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Jun 11, 2011 06:39 PM

Restaurants in NE Calgary

Hi all,
I wondered if anyone has any idea of restaurants in the NE that are family friendly but not overly expensive. Our family can't really afford to pay 80-100 for a whole meal for us (4 of us), but we appreciate good quality food. It almost seems as if the CH's on here have a lot of money to spend on eating out! LOL We can only afford to go out for special occasions and the odd date night.
I do like Ricky's All Day Grill, and used to like Cheesecake Cafe until it became another Indian food place.

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  1. Have you tried Nando's Flame Grilled Chicken? It's sort of like Swiss Chalet but I like it much better than Swiss Chalet. On Tuesday's they usually have their Double Leg dinner with one side on special. Also, they have Family packs and Party Packs.

    Nando's Flame Grilled Chicken
    3333 32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

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    1. re: miss.foodie

      I 2nd Nando's. My sister and her husband were visiting from Edmonton this past weekend. My bro-in-law LOVES Nando's but they don't have one in Edmonton, so he really wanted to go. I think we got the family pack (whole chicken, 2 sides and buns). Easily fed 4 adults, and came to about $40 with a couple of soft drinks.

      I think I went a couple times when they first opened, but haven't been back since. It was very tasty chicken, way better then Swiss Chalet IMO. You can order different spice levels of chicken. Some of their sauces (at the table) have a kick, so be careful.

      1. re: miss.foodie

        Finally tried Nando's. It was ok. Did not find it to be better or less expensive than Swiss Chalet. My Dad wanted a coffee refil then changed his mind when the lady told him it would be $2.75. I teasingly asked my wife if she would take him to Tim Horton's? I did enjoy the "garlic peri peri sauce" on the table.

        Cristy's Rotisary seems better to me.

      2. What kind of restaurant are you looking for? I am assuming Canadian/Western food but are there any ethnic restaurants that would be okay?

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        1. re: Merry113

          Well, goodness, I guess that would help, huh?
          I didn't think about it too much, I guess I was just looking overall for Western type food, but I do like my Chinese food places. Not into Indian cuisine at all.
          I was just looking for places that others had tried and enjoyed immensely. My daughter says we live in the ghetto by living in the NE, so I thought I would try to see if there was a family restaurant that kind of dispells this theory of hers. LOL

          1. re: Godslamb

            LOL, you should tell your daughter that "the ghetto" is where all the best food is found!

            on 32nd ave (i think) there is a chianti's, they have pretty decent italian food and have "cheap" nights sunday-tuesday where pastas are like $9.

            also, on 32nd and edmonton trail there is Rea's, which is much better than chianti's IMO but is also more expensive. Rea's has great pizza and pasta. hopefully that's not too far west for you because it really is a great place.

            if your family likes thai food, Thai Boat (also on 32nd) is an excellent choice, and run by the same family as Thai Sa On, which is a thai institution in calgary.

            I'm trying to come up with some other ideas, bit I live in the SW and don't get up to the NE often, and when I do i'm usually eating non-western food. Reef n' Beef by superstore has great food, but decor is tacky and it is probably above the family-style budget you're looking for.

            1. re: nonlinear

              Oh my goodness!! My husband and I went to Reef and Beef for our 24th anniversary 2 years ago and wow, I was both impressed and horrified! I loved the food, the steak was incredible, but I was blown away by the price! It cost both of us over $100 without the tip! I know many people on this board seem to have an endless supply of money, so that doesn't seem to bad to them, but we are also a one income family, so...:)
              I haven't had too much Thai food as it always seems so spicy when I hear people talk about it. I guess maybe I don't have an adventurous spirit when it comes to eating out. Then again, I HATE spending good money on bad food. When we go out, we tend to choose the same restaurants, because we know the price, and know we will be happy with the food. sad am I? LOL

        2. How about Vietnamese? Saigon Passion is an upscale restaurant by Vietnamese standards with booth seating - good food - maybe a dollar more per dish than the average Vietnamese restaurant. Their Pho and Bun dishes are very good. Since I live nearby it's my go to restaurant.

          Saigon Passion
          5075 Falconridge Blvd NE #400, Calgary, AB T3J 3K9, CA

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          1. re: rosetown

            Hmmm...only tried Vietnamese once in Lethbridge, and it was so very good. Perhaps it is time to try it again. Thanks!

            1. re: Godslamb

              Since you've only tried Vietnamese once, here is a little bit of education from Wikipedia.


