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)
- Burgers (ESPECIALLY BURGERS)
- Asian food
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.
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.
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.
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.
links to Hans Restaurant, Una Pizza, Vogglio D'Pizza, Manuel Latruwe
, New York, AB , USA
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
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.
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.
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;
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
3315 26 Ave SW #4, Calgary, AB T3E, CA