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Best Pub Food - Calgary

Not sure if this topic has ever been talked about. Are there any pubs in the city that deliver what could be considered exceptional "pub food"??

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  1. the blind beggar on macload trail north of chinook has awesome burgers and sweet potato fries.

    1. Riverstone Pub on 14th and Northmount has excellent, fresh food (haven't been there in 3 or 4 years, though).

      the dog and duck off MacLeod has great uk-style pub fare, with everything apparently made from scratch. i highly recommend the fish and chips pizza... i know it sounds weird, but it absolutely works.

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      1. re: nonlinear

        We love the food at 1600 Beir House in Glenmore Landing,also Austins has a $6.95 steak sandwich, very affordable these places are always busy.so they are doing something right>>>>>>>>

      2. I like the food at Local 522.

        Local 522
        522 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0S1, CA

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        1. re: 23skidoo

          Another vote for Local 522. Interesting and fun take on "pub food", great atmosphere, and fair prices. I'd definitely place their food offerings above even venerable places like the Ship & Anchor (great place, but only OK food). The attached photo shows a tasty, though tidy (read: smallish), burger with bacon and eggs, accompanied by a REALLY good side salad.

          I would also suggest the District. Again, thoughtful and inventive twists on pub staples, high quality food, and a great atmosphere and price-point.

          For high quality execution of standard pub fare, I'd suggest the Kensington Pub.

          607 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1, CA

          Local 522
          522 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0S1, CA

          Kensington Pub
          207 10A St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1W6, CA

          1. re: KcM

            Love Local 522. Especially calamari, mussels and yam fries. The burger is tasty, but personally I love Ship's fully loaded burger with yam fries. Also, 522 has some reasonably priced wines. Personal favourite is Liberty School cab for only $8.00 a glass!

            Local 522
            522 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0S1, CA

            1. re: KcM

              Local 510 on 17th Ave and Local 002 by Mount Royal College, not surprisingly, also have great food.

              The District is more of a restaurant atmosphere, but Amsterdam Rhino next door is the pub/bar space. They share their kitchen.

              1. re: marcopolo

                Maybe I caught Local 002 on a bad night.

                Having heard lots of good about them and the other "Locals" we stopped in there once. Indifferent service, although if we were younger/trendier, we felt we would have received better service. Food was marginally above average and portion size small for the price.

                Haven't been back; there's lots of decent pubs in this town without having to give a second chance to one.

                Back on to the good:

                The Garrison over by My Favourite Ice Cream Shop. Interesting menu, pretty much seems like nothing comes in frozen or in a can. Never been disappointed when we've gone there.

                1. re: tex_in_yyc

                  I've only been to Local 522 so I can't speak for L 002. I do find the service varies, depending on who is working but it doesn't bother me. I thought the appies were larger than the mains. For example, the pot of mussels are huge, plus you get garlic bread and some fries on top! Go on a Tuesday when the appies are half price or during happy hour, so that if the experience doesn't meet your expectations, at least it will be cheap.

                  Local 522
                  522 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0S1, CA

          2. Also, the Ship and Anchor has a good burger, and the pizza at Watchman's is surprisingly good. Nice Pizza at Hop N Brew too.

            Hop In Brew Pub House
            213 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G9, CA

            Ship and Anchor Pub
            534 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R, CA

            Watchman's Pub & Eatery
            1109 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T, CA

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            1. re: 23skidoo

              i second this comment about hop in brew - excellent pies and beer here.

            2. I'll add one on the west side: Murdoch's Bar and Grill on 37th Street/17th Ave SW has fresh and local ingredients including Perogies from Heritage Deli. To die for!!

              1. i really like the Garrison on 42 Ave SW and 20 ST - the food is pretty fresh, always hot and tasty and one of the best pub salads anywhere! friendly service too, a great neighbourhood spot and soooo much better than OJ's or Union Station in Marda Loop

                1. I've really enjoyed the food at the Bottlehouse (the cursed corner) both for dinner and weekend brunch. Their chef really knows what he's doing.

                  The BottleHouse Beer Parlour
                  102 10 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V3, CA

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                  1. re: alau2

                    I'll second the Bottlehouse. The food is definitely a step above the typical pub fare. I personally like going to the Bottlehouse because it's not quite a busy and loud as the other pubs in Kensington and the patio in the summer is nice. Hopefully the corner is no longer cursed because I'd hate to see this one go.

                  2. Wild Rose definitely deserves a mention - though it'll be interesting to see what happens with their menu now that the market is gone, as they used to source many of their ingredients from next door. I'd also throw in a vote for the District, best combo of food and beer offerings in Calgary.

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                    1. re: CriolloLover

                      I agree... the Ploughman's Lunch was a fave.... think they call it the "brew lunch" now.

                    2. I normally try to avoid chains, but Original Joe's (Marda Loop location) has an awesome 2 piece fish and chips for only $12.99. The batter is thin and crispy - the fish flaky and so moist ... the tartar sauce has a nice kick to it. Plus a mountain of golden brown fries with dark gravy on the side... I have a huge appetite and I have to share this...

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

                      1. We eat alot of pub food, and enjoy "The Blind Beggar" pub on McLeod Tr, SW, the taco salad is the best I've ever had!
                        They have specials every day, we've eaten there several times and always been happy!
                        The Garrison is introducing it's new pizza parlour next door, we had a sample that Richard was bringing around the pub and it's the best I've ever had in Calgary, thin crust!
                        They were supposed to open it in April but I don't think it has yet...anyone know?