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Need a recommendation for a restaurant that has a Calgary look and feel and menu that an Easterner (from Ottawa!) would find distinctly Calgarian/Western.

I have a few ideas, but would appreciate any suggestions.

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  1. The Ranche comes to my mind, complete with pioneer history, wild game etc.

    1. 1886 Cafe would work well for breakfast.

      Palomino is the other place that leaps to mind; the food's not always the greatest, but it strikes me as the version of what everybody thinks a Calgary bar should be like.

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      1. re: ByeByeBaby

        1886 has perhaps the WORST breakfast (aside from blackfoot diner) that i've ever had in calgary. last time i was there, I think i paid like $15 for 2 PALE eggs, crappy toast and cold, undercooked potatoes. blech.

      2. Buzzard's? I haven't been in a while, but I haven't seen prarie oysters anywhere else (I didn't care for them but it was on my gotta-try list).

        The Ranche Restaurant
        15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary, AB , CA

        1886 Buffalo Cafe
        187 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4R3, CA

        Buzzards Restaurant and Bar
        140 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A3, CA

        1. You have to first explain to him or her that Calgary is (even) more multicultural than is Ottawa and you're not going to find the stereotypes that one expects here. But do take him to, for example, Longview Steakhouse. And the Millarville Farmers Market.

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          1. re: John Manzo

            Ginger Beef washed down with Caesars?

          2. Maybe Selkirk Grille at Heritage Park.

            1. The intersection of the set of Western-themed restaurants and the set of restaurants which serve decent food is the null set. Take the visitor to River Cafe, tell them the old west looked like a fisherman's cottage. Problem solved.

              1. Thanks for all the suggestions. Ended up going to Open Range oEdmonton Trail. Mrs Scary wanted something a bit nicer and with better food than, say a Palomino or Ranchmans, which I favoured. As the guest was my sister-in law, she was probably right, but when any of the boys visit, well, its gonna be a Yee-haa bar.

                Open Range is excellent, great menu, service, wine list. They are prone to saucing most entrees it seems. We had, beef tenderloin, bison short ribs and rabbit, all very well done, and very fair pricing. Would return.

                Note to JM. When people come to Calgary on a visit, they want the Catch of the Day to be beef or game, it's what is expected of Calgary. And they want to see that every other vehicle is a pickup, a few stetsons on the street, and feel like they are in "The Heart of the New West". (Keep the slogan, it works!!!). Until visitor's arrive, no one knows that the most iconic restaurant item is Ginger Beef and that the Caesar was invented in Calgary (clam juice...really???)
                Let Toronto be perceived as the Canadian centre of mulitculturalism, we'll just keep all those very good Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, etc restaurants in Calgary to ourselves, even though, as you point out, Calgary is more "multicultural" than Ottawa, though only just barely, as long as youe exclude those of French (Quebecois) heritage.

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                1. re: Scary Bill

                  Good luck seeing anyone wearing a stetson, except in the first two weeks of July or at the airport!