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Internationa Avenue, Calgary

We have not visited the International Avenue area of Northeast Calgary for a number of years. We would like to dine in that general area later this week. Would like some dining recommendations.

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  1. Any preferences? I like La Dona for Mexican (although it seems it can be hit and miss, and fine dining it ain't), and Oliver Green's (not on International Avenue, but not far) is really good for Indian. It's a bar, though, and not fancy or anything. I have a thread here called "Lunch/Dinner in the Hood" that got a lot of good responses in this area, if you want to check it out.

    1. Thanks Lainey. We are open to all types of cuisine and not looking for anything too fancy or expensive, just tasty and well prepared. Will look up the thread you mentioned.

      1. We had good Ethiopian at Fassil recently.

        1. muffletoes, I had not been to that area in years so I took this tour they offered for $25. It's a foodie tour taking you on a bus, on Sat afternoon, to various restaurants, food stores, delis, etc.. It was a really great intro. to the the area and the food. You get waaaaaay more the $25 worth of eats, getting nibblies at every stop! Check it out. It always sells out but looks like they have openings on the next tour.


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          1. re: TSAW

            I called them on Monday about the food tour and didn't get a call back. I called again on Thursday and they didn't respond. Has anyone actually had any luck booking for one of these?

            1. re: Jetgirly

              I know she doesn't do them every weekend, but organizes special group ones now, I think. Try twitter? http://twitter.com/calgaryfoodtour

              1. re: alau2

                The foodtour on twitter is not related to the International Ave tour. Jetgirly, be patient I think the BRZ office only has part time workers, or maybe even volunteers. When you call, leave your name and how many spots you want. I think they will hold them for you, if they are available.

          2. My rec is Fassil as well. Always fresh and very tasty.

            I hear Mimo is supposed to be great as well.

            1. The time I went to La Dona was excellent.

              Let see, what else is good.

              La Casa Latino is pretty good. They serve Latin America cuisine, so it is more then just Mexican food.

              Mimo is very good, but their prices seems high for the location. They serve Portuguese food.

              For Vietnamese, I have a preference for Sunrise (4710 17 AVE SE).

              And I'll echo those who recommended Fassil. IMHO, they are better the Blue Nile and Marathon. I like the bread-like thing (no idea what it is called) over the other two restaurant. It taste a lot less like vinegar. I asked the waitress, and she told me it is because of the grain they use is supposedly more authentic then Marathon and Blue Nile.

              I have heard good reviews for IBEX, but I have never been there.

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              1. re: ilikebigmactoo

                MImo is really good for a large group then the prices are lower per person. The portions are HUGE. If you plan to go at lunch, though, it's best to call ahead to order b/c they are quite slow. Also not a great place for vegetarians or people who don't like seafood (most of their dishes are meat based & many have seafood).