WHERE TO DINE Awards

In Jan­uary 2017 Where Cal­gary mag­a­zine re­leased its an­nual list of Best Restau­rants in Cal­gary as voted by our read­ers. Here are some of the win­ners, which pro­vide an ex­cep­tional din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence year-round.

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TOP 3 BEST ASIAN FOOD ANJU

In the heart of Cal­gary’s Re­tail & En­ter­tain­ment district, Anju serves up tra­di­tional Korean small plates and shar­ing plates with a mod­ern twist in a re­fined set­ting. One bite of any of chef Roy Oh’s dishes and you’ll see why lo­cals love it here. From a clas­sic Bibim­bap to unique dishes such as the Ox­tail Tortellini and Korean Fish Tacos, Anju has some­thing to please ev­ery palate. Pair a creative cock­tail or choose from a vast se­lec­tion of Sake and Soju for an un­for­get­table din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Open late ev­ery­day. 344 - 17 Ave SW, 403-460-3341, anju.ca

TOP 3 BEST USE OF LO­CAL/ RE­GIONAL IN­GRE­DI­ENTS ROUGE

For a true taste of Cal­gary and of Canada, pay a visit to Rouge restau­rant which has been set­ting the bar for “fresh and lo­cal” for years. With a gar­den right out­side the historic build­ing which houses the restau­rant, Rouge takes the con­cept of lo­cal to a new level while sourc­ing the rest of their in­gre­di­ents from nearby farms and re­gional sup­pli­ers. Rouge of­fers a com­fort­able fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence where ev­ery vis­i­tor is treated like the guest of hon­our. 1240 - 8 Ave SE, 403-531-2767, rouge­cal­gary.com

TOP 3 CA­SUAL BUSI­NESS DIN­ING BARCELONA TAVERN

Barcelona Tavern is Mediter­ranean In­spired, Lo­cally In­fused. Serv­ing de­li­cious made-from­scratch Ta­pas like Span­ish pop­corn prawns & veal bomba. Try the truf­fled mush­room, As well hand-tossed piz­zas, chef-driven en­trées, and Cal­gary’s best Seafood Paella. We hand­craft all of our fa­mous Gin And Ton­ics and Fresh Fruit San­grias - Make sure you try the Cava! We al­ways have Good Times on Tap with 21 Craft beers flow­ing ice cold. Time to “wine”about oil — we’re of­fer­ing 20% off all bot­tles of wine un­til Oil hits $70 a Bar­rel. 501 - 8 St SW, 403 265 6555. barcelonatav­ern.com

TOP 3 BEST ITAL­IAN FOOD CEN­TINI

Cen­tini is a fine din­ing gem that has been in the down­town core for 15 years that pro­vides a won­der­ful at­mos­phere for both busi­ness and plea­sure. With top-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents im­ported di­rectly from Italy, Cen­tini serves tra­di­tional, up­scale Ital­ian fare as well as con­tem­po­rary seafood dishes such as their sig­na­ture pro­sciutto sushi roll. 160 - 8 Ave SE, 403-269-1600, cen­tini.com

TOP 3 BEST MEX­I­CAN/LATIN FOOD NA­TIVE TONGUES

A bustling, mod­ern ap­proach to Mex­i­can street eats, Na­tive Tongues of­fers an orig­i­nal and play­ful brunch menu ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day. From 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, swap out the mi­mosa for a tequila sun­rise, or trade in those tra­di­tional ba­con and eggs for chi­laquiles ro­jos. 235 -12 Ave SW, 403-263-9444, na­tive­tongues.ca

TOP 3 BEST FOR STEAK MOD­ERN STEAK

“Hu­manely raised, ranch-spe­cific Alberta beef that’s well-aged and cooked on an in­frared grill — steak at Mod­ern Steak is pretty much as good as it gets,” says lo­cal food critic John Gilchrist. Mod­ern Steak joins two con­cepts into one, a mod­ern steak­house and cock­tail lounge, and of­fers a ro­tat­ing menu that fo­cuses on lo­cal, sea­sonal, and or­ganic in­gre­di­ents. They are one of just a hand­ful of steak­houses in Canada that serves grass-fed, grain-fed, wet-aged, dryaged, and Wagyu beef 365 days a year. This is not the steak­house of the past, it’s what a steak­house can be. 107 - 10a St NW, 403-670-6873, mod­ern­steak.ca

Cen­tini

Rouge

Anju

Barcelona Tavern

Na­tive Tongues Taque­ria

Mod­ern Steak

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