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Jun 29, 2010 01:28 PM

Reasonable and tasty eats for a band on tour in AB and SK?


My band will be on tour in AB and SK in September and we are wondering where to eat. I posted on the BC, board for our BC dates and I'm wondering about Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Here's a list of the places we'll be playing:
Grande Prairie
Medicine Hat

Any small town places we can stop in between would be really helpful as well.
We are foodies and always looking for amazing secret eats, but keeping things reasonably priced is first and foremost. Anywhere open late or with cheap breakfast is always appreciated. Roadside fruit stands or good grocery stores would also really help us out.

Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Calgary- Ship & Anchor Pub. Cheap, good eats. Saturday afternoon jam and definately a musician hang-out.

    1. Where will you be in Edmonton - we can give you some suggestions so that you don't have to go too far off.

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      1. re: anonymoose

        Not sure yet. We're still waiting back on our booking confirmation there.

        1. re: wearedevo

          I think we are playing at the Pawnshop?

          1. re: wearedevo

            If you do a search on Chowhound for Whyte Ave, you will find lots of recommendations that are near the Pawnshop.

            For late night, I would head to Chinatown (just across the river) for cheap eats - Garden Bakery Restaurant (I think they close at 3 a.m.?) for noodles, fried rice, wonton, etc. Similar food can be found at Double Greetings and Spicy Garden but I don't think they stay open quite as late.

            1. re: anonymoose

              Thanks! It sounds like we are actually playing at a new venue called Live on Whyte so I'm guessing that's somewhere in the same neighbourhood.

        2. re: anonymoose

          Same Q for Calgary. Let us know where you are and we can give you some more specific recos. As it is, Calgary is the biggest city in your tour and it can't be summarized as can Lethbridge.

        3. Although I have not been here, Rodeo Burger in Edmonton is getting great reviews. It is central (university area), where a lot of the live band places are. Also in that area is Dadeo's (although there are mixed reviews of this place, I like it), Oodle Noodle is also in the area. They have great noodle bowls (stay away from their competitor Wok Box). Famoso Pizza now has several locations in Edmonton, they are a little pricier for pizza, but well worth it as they are wood fired thin crust artisan pizzas.

          Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria
          11750 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K, CA

          Rodeo Burger
          8525 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G, CA

          1. And for Canmore the best inexpensive breakfast IMHO is Summit Cafe, mainly a locals haunt.

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            1. re: cleopatra999

              Another vote for the Summit Cafe (though it is the type of place you don't want to tell TOO many people about). Great food, awesome staff, good value and a $1000000 view from the patio.

              1. re: cleopatra999

                summit's "mexican" breakfasts are nothing compared to aroma, the daytime breakfast/lunch restaurant in zona's. the loveliest service combined with the best mexican food ever blows summit out of the water. the chilaquiles verde is incredible.

                Zona's Bistro
                710 9 St, Canmore, AB T1W 2V7, CA

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                1. I'd eat at the Palomino. Have garlic fries, Mmmmmm!!

                  I have to direct you to tu tierra also. It's increadibly good, I think it's on Fairmont and Heritage Dr. S.W. Not as good a deal as derfster is offering but solid value for what they'll serve you.

                  1. re: The Gut

                    The Fat A$$ Platter at the Palomino is awesome (was it once called the Elvis Platter?). A whole mess of food, and if you split it between 4 it's less than $20 a person...even better value if the Head Honcho is buying...

                    1. re: KcM

                      The Elvis Platter was/is at Big T's.

                      1. re: 23skidoo

                        Yes, that's right...IMHO The Palomino is far better than Big T's in both food and vibe...

                        1. re: KcM

                          to each his own. I like the vibe at Palamino for sure but the ribs leave a little to be desired.

                  2. Ha! Well if all goes well, that should be where we are playing, so let's keep our fingers crossed.