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AriaDream Aug 1, 2011 05:29 PM

Hi everyone! My sister and I are going shopping tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for supper near Chinook mall. I like in the NW so that's definitely not the area I'm familiar with. We have a car so anything reasonably close should be good. Thanks!

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    ethereal_girl Aug 11, 2011 10:11 AM

    In addition to Redwater, Cactus Club and Globefish which I would also recommend, there is Thai Nongkhai in the strip mall across from Big 4 Motors if you're in the mood for Thai.

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    Cactus Club Cafe
    7010 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

    Thai Nongkhai
    7400 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB T2H 0L9, CA

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      23skidoo Aug 11, 2011 12:25 PM

      Link

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      Thai Nongkhai
      7400 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB T2H 0L9, CA

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        johnjohnson78 Aug 12, 2011 04:59 PM

        Just had a quick dinner there last week. Penang beef curry was pretty good albeit fairly small in size. My girlfriend and I also shared a soup (decent) and a som tam salad which was not bad but far from great. Overall I spent about $50 including tip with no booze/dessert/appetizers and left feeling a bit hungry.

        Although I enjoyed the food, I didn't really walk away thinking that it was $50 well spent.

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          prima Jul 8, 2012 11:08 PM

          Bumping this thread-
          What restaurants located between Chinook Centre and Shawnee Station serve the best main course salads/Caesar salad/pub food? I'm leaning toward Cactus Club Cafe right now, since they've got so many salads on the menu.

          Is Chop the best sit-down option in Chinook Centre? How is their burger?

          I'm curious- have any Calgary Chowhounds eaten at McSorley's? I've read other online reviews on other sites which do not make McSorley's look promising. Is the Chinook Joey a better bet than McSorley's?

          How are the salads at Smuggler's?

          Thanks for any ideas or comments.

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            johnjohnson78 Jul 9, 2012 12:41 AM

            Unfortunately I can't remember all the details about the Chop burger but I can tell you it was decent. Crisp bacon and a quality cheese....the beef had a bit of a unique spice to it and was not dry or too dense. The one thing I found odd was that the burger only comes with honey mustard and that the restaurant (a steakhouse) has no other mustard available?? Anyhow I got the mustard on the side because I really tend to dislike honey mustard and overall I enjoyed the burger but was certainly not blown away. I think I remember it having a garlic aioli (or something similar) as well.

            I'd recommend going upstairs to the lounge if you're looking for something a little more lively and casual. If I was looking for a full blown fine dining experience, I'd probably go elsewhere. The burger is pretty good value considering the prices for most of the entrees here.

            Joeys---obscenely busy almost all the time and in my opinion it has a slightly run-down early 2000's feel that isn't terribly appealing. That place sees ALOT of mileage but the food is consistent and fairly decent in terms of a big chain restaurant.

            McSorleys----I walked in once, but it was insanely busy and it felt to me like the text book definition of a generic sysco pub joint.....so I left. Amateur looking pizzas and gimmicky burgers are what I saw people eating. I could be totally wrong, but that's the feeling I got.

            As for caesar salads, I've heard a place called Oscars is pretty good. Apparently their burger is amazing too, but I keep forgetting to try it! Take one for the team?

            For the record I'm actually not a total mall rat haha....simply lived minutes away from chinook for years! Honest!!

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              prima Jul 9, 2012 07:16 AM

              Thanks so much for all your comments. Very helpful.

              Don't worry, I don't think you're a mall rat. ;-) I've already had some generic Sysco pub grub this weekend, so I'm hoping we end up at Chop or Cactus Club Cafe! :-)

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              nonlinear Jul 9, 2012 07:15 AM

              If you can drive 5 minutes south of Chinook, the food at Oscar's/Wellington's is leagues beyond anything you'll get at the mall; IMO, those have BY FAR the best mains/ceasars/pub food in the area. There is also a Jack Astor's on Southland, which is a chain but IMO has far better food and ambience than anything in/near the mall. There is also a White Spot around that same area.

              Closer to the mall, Cactus Club has decent food if you can get past the whole "slutty waitress with rehearsed greetings" and "middle-aged after work and book club crowd dining to club music" thing.

              I absolutely cannot say anything good about Smulggler's, so I'll just keep it at that LOL.

