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Feb 20, 2010 09:02 AM

Dine Out Calgary March 5 to 14, 2010

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:

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  1. Thanks for the heads up and link, hsk!

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

        1. 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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          1. re: Jetgirly

            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.

            1. re: John Manzo

              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.

              1. re: foodkarma

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

                1. re: John Manzo

                  Have already emailed the organizers!

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

                  1. re: foodkarma

                    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.

                    1. re: hsk

                      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!

                    2. re: foodkarma

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

                      1. re: foodkarma

                        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.

                        1. re: foodkarma

                          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.

                          1. re: lelalong

                            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.

              2. 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.