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Our Daily Brett. That’s a cheeky little name.
The first comment I heard about Our Daily Brett was someone asking if this was another offshoot from local, celeb-philanthropist Brett Wilson. So I checked. It’s not. (Although Wilson would make a great patron saint for the operation.)
Our Daily Brett (ODB) is the creation of another Brett, this one a chef named Brett McDermott. Our Daily Brett was built at 2509 14 St. S.W. (403-457-0422) to house McDermott’s catering company and private chef business that shares the same name. It’s also offering a higher-end food selection to the nearby neighbourhoods of Bankview, South Calgary and Mount Royal. McDermott grew up in the area and saw a gap in the market for both the food he makes and the ingredients he uses.
He took what was once a Texaco gas station — it has seen many tenants during the past few decades — and created a bright, airy space. Skylights, west-facing windows and hanging lights illuminate a room which is part retail and part kitchen. (There’s no dine-in, although ODB can be booked for private events.)
You can pick up meals to go; what McDermott calls the 4 p.m. grab-and-go. Recent 4 p.m. meals included: A seared duck breast with a pomegranate glaze and roasted potatoes, plus eggplant with mint, feta and arugula; and tamari-marinated Maple Hill chicken thighs with chili-garlic broccolini and brown basmati rice. Want to add a salad? There’s always a handful of salads made in small batches available — and fresh juice from Calgary-squeezed Cru Juice. Dinner is ready to go.
Our Daily Brett also carries a number of cheeses and specialty items such as Jack Rudy cocktail tonics and bitters, and dark, dark chocolate. There are Vital Greens dairy products, eggs, meats, stocks, dressings and even some kitchen tools. On the bread side look for Sidewalk Citizen loaves, but little else from the world of gluten. McDermott is celiac so he tends to cook with less flour. Our Daily Brett is open Monday through Saturday — it’s not quite a daily Daily Brett yet. They also have a meal delivery plan.
The conversion of buildings, formerly known as such things as gas stations and art galleries, into food outlets continues. Hapa Izakaya has taken over the space at 816 11 Ave. S.W. (403-4526737) that was formerly Xoxolat and previously housed the Virginia Christopher Gallery.
Hapa Izakaya launched its first restaurant in Vancouver in 2003 and now has six locations in Vancouver and Toronto. The Beltline operation is the first in Calgary. Owned and operated by Takashi “Kin” Kanamori and Toshiyuki Iwai, both of whom worked at the original Robson Street restaurant, Calgary’s Hapa serves largely the same menu and has the same tone