (MacLeod Trail), Kabob House, Reef & Beef (don't laugh at me!), Jacqueline Suzanne's...

      It's just that I have absolutely no idea what most of those places are like inside. I don't really want something that looks like a fast food joint or something. If anyone knows what Fassil or the Kabob House look like inside, please fill me in!

      Also, for Fassil, I don't know if a bunch of ladies who barely know each other are going to want to share. I've never had Ethiopian before, so I'm not sure what it's like, but I get the impression it's just a bunch of different piles of stuff on one piece of bread. Is that right?

      1. re: Lainey1978

        You might like this place:

        Laurier Lounge
        www.laurierlounge.com

        1111 7 Street Southwest
        Calgary, AB T2R 1A1, Canada
        (403) 228-3771

        Any time I've been there are sex and the city type young women hanging out enjoying themselves. It's kind of an interesting mix of being a little snooty and also kind of laid back.

        1. re: Mawson Plan

          Fassil is not really nice decor, for a ladies night out. Food is good, atmosphere more downscale, I feel.

          I second Laurier but it's downtown. It's an old two-story house funked up, so there are some little rooms with a few tables in each. Very cool. Good food with choices for everyone (and yes, menu is online and affordable). I like to start with with bacon wrapped dates and share a fondue (beef, cheese or seafood). Burgers, pasta and poutine are great too. Martinis excellent. My only complaint is that it is a little dark.

          Koi could be a second choice, but again downtown. Delicious asian inspired menu with plenty of noodles and veggie options. Not sure what night you will go, but I believe they have a dj on weekends later on.

          1. re: TSAW

            Based on your criteria, I think Jaro Blue would be a good fit. Fairly reasonable prices, gorgeous interior, good food. It is located on 17th Ave and close to 14th St SW.

    2. Thanks for your replies! It's good to know Fassil isn't that kinda place. I do hope to try it sometime, though...maybe I'll drag a friend there with me.

      I've been to the Laurier Lounge once and it was pretty good (a little dusty, I thought), but yeah...downtown. My aversion to downtown is due to the parking situation. First there's finding a spot, and then there's paying for it. I hate paying for parking! Not to mention those weird new machines. I have used them, but I don't like them.

      So, that said, I'm not sure the parking situation at Jaro Blue would be any better. Do they have a parking lot?

      Right now I've got 4 options on my Event (it's on Facebook already):

      -Jacqueline Suzanne's
      -El Bombazo (although from the pics on their website, it doesn't look like "that kind of place," either).
      -Gaucho's Brazilian BBQ
      -Koreana

      I have a feeling it might end up being Koreana because of the size of the group (6 confirmed and 11 maybes), and I know some people are interested in it.

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      1. re: Lainey1978

        I've been to Koreana - it's pretty nice inside compared to most Korean restaurants. Really large booths (could fit about 6 people in each comfortably). I like the hot pot there to share with 3 people.

        I've heard great things about Gaucho's... each time we try to go, we end up at Bolero's it would be a great experience especially for socializing as you can chat, eat a bit of meat, chat more.

        Good luck.

        1. re: Lainey1978

          I'm pretty sure parking is free after 6pm downtown.

        2. Go to Saint Germain, they've got this great private area in the back, great food and close to Bamboo to go dancing after.

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          1. re: indiazi

            You can also bring your own wine to Saint Germain with no corkage.....