Calgary has a huge love of Asian inspired Soup Houses, and I would confidently say some of the best on the world. From King’s legendary Cantonese inspired Wor Won Ton with outlets all over the city, to Vietnamese Pho, (noodle soup), at every corner of this town. We now have Japan represented here in Calgary with Goro + Gun. Unique, delicious thick and silky broths…mine was pork…De-Lish! Filled with rich meats, smoked eggs, fish and Ramen noodles, that is so good and filling. If Sake is your thing, there is over 30 varities to choose from featuring varieties and regions from where they are brewed. I love the taster menu, where you get 3 X 1 ounce to try. Weekday Happy Hour is $5 Sushi and Sake! For all you Sushi crazed Calgarians..the Sushi here is KILLER! Mouth Watering, traditional to trendy chef inspired combos, that are works of art combined with fresh, quality ingredients. The head Chef Tomo Mitsuno spent 7 years working at a Michelin starred restaurant in Osaka, and belongs to an elite group of chefs certified to prepare a deadly blowfish called fugu. Yikes!
The hip interior and Japanese trends are on point here…this place is both fun, and reasonably priced. Located in the Core, it is a welcome end to a great day walking or shopping down town for some comfort food and drink. If you are grabbing a quick lunch, they have a stand up noodle bar that offers a $10 Bowl any time of the day. There is not many places where you feel so welcome either…with their tradition of every staff member shouting out welcome as soon as you arrive! Fun! I love Goro + Gun! Okawari Oishii!
In Calgary, Inglewood is my fave…cause it is the real deal…original Calgary…old Atlantic Avenue, now 9th! The Best Calgary Breakfast at Bite is Bliss!!!! Absolutely delish; Manns local farm eggs prepared in a Breakfast Sandwich or Burrito with some fresh fruit on the side…for $6.49! Not only do I love the price…I love the number…get it? Bite is amazing!…part restaurant, part deli, part bakery, part specialty grocery store…and it is all delicious! Bite resides in the new chic, Atlantic Art Block with an amazing interior dedicated to art. The building is unique in the fact that it houses the only non commercial, Contemporary Art Gallery in Calgary. The Esker Foundation, (free admission) Contemporary Art Galley…who my Art student daughter claims to be a unique and amazing concept for new artists!…holds three collections a year; Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer! The building’s retail and office rental revenue pays for the modern art gallery’s 15,000 square foot space…not only does this building have an art gallery in it, but it is also an art gallery unto itself. Each floor boasts a uniquely designed mezzanine that houses art on display from the personal collection of Jim and Susan Hill. This was the couple of visionaries who proved how business and philanthropy can work together to create cultural innovation in this hip urban community. Well done in every way…
Why do I love bread soooooooooo much…why? My waistline certainly does not need it! Bread glorious bread…so many bread options here at the Lazy Loaf and kettle and the sandwiches…! http://lazyloafandkettle.com/
Everything on the menu is amazing…the breakie is divine, and the soup quite excellent, but after the meal…the very best is for last…the DESSERTS!
All home made, all amazing!!! Really, really good…and classics. This is the place your Grama will like to come and your kids…basically anyone who loves traditional baking. Make sure you take some of their bread home! This is some of the best bread I have ever had! Every variety…All of them! Things sell out fast…my faves are usually gone by 2:00…so get here early! I have been disappointed enough times to say that. If you are lucky enough to get a seat…don’t miss taking in the art on the walls…it’s all for sale! If you love art like I do, you would be amazed at some of the pieces for sale…great works for a great price! Even my college age, art student daughter agrees! Great pieces can be found here at The Lazy Loaf & Kettle…such a great spot!
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If I am on the subject of bread…I have to give a bread shout out to Glamorgan Bakery http://glamorganbakery.com/…Cheese Buns. As my husband and daughter are cheese bun addicts…I have bought every Cheese Bun available in this city…and these are the very best!
OK I admit it…I LOVE Salad Bars…the idea of unlimited combinations on one plate drives me wild! (Chinese Buffets used to…when I could digest it that is…aahhhh back in my twenties!) Smuggler’s Inn on McLeod offers the BEST salad bar in Calgary period! The bread sticks…well they are no joke, but the…real…reason…we come to “Smugs” for lunch is the STEAK SOUP!!! Ya did I mention I like soup?
Well I do and this is the most beautiful, savory, rich, velvet like Beef soup like no other…with AAA Prime Rib bits floating throughout the broth..made from the gods…it is simply amazing soup! The bread sticks with a plate of salad is a meal fit for a king! Available every single day at lunch!
Smuggler’s has always had the reputation for lunch, but their Prime Rib, is the Top Cut in Cowtown…to be sure! They are the masters at it! Smuggler’s dark, woodsy wall paneling, fire light and the legendary Henry the 8th, velvet upholstered, nail head, 100 lb throne chairs…make you feel like a king or queen when you sink in the super comfy seat…it just makes the Beef taste that much Beefier. Love Smugs…great lunch and Sunday night Prime Rib treat!
The Pig & Whistle Pub has been a NW Calgary landmark for a long time…22 years in fact. For Calgary…that is impressive! To survive in the non-descript, Beddington Towne Strip Mall in NW Calgary is even more impressive. Through the years it has been given a “rep” to say the least. Pretty wild nights at the Pig with large crowds drinking heavily…I myself can attest to some dysfunctional, drinking behavior there when I was in my 20’s…err…maybe 30 something…once or twice as well. Now that I am a more subdued, selective and a mellow drinker, (who can no longer waste a weekend over a hangover!), it is clear the Pig has evolved with me.
The crowd is a little older than it used to be, and a whole lot kinder. There still is a mix from 20’s to 60’s, so still a colourful crowd, but finally a place where I do not feel like a fight is about to break out or that I am geriatric!
The best part about The Pig, (other than being 5 mins from my door), is that they have LIVE music and frankly that is all I even care about these days…oh and a wine list does not hurt either! LOL! The Pig delivers! Fortunately my super cool, amazing, guitar playing and guitar building husband is plugged in to the music scene, so he knows who is great and not so great in town for our taste.
The Pig delivers great local music and a dance floor. Excellent staff in this place, always has been…and great seating arrangement so just about every seat can see the stage area. The menu is decent pub fare and pizzas…all made in house by Tony. Lots to choose from with specials throughout the week. If you want to dance, listen to great local talent and have some drinks in the NW, the Pig and Whistle Pub is for you.