CEN­TRAL MEMO­RIAL PARK

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1. VIN­TAGE CHOPHOUSE & TAVERN

Con­sis­tently re­ceives ac­co­lades for the best steak in the city, in­clud­ing Where Calgary’s 2017 Where to Dine Awards. 320 - 11 Ave SW, 403-262-7262, vin­tage­chop­house.com

2. NA­TIVE TONGUES TAQUERIA

Known for taco plat­ters with tra­di­tional fill­ings like achiote-mar­i­nated, slow roasted pork belly and grilled oc­to­pus with chorizo rojo. 235 - 12 Ave SW, 403-263-9444, na­tive­tongues.ca

3. TEN FOOT HENRY

Veg­etable-fo­cused dishes that are per­fect for shar­ing—the roasted toma­toes and whipped feta on sour­dough toast is a lo­cal favourite. 1209 - 1 St SW, 403-475-5537, ten­foothenry.com

4. FORMANS MENSWEAR

Ev­ery­body’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man. Find life­style-driven, Euro­pean men’s fash­ion from renowned de­sign­ers such as Ermenegildo Zegna, An­to­nio Va­lente, and Dirk Bikkem­bergs. 1202 - 1 St SW, 403-252-1189, formans.ca

5. YELLOW DOOR BISTRO

The week­end brunch buf­fet at this stylish bistro is a can’t-miss ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially the chef’s sur­prise dishes that high­light sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents. 119 - 12 Ave SW, 403-206-9585, yel­low­door­bistro.ca

6. BRIGGS KITCHEN + BAR

Com­fort food with some cre­ative up­grades, in a re­laxed at­mos­phere. The Newf’s pou­tine smoth­ered in east coast lob­ster is rec­om­mended. 317 - 10 Ave SW, 587-350-5015, brig­gskandb.com

7. AVEC BISTRO

Con­tem­po­rary French cui­sine such as foie gras tor­chon with a sour cherry gas­trique, plus an invit­ing wine menu. 550 - 11 Ave SW, 587-352-0964, avecbistro.com

8. O’CONNORS

Men’s and women’s cloth­ing and footwear are the fo­cus at this in­de­pen­dent store that car­ries brands such as Bu­gatti and Ted Baker Lon­don. 1415 - 1 St SW, 403-269-4996, ocon­nors.ca

9. ST. JAMES COR­NER RESTAU­RANT & IR­ISH PUB

As the only pub in Calgary cer­ti­fied by Guin­ness to pour the per­fect pint, they’ve got some se­ri­ous Emer­ald Isle cred. 1219 - 1 St SW, 403-262-1157, st­jamescorner.ca

10. NA­TIONAL ON 10TH

Bowl­ing al­ley in the base­ment, hid­den bour­bon lounge with ab­sinthe foun­tains, tons of lo­cal brews on tap—this place has it all. 341 - 10 Ave SW, 403-474-2739, ntnl.ca/na­tional-10th

11. PAMPA BRAZIL­IAN STEAKHOUSE

This place spe­cial­izes in rodizio-style din­ing, mean­ing servers will keep com­ing to the ta­ble to carve ten­der slices of meat un­til you can’t take an­other bite. 521 - 10 Ave SW, 587- 354-3441, pam­pasteak­house.com/calgary

BY RACHAEL FREY

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