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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.

                  1. I noticed Tres Marias in Marda Loop, next to Forage. It looks to be a Mexican grocery. They weren't open when I walked by (evening). Reading the board, it seems they also have a presence at CFM?

                    Also, it looks like What's Up restaurant (Afro-Caribbean) which used to be open years ago on 17th Avenue & 2nd St SW (?), is "opening soon" next to the 7-11 at 17th Avenue & 5th St.

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                    1. re: 23skidoo

                      Tres Marias...definitely not open late or sundays - but they have tasty tasty food!

                      1. re: 23skidoo

                        What's Up has an open sign now.

                        Also, Wolfman's/Basil's in Marda Loop is going to reopen in Spring 2010 as "Union Station", which looks to be a pub catering to the party crowd.

                        1. re: 23skidoo

                          Union Station is open now, or at least the sign says so. I didn't see the expected crowd of smokers out front.

                          1. re: 23skidoo

                            they're open...the smokers show up around 7pm, lol.
                            Its ok. Nothing to get too excited about.

                        2. re: 23skidoo

                          I bought my tortilla press from their CFM location - good salsas imho. I have yet to try a lot of what they offer.

                          I was at a Forage dinner a few months ago - still dreaming about the meal - braised cabbage, scalloped potatoes like my Mom never made (sorry Mom)fabulous bison and saskatoon cobbler. *swoon* picked up some frozen Bison stock on the way out and was wishing Tres Marias was open so I could stock up before heading home.

                          1. re: maplesugar

                            we had very delicious pork tacos from tres marias the other day! the pork was so flavourful, definitely a regular meal from now on

                            1. re: pants

                              I'm no expert on salsa verde, but man the stuff at Tres Marias is delicious.

                          2. re: 23skidoo

                            GREAT NEWS about What's Up! I used to go there often about 4 years ago or so, but then moved, and they closed in the meantime :( looking forward to the new location!

                          3. The space that used to be La Pachanga (12th Ave & 8th St SW) is becoming a pub called the Blind Monk.

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                            1. re: 23skidoo

                              Wow, Blind Monk must be returning to the inner city then- they used to be on 4th St where the new Urban Barn is (part of it anyway), then moved to the far northwest somewhere, now I guess opening this location. Nice to see.

                              1. re: John Manzo

                                Seems to me, they are in Royal Oaks by the Sobey's.

                                1. re: John Manzo

                                  The Blind Monk in the NW (Royal Oak) is comparable to the old one on 4th street in name only.

                                  The Blind Monk in Mission was a hip place with good food, great atmosphere and a decent drink list. We went to the Royal Oak location last summer, and it bears no resemblance to the Monk of the past. It is a family restaurant, complete with crayons and a kid's menu- I found it very similar to Boston Pizza, Perkin's, or other chains. A real shotgun menu trying to please everyone.

                                  ...hopefully when Blind Monk returns to the inner city they also return to being a lounge, for adults.

                                  Nothing against kids (I have procreated myself), or family restaurants- I just wonder why they opened a place with the same name & logo that was such a departure form the old one? That would be like finding a bouncer and VIP room at your local McDonald's... very unexpected and confusing...at least change the name.

                                  Most likely a matter of money- maybe they thought that there is more market for a family joint in the 'burbs?

                                  1. re: Mr. Fuji

                                    Well, they're a bar too, because there's a ton of cars there late at night.

                              2. There will be a new Cora's downtown in Bow Valley Square in the place vacated by the Royal Duke a few years ago. No indication of when it will be up and running.

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                                1. I like Char Cut and Red's Diner for new places in YYC.

                                  Red's Diner
                                  1514 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y2, CA

                                  1. There's a place called "Cruffs" that looks to be in the works on 4th Street and 24th Ave. SW. In the little strip mall next to The Vin Room. I think it used to be a pizza place.

                                    "Cruffs - The House of Cream Puffs" is what it says on the signs. There's paper up in the windows. No idea when they'll be opening.

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

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                                    1. re: Booques

                                      Ah yes- the owner of Itza mentioned this to me but wasn't sure of the name. Sounds great! Incidentally I had some crazy cheap ($1.50 for 3) creampuffs in Chinatown, the bakery in the big mall, a couple of weekends ago. tiny pastry but the cream was real whipped cream, very nice little treat.

                                      1. re: John Manzo

                                        Yume Sushi is now open in that strip mall, SW corner of 14 ST NW and Cambrian Drive NW. It's in the strip mall that houses the TD Bank and a dollar store.

                                        Yume Sushi offers $1 sushi/sashimi. Personally, the $1 sushi is not bad but the sashimi is much too thin. I guess that's what you get for a buck! They also offer rolls which are not too expensive. There are other items in the menu as well - rice bowls, udon noodle soup, Try the gyoza - it was pretty good.

                                        Parking might be a problem 'cos of that awkward corner.

                                        1. re: makan2

                                          I had the opportunity to try Yume yesterday. I'd just like to start off by saying that the service was absolutely horrible. It was just very frustrating with her keen attention on another table the entire time we were in there until we left. I was a table for 2, with 2 other tables in the restaurant and she didnt pay any attention to myself or the table next to me. The sushi was on the other hand not bad. The Unagi was great and served warm for once. But the salmon wasn't anything spectacular (and the rice serving was huge) and the negi hamachi roll was dissappointing. We also had the rainbow roll that was ALRIGHT but didn't feel worth it. I would go again for the sushi sashimi deal but thats it. Good place close to school.

                                          1. re: Roarasaur

                                            Adding link

                                            Yume Sushi
                                            3400 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T2K 1H9, CA

                                    2. - The former Brewster's on 12th Ave/8th St SW is becoming Beer Revolution, another beer and pizza place.
                                      - The building that used to be The Warehouse (10th Ave and 7th St SW) is becoming Commonwealth Bar & Stage, a bar/club with food you order at a counter. I heard it compared to an "indoor food truck".

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                                      1. re: 23skidoo

                                        Brewster's still does, will still, exist after Beer Revolution opens - Brewster's occupies the East side of the building, Bumpy's the NW corner and Beer Revolution will be taking the West side.
                                        Brewster's just renovated and reopened their seating area so I can't see them leaving any time soon.