Well done! Meat-centric restaurants in Calgary

Calgary is certainly the place to eat world-renowned Alberta beef. In recent years, however, the city has expanded its already substantial meat repertoire, embracing rotisserie meats, Latin American meats, barbecue meats and… well, you get the picture.

CHARCUT Roast House

101-303 Centre St SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2B9

Though its menu changes daily, CHARCUT lunch is all about house-made sausage, rotisserie-grill sandwiches and spit-roasted entrees. The evening menu also leans heavily meat-ward, featuring steaks, burgers and rotisserie chicken, all done with a big, bold contemporary approach.

Briggs Kitchen & Bar

100-317 10 Ave Sw, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

The restaurant’s wood-burning Josper oven makes meat marvelous. This is a one of the best city restaurants in which not to be a vegetarian. Steaks include New York strip loin and tomahawk rib eye. Try the house-smoked brisket sandwich or the 100% Chuck Burger topped with a fried egg and thick (of course) bacon.

Caesar's Steak House

Now this is a steak house. Caesars’ is the signature restaurant of Calgary’s oil boom history, and steak is naturally its signature dish. Its two locations feature luxurious, red-velvet interior decor straight from the 1970s and a menu topped with aged triple-A Alberta beef steak cut to order.

Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue

629 Main St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B1

Settle in for a long, meaty haul when you order a rodizo-style dinner at this Brazilian restaurant with two locations, including one in Canmore. Through any given evening, the chef will visit your table with various skewered meats, slicing them directly onto your plate. These will include top sirloin, beef ribs, bacon-wrapped chicken and lamb.

Nick's Steakhouse & Pizza

2430 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, AB T2M 4N5

Another Calgary meat institution, Nick’s is an old-school steak house. Its slabs of fab are served with veg and potato (including baked) options. Choose from several beef entrees including the 10 ounce New York strip loin, 12 ounce rib eye, steak Neptune and the monstrous “Calgary-cut” 24 ounce top sirloin. And speaking of meat-induced bliss, Sunday brunch features an all-you-can-eat beef carvery.

The quintessential Mexican meal, tacos are also a relatively scarce commodity in Calgary. However, we’ve done some digging and unearthed the select few restaurants that make truly marvelous versions of these hand-held snacks.
The city’s summer season features a delicious dance card of culinary festivals and events. Many, such as Stampede-time pancake breakfasts, are easy to access the day of, but the various tasting and tippling shindigs listed here can fill up quickly, so purchasing tickets sooner than later for these foodie festivities is recommended. Image credit: iStock.com/kasto80.
The city’s pathway system is one of the longest in North America. Given its lengthy stretches, the occasional rest and snack stop, though few and far between, are a welcome sight when walking, biking and inline skating. Here are a few restaurants, cafés and snack shacks located on or near our scenic cycling system. Image credit: iStock.com/mihailomilovanovic.
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