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Sep 22, 2010 09:35 AM

Mid-week,mid-priced restaurants in YYC

What are the good, not-high-end places you go to for dinner? The kind of place where you might decide to go mid-week and often, where the food is always prepared with care, but the bill won't break the bank?

I've been going to Aida's restaurant a fair bit lately and thinking how much I enjoy it: carefully-prepared food, reasonably-priced. So I have begun compiling a list in my head of other such restaurants. Can you think of other restaurants that offer consistely good food with most entrees in the $15-20 range? I think Dairy Lane, with their new dinner menu and food-made-with-care, might also qualify.

So let me start a list:
Aida's Mediterranean Bistro
Dairy Lane

Aida's Mediterranean Bistro
2208 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S, CA

Dairy Lane Cafe
319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

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  1. I've only seen the brunch menua but Notable might fit.

    1. The Coup
      Diner Deluxe
      Cilantro (if you stick to pasta and flat breads)
      Una Pizza

      There's gotta be others, but for some reason I'm drawing a blank.

      1. Every Chinese place in town, but Han's is an absolute treat and a much less challenging experience for dinner (vs weekday lunch when it's packed).
        Jaro Blue doesn't serve conventional entrees since it's a tapas place but it's excellent value and the food is marvellous.
        Laurier Lounge.
        Catch Oyster Bar (best fries I've had in town!).

        And really to add to my "Chinese" reco- I can't think of many ethnic (Asian, Middle-Eastern, Indian, Pakistani) places that would entail much more than $20pp.

        Catch Oyster Bar
        100 8th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K6, CA

        Laurier Lounge
        1111 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A1, CA

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        1. re: John Manzo

          Yes, I know ethnic food is a way to have cheaper and often excellent meals, but that's what I'm after: really excellent meals. So let's add Han's (which seems to be keeping up its standards even with the change in owners). What other--out of all the Asian and Middle-Eastern, etc. restaurants in Calgary--are truly terrific, in people's opinions?

          1. re: javelina

            Han's hasn't actually changed hands yet.

            1. re: John Manzo

              The owner hasn't changed. The husband is training a new chef for the restaurant since they're at that age of retirement. But they're very particular in the quality and the tastes of the food. I remember a few months back the wife told us that they were training the new chef and kept asking for my husband's and I's opinion about the consistency of the food since we go there wayyyy too often.

              1. re: pasaker

                Yep- Mei told me end of October. Incidentally we tried something new last time, the spicy to fu- it was crazy good.

            2. re: javelina

              You know the other day I just discovered JImmy's A&A Deli where they have donairs and a whole bunch of other things. Truly delicious. A small donair is actually quite big at $7.50. I love their dessert trays too. They have an array of salads, dips and breads there as well which makes me want to go back and try everything!

              Jimmy's A&A Deli
              1401 20th Ave NW
              Calgary, Alberta T2M2M7, Canada
              (403) 289-1400

              Jimmy's A&A
              1306 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R, CA

              1. re: pasaker

                Jimmy's is a treat but since there's not even anywhere to sit (aside from plastic tables outside) I kinda doubt this is what OP has in mind...

          2. I haven't been to Notable, but I took a look at the menu online, and "reasonably priced" isn't the first thing that came to mind! It actually scared me off, to be honest...

            I haven't tried it yet, but I hear Brava Bistro is good for cheap eats. Also, the recently-opened Famoso on 4th Street and about 23Ave SW has been fantastic the two times I've been.

            Brava Bistro
            723 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B6, CA

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            1. re: BigYellow

              Calling Brava Bistro 'good for cheap eats' is a bit of a stretch. I like Brava and it's good value, but it definitely doesn't fit the OP's price targets.

              1. re: BigYellow

                Whoa, I looked at the dinner menu and i see I was quite wrong unless you order a sandwich.