A raft of new restaurants opened their doors late in 2015, and those listed here are hitting their stride. Among the food trends represented in this batch of notable eateries are tacos, fried chicken and bigger, better burgers, while craft beer and crafted cocktails top drink menus. Another trend that’s here to stay is carefully considered interior design that amps up that all-important eatery atmosphere.
For those who are new to sushi, the thought of eating raw fish on rice can be a little intimidating. Sushi rolls are a great “gateway” to more traditional nigiri, and thanks to some of the whimsical and creative dishes prepared by local sushi chefs, they are becoming a cuisine unto itself.
Ordering takeout Chinese food is convenient, but not a top date strategy. Calgary has no greater concentration of date-night-worthy Asian restaurants than in Chinatown. These eateries combine attractive atmosphere with varied menus that feature Chinese-Western faves (ginger beef, salt-and-pepper squid), stellar Old-Country cuisine (mapo tufu, Peking duck) as well as Japanese and Korean spots.
Calgary’s first inhabitants settled here more than 11,000 years ago, but the first European settlers didn’t arrive until 1873, two years before it became a North-West Mounted Police post. Over the decades, Calgary’s historic buildings have faced fires, floods and demolition, but we’ve managed to maintain some gems – some of which house top restaurants. Here is a handful of eateries that dwell in heritage digs.
While international flourishes are the norm on the city’s casual-contemporary menus, new restaurants are specializing in global food and fusion mash-ups not previously available here. From African and Asian to European and South American, the flavours of world’s far-flung corners are yours for the feasting. This list features some of Calgary's top global-cuisine stops.
Feeling a little peckish during happy hour? Nothing in the world complements that glass of wine quite as well as a chic cheese selection! Explore the world of cheese within reach of home at these restaurants offering top-notch cheese boards.
Rich and chocolatey, brownies are pure comfort food, the dessert equivalent of a big, warm hug. These Calgary restaurants and pastry shops serve some seriously satisfying brownies. Topped with fudge and cherries, turbo-charged with marshmallows and peanut butter or decadently dressed with caramel and pecans, each is of the following desserts is sweetly special.
Good margaritas are easy to find, but other lass-familiar Central and South American drinks are now getting the respect and admiration they deserve. Calgary foodies (and drinkies) are happily enjoying fine tequila and mescal selections at city bars and restaurants as well as sipping South American wines. These venues feature Latin-inspired drink selections. Salud!
If you’re looking to end 2016 with a feast to remember, many of the city’s favourite restaurants host festive New Year’s Eve dinner parties. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious nine-course meal, a gourmet pub meal with craft beer pairings or an all-you-can-eat meat fest, here are the places to go to indulge in a delicious New Year’s Eve meal.
Calgary’s red-hot food scene continues to surprise with upstart additions to its restaurant roster. These often fashionable and innovative eateries serve everything from belly-busting buttermilk waffles and richly rewarding pie to dreamy ’n’ steamy ramen and wood-fire-grilled tacos. Do yourself a flavourful favour and sample the fare at the following food stops asap.
A really good lounge not only serves decent drinks, but also exudes a little of that uptown accent that makes you forget the world for a while. These lovely lounges are elegant and relaxing getaway spots whether you’re sipping solo or in good company.
Thai food is the perfect tropical indulgence on a crisp winter day or as a spicy summer feast. The city is home to a handful of well-established Thai restaurants, each with a loyal clientele. From sour papaya salads to the best red curry, these restaurants deliver heat, flavour and a pleasant, easy-going atmosphere.
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