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alau2 Nov 16, 2011 07:43 PM

I haven't posted here for a while because we had a baby and moved to Van. But we're returning for a weekend and I'm eager to try some of the new places that opened. Problem is they need to have a high chair avail. My toddler is very well-behaved so I'm not worried about menu or atmosphere.

I had Modern Milk and Home Tasting Room on my list but they don't offer high chairs. I also have eye on Borgo and Ox/Angela. But are there any new, innovative places I should try?

We'll be staying downtown so would like to stick to around there/inner city.



Home Tasting Room
110 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B3, CA

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    nonlinear RE: alau2 Nov 16, 2011 10:30 PM

    can you get a babysitter?

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      alau2 RE: nonlinear Nov 17, 2011 03:04 AM

      Ha! Not really. We will be eating w friends who want to spend time with my son.

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        itmybegood RE: alau2 Nov 17, 2011 07:59 AM

        Tilted Grill has a good menu you will like it there.

    2. cellophane_star RE: alau2 Nov 17, 2011 02:00 PM

      Have you considered Taste, near Hotel Arts? Small shared plates. My friend said it was good. Also, Blue Star Diner in Inglewood for breakfast/brunch. Not sure about the high chair situation for either spot.

      I wasn't that impressed with Ox & Angela. Drinks & service were great. 3 out of 4 apps were good (ceviche & corn dip were GREAT), mains were meh. I would only go back to eat on the bar side so I could get apps & drinks. Having said that, I don't think they would have high chairs.

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

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        maplesugar RE: cellophane_star Nov 18, 2011 11:19 PM

        Not 100% sure they have high chairs but Blue Star is definitely kid-friendly--lots of tots there when I went for lunch with my MIL. You could definitely put a portable tie-on booster on their chairs. We have one of these that lasted through our kids and is still in use when friends with toddlers visit: http://www.sears.ca/product/fisher-pr... It folds, it's adjustable and fits in a reusable shopping bag.

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          alau2 RE: maplesugar Nov 28, 2011 09:58 PM

          Oh yeah we have one of those but I'm flying in by myself so can't lug carseat and booster and bags.

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        ennui RE: alau2 Nov 18, 2011 10:34 AM

        Wurst is family friendly and I know they have high chairs (the upstairs dining room.) Borgo also has high chairs and is family oriented. I was seated next to a few tables with kids last night, in fact. Ox & Angela is pretty adult - not positive, but pretty sure they would not have high chairs.

        Another factor for you: Wurst takes reservations and Borgo does not.
        Happy eating!

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          Merry113 RE: alau2 Nov 18, 2011 01:47 PM

          Go buy one of those portable high chair things that strap to the chair in the restaurant. We had one that inflated (sort of) and it was really small & could fit in a large purse.

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            shopwinedinefine RE: alau2 Nov 20, 2011 07:00 PM

            We took our almost-2-year-old to Borgo and had a fine time with it. They were quick to grab the highchair and the service was fast (we got there about 5pm). The family style approach works well with a toddler, I think.

            1. alau2 RE: alau2 Nov 28, 2011 09:56 PM

              Thanks everyone! Home Tasting said they'll bring a high chair in for us!
              H can squirm out of the tie chairs now so it's gone into storage. Hoping we'll have time to hit Wurst and Borgo which both sound right up our alley.

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                specialk RE: alau2 Dec 1, 2011 01:01 PM

                Was at Wurst last week with our family - including three year old and one year old twins. Mein Gott, they were able to feed our crew quickly and the mains came out before the appy I had ordered (in the past i would be upset with this). Highchairs on site. Kids shared the Nuernburger sliders.

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                Canuck65 RE: alau2 Dec 18, 2011 08:56 AM

                You can try Pulcinella in Kensington. We've been going there with our 4 1/2 years old daughter for the past 3-4 years. They have high chairs and are very kid friendly. What kid does not like Pizza!

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