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Old 12-03-2015, 08:25 AM   #61
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Where's your thai place? For me, for pho I like Codo on 17th, but while delicious thai in Kensington is good, I don't really have a favourite in that genre. For chinese, it's Szechuan restaurant on 16th.
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Khao San on 17th Ave next to 1410 is the best in the city, though it is a bit pricey.

For take out and something much cheaper, check out Thai Fusion Delight also on 17th Ave, but on the other end close to National.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:27 AM   #62
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Yep, I've been to Bow River, though I'd forgotten that was what it was called and just remembered the slanted parking lot. Quite good, just not central enough.

I've been to Khao San as well, it was pretty good but I agree, pricey, to the point where it wasn't good enough to justify the difference.
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^I have, six times, two dinners and four lunches. They're in a very tough competition with their neighbour Divino for the best restaurant in the downtown core, IMO (steakhouses are a separate category and at last check a case could be made for DownTownFood). The cheese souffle they do is unreal.

Meanwhile Divino has foie gras ravioli... it's a culinary fight to the death.
We really enjoyed Blink on Monday. Thought the food was really really good. Although the service was quite lackluster in my opinion.
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If anyone craves a luscious Halifax Style Donair like I do from time to time, I would highly recommend taking a drive out to Cochrane and hitting Donair on the run. Top notch. Best i've had east of Moncton, New Brunswick.
Thanks so much for this. Been meaning to get there since I saw this post and finally did today. As a born and bred Monctonian, this was the most amazing donair I've had out west as well. The sauce was spot on, which is always the hardest thing to find out here. The only bad thing is I only live 15 minutes away, so my waist line will suffer tremendously over the next while, I'm sure.
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Worst House...hmm, I wonder if that is the best name.
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:35 PM   #67
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Thanks so much for this. Been meaning to get there since I saw this post and finally did today. As a born and bred Monctonian, this was the most amazing donair I've had out west as well. The sauce was spot on, which is always the hardest thing to find out here. The only bad thing is I only live 15 minutes away, so my waist line will suffer tremendously over the next while, I'm sure.
Oddly enough, I am a Monctonian (Riverview) and also live 15 minutes away (Rocky Ridge). I'm sure we will unknowingly cross paths at Donair on the Run. I often encounter other Maritimers there, and I've never sent someoneone there that didn't got back frequently.
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Worst House...hmm, I wonder if that is the best name.
Would sausage house be better?
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Would sausage house be better?
It isn't often you get something that is bad in pronunciation and translation.
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Worst House...hmm, I wonder if that is the best name.
If I were opening a German sausage restaurant, I'd go with Best of the Wurst.

EDIT: And it exists. sigh. never an original thought.
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Any recommendations for Ramen or Pho? I like Menyatei in Kensington.
Essence of Saigon Palace in Brentwood is the best Pho I've had in the NW.
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10 New Calgary Restaurants Opening in 2016

http://www.avenuecalgary.com/Restaur...ening-in-2016/

John Gilchrist's best new restaurants in Calgary this year

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...2015-1.3385605

Top 10 Restaurants in Calgary

http://www.avenuecalgary.com/Restaur...lgary-in-2015/

These 10 restaurants lead the pack in Calgary’s and Edmonton’s maturing dining scenes

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/...ticle27654197/

Calgary Best Restaurants 2015: The Top 5 New Eateries Of The Year

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12...cahpmg00000004

Calgary's Pigeonhole named best new restaurant in Canada by enRoute magazine

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Calgary’s Top 5 Healthy Restaurant

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16 Calgary-area restaurants that made OpenTable's top 100 in Canada for outdoor dining

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For the Maritime Donair fans in this thread.

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I thought that was a closed restaurants map at first since Downtown Food is closed. Anybody know why?
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I thought that was a closed restaurants map at first since Downtown Food is closed. Anybody know why?
Chef is opening a new place, Shokunin.

http://www.shokuninyyc.ca/
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Beaten by Ottawa, tied with Halifax and Quebec City, less than 1/3rd of what Calgary offers.

Edmonton is no good.
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No one else is impressed by Joe Batt's Arm?
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https://www.zomato.com/calgary/re-gr...r-bar-beltline

Had lunch there at re:grub (burger spelled backwards) and the decor is weird. The owner tries to emphasize they compost and recycle so they place a lot of composite boards inside and outside of the restaurant. If you don't pay attention, you might think someone had just broke the windows last night.

Unfortunately, I find the burger and fries pretty ordinary. The homemade bun is way too crispy and the hand cut fries too dry. The food is not terrible but I have no burning desire to return as well. Frankly, I think the boutique burger food trend has been played out in Calgary.
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A few of us stopped in at Las Canarias a couple of weeks ago. We drove from the south end of the city all the way to Royal Oak.....it was WELL worth the drive.

Certainly not the cheapest place, but terrific value. Tapas, a bottle of wine (house red was quite good) and 3 entrees came to $200 (tip included).

The atmosphere is pretty authentic, very reflective of the places we visited in Spain (and somewhat like Portugal) last spring, and was filled with VERY happy customers.

Service was a touch slow, very much like in mainland Spain! Just a bit understaffed that night, but not a problem. We spent a full 2 hours eating, drinking, and chatting; Enjoyed every moment.

As for the food specifically, I had the Lamb Shank and call it a 10 out of 10. It may be the best restaurant meal I've ever had. Perfect. Just Perfect.
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