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                prima Jul 9, 2012 11:44 AM

                Ha ha- thanks for giving me an idea of the crowd and vibe at Cactus Club Cafe!

                I suggested Oscar's, but it looks like Cactus Club will work better for a couple of my friends. Hope to check out Oscar's the next time I'm dining in south Calgary.

                I'm visiting from Ontario, so I guess I'd rather dine at Western Cdn chains that I can't find east of Thunder Bay, over national chains, when I'm able to choose! ;-)

              2. re: prima
                cellophane_star Jul 9, 2012 07:25 AM

                Salads at Smugglers = iceberg lettuce and bottled dressings. They're really known for their prime rib. The good part is that the salad bar is unlimited so you can have several plates.

                Cactus Club has a really great salad... I believe it's called Raincoast Greens. It has avocado!

                I think Globefish Sushi is the best sit down option in Chinook but I haven't been to Chop or McSorley's before.

                If you're into a healthier dinner, you should consider Open Sesame (same building as Smugglers). They have a DIY stirfry bar so you can pile on the vegetables. Make a reservation though... they are often very busy.

                1. re: cellophane_star
                  prima Jul 9, 2012 11:45 AM

                  Thanks! We're going with Cactua Club Cafe. :-)

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                  Shazam Jul 10, 2012 08:14 AM

                  Chop is good, but holy cadoodle, as a red-blooded male, even I find the staff's outfits inappropriate.

                  Limerick's is another alright choice for pub food. I'll have to try Oscar's/Wellington's, thanks for the suggestion.

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                    prima Jul 11, 2012 11:20 AM

                    Thanks, Shazam!

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                      BladeXT Sep 5, 2012 07:43 PM

                      I ate at Pasquales once years ago, had really good apple cinnamon ribs. Small local restaurant, and seemed to have a large number of regulars ("Is this your first time here?" the hostess asked me).
                      Whenever I'm in the area though, I go directly to Bagolac Saigon, across from the Chinook C-Train station. I've never been "disappointed" per se, but over the years the portions have shrunk even though the prices have stayed the same. The noodle dishes are my favorite, the wor won ton is the best in the area, if not the city imo. And they have good chinese food as well.

          2. cellophane_star Aug 8, 2011 10:12 AM

            I live in the area. All of these suggestions are on MacLeod Trail, south of Chinook.

            Open Sesame and Bolero are great but they're usually busy so it's hard to get a last minute table. Smuggler's is ok too.

            I also like Cactus Club Cafe & Redwater Grill (both have locations elsewhere in the city).

            Kinjo is good for fast sushi (and free Pocky).

            And I've been wanting to try Kefi (Greek restaurant) for a while now.

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            Open Sesame
            6920 Macleod Tr S, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

            Cactus Club Cafe
            7010 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

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              23skidoo Aug 9, 2011 11:46 AM

              IMO Sushi Ichiban was much better than Kinjo, but I haven't been there in quite a while. Globefish (in the mall) is probably better than both.

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              Sushi Ichiban Japanese Restaurant
              4014 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2R7, CA

              1. re: 23skidoo
                cellophane_star Aug 9, 2011 12:55 PM

                I forgot about Globefish in Chinook... agreed.

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                  KcM Aug 15, 2011 06:43 PM

                  I'd had a couple underwhelming meals at Globefish in Kensington, so I wasn't expecting much at the Globefish in the mall, but I've been there 4-5 times now since we've moved to the south end of town and I've left super happy every time. Granted, I don't know if I'm just negotiating the menu a little better, or if living in the sushi doldrums of Bonavista has made me thankful for any decent sushi I can get.

                  I find the Izakaya items fill the post-work beer and something fried craving. While the nigri is nicely cut and always fresh. The creative rolls aren't always the best value, but the "special" rolls on the front of the menu can sometimes be a nice find. A couple months ago they featured a special roll wrapped in soy paper, draped in toro and finished with some yuzu mayo that was a textural and flavour triumph.

                  Plus, it's easy to wander back into the mall after supper to grab a P&S before heading home or to a movie.

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                prima Jul 8, 2012 11:38 PM

                Does Cactus Club Cafe take reservations?

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                23skidoo Aug 2, 2011 09:13 AM

                Buddha's is close by too. My wife isn't vegetarian anymore but we still go there a few times a year.

