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Fergus & Bix, Marda Loop, Cgy

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23skidoo Mar 28, 2011 09:52 AM

O Restaurant has closed and is becoming a Fergus & Bix.
(Apologies if this has been covered and I missed it.)

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    crazy_eoj Mar 29, 2011 09:58 AM

    Thats good news I always thought O was terribly inconsistent and Fergus & Bix seems to have developed a passionate following on the west side of town.

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      Chow_Down Mar 29, 2011 06:29 PM

      Sorry, but I'm not familiar with Fergus & Bix. Can anyone share anything more on it? This is a good thing?

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        nonlinear Mar 29, 2011 06:36 PM

        it's like Joey's or Earl's, i've been a few times when driving by that area, but IMO it's certainly nothing to make a fuss about.

        google -> http://fergusandbix.com/

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          tex_in_yyc Mar 30, 2011 05:06 AM

          When F&B first opened up, it was pretty good. Unfortunately, they seemed to lose their opening kitchen staff pretty quick and started turning out below average bar food at above average prices.

          IIRC, the people behind F&B were the people that started the Original Joes chain and F&B was their next project after they sold off OJ.

          The fact that F&B seems successful in its Westhills location has more to do with lack of competition than anything else, IMO.

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

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            Davelina May 10, 2011 10:56 AM

            So we missed the opening? When did it open?

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              23skidoo May 10, 2011 12:24 PM

              I believe tex is referring to the other F&B location. The one in Marda Loop is not open yet as far as I know. The old "O" sign is still up.

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            cancowboy Mar 30, 2011 07:41 AM

            FWIW an old review thread
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544294

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          derfster Mar 30, 2011 09:41 AM

          The thing I don’t like about F & B is they don’t allow children. Marda Loop needs a place where we can take our kids. I’m tired of driving to earls...

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            Chow_Down Mar 30, 2011 11:48 AM

            Well, thanks all for the heads-up. Doesn't sound like anything to get excited over... Not that "O" was either.

            Marda Loop is severely lacking a decent pub. Union Station - meh. OJs - meh. Garrison - Not bad, but pretty meh. This is disappointing.

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              23skidoo Mar 30, 2011 12:07 PM

              Those places are all fine for neighbourhood pubs. At least we don't have one of those cookie cutter Irish pubs.

              There's also the Trop (was the Tropicana), which was just renovated not long ago. (I can't really recommend it one way or another because I haven't been there since the reno).

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                Leibowitz Mar 31, 2011 12:28 AM

                The former owner of Morgans restarted that one. Haven't been there yet (no real plans, either), but, FYI. Doubt it's going to be a food destination.

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                  Chow_Down Apr 3, 2011 02:56 PM

                  I was actually at the Trop for lunch on Thursday, mostly out of curiosity.

                  The re-done interior is nice, but nothing special or different than what's already in the area. My friend had a pizza that looked (and he said was) above average for pub 'za and I had a chicken sandwich that was passable, but again, nothing special. Unfortunately, it was more of the same that can already be found in the area.

                  23 - there is nothing specifically wrong with any of the pubs in ML, but I find that instead of having one go-to place that I enjoy, I choose based on which pub I'm least bored with at any given time.

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                    23skidoo Apr 3, 2011 04:04 PM

                    Adding links

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                    The Trop
                    1501 34 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 3S8, CA

                    Garrison Pub, The
                    2040 42 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2M7, CA

                    Union Station TapHouse & Grill
                    2116 33 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 1Z7, CA

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              23skidoo Nov 21, 2011 10:33 AM

              Fergus & Bix is now open.

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              Fergus & Bix
              2018 33 Ave SW, Calgary, AB , CA

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