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Feb 9, 2012 12:22 AM

YYC FOODIE SCOOP - Pig and Duke, Best New Restaurant in Calgary! Don't miss this one.

I just had one of the best meals I have had in years!!!

I was tempted to keep it a secret to myself before it gets overrun by all you gluttons, but knowing the somewhat onerous nature of Calgary's restaurant scene, I'd rather see this one stick around. At least long enough for me to try everything on the menu. Finally... I mean, AMEN, FINALLY (!) this city has some phenomenal Mexican food (John Manzo I'm looking at you). :)

It's kind of hard for me to explain this place. Which is refreshing because I'm so thankful it's not another subpar overpriced bland poutine-wings-fusion / decor-over-quality restaurant that has become so ubiquitous in Calgary these days. Basically, they have everything I love: artisanal beer, Mexican food, great value, homemade ice cream, and bacon everywhere! It sounds like a heart attack, but it hits more like a heartbreak. I was with a group of people, and every single thing we ate was delicious. I am planning to go back again.

Grand Opening is the 25th of February -- located at 12th & 12th SW where Crush used to be.
All I can say is go go go go!!! Tell me what you think!

They put truffles and bacon on their mac & cheese! Best caesar in the city, no contest, because it gets weird. Amazing empanadas and braised pork belly... chicharrones, best desserts I've had in a long time, rotisserie for miles... And they close at midnight. Beer is around $5.

Okay let's discuss. What are 3 things it would take for a restaurant to get into your top favorites?

For me, it's comfort... price... and consistent deliciousness (spicy food, big salads, great desserts... and random inventive ethnic sh*t.)

Sorry to rave. I just really hope this place succeeds. Looking forward to your thoughts on this one!

Pig and Duke
1312 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 1B8, CA

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    1. Kinda sorry, as I liked Brad, the previous owner. However, on first hype, this looks great.

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        1. Checked out this place last night and ordered a bunch of different things off the menu (about 7 items). We were not disappointed with any of them, especially the daily special which was $2 prawn tacos! We tried the pig fat popcorn, ribeye crackle, chicharrones, pig knuckles, nachos with beef (big pieces of steak not crappy ground beef), onion rings and prawn tacos. The nachos stated it was for two to share but beware of this, they must mean two very, very hungry people as it was quite large and very tasty.

          The value, quality and quantity were all spot on and it's refreshing to be in a bar that's not dimly lit. Service was decent except the waitress didn't know the daily specials.

          There are so many interesting things on the menu I want to try next time. I saw others having the burgers and mashed potatoes, looked awesome as well.

          1. I've eaten there a couple of times now and it is an excellent pub with absolutely great food. They also did very well with the beer list. The prices are also outstanding, especially for a pub in the Beltline.

            The menu is not exclusively, or even particularly, Mexican, though. There are a few items, but they're pulling from all over North America.

            One caveat, though: you can still smell the fresh paint and glue. That'll go away of course; I'd advise sitting near the bar for now.

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            1. re: Leibowitz

              I ate there tonight and it was a pleasant surprise. We had wings, a chicken quesadilla and fish and chips. All were good and we enjoyed our food. Drink prices were also very reasonable and there is a great selection of beers on offer.

              It definitely wasn't crowded but the place had plenty people in, most tables were taken and it and looked to be doing well. Makes a change from Crush when there would maybe be one or two tables taken at best some nights. The music was also pretty good (to my tastes anyway) and not too loud either.

              Service was so-so but they're not long open so they get a pass this time.

              We live closeby and will definitely go back.