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                Buddha's Veggie Fusion Cuisine
                5802 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K1, CA

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                  Shazam Aug 2, 2011 09:18 AM

                  Buddha's isn't vegetarian anymore either :)

                  I've been to Chop a couple times for lunch now, it's quite good.

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                    23skidoo Aug 2, 2011 09:22 AM

                    Yeah, I think they changed a few years back. I still haven't tried the meat dishes, though, just the old favourites from the veggie menu.

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                  23skidoo Aug 2, 2011 09:06 AM

                  I was at Alloy last week, and it's close by. The short rib was fantastic, but everything else we ordered was a little overpriced, and it took a long time for the food to arrive.

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                  Alloy
                  220 42 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1Y4, CA

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                    johnjohnson78 Aug 2, 2011 12:11 PM

                    Good call on Alloy. It's definitely your best bet in the area for fine dining, although I have to agree that they've been under achieving a bit considering what they charge.

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                    talon8 Aug 2, 2011 08:17 AM

                    - Tu Tierra (Mexican) is good and within driving distance
                    - I'll second Bolero's or Gaucho Brazilian BBQ if you're in to meat heavy meals.

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                    Bolero
                    6920 Macleod Tr. S, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

                    Gaucho Brazilian BBQ
                    5920 Macleod Trail S, Calgary, AB T2H 0K2, CA

                    Tu Tierra Restaurant
                    8316 Fairmount Dr SE #30, Calgary, AB T2H 0Y8, CA

                    1. Godslamb Aug 2, 2011 07:23 AM

                      Haven't tried it recently, but I loved Smuggler's Inn just down the road on McLeod Trail. It is rather close. I also have heard that Open Sesame is really good. That is also on McLeod Trail. They are both close to Chinook. I don't know addresses.

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                      Open Sesame
                      6920 Macleod Tr S, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

                      Smuggler's Inn
                      6920 Macleod Tr. S, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

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                        AriaDream Aug 2, 2011 01:18 PM

                        That's interesting! I've heard of Smuggler's Inn. I'll mention that to my sister, thank you. :)

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                        Smuggler's Inn
                        6920 Macleod Tr. S, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

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                        nonlinear Aug 1, 2011 06:46 PM

                        is there anything in particular you're looking for? what about price range? are you looking for something quick, or do you guys want to take your time?

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                          AriaDream Aug 1, 2011 10:12 PM

                          Probably rather take our time. I'm going to treat her so any price range is fine. :) I was thinking of checking out Chop at the mall but I'm not sure what it's like.

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                            johnjohnson78 Aug 2, 2011 01:12 AM

                            Kindly let us know how it is if you do try Chop. I'd love to hear some opinions. Unfortunately most of the dining around chinook is fast food or big cheesy chain restaurants. I live very close and wish this wasn't the case.

                            If you're staying in the mall, there's a Globefish sushi restaurant. Across Macleod Tr and to the south there's Tango Bistro which had some good press initially but I found that what they mostly did was dump truffle oil on everything and call it high end. There are a couple of Brazian BBQ joints (I think Bolero is generally preferred to Gaucho?) and Leo Fu's is nearby as well if you're in the mood for western style Chinese food. Golden Bell Saigon is awesome for Vietnamese but it's about as far as you can get from a 'take your time/nice ambience type of meal'.

                            Wish I could say you must try ______________!!! I'm sure somebody else has something interesting that I can't think of?

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                            Tango Bistro
                            6920 MacLeod Trail S, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

                            Golden Bell Saigon Restaurant
                            6008 MacLeod Trail SW #106, Calgary, AB T2H, CA

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                              23skidoo Aug 2, 2011 09:07 AM

                              Adding link

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                              Leo Fu's Szechwan & Mandarin Restaurant
                              511 70 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2V 0P5, CA

                              1. re: johnjohnson78
                                AriaDream Aug 2, 2011 10:43 PM

                                I gave my sister the options and laziness won out, so we went to Chop. :) It was quite alright but it's a chain and it really showed. I'm probably going to do a seperate review but basically, the appetizers were okay, the steaks were great but the mashed potatoes were suspiciously gummy, and the mac 'n cheese was awesome. The desserts were great. It just wasn't as awesome as Charcut and the price wasn't any better. We didn't regret going but it's not on our 'must come back' list.

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