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Blue Star Diner - YYC

Dairy Lane has expanded and has now opened a location in Bridgeland...819 1 Ave NE. I plan to hit it on the weekend...but from what I;ve heard so far - the menu is similar to the tried and true location in West Hillhurst. Open for breakkie and lunch.

Dairy Lane Cafe
319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

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    Blue Star Diner
    809 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C1, CA

    1. fwiw the CHR has them listed at 809 1st Av NE.

      1. Was in there for lunch earlier this week and it is a beautiful space. Very similar menu to the Dairy Lane, but with some slight changes to leave their own impressions; ie: Red potatoe hash browns and lamb burger instead of turkey on the menu.

        My guest had a Ukrainian breakfast plate with eggs, home made perogies, and awesome farmers kielbassa. Another welcome addition to the menu! I had their lamb burger and it too was excellent, whatever the sweet and spicy jelly/spread it had on it I absolutely loved with the feta and lamb and it was served with delicious red gazpacho on the side.

        Have to recommend it, same good quality of food and excellent service you expect from the Dairy Lane with some more seating to boot!

        Dairy Lane Cafe
        319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

        1. I would have given this a FIVE star rating but the din made my ears bleed. I was perilously close to SCREAMING at my lunch companion in order to be heard.

          Go off-peak (11 am or 2:00 pm) to enjoy the astonishing corn/bean chowder. It is tantalizingly spicy. Usually diners jam out on punch. Not here.

          Tasty and satisfying. Oh! The gluten free bread is good, too.

          1. is this room bigger than Dairy Lane? I don't go there because it's so small, and the waitresses for some reason won't let you eat outside in the morning (they claim your food will get cold...)

            Dairy Lane Cafe
            319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

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            1. re: nonlinear

              I've never been to Dairy Lane but they're situated in Artisan Bistro's former location. There is NO outside seating (you're across from the 7-11 on 1st Avenue NE) to speak of but you might be able to enjoy their lunch as a take-out item and sit in the park just a block south of the place...

              Artisan Bistro
              809 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2, CA

              Dairy Lane Cafe
              319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

              1. re: judithincalgary

                I think you may be confused - Dairy Lane is in West Hillhurst and there is most definitely outside seating.

                Dairy Lane Cafe
                319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

                1. re: beggsy

                  Oops! You're right. I meant the "Blue Star"! Sorry 'bout dat!

            2. I would have to say that this new diner will definitely have me going back. My friend and I went in around 12'ish on a weekday and it was quite loud in there with all of the other diners. Seating is a little cramped and this probably adds to the noise problem. I had the opportunity to try the Braised Beef Benny and my friend had a breakfast burrito. I can't say too much about the burrito but what I do know was that it was HUGE. The benny was quite good, although I wish the braised beef had a little more seasoning on it. Beef had great texture. The hollandaise sauce is different than from what I'm used to but this isn't a bad thing either. It has a lighter feel and taste(if thats even possible with all of that butter) but not a strong lemony punch to it. A nice change for some but I find hollandaise without lemon is weird.

              I would definitely go back again, despite how hard it can be to have a comfortable conversation.

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              1. re: Roarasaur

                If they threw some tapestries or wall hangings up the noise levels would be substantially reduced. *crossing fingers*

              2. Blue Star is a fantastic addition to Bridgeland! I was there for lunch earlier this week. Having over did it on vacation I opted for one of their veggie burger topped with pesto, andSylvan Star gruyere and the house salad instead of fries. I've tried veggie burgers in a lot of places, this one tops the list of favorites: the patty was moist, flavorful and the bun - pumpernickel I think - delicious, and it held up well to the cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. The simple house salad came dressed with a nicely balanced vinaigrette. Service was friendly and attentive even though they were slammed my coffee never sat empty. It was little on the loud side but we could still carry on a conversation comfortably, I'd compare the noise level to Divino and other places with similar seating arrangements. Given that we got the last two seats in the place and the other comments the noise was not unexpected.

                Can't wait to go back and try more of their menu!

                1. I had lunch here yesterday and was pleased.

                  We all ordered coffee and tea. The tea was loose leaf and served in individual French presses. The coffee was Fratello brand, I believe, and it was amazing. The service was really good too. Very friendly, attentive, welcoming.

                  I ordered the slow cooked bison chili. I left off the sour cream, cheddar & bread, opting for a generous portion of avocado instead. For an extra $2, my side of avocado was a full thing, not just a few pieces. I also got a side salad which had a nice berry dressing. The chili was topped with fresh tomato and the portion size was generous. Thumbs up.

                  Everyone elso was pleased with their dishes. My husband ordered the banana blueberry pancakes. They were served with a good portion of fruit. The pancakes were tasty & HUGE. My two other friends got the bacon & tomato eggs benedict (one gluten free, one regular), which got decent reviews from them. Would recommend!

                  Just wanted to mention this since someone mentioned outside seating above. I was with a party of 5 people and when we arrived at noon, we were told it would be a 45 minute wait. That was to be expected since it was peak eating time. The guy took our names, offered us coffee/tea. In the end, we only waited 30 mins. There is no inside area to wait so we had to wait on the sidewalk. It was a sunny day with nice weather but if it was colder, I probably wouldn't have wanted to wait. I'm impatient when it comes to restaurant waiting. Also, I didn't notice a noise problem like some other people, but our table was close to the bar/washrooms, so we only had people on one side of our table.