New restaurants in Calgary: Spring 2017

Whether you’re a diehard foodie or a hungry passerby, the news of a restaurant opening offers diners exciting and new possibilities and experiences. While it’s impossible to keep track of all of the new eateries popping up in our fair city, here are just a few of the most talked-about in 2017. Photo credit: Kevin Yang for Provision Restaurant

Hearts Choices Inc

1
4127 6th Street NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6V5

The Hearts Choices gang have added onto their incredibly successful lineup of restaurants with their highly anticipated northeast location. Boasting exclusive vegan down-home comfort food menu items like tacos and "beef" dip sandwiches – as well as their famous "cheeze" fries that were once sold exclusively on their food truck – the Hearts Choices Market Café sets itself apart from the Thai-oriented offerings available at the two other brick-and-mortar sister locations in the city.

Provision

2
340 13 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0W9

Provision offers a rotating daytime menu of soups, pastries and sandwiches prepared on house-made breads, and a dinner menu that highlights and pairs vegetables with locally-raised and -sourced meats. Located in picturesque Central Memorial Park – a renowned Pokémon Go hotspot – this quaint spot is perfect for stopping in for a quick bite to eat after a long day of sightseeing or Pokémon-catching.

Foreign Concept

3
1011 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1J2

Inside the walls of this Beltline pan-Asian fusion restaurant you'll find neutral-coloured, glossy tables that contrast against walls adorned with seemingly traditional Asian art. And the décor isn't the only thing that's nicely contrasted and complemented – headed by Duncan Ly, former executive chef at Hotel Arts, Foreign Concept's lunch and dinner menus pop with vibrant dishes that are bursting with flavours inspired by myriad Asian cuisines.

Bennys Breakfast Bar

4
7007 11 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2S1

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that nearly everyone loves brunch – and no one knows this better than the crew at Benny’s Breakfast Bar. At this red- and silver-accented retro diner, nostalgia reigns supreme, and with its kids menu and select vegan and gluten-free menu items, breakfast at Benny’s is an inclusive and family-friendly affair, which is hard to come by nowadays.

Jinya Ramen Bar

5
1800 4 St, Calgary, AB T2S 2S4

Nestled in the vibrant and stylish heart of Mission, Jinya adds a much-needed dose of diverse ramen offerings that run the gamut from the usual suspects of chicken and pork to spiced vegetarian and creamy vegan alternatives. Combine its extensive menu with its slick, dark interior and mood lighting and you’ve got no reason to not slurp up some ramen at Jinya soon.

Bridgette Bar

6
739 10 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B3

To say that Bridgette Bar is eclectic and cool would be an understatement. Located in Calgary's Design District and boasting finishing touches like hanging glass planters, endlessly creative food and drink menus and a nostalgic '70s vibe that would make Don Draper blush, this new hotspot is sure to impress any and all patrons looking for a sophisticated night out on the town.

Mari Bakeshop

7
536 6 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0H1

With its prominent showcasing of Asian-style roll cakes and French choux pastry, east definitely meets west at Mari Bakeshop. Located in the East Village, this 22-seat, cozy, modern-styled bakery offers up staples such as freshly baked breads (ranging from baguettes to pretzels) and classic baked goodies like cream puff-like choux buns and spongy cream-filled roll cakes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Neighbour Coffee

8
4038 16 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2T 4H4

Brought to you by the folks behind Our Daily Brett, Neighbour is the latest addition to the Altadore-Bankview area. Boasting a full-service coffee and espresso bar and a variety of grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items including sandwiches and smoothies, Neighbour is perfect for the busy city-dweller. And with its airy, modern and minimalist Pinterest-like appearance, it’s a beauty to behold.

Dig out your finest plaid shirt, dust off your cowboy hat and loosen your belt a few notches – it’s Stampede breakfast season! With so many breakfasts being held in the city within such a short period of time, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To help streamline your calendar, we’ve compiled a list of locations hosting Stampede breakfasts you won’t want to miss at the 2017 Stampede. [Photo credit: Calgary Stampede]
Besides being polite and helping others, few things are more Canadian than poutine – so indulge in your national pride during Calgary Poutine Week 2017, scheduled to run from April 21 to 29. Best of all, each poutine sold at a participating restaurant during the week sends a free meal to a person in need by Mealshare. Here are seven places – one for every day of the week – to grab some poutine during this charitable time.
Calgarians are known to do three things once temperatures soar above zero: don their best flip-flops, dig their summer shorts out of storage and head to the nearest outdoor patio. Here are some of our favourite patios that are ideal for grabbing a casual drink. Photo by Michael Trudeau courtesy of Blanco Cantina.
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