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Looking for affordable regional food in Downtown Calgary

I'm going to be in Calgary for the first time for three days in early March, and am looking for a nice place to go to dinner on my first day. I'm doing "touristy" things that afternoon, so I'd like to stay downtown for dinner too. I would like to find a good restaurant that sells regional favorites, basically what I can't get or can't get as good anywhere else. I know this might be really hard / impossible to do, but I want to keep the price fairly low, hopefully under $20 for mains (I'm a graduate student...). If you guys know of anything, please let me know!

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  1. donairs - a&a deli on 4th street in mission

    other than that, calgary really doesn't offer anything that you can't get in every other city in north america. you might want to check out chinatown, but then again it's nothing regional or unique.

    1. I think Charcut would fit, it's downtown, regional, it's really good and you can't get it anywhere else. Mains can be under $20 depending on what you get. you can spend a lot more, too.

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      CHARCUT Roast House
      101 9 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2G 1B8, CA

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      1. re: hsk

        +1 for Charcut. Although the OP needs a dinner recommendation, Charcut has a great lunch special for $15... daily soup, daily sandwich w/ kitchen pickles and warm bag of cookies.

      2. The District on 11th Ave & 5th St SW
        The Coup on 17th Ave & 9th SW

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        1. Not "downtown" per se, but close on 17th Ave SW -- FARM has a $25 three-course prix fixe menu on Tuesdays. The rest of the week, a few of the mains are still below $20, and most ingredients appear to be sourced locally.

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          Farm
          1006 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5, CA

          1. Fits the regional food description well, but just outside downtown, and over your price range:

            http://www.open-range.ca/

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            1. re: Scary Bill

              Crispy fried ginger beef at Silver Dragon, Harbour city or Golden Inn, I've heard it's regional. I also recommend Thi Thi's vietnamese subs not regional but delicious. All in china town.

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              Silver Dragon Restaurant
              211 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1E4, CA

              Golden Inn Restaurant
              107 2 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0B2, CA