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Quick dinner in Calgary...near the airport or our hotel

mountaincachers Sep 12, 2011 05:34 PM

We are flying into Calgary this Saturday night. Our plane arrives (hopefully) around 6, then we are renting a car, and have a hotel reservation at the Sandman Hotel West, where we are staying overnight with plans to leave for Banff in the morning. We are traveling with a child and are coming from the East Coast, so with the time difference, we will be ready for a very quick dinner before getting him in bed. Any suggestions for someplace close to the airport, the hotel, or the route in between? I'm sure there are fast food places, but would love to know if there are any decent but quick restaurants that would be better. Any cuisine or ethnicity ok except Italian.

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    23skidoo RE: mountaincachers Sep 12, 2011 07:17 PM

    Namskar (Indian buffet) is on the way.

    Namskar Fine East Indian Cuisine
    202 16 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

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      jhereg RE: 23skidoo Sep 13, 2011 08:33 AM

      According to their site the buffet is only for lunch, Ala Carte for dinner. The last time I was there they weren't very fast for dinner but that was almost a year ago.

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      crazy_eoj RE: mountaincachers Sep 13, 2011 08:44 AM

      Why not head a bit south on Edmonton Trail and go to Diner Delux, Open Range, or Big Fish? All are good options, but I haven't been in awhile maybe others can recommend one above the rest.

      Big Fish
      1112 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4, CA

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        23skidoo RE: crazy_eoj Sep 13, 2011 11:14 AM

        Adding links for the other places

        Open Range Steaks Chops
        1114 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4, CA

        Diner Deluxe
        804 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J6, CA

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        23skidoo RE: mountaincachers Sep 13, 2011 11:21 AM

        Another one I just thought of is Shikiji (a Japanese restaurant with both sushi and soba noodles). I haven't been there in over a year though, so I can only hope it's still good.

        Shikiji Japanese Noodles & Sushi
        1608 Centre St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2R9, CA

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          TSAW RE: 23skidoo Sep 13, 2011 06:37 PM

          You are going from the Airport (North East) to Bowness (North West), right? so that's a pretty wide net. I'd think some Chowfriends can suggest good, kid friendly places in between. I can't really. I'm sure there are lots of places. I would hope you don't have to resort to fast food!

          But I've been to Shikiji lately. It's still very good. In the same area as Shikiji is also a greek restaurant I love, Santorini. Both places accommodate kids. Santorini would be larger and louder though. These are all not far off the TransCanada near/on Centre street. One final suggestion would be Madador pizza (also off TransCanada but closer to your hotel). I like the pizza. There is also lasagna, steaks etc. Decent value; a basic family place.

          Enjoy your vacation.

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            mountaincachers RE: TSAW Sep 14, 2011 08:04 AM

            Thanks for the suggestions. My original post may have been a little misleading, because the child in question is a very adventurous eater who is also a well behaved 12 years old, so we don't need anything with a kids menu or necessarily a family style place. The only issue is just making sure service is relatively quick so that we don't start off our vacation with a late night. We love both Indian and Japanese, so those are both options for us.

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              itmybegood RE: mountaincachers Sep 14, 2011 04:49 PM

              NOtaBLE is close to your hotel, great food, sot so sure about the speed of service

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                23skidoo RE: itmybegood Sep 15, 2011 02:18 PM

                Yeah, I wasn't sure if it fit the requirement of a quick meal.

                4611 Bowness Rd NW, Calgary, AB T3B 0B2, CA

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          mountaincachers RE: mountaincachers Sep 18, 2011 07:41 PM

          Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. We went to Shikiji, and really enjoyed it. We had to wait a little while for a table (Saturday night and we didn't have reservations), but otherwise very speedy and friendly service with delicious food. Thanks again. We may have to try one of the other suggestions when we return to Calgary at the end of our vacation.

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