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Street Meat in Calgary

scholasticgirl May 22, 2010 11:37 AM

Moving to Calgary from Toronto, i have aquired a love for street meat. Been here for one year and have always been a little nervous to eat from anyone on the street until recently. Visted a hot dog stand called Sausage Party downtown near the library. There was a clean, normal very friendly girl working and my Bratwurst was exceptional, will defintley be revisiting.

Anyone no of anywhere else i can fill guilty pleasure craving?

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    swisscheese RE: scholasticgirl May 22, 2010 12:22 PM

    Try the Yodeling Sausage at the Steven Avenue market.
    German Guy that comes there since years.

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      Backseat Food Critic RE: scholasticgirl May 24, 2010 07:25 AM

      there's some street meat suggestions under the thread Poutine in YYC - coming from TO you will be disappointed it's just not the same here but there are other things that Calgary does well - just not street food!!

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        John Manzo RE: Backseat Food Critic May 24, 2010 09:48 AM

        I wouldn't call Toronto hot dog carts "street food." Compared to, say, Portland, Toronto's one-note hot dog cart "street food" culture is absolutely a joke, pathetic.

        I'd add that although dogs are relatively rare in Calgary, the quality is quite good- in fact here are no carts in Toronto that compare, even remotely, to the Yodelling Sausage.

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          sweeterpea RE: John Manzo May 24, 2010 05:09 PM

          Are you just looking for hot dog or sausage stands? I've never seen any real street food or food trucks (such as in Portland, Austin, TX or NYC) here in Calgary except for the sausage places mentioned.

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            John Manzo RE: sweeterpea May 24, 2010 07:00 PM

            Check out the pizza oven on Stephen Ave.

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              23skidoo RE: sweeterpea May 24, 2010 07:23 PM

              There's a donair/falafel/burger cart on Stephen Ave as well.

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              Scary Bill RE: John Manzo May 31, 2010 04:41 PM

              JM, as usual you're eager to trash Toronto, so I will set the record straight. You can also get fries, poutine, ice cream, and many excellent varieties of dogs and sausages with numerous toppings, depending on the vendor. What one cannot get, oddly for "Hogtown" is back bacon on a bun on the street.

              Oh and Toronto prices are much lower than here or Vancouver despite some pretty outrageous licensing fees.

              The matter, until recently were laws that went a bit overboard in the name of food safety. They have since been relaxed, resulting in this initiative:


              No offence, but I also doubt that you tried all dog and sausage vendors in Toronto, so your Yodeling Sausage comparison is baseless.

              Sorry, gotta tell it like it is.

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                23skidoo RE: Scary Bill May 31, 2010 05:10 PM

                Scary_Bill, can you point to a particular sausage vendor in Toronto that's better than the Yodeling Sausage?

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                  Satiated RE: 23skidoo May 31, 2010 05:36 PM

                  And of equal interest, can John Manzo point out all the TO sausage vendors he tried that were inferior to the Yodeling Sausage.

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                    Scary Bill RE: 23skidoo Jun 1, 2010 08:39 AM

                    23, no I cannot as I have not tried a Yodel, but I am looking forward to my first.

                    There are quite a few vendors on the streets of Toronto, and so I have not tried all of them either. As a generality though I will say that, given the large Italian community in Toronto, the city typically has pretty good sweet and hot Italian sausages throughout, so long as they are local and not conglomerate sausages. The debrecener is usually a good choice as well.

                    Toppings play a major role for Mrs Scary, for example when in the mood she will go from vendor to vendor looking for her condiment of choice for that day. Some vendors are a bit more hard working than others and will for example, cook their sauerkraut beforehand and not simply pour it out of the jar.

                    A caution: There is a wholesaler that supplies buns, sausages, dogs, etc strictly to the vendors. These guys provide the lowest common denominator, so if you pass a few vendors and their food all looks the same, well keep going until you find something that looks a bit different.

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              darelleats RE: scholasticgirl May 25, 2010 10:39 AM

              We *really* need one of these: http://twitter.com/cremebruleecart

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                crazy_eoj RE: scholasticgirl May 25, 2010 03:30 PM

                Yodeling Sausage is great, but there's one better in my opinion.

                Not sure of his name but the cart in front of Encor Place on 7th Ave and 6 st SW (right under the statue of the Native Chief)

                Homemade sausages, and simply amazing. But keep it quiet eh, the lines aren't too bad... ;)

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                  jddfoodie RE: scholasticgirl May 26, 2010 06:38 PM

                  Yodelling Sausage is good, but reminds me of Pawket Dogs at the Saddledome. Totally checked out the Sausage Party stand today, great "Taco Dog" on special. The owner (who actually works the stand every day and does not hire some person loooking like they just fell off a truck) tells me they are opening a taco stand in June! Should be interesting considering they will be featuring a fish taco and i dont know where else you can get one in the city!

                  Pizza and Lemonade guys on Stephen Ave pretty yummy too!

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                    aktivistin RE: jddfoodie May 26, 2010 06:55 PM

                    Wow, a taco stand in Calgary! The quantity (and the quality) of Mexican food in this city has really accelerated in the past couple years. Looking forward to it.

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                      darelleats RE: jddfoodie May 27, 2010 07:27 AM

                      Did he say where the taco stand will be?

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                        jddfoodie RE: darelleats May 28, 2010 10:54 AM

                        Apparently it will be somewhere downtown , SHE (yes a girl), is not yet sure what corner dt it will be .Im pretty excited myself!

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                      mammabear RE: scholasticgirl May 28, 2010 06:29 PM

                      lol. if you're ever at the Memorial Drive East Canadian Tire, there's a great and hilarious SM vendor, who tells stories while you're waiting for your dog.

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                        jsfoodchat RE: scholasticgirl Jun 4, 2010 08:44 PM

                        Gord from Gordon's fine meats has a great sausage cart.

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