Best dishes in Calgary?
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
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
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
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.
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)
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)
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
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
Bombay Sweet House's samosas
Yann's almond croissant
Eclair de lune's plain croissant
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
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