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Jan 12, 2010 01:32 PM

New places in Cgy

It looks like Gerry's restaurant on 12th Ave & 5th St SW (which was the old Husky House for a long time) is turning into a pub. I think it's too bad one of our only 24-hour restaurants is disappearing.

Also, what was once Saigon restaurant at 12th Ave & 11th St SW is now an Indian restaurant.

Unfortunately I can't remember the names of either of these new places!

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  1. Gerry's (which I would hesitate to refer to as a "restaurant") might be gone but there is a huge number of options for late night here now- I wouldn't lament its passing.

    Saigon is now Pushpita, owned by the Puspa folks.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      There are bars and lounges that serve food until 2, but what are the post-bar options? I suppose there are a few Chinese places that are open really late, like 4 AM.

      1. re: 23skidoo

        Tubby Dog and tons of shawarma places too... and, well, Denny's.

        1. re: John Manzo

          I think Tubby Dog is takeout-counter only after 2AM.

          1. re: 23skidoo

            well that's better than nothin'! Also look for some sort of late-late taco offerings at Los Chillitos. Not now, but soon.

            1. re: John Manzo

              Late night?

              Why the mighty U & Me of course! What a zoo at 3am!

        2. re: 23skidoo

          Pharaoh's (what used to be Falafel King at 9 St and 16 Ave SW) is open until 3am Sun-Thurs and 5am on Fri-Sat.

          1. re: John Manzo

            There's a new restaurant where Pharaoh's/Falafel King was. I don't remember the name for some reason but it's the same kind of restaurant.

            I had a chicken shawarma with fries, and my friend had the falafel platter. Really good shawarma, a lot like Shawarma Knight (but cheaper!) with the thin outer wrap, and clove-y spices. The falafel was fried to order, but probably from frozen and not fresh dough. It was excellent, though. It looks like they're open until 4 AM on weekends.

            1. re: 23skidoo

              It's called Tarboosh. There's another new shawarma place up the street, in the strip mall across from Western High (behind Yardhouse) called Bite Me, which does a pretty nice sandwich (they have a tandoori chicken shawarma which is interesting) but also FRIES. I am so happy we're seeing donair places serve fries!

        3. re: John Manzo

          I had lunch at Pushpita today, buffet- tried the beef curry, aloo gobi and channa. Also naan and one tiny veggie samosa.

          It was not good. Beef was tough, potato in aloo gobi was undercooked, and every thing had this odd chemical taste about it, which was maybe the coriander chutney. Desert was good (rasmalai) and the bread was okay, but there are way, way better Indian lunch buffets around.

        4. I think Gerry is become a place called Hudson Pub (or something like that). I think they are related the to the Hudson Pub up in Edmonton. Their logo looks the same.

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          1. re: ilikebigmactoo

            I live near Pushpita but have yet to try it. Anyone have any experience? It always seems very quiet/empty when I pass it.

          2. There is a new Lebanese shawarma place that just opened in the building that houses Fleur de Sel and Chien Chaud. My Lebanese barber claims they have incredible garlicy halibut cakes and good shawarma. Anyone try out this place yet?

            1. There is a new business where Great Canadian Pizza and Chicken used to be on 7th Ave, next to Luxor. At least I assume its a restaurant as they left the patio furniture out there. Anyone know what it is? I was zipping by on the Ctrain and couldn't catch the name.

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              1. re: Office Broccoli

                Perhaps related, there is a new Great Canadian Pizza and Fried Chicken location on 4th Ave. SW, next to Glory of India. Menu is pretty varied: whole pizza and by the slice, fried chicken, shawarma, indian dishes, samosas. They've been getting rave reviews from the office lunch crowd, and I think they are open until the wee hours of the morning too.

                Also, Mirchi opened last week in the old Sahara location on 2nd Ave. SW, just East of the corner with 7th St. SW.

                1. re: Office Broccoli

                  It is definitely Korean- lots of folks in there when I went by on the c-train at around 2:30 today.

                  1. re: John Manzo

                    Did the small Korean place by Mac's move down the block, or are there now two on the same block?

                    1. re: 23skidoo

                      Nope, there are two now! Don Day and this one.

                2. Yeah, I too lament the passing of a rare 24 hour restaurant here. Sure, it was a truck stop without the trucks, but that was the last option in the Beltline. I speak as someone who works weird hours.

                  Also, I must point out that Tubby Dog only, and understandably, stays open late on weekends. Bar crowd. I assume the same will be true for Los Chillitos, but we'll see.

                  Shame that, Calgary. I see no reason I shouldn't be able to walk down the street (Beltline) and get a half decent bowl of vermicelli or chicken tikka masala. Well, I do see the reasons, but I don't like them.

                  There are a few very crappy pizza delivery joints that do the late night. Best thing? Make sure your fridge is full.