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Mar 21, 2010 09:15 AM

In Calgary for two days... can you recommend something?

Hey all this is my first post here.

I'm flying in from New York City to Calgary for two and a half days and wonder what are some of the meals I must try while I'm in the city.

I prefer less touristy meals. For example, whenever someone comes to NYC, I make them avoid the flashy and overpriced restaurants at Times Square/Midtown and bring them to hole-in-the-walls in Brooklyn/Queens/SoHo (attached photo is sushi gorging in Brooklyn).

Things I like:
- NYC Pizza (Could be interesting to compare Calgary pizza to New York pizza)
- Italian
- Asian food
- Pastries

Not a huge fan of:
- Greek food
- Asian fusion

Any recommendations would be great. I'm looking forward to going about and sampling some of the eateries that the city has to offer.

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  1. Best burger thread:

    Asian? Try Han’s in Chinatown for Taiwanese hole in the wall.

    Calgary has some really good Indian food. There isn't one thread that sums it all up but you'll find more of the hole-in-the-wall places in the Northeast but you'll need a car.

    Dim sum will be no better than what I had in Manhattan and worse than what I hear about Flushing.

    Vietnamese is good here.
    Pho thread:

    Pizza? We come to blows here about pizza. Some like thick crust some like thin. UNO is winning fans with a thin crust. The Co-op on 11th ave has pizza by the slice, unusual in Calgary. Vogglio is mentioned often.
    Pizza thread:

    I wouldn’t eat Italian if I was from NYC but someone will jump on me for that.

    Try some steak if you haven’t been to Canada. Our beef is grain fed. I never order steak when I am in the US so I can’t speak to the difference but might be worth it for the experience.

    Someone is sure to ask you where you are staying and if you have a car. Calgary is very spread out and public transportation can take a fair bit of time when you only have a couple of days.

    Manuel Latruwe for pastry.

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    1. re: sharonanne

      links to Hans Restaurant, Una Pizza, Vogglio D'Pizza, Manuel Latruwe

      , New York, AB , USA

      Han's Restaurant
      303 Centre St S #116, Calgary, AB T2P 2B9, CA

      Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie & Bread Shop
      1313 1 St SE #1333, Calgary, AB T2G 5L1, CA

      Vogglio D' Pizza
      1514 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T3C, CA

      1. re: sharonanne

        Awesome stuff, thank you so much.

        I'm originally from Toronto but am itching for some Albertan steak.

        1. re: lifeinthewoods

          My recommendation for steak is Chicago Chophouse.

          Chicago Chophouse
          604 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1G5, CA

      2. I assume you're going to be around downtown.

        I think you'd enjoy or at least find Pizza at 'Vogglio D'pizza' interesting. And also Manuel Latruwe for pastries. Hans for hole in the wall Asian.

        If you want higher end, try CAPO for great gourmet Italian.

        1. lifeinthewoods,
          If you could tell us the area you are staying in, if you have a car, or whether you are relying on transit/taxi we could give you more precise suggestions.I doubt you want to spend your entire 2 days running all around the city? This might sound stupid, but I have no idea what NYC pizza is? I have seen pieces folded in half when eating (on tv!), so I assume not too thick, heavy layer of toppings? Don't judge me Chow Friends! I really don't know for sure.

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          1. re: TSAW

            Some might say that NYC style is the ONLY style! I don't buy into this at all, but hey, some New Yorkers think they got the bagel and pastrami down better than anyone, too! Some folks have never been to Mile End.

            Hey the Big Apple rocks, but there are all sorts of great pies out there.

            Great guide from the pizza blog. Pretty comprehensive;


            1. re: TSAW

              Probably around downtown, but I'm renting a car so I'll be able to go almost anywhere... I'm here for some business but I might be moving here so food is going to be a big issue!

            2. Expect Calgary pizza in general to be either thick or crunchy.

              One place I know of to get thin, soft pizza is Pulcinella, which serves Neapolitan style. Pulcinella is a bit expensive, and sometimes the pizza is soggy in the middle (maybe the crushed tomatoes are too watery?), but overall I like it.

              You can also get Chicago thin crust here, at Gondola Pizza, but it's delivery/pickup-only.

              If you want a representative Calgary pizza (IMHO!), go to a pub like the Belfry, or Watchman's. Have a big rock beer with it (again, not the best, but still tasty, and representative). These are pan pizzas.

              Vogglio d'Pizza is a unique style that I love mostly for the creative toppings: steak and eggs, prune and bacon, avocado and corn, etc. You can get the crust thin (cracker-like), or thick (bready). They're delivery/pickup-only, and the pizzas take at least 60 minutes.

              On the other hand, there's some great Vietnamese food in Calgary, and great Indian/Pakistani. It's hard to recommend one place in particular.

              1147 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1X7, CA

              Gondola Pizza
              3315 26 Ave SW #4, Calgary, AB T3E, CA

              1. Check the "best burger in Calgary" thread for burger recommendations. I like the burgers at the Ship & Anchor pub, myself.

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                1. re: 23skidoo

                  I second the Ship and Anchor for burgers and local beer (and wings) and it's CHEAP. It is definately a hole-in-the-wall and is downtown! Rocky's Burger Bus is better but is only open Mon-Fri until 3pm.

                  Welcome to Calgary soon then!