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Jun 3, 2010 09:04 AM

southeast Calgary recommendations?

Am staying at the Deerfoot Inn for a night next week (not by choice :) ) so need a recommendation in southeast, or maybe just south... I'll have a car but don't want to go too far. Anything worth going to in that area for dinner? Don't care what kind of food as long as it is good.

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  1. There is a huge strip mall complex close to you on 130th Avenue (South Pointe?) that has loads of options... some better than others... mostly chains. Anyways, if you are craving banh mi, Thi Thi Vietnamese Subs is a stellar option in that area.

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    1. re: DeeDub

      Where exactly is Thi Thi? I tried to find it and i couldn't, and I called their number and it was disconnected. Did they go out of business?

      1. re: Alexa

        I tried to Google map it but no luck. There is a Marble Slab Creamery next door to Thi Thi so I went on Marble Slab's website and here is their address.

        South Trail Crossing (across from the Keg)
        226, 4600 - 130 Ave SE

        Anyways, it is on the North side of 130th. There is also a Taco Time Cantina really close. I have not been to Thi Thi in a couple of weeks so I cannot confirm/deny if it is still open.

    2. Theres a pretty good Indian restaurant called Karma in that commercial strip on 130 Ave that DeeDub mentioned.

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      1. re: djdragan

        thanks, Karma looks good.

        Probably a stupid question, but if I get really lazy how's the food in the restaurant at the Deerfoot? (I doubt it will be up to my standards!)

        1. re: Dan G

          I added my Favs in the area below, then saw this post....IF you get lazy, go to the Phoenix Grill. It's across the street beside Chapters, where the movie theatres are. The food is solid and it's 2 mins from you.

      2. One more exit south of 130th is a community called Mckenzie Towne, within the community on High Street there are a few choices.
        "Brewsters Pub", they brew their own beer and have the best roof top patio outside of DT! A definate must if its a nice evening out. The food good, standard pub fair.
        "San Remos" is an Italian Resto/Lounge, its pricey gets some good reviwes on the board.
        "Sea" is a fish and chips dinner, but it just changed hands and I have read on the board not as good as it was in the past.
        "Hidden Chef" is a tiny place that does a lot of take and heat dinners, but it has a few tables where you can get home sytle cooked meals.
        And lastly, the Kilt and Cabre...very typical "irish pub"... about what somesup that place up.
        130th has a Keg, Montanas, Kelseys, Origional Joes, Muldoons, Joeys fish and chips, Chi Lan Viet among several fast food joints and the places listed above.

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        1. re: cdn

          It's starting to sound like I might end up going downtown... Brewsters, Montanas, Original Joes, etc ...horrible choices...I don't eat at any of them when I'm at home, not going to do it when I'm away.

          Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar
          3690 Westwinds Dr NE, Calgary, AB T3J 5H3, CA

          1. re: Dan G

            If you are opening your range up, it might be helpful to give us an idea of what you are looking for or what type of restaurants you really like.

            1. re: Merry113

              I know downtown/Inglewood/Kensington restaurants quite well, so don't need recommendation on those...just thought if I was going to be staying south end I'd find out what was there.

              1. re: Dan G

                Oops nevermind - I see Major_9000 has already mentioned The Ranche.

        2. Aladdin's Casbah (lebanese) is 10 mins North of where you are in Avenida Mall.

          Here is their website...

          My favs are the baba Ganouj, Fatoush salad and Shish Taouk.

          I'm a big fan of Karma, which was already mentioned. They serve a wonderful Hakka dish of chili Prawn.

          I'd also suggest driving south to Okotoks and trying Cafe Divine for dinner. Everything is good there, really awesome food, here is the websote

          Going south to Okotoks will take less time (about 15 mins) than going into downtown Calgary from where you are. And its a nice drive through the country.

          Finally, The Ranche in fish creek park is excellent and has a great menu

          Aladdin's Casbah
          12445 Lake Fraser Dr SE #109, Calgary, AB T2J 7A4, CA

          1. i'm quoting this excellent post from danniek. you can find her original post on this page, which may have additional recs:

            "Lets do McLeod and then the Deerfoot side.

            In the Shawnessy area, stay away from the Cattle Baron. If you want a good steak, head downtown. Dont waste your time there.

            Greek Plaka is a restaurant beside the Zellers in Shawnessy. You could easily look at it and turn away. Dont. Dont let the fact that its in a strip mall deter you. There is also a donair place in the same plaza that has really great take-out.

            Moti Mahal is the Indian Restaurant in Midnapore. They have great butter chicken and Naan bread. Very good place.

            There is an absolutely awesome mexican place in Oakridge. Its called Mi Tierra. Take McLeod to Southland, take southland Eastbound as far as you can go. You will pass 24th street and see a coop mall on the right. Keep going. At the end of the road, you have to turn right or left. Turn right and its in the strip mall on the immediate left. Its a take out place, so dont expect great decor. But man, the food is awesome.

            In Avenida Mall, just near Anderson is Original Joes (Think Moxies or Earls) and a vietnamese place called Minas. Minas has a great thai style chicken sate soup. Its so good. And uber cheap.

            Theres also a place called Pies Plus in the same mall. They have great soups and sandwiches for lunch and of course... pies.

            A little further north at Southland and McLeod is a sushi place called Tokyo Garden. Cheap sushi and pretty good for the south end of the city.

            Keep going North on McLeod and there are a few good places to try. Redwater Grille, Cactus Club Cafe and Bolero. Redwater is a rustic grill with really good food and not too overly priced. Cactus Club is a step up from Earls. Bolero is a Brazilian restaurant and its very very good. Lots of meat though, so go hungry!!

            Ok. The deerfoot side isnt quite and bountiful, but still ok.

            The Kilt and Caber is a great pub to hang out at. They have decent pub food and the place is pretty friendly.

            Thi Thi subs on 130th. Let me start by saying there are two restaurants in Calgary with a similar name. There is Thi Thi and another called Thai Thi. Thai Thi is awful. Dont waste your time. Thi Thi is AWESOME! They are a vietnamese sub-take out place. They have the best vietnamese subs in Calgary. You have to try it.

            There is a restaurant called Coras. They are a breakfast/lunch place with really good breakfasts. They are super busy though.

            Other than those, thats about all that I would recommend in that area.

            If you like thin crust pizza, the best is at a place called Gondola Pizza. They are a little on the pricy side, but the pizza has a great thin crust.

            If you dont mind a drive outside the city (because you are on the outskirts), there are three places that are 20 min away.

            1. Okotoks: Its a little place called Best of New Orleans. It just opened up recently and has awesome New Orleans style food. Well worth the 20 min.
            2. Turner Valley: Route 40 Soup Company. The place is a rustic little place that has awesome soup that you can take out and make at home, add water or milk. It also has a fantastic menu other than soups. Steak, lamb, fish etc.
            3. Bragg Creek: The Bavarian Inn: These guys make a great Elk Rouladin (sp?). They have awesome German food.

            If I have missed something that you are looking for specifically, let me know and I can point you in the right direction.


            Cactus Club Cafe
            2612 39 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

            Moti Mahal Restaurant
            1805 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T, CA

            Mi Tierra
            10015 Oakfield Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V, CA

            The Bavarian Inn Restaurant
            75 White Avenue, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0, CA

            Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar
            3690 Westwinds Dr NE, Calgary, AB T3J 5H3, CA

            The Best of New Orleans
            97 Elizabeth St, Okotoks, AB T1S, CA

            Route 40 Soup Company
            146 Main St, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0, CA

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