              Under Vietnam in this link:
              (commonly listed only as 'Bún' in Canadian restaurants: Bún thịt nướng: A Vietnamese dish, consisting of grilled pork (often shredded) and vermicelli noodles over a bed of greens (salad and sliced cucumber), herbs and bean sprouts. Also often includes a few chopped up egg rolls, spring onions, and shrimp. Served with roasted peanuts on top and a small bowl of nước chấm.
              Often the pork in Bun is grilled and not shredded and if you have a North American palate I recommend initially to have it grilled. The choices are to many for me to cover.
              nước chấm:
              It's easy to leave with a bill of $10 - 11 dollars each and if you share with children even less, or the same with appetizers.

              1. re: rosetown

                Replying to myself

                The bottles on the side:
                tamarind sauce: brown in colour: sweet
                siracha: red in colour: hot
                fish sauce: usually labeled as such: not needed for typical western palates

                When I'm eating Pho and the broth has been prepared overnight I rarely add any of the above because it ruins,IMHO, the sublime flavour of the broth.

                1. re: rosetown

                  The brown sauce is usually Hoisin in my experience. Hoisin is sweet and made from soy.

                  1. re: 23skidoo

                    Thanks, I always thought its was tamarind based.

                    1. re: rosetown

                      The more you know.

                      I have lived in the ghetto for most of my life and really, alot of the good ethnic food is here. If you're looking for something not so exotic, there is a small place called The Rock Cafe and Restaurant in the strip mall across from TnT, close to where Pho Xuan is. I was only introduced to the place via the groupon offer and it didnt turn out to be too bad. The presentation is a little off and it has very limited seating (15-20 people maybe) but the food isnt half bad, and the prices are pretty good too. Try the lamb burger or shrimp burger, they're awesome.

                      Pho Xuan Restaurant
                      920 36 St NE #128, Calgary, AB T2A 6L8, CA

                      The Rock Cafe and Restaurant
                      920 36 St NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6L8, CA

                  2. re: rosetown

                    Pho Tai is my fav in the NE - love their Vietnamese crepe (Banh Xeo). Noodle King is good too (like their spring rolls and Sate Beef)

                    Not a fan of Chianti's (find it over salted, over processed) but agree it's definitely cheap. Rea's is very good but agree it's more expensive than Chianti's

                    King's is also quite popular for their wontons... not very authentic but is very tasty (borderline SE).

                    For lunches I also like the Italian Centre near Scarpone's.

                    1. re: foodkarma

                      If you like Chinese, we would go to Fat Kee's for lunch (I worked in the NE)... was cheap and food was decent, very authentic...

                      Not a fan of Chinese buffets - most of the food is greasy and Westernized (like Food Court Chinese) but there's also China Rose I believe near Memorial

                      1. re: foodkarma

                        For Hong Kong-style Chinese, Pebble Street in the T&T mall is good value, consistent, and tasty. I definitely prefer it over Western Chinese buffets (which often exaggerate all the worse parts of that style of cuisine--greasy, over-salted, filler-laden, MSG-ridden).

                        Pebble Street Restaurant
                        999 36 St NE #220, Calgary, AB T2A 7X6, CA

            2. Not too much into ethnic food, but I do love Chinese food. Has anyone tried the "new" (to me anyway) Chinese buffet in Deerfoot Mall? Any good?

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              1. re: Godslamb

                Buffet Yangtze has been there for a while and if you like the westernized Chinese food then its not too bad. I would say go if you havn't tried but at around $20 a person ( I can't remember the exact price atm, give or take $2-3 for dinner on weekends) it's not worth it (for me anyways). Try to get there around 6:00 for dinner though, they stop making anything new around 8 ish.

              2. People here rave about Alberta King Of Subs. They serve Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, poutine, hot subs and burgers.
                Las Tortillas gets good reviews too. Note that they mostly do take-out and only have one table.
                (I've never been to either of these places)

                Alberta King Of Subs
                7196 Temple Dr NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

                Las Tortillas
                4100 Marlborough Dr NE #2, Calgary, AB T2A 2Z5, CA

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                1. re: 23skidoo

                  ^^los tortillas is technically in the SE :P

                  1. re: nonlinear

                    I don't think so, unless they're no longer at 4100 Marlborough Dr NE. The north-south divide is at Memorial Drive in that part of the city, and Marlborough Dr is north of it.

                  2. re: 23skidoo

                    Bumping this thread to give an update on Las Tortillas. I stopped in for my regular taco fix and the owner said they are opening a restaurant on Memorial Drive called Oro Azul (I think). It is across from the Walmart in Marlborough where the old Airline Ticket Centre was. Anyway, he said once the restaurant is open Las Tortillas will stop serving tacos and tamales and focus strictly on the groceries and tortilla production.

                    1. re: DeeDub

                      kinda wishing they would move outta the ghetto :(

                      1. re: nonlinear

                        I'm going to pretend this thread is not really old. Have you tried Dover pizza on Memorial and 52 st?