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Jan 6, 2010 02:11 PM

City Palate Cheap Eats - Is it just me?

I've always been a fan of City Palate, good writers, interesting articles, good news section and definitely provides a great service to Calgarians and their food needs (or maybe more fittingly desires). However I have to say I've been disappointed with the last few Cheap Eats features. Now I'm not saying the restaurants they feature are not worthy stops for food, however I'd hardly say they're cheap. While the Districts review definitely seemed to offer some good deals (the Poutine & Beer deal particularly) the remainder do not in my humble opinion. You'd think especially in the economic environment that we're faced with that we'd get more gems like Atlas, Tiffin and a host of other locales. Maybe City Palate has outgrown my pedestrian ways, and I am no longer their demographic. I'd love to hear from the other Chowhounders their reccommendations for Cheap Eats in Calgary.

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  1. welcome to calgary, where everything costs 150% more than it does everywhere else.

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    1. re: nonlinear

      You should be earning more too. At any rate, criollo is right- they don't really have a single "street food" style cheap eat in the whole issue. All sit-down places.

    2. Balkan Deli for lunch. $8.00 home made specials such as Schnitzel, Pork Roast, Roast Chicken or Meatloaf with all the sides that fit on the plate or in a Go Box.

      #2, 6115 - 4th Street SE

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      1. I totally agree. I don't consider $50 in the same category as "cheap"...

        I think a key is weekly specials that some places have (ie, half-price pasta nights at Chianti, all-you-can-eat tacos for $10.98 at Salt & Pepper on Tuesdays). I also tend to fall back on the Hong-Kong style cafes (Pebble Street, Calgary Court) which have an endless variety of hot, filling dinners for $12 or less!

        I tried to have a week of dinners for under $70 last year, and guess what? It's totally possible in Calgary!

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        1. re: alau2

          I remember that Blog post very well.

        2. I heard it called "Snooty Palate" a few years ago.

          1. Funny... I was thinking the same thing when I read this issue. Of course all the restos are excellent but agreed, I don't consider it 'cheap'. I laughed at the piece on Pik Nik when they came in under $50 only because they brought their own wine on "No corkage Tuesdays". Big whoop! What a challenge! NOT...

            A serious challenge would be two apps, two mains, two drinks and two desserts on $50!