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Dine Out Calgary March 5 to 14, 2010

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hsk Feb 20, 2010 09:02 AM

It covers two weekends this year, pricing for the three course menus are the same as last year, $15/25 for lunch and $25/35 for dinner plus the $85 gourmet dinner:

http://www.downtowncalgary.com/dineou...

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  1. alau2 RE: hsk Feb 20, 2010 11:10 AM

    Thanks for the heads up and link, hsk!

    1. John Manzo RE: hsk Feb 20, 2010 11:28 AM

      What a neat list of places. They should not have any of these places listed as "other" wrt location though- AKA is absolutely in Bridgeland and the other "others" are all beltline. Makes it sound as if they're sequestered in some god-forsaken strip malls when they're not, at all.

      1. worldwidestuff RE: hsk Feb 21, 2010 01:47 PM

        And who says Calgary does not have a great lineup of eateries?

        1. Jetgirly RE: hsk Feb 22, 2010 05:40 PM

          I am skimming for vegetarian choices...

          So far it looks like Bali,Belgo (with modification), Blink (looks gooood!), Ed's (?), Gratitude Cafe (raw), Koi, Maurya (I think?), Rasoi, the Old Spaghetti Factory (what- no McDonalds?) and Vero. Not a great list compared to Dine Around Victoria!

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            John Manzo RE: Jetgirly Feb 23, 2010 09:15 AM

            That's more options than we had for the entire list of places for the first "downtown dining week" in 2001. It might not beat Victoria but I bet it beats most cities.

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              foodkarma RE: John Manzo Feb 23, 2010 07:31 PM

              Unfortunately I'd agree with Jetgirly here. Don't get me wrong - I'm so, SO happy Calgary's Dine Out is progressing and more restaurants are starting to contribute - I do wish there would be more options available on the menus. I clicked through about 7-8 restaurants and all but one had a set menu with one appetizer choice, one entree choice, and one dessert choice.

              I visit Dine Out Vancouver most years and what I like is that every restaurant I've been to during Dine-Out gives at least a couple options for appies, a couple options for entrees and a couple options for desserts.

              My mom and grandma don't eat red meat, my best friend is a pescatarian and we've never had issues visiting any restaurants during Dine Out Van because we know there will be options. I wouldn't be able to say the same here.

              Definitely think we'll start to see more options in the next few years... hopefully.

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                John Manzo RE: foodkarma Feb 24, 2010 07:34 AM

                Be sure to contact organizers and the restos themselves with these complaints.

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                  foodkarma RE: John Manzo Feb 24, 2010 08:05 AM

                  Have already emailed the organizers!

                  On another note - the Bistro 2210 menu looks spectacular. Can't wait to try it out.

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                    hsk RE: foodkarma Feb 24, 2010 08:29 PM

                    Last year Bistro 2210 had only the Dine Out menu (no regular menu), I think that's why they had so many options, but it was really good, and quite a good deal compared to their usual prices if you had 3 courses. I'm not sure what they would have done if you were a regular and just wanted x that wasn't available that week.

                    All of the other restaurants I tried last year also had their regular menu available.

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                      TSAW RE: hsk Feb 28, 2010 09:11 AM

                      I booked Vero and they too are not offering any other menu during "Dine Out". Which is fine with me. The only dissapointing thing is that it appears, they don't offer a dessert.

                      I wish I could go to a different restaurant every night during that week, but the bank acct. says no-go!

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                      AriaDream RE: foodkarma Feb 26, 2010 11:18 PM

                      Oh WOW! *makes a reservation* That looks excellent!

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                        foodkarma RE: foodkarma Mar 7, 2010 10:03 PM

                        So I went to Bistro 2210 this weekend. They only offered the Dine Out menu which was fine for us. The restaurant was booked up for Dine Out and the service was still quite friendly (we also had the early booking though so maybe because the staff wasn't overwhelmed yet?).

                        I had the duck confit burger to start, the braised lamb as entree, and the chocolate peanut butter banana cake as dessert. The bf had the crab beignets, steak & frites, and mascarpone crepes. The favs of the night: duck confit burger, crab beignet, lamb, and choc/peanut butter cake. My personal fav were the crab beignets... the batter was light and cooked perfectly so it wasn't dry or burned.

                        The dishes we could have done without - steak and frites and crepes. The steak was alright but not unique. Same with the crepes.

                        Overall, I would definitely go back to Bistro 2210 for their regular menu. Also would recommend their Dine Out menu.

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                          lelalong RE: foodkarma Mar 14, 2010 09:57 PM

                          Ha! You had the exact choices I did! I loved the peanut butter chocolate cake! The lamb was very good but the lentils seemed under done. I wasn't that impressed with the crepe either. Compared to the cake it was tiny. I want to go back for the regular menu sometime as well. I had the Zinfindal wine which was really good. I'm only familiar with the pink (tacky) Zinfindals so I didn't know what to expect.

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                            foodkarma RE: lelalong Mar 14, 2010 11:31 PM

                            The one thing I had to laugh at was that the chocolate peanut butter banana cake had a chocolate Pocky sticking up as part of the garnish... brought back memories from elementary school.

                            My lentils were cooked perfect - the lamb was a little under seasoned which was easily fixed with a couple shakes of salt - it is strange because I don't usually add salt at restaurants. I still liked how tender the lamb was though.

                            Glad you had a similar experience! We're definitely going back to try brunch.

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                Bex_03 RE: hsk Feb 22, 2010 10:39 PM

                Oo, so excited!

                I'm confused about Maurya's menu. Do you get everything?? Or do you just pick some? I don't see the word "or" anywhere, which gives me the impression that I get everything. Haha.

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                  L.C. RE: hsk Feb 25, 2010 07:26 PM

                  Excellent opportunities to go to Chefs Table or Rush. Muse looks decent, too.

                  1. sharonanne RE: hsk Feb 25, 2010 07:57 PM

                    A great time to have a birthday. I get to go to both Rush and Chef's Table.

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                      L.C. RE: sharonanne Feb 25, 2010 08:46 PM

                      Being a local foodie and cook I've eaten at both before. Very memorable and would go back to either in a heartbeat (... my bank account isn't compatible with my desire for fine, and usually pricey, dining picks). Love, love, love the set $85 menu. I went to Rush last year for dining week and it was outstanding (and a steal at $35). You're in for some great birthday dinner celebrations...be sure to keep us posted on the eats!

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                      hsk RE: hsk Mar 11, 2010 10:02 PM

                      A group of us went to Ric`s Grill. I hadn`t been since they first opened, it was quite good then but it just fell off my radar. Their dine out menu looked interesting, they have several choices of app, entree and dessert, and also offer their regular menu.

                      We all ordered different things - the calamari and buschetta apps were the best choices, the caesar salad was a little bland. My bacon-wrapped tenderloin was cooked perfectly rare, with vegetables and choice of potato or rice. I had stuffed potato which was meh, the rice was better. The salmon topped with prawns and scallop was really good, the salmon a little overcooked for my tastes but the person who ordered it thought it was great. The baby back ribs were huge, meaty and falling off the bone. There were four choices for dessert, we had one of each, they were full-sized servings. I`m not a big dessert person but I had a bite of each, they seemed pretty good (and my friends ate every bite). For $35 a really good deal, I`d highly recommend it.

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