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Best dishes in Calgary?

Hey guys!

Just wondering if you have any absolutely favorite, top-of-the-list memorable plates from restaurants in Calgary. Where would you go (and what would you order) for that special occasion where you really want to treat yourself?

If you left the city for years and came back for a visit, which meal would be a *must stop* for you? Even if the restaurant isn't your favorite, some dishes just shine :)

Some that come to mind (I'm sure there'll be more) are:

- Lobster tempura @ Alloy
- Hot Chili Boneles Chicken @ Szechuan
- Peanut Butter Cupcakes @ Bliss
- Tomato soup @ L'Epicerie
- The Praline (or the one with the crunchy caramelesque wafer base) @ Manuel Latruwe
- Bacon Caesar @ District

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  1. Lemon meringue tarts @ eclair de lune
    Scallops with asparagus and Lemon pepper coconut chicken @ Spoonful
    Naan and butter chicken @ Clay Oven
    Grilled pork with steamed rice wraps @ Heart of Saigon

    1. I've been away for almost 4 years now and think frequently of:

      Bison carpaccio @ WineBar (Kensignton)
      Pho @ Pho Pasteur Saigon
      BBQ Pork Lo Mein @ Gee Gong
      Duo of lamb @ Muse from their menu 5 years ago
      Seafood appetizer platter @ Centini
      Tempura Green beans with whiskey mustard sauce @ Divino

      1. I can't think of any particular restaurant dishes but If I moved away from Calgary, I would miss these little treats:

        Pumpkin spice or chocolate cupcakes from Crave

        Fiasco Gelato or Sorbetto.. almost any flavour

        Scones from Sidewalk Citizen (sweet only, bonus if they contain chocolate) (as well as their salads at their Sunnyside deli)

        Peanut dressing from Community Natural Foods (on their baked yam wedges... so good)

        Cosmic Power cookies from Planet Organic (even though I have the recipe at home, it doesn't taste the same)

        Danish Øllebrød (hot cereal made from rye bread, brown sugar & beer), topped with lingonberry preserves at the Danish Canadian Club (it's an obscure one, I know).

        Broxburn tomatoes and Noble Meadows goat cheese. Together or separately. I love them.

        1. Chili Goma Ramen from Shikiji.

          The chicken at Olive Chicken

          Seafood Thick Rice Noodle Soup at Noodle World (or pretty much any Pho without the weird bits)

          1. Salted Caramel from Village Ice Cream...

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            1. Ditto on the Chili Goma Ramen from Shikiji.

              Sweet potato gnocchi - Vero Bistro.

              Beef Dip - Cowtown Beef Shack

              Chicken & Waffles - Model Milk

              Joys Noodles - Boxwood

              Corn Fritters (dipped in honey) - Chicken on the Way (the Original one on 14th)

              1. The choucroute or the steak au poivre at Fleur de Sel. Just classics done very well.

                1. Chicken shawarma - Jimmy's A&A
                  Baked pork chop - Calgary Court
                  Laksa and roti canai - Tropical Delight

                  Second the chicken @ Olive Chicken and salted caramel from Village
                  .. and the Chili gomae ramen

                  1. Cookie Mama's peanut butter cupcakes (the cake is peanut butter, not just the icing)

                    Delicious Thai's Masaman curry

                    Coco Brook's Cheeseburger pizza

                    Greco's calamari

                    Bombay Sweet House's samosas

                    Yann's almond croissant

                    Eclair de lune's plain croissant

                    1. Mushroom and truffle oil pizza at Without Papers
                      Beef tartare at Living Room
                      Some sort of house special spicy pho at Pho Kim
                      Also the salted caramel ice cream from Village

                      1. Moved away about a year ago and these are the things I miss:

                        Pho from Pho Hoai or Binh Minh
                        A burger from Rocky's Burger Bus
                        Seafood enchiladas from Big Fish
                        Assorted Vietnamese sub from Kim Anh or a Beef Satay sub from Thi Thi
                        Any loaded Greek-style pizza - Atlas, Jeanne's, Spiros, etc.
                        Late night Cantonese feast at U & Me
                        Asian-style salt and pepper wings at Elbow River Casino, or the jalapeno bacon cheddar wings at District
                        Breakfast poutine at Over Easy
                        Hot Pot at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant
                        Hungarian Goulash from Jonas' Restaurant
                        Spolumbo’s chicken apple sausage at Wildrose Brewery
                        And of course, a combo deal from Pizza 73 with a case of Lucky Lager! lol

                        1. Forgot about the salt and pepper squid at Ho Won