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Foodie on first venture to Canada; going to Calgary

Traveling on business with a coworker in early January to Calgary from US. Never been to Canada. I am a big foodie and will drag co-worker with me to eat :) Want to find a great place to dine on Sunday early evening. The two foods I don't care for are Indian and Mexican. Pretty much everything else is up for grabs. Any suggestions?

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  1. Well . . . that's a bit too broad! What are some of your favorite type of food? Maybe favorite restaurants in your area?

    1. If you're travelling on business, you'll probably be staying downtown. Charcut is one of the more popular restaurants in town and it's near the Calgary tower.

      1. Model Milk does a "family style" Sunday supper. It is a set menu with appetizers, mains and a dessert. Generally it is a nice variety of dishes. $35/pp.

          1. re: odee

            Unfortunately, River Cafe is closed for the month of January (as is their practice every year).

          2. Charcut, Ox and Angela, Una and Vin Room are my picks, hands down!

            1. My favorite places in Calgary:

              Blue Star Diner - bluestardiner.ca
              Wurst - wurst.ca
              Blink blink-calgary.com
              Divino www.crmr.com/divino/

              Blue Star is a casual/upscale diner. Fantastic breakfast and lunch--excellent dinner too I'm sure I just usually find myself there earlier in the day. Slowly working my way through their menu-best bison burger I've had that wasn't from my kitchen. (:

              Wurst is as German as it sounds, minus the cliches-excellent apps, beers, and german specialties. Blink and Divino are a little more formal--although in Calgary where visiting dignitaries receive a white cowboy hat-you will never look out of place in clean jeans and a nice shirt.

              Phil & Sebastian's/ Caffe Artigiano/Kawa for coffee

              Sidewalk Citizen Bakery for bread (or anything Aviv bakes, really *swoon*) - sidewalkcitizenbakery.com 403-457-2245 -- a bit off the beaten path & isn't 9-5...call before heading there.

              Yann for macaron and pain au chocolat - http://yannboutique.com/

              Fave food shopping: Lina's Italian Market, the salads/takeaway at Planet Organic, Calgary Farmers Market & Cookbook Co.

              Fave splurge: Il Sogno www.ilsogno.org

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              1. re: maplesugar

                Sidewalk Citizen is opening a store next to Sunnyside Market in Kensington soon. Much more convenient for some!

                1. re: cellophane_star

                  That's excellent news! Thanks cellophane_star! (although Aviv's current location is not all that far from DH's eye specialist or Chinook)

                1. I'm going to second Model Milk, the last meal I had there was very good, and had many interesting less common elements to it (Buttermilk fried rabbit? Yumm).

                  Even after moving away, Una still competes for my favorite pizza. It is a Neapolitan-esque crust, but the toppings are more of a local-ingredient driven style. Very good.

                  Finally, I'm also going to second Blink. They just put out some amazing food overall. Don't be fooled by the simple menu descriptions, the preparation is usually spot-on.

                  Char-cut is good, but I prefer those mentioned above. (I'd probably go to Model Milk for a similar type of cooking before I'd hit Charcut (Or Blink is a block from Charcut if location is an issue).

                  Ox and Angela I've always had mixed experiences, sometimes I've had fantastic food, other times I've felt completely ripped off. YMMV.

                  Side note:
                  I strongly second Phil and Sebastian for coffee, and Sidewalk Citizen for baked goods/ lunch sandwiches. In fact, those sandwiches are probably one of my favorite food items in the entire city.

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                  1. re: OrigamiDuck

                    I've had very mixed feelings and food about Model Milk. I can't say I'd risk a meal there with some other consistently good home runs...