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Calgary where can I go for desserts?

pasaker Oct 31, 2010 01:31 PM

Alright everyone, so after reading the thread that Nectar is gone :( . I was wondering where is a good place in Calgary to get macaroons or tarts and cakes and all that glorious sweet stuff that we all sometimes crave in the evenings . A place where I can go with my husband or bring family and friends too when we just want to hang out and eat and drink. Honestly, the only place I knew of was Nectar, but now where do I go? I feel so lost. ...

  1. ybnormal Nov 1, 2010 01:29 PM

    Pasaker, I feel your pain. Calgary is severely lacking a casual or mid-end dessert place (not including The Cheesecake Cafe) with the demise of Nectar. And its been a long time since I've been to The Chocolate Bar on 17th Ave.

    However, I think Calgary just needs to loosen up a bit. When I am in Seattle, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal, I had no qualms about going to nice place just for dessert and just hanging out with friends.

    I think it is possible in Calgary, but I guess it sorta feels like the restaurants don't want to stay open late just for those late evening sweet-toothers.

    Mind you, since I've had kids, my opportunities to do this has been greatly diminished. Maybe in a couple more years when the kids can stay home by themselves...

    Still, I wouldn't hesitate to stop in late at Petite, Divino, The Living Room, Brava Bistro, JaroBlue, Mercato, Vin Room, et al. I think Karen Mouline has moved to the Hyatt, so maybe try Thompson's?

    Guess its not quite what you are looking for - maybe it'll be my next thing to do and Foodspot it!

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

    Vin Room
    2310-4th St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X2, CA

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    1. re: ybnormal
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      23skidoo Nov 1, 2010 02:04 PM

      The coffee at The Chocolate Bar is not great, but I've had some good desserts like the pecan pie with dark chocolate. It's like a thick shortbread with pecan pie topping.

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      The Chocolate Bar
      1431 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0C8, CA

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        tex_in_yyc Nov 1, 2010 04:12 PM

        The last time we stopped in at the Chocolate Bar was the last time we will stop in there. Deserts were all uniformly stale and overchilled. At their price point, there is no excuse.

      2. re: ybnormal
        John Manzo Nov 1, 2010 02:37 PM

        So they're your "qualms" but it's the city that has to "loosen up"?

        I've never thought twice about going to a nice resto just for dessert. Calgary is no different from any of the cities you list for this.

        On that topic- LOVE the desserts at Centini. And yes, we've gone just for dessert there.

        1. re: John Manzo
          ybnormal Nov 1, 2010 03:10 PM

          Sorry John - poor choice of words - I probably just wasn't expressing myself properly. I think its just a different feel. I feel I still can't walk down Stephen Ave or 17th Ave in the late evening with the same feel that I get when I walk down Yonge Street (downtown) or Union Square. All sorts of different people wandering about, the restaurants stay open late (like not close at 10:00 PM), and the people watching is fun. But, like I said, I've haven't been in the game as much and I've been spoiled by business trips as well, but I do think we are getting better.

          I guess the proof that we're not quite there is that we don't have a Nectar-like place left in Calgary where it was serving nothing but dessert, but the dessert options in restaurants are still darn good!

          Wonder if we could convince Brulee to open late? That would be very cool...

          1. re: John Manzo
            sweeterpea Nov 1, 2010 03:12 PM

            Second on the desserts at Centini. One of those rare places who does all three courses well.

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          Alexa Nov 5, 2010 03:31 PM

          If your missing macrons try Yann Haute in Mission, I personally they they were better than the ones at Nectar, so yummy! I just miss that Nectar was open late for desert and tea..

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