In land-locked Calgary, getting fresh seafood isn’t as easy as going down to the docks. But chefs throughout the city are bringing in fresh-as-possible lobster that will leave you believing you can smell the ocean breeze as you soak up that last bit of hot butter drizzle on some juicy coastal claws. Here are some places where you can get your lobster fix.
The Big Taste is a magnificent, multi-course celebration of the city’s gastronomic trends and favourite dishes. Eighty of the city’s hottest restaurants are serving value-priced, three- and five-course, prix-fixe meals from March 4 to 13, 2016. On top of these specially created daily meals, The Big Taste features 15 one-off, lunch and dinner “signature events.” Here is a tasty selection of eateries serving daily dinners.
Long the domain of male chefs, restaurant kitchens are no longer an exclusive boys’ cookery club. Here's just a few of the city’s most talented culinary stars who just happen to be female. [Feature photo: Vero Bistro Moderne]
Want to impress your vegetarian beau? Or maybe you’re tired of the same old watering holes serving the same old meals. Veg up your next date night in, out, or brunch the morning after at one of these mostly vegetarian Calgary restaurants. [Image credit: iStock.com/Alexandra Iakovleva]
When you’re shelling out for a restaurant meal the quality of the food is obviously important, but so is the experience. Some restaurants just feel good. These Calgary spots offer both great meals and appealing atmosphere for an always-special dining experience. [Image: Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant]
The idea of nose-to-tail butchery – cooking and eating as many parts of an animal as possible rather than just the traditional prize cuts – is increasingly popular, especially among those concerned with reducing food waste. But have you had a chance to try cheeks, intestines or marrow? Here are a few Calgary restaurants that offer dishes that go beyond your typical chops and loins. [Image credit: iStock.com/Bocky Tandiono] 
Some restaurants are cavernous, giving patrons room to spread out and feel anonymous. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to get seriously cozy and settle into an intimate dining experience. These restaurants may be small on space, but they’re big on atmosphere. [Image credit: iStock.com/Predrag Vuckovic]
Looking to enjoy a tipple on the down low? Prohibition-style speakeasies are all the rage in lounge culture these days, from secret backroom bars to cool lounges featuring ’20s-style cocktails. Not all of these bars are true secrets, but they all carry a bit of the speakeasy spirit. [Image credit: iStock.com/ThisLifeInTrips]
Mealtime entrees don’t get more comforting than a warm dish of freshly made pasta. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, taking the whole family for dinner or just grabbing some grub at a pub, here’s where to fill your belly with pasta dishes that will leave you happy and undoubtedly full. [Photo credit: iStock.com/kivoart]
Sangria, a Spanish-style wine punch usually made with juice and fresh fruit, has become increasingly popular in North America for good reason: it’s an amazingly refreshing way to enjoy the flavour of wine. Here is a selection of restaurants that are prepared to quench your thirst. [Photo credit: iStock.com/bhofack2]
White wine is refreshing and red is rich and flavourful, but these days rosé is all the rage. Once considered a lesser wine, many top wineries are now producing high-quality pink wines that are perfect for all-season sipping. Check out these Calgary restaurants that have embraced the trend. [Image credit: iStock.com/Mark Swallow]
While healthy eating and fresh produce will always be in style, sometimes you need to indulge in rich, luxurious, “special occasion” ingredients. Whether you’re in the mood for foie gras, pâté, truffles, pork belly or imported cheeses, these Calgary restaurants serve dishes that promise over-the-top decadence. [Image credit: iStock.com/SvetlanaIlnitskaya]
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