The 10-step guide to bacon recovery in Calgary

Do you dream of flying pigs? Are you convinced that pork should be a food group? Do you believe that bacon has the power to heal? If you have answered yes to any of these questions you may have a bacon addiction. You could try to quit cold turkey (bacon) but specialized bacon therapy at any of the following restaurants is the most recommended course of treatment by local professionals.

The Palomino Smokehouse

109 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0W5

Let’s be honest. There’s no way you would be visiting The Palomino if you were vegetarian. Most people go there to get their meat sweats on… Southern style. At this downtown eatery, among the various dishes containing in-house smoked beef brisket and Applewood pulled pork, ribs, and chicken you can find a vegetable: Delicious bacon-wrapped corn that can be ordered as a side dish or as part of the Palomino Fat Ass Platter that serves four. This double-smoked porcine bit of goodness also stars in the house cheeseburger, mac ‘n’ cheese (as an add-on), and several of the brunch features.

Starbelly Restaurant

220-19489 Seton Cres SE, Calgary, AB T3M 1T4

Located in Deep South Calgary, in the neighbourhood of Seton, Starbelly is a beacon of hope for chain restaurant weary diners. With unique flavours and country-style elegance, Starbelly strives to push the envelope with their ‘house made’ philosophy. Duck prosciutto, cured wild Pacific salmon, pastrami, and house-cured bacon are all featured extensively on the menu but the house-cured bacon is notably featured in the house burger and brunch menu. It can be a bit of a drive, but you’ll leave feeling well fueled for the day ahead.

Tubby Dog

1022 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5

This favourite 17th Avenue hot dog shop is famous for hosting all ages weekend rock shows featuring local bands. Feast your eyes on the kitschy diner décor, bring your earplugs and don’t forget your change purse because you will surely want to play one (or all) of the vintage arcade games that line the walls. After you’ve worked up an appetite rocking out, order an A-Bomb (cheese, bacon, mayo, mustard, ketchup, and potato chips), or go all out and order Sherm’s ultimate Gripper – a dog, wrapped in bacon, then deep fried. It’s so wrong, but so right.


344 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

With a great location on busy 17th Avenue, Anju is popular for delicious Korean-influenced dishes expertly prepared by chef Roy Oh. You probably wouldn’t expect a lot of bacon at a Korean fusion restaurant but Anju recently began serving weekend brunch. The ‘Classic’ breakfast includes double-smoked gochujang bacon with the eggs, hash browns, and toast. If classic isn’t your style, you also can order other brunch items and get an order of the gochujang bacon on the side. Or you can just order a pile of bacon. Seriously.

Pie Cloud Inc

314D 10 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V8

Newly opened in May 2015, Pie Cloud in Kensington is everything a pie-obsessed person could ever dream of. Even the address (314 D 10th Street NW) and phone number 403 802 3141 are pie related (the mathematical constant Pi is 3.141592…). In addition to the extensive sweet pie menu (which is subject to frequent change), Pie Cloud also offers ‘diner style’ comfort food, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes and chicken ‘n’ waffles. For bacon lovers the absolute ‘must order’ dish is the Mac ‘n’ Cheese Pie with bacon lattice top.

Summertime, and the living is easy… especially when you’re situated on a west-facing patio with a cool mojito in your hand. Traditionally, the classic mojito consists of only five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint, but the Calgary cocktail scene has never been one to keep to tradition. Here are some of Calgary’s best twists on this classic Cuban cocktail. Image credit:
In many cultures, people fill flattened dough with delicious fillings. In Asia, there are dumplings. Italians love tortellini, ravioli and agnolotti. In Russia, there are pelmeni and in Georgia, khinkali. The most popular form on the Canadian Prairies is the perogy (pierogi, pirogi, varenyky), which came to Canada from Eastern Europe. If you don’t have a baba to make them for you, here are a few places you can find perogies.
While the bacon phenomenon is still going strong (long live bacon!), the other parts of the pig are best utilized when cooked low and slow, with some kind of sauce to hold everything together. The second that tender meat hits the plate and falls apart, mouths start watering and a fork frenzy follows. Here is a list of some of the best places in Calgary that serve this slow-cooked wonder on a bun, in breakfast hash and beyond.
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