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Over four decades ago, Frank Krowicki launched Smuggler's Inn on Macleod Trail just south of Glenmore Trail Southeast. Open late, the steak house offered high-end meals in a cozy, comfortable setting. It was an instant hit.

While the Smuggler's Inn menu has evolved and the establishment now shares its building with three sister restaurants, Open Sesame, Bolero and Tango Bistro, its patrons have remained true. "We are still seeing people who have been coming here for 30 years," explains general manager Andrea Cintula. "We're seeing their children, and in some cases we're seeing their children." She estimates that three quarters of the restaurant's clientele are regulars. She also notes that these regulars come in all shapes and sizes, from the business crowd to retirees to the Sunday family dinner crowd.

Prime rib is definitely the star of the show at Smuggler's Inn, but the restaurant also serves New York cuts, filet mignon, rib eye and bison steak. The balance of the menu has something for everyone, from classic steakhouse fare such as baked garlic escargot appetizer to oven-roasted, herbed chicken, smoky beef ribs as well as seafood dishes such as halibut tarragon, which is a customer favourite.

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Eat your greens: Where to find salad bars in Calgary

Establishment more than 40 years ago, Smuggler’s Inn is a classic steakhouse serving traditional cuts of beef like prime rib and filet mignon, with tried and true appetizers such as garlic escargot and stuffed mushrooms. The restaurant’s salad bar is known for its fresh and plentiful selections. For lunch, you can just hit the salad bar and order a nicely priced side from a selection of grilled meats including salmon, chicken and sirloin steak or even a grilled cheese sandwich.

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A bloody good drink: Quintessential Caesar spots in Calgary

Are we sensing a theme? Alberta beef is beautifully complemented by a bold Caesar, so the drink is a mainstay of steakhouses around the city. A beloved grilled meat landmark on Macleod Trail, Smuggler’s kicks its Caesar up a notch by adding horseradish (by request) and tossing in a pickled asparagus spear.

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Free for the eating: Great GF dishes in Calgary

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A number of entrees are available gluten-free at this landmark steak and seafood complex on Macleod Trail just south of Chinook Centre. When in Rome, do as the Romans: order the GF prime rib sandwich served with veggies, fries and garlic toast.

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