The Culi­nary Trav­eller’s Guide

Taste & Travel - - Contents - BY STEPHANIE ARSE­NAULT


KENS­ING­TON One of Cal­gary's most beloved neigh­bour­hoods also of­fers up an im­pres­sive as­sort­ment of culi­nary gems. Pop by the Oak Tree Tav­ern's pa­tio for a pint and some grub, or grab a seat at Con­taineR

Bar and in­dulge in some Steak Ten­der­loin Tartare or Crispy Pigs Ears — at the city's most gourmet al­ley­way getup.

Want take­out? Grab a box of fried chicken, chips, and corn frit­ters at Chicken on the Way, a city favourite since 1958. If Naples-style pizza is your thing, make sure to stop by

Pul­cinella for a quick pie, and fol­low it up with a scoop of frozen good­ness at Amato

Ge­lato, just down the street.

DOWN­TOWN There's no short­age of restau­rants, cafés and shops in Cal­gary's down­town, and it's al­ways grow­ing. Grab a bot­tle of wine or craft beer at Vine

Styles (in the de­sign dis­trict, with a sec­ond location in Kens­ing­ton), or stop by Last Best Brew­ing & Dis­till­ing for a house-made brew and a bite to eat. Top Chef alum, Ni­cole Gomes, re­cently opened Cluck N Cleaver, a fried d chicken joint that brings the south­ern sta­ple to a whole new level, or you can check out the Palomino, if you are look­ing for smok­ier, bar­be­cued bites from down south.

If craft beer is your thing, be sure to visit one of the four Na­tional lo­ca­tions, or Proof, if you're in the mood for some se­ri­ous cock­tails. The nearby Na­tive Tongues of­fers up an in­cred­i­ble tequila se­lec­tion (along with drool-wor­thy Mex­i­can cui­sine), and Thai

Sa-on (on 10th Av­enue) has some of the best Thai food in the city.

Want to go gourmet? Make a reser­va­tion at Pi­geon­hole, touted as Canada's best restau­rant, or grab some good­ies to go at Eau Claire's Al­forno.

IN­GLE­WOOD One can spend hours upon hours just strolling around In­gle­wood, with­out any con­cern about whether or not they'll go hun­gry. Keep caf­feinated at Gravity, grab a bot­tle or two of wine at

Brick's Wine Co., or pick up some spices to

com­ple­ment din­ner at the Silk Road Spice Mer­chant. Have a grum­bling belly? Sat­isfy that hunger at some of the city's favourite restau­rants: Rouge, the Nash, or (slightly west, in the East Vil­lage), Charbar.

4TH STREET Head to Mis­sion for an in­cred­i­ble cul­tural mish-mash of culi­nary gems, like Anejo (tequila and Mex­i­can food), Wurst (beer hall and Ger­man grub),

Bocce (Ital­ian at its finest), Shokunin (todie-for Ja­panese), Anju (Korean fu­sion), and La Boulan­gerie (French pas­tries and more). You sim­ply can't go wrong.

THE ‘BURBS The trip to the far south's Star­belly is to­tally worth it, and it's fam­i­lyfriendly, seven days a week. For a killer menu and a restau­rant with a view, be sure to dine at Cana­dian Rocky Mountain Re­sorts' Lake­house on Lake Bon­av­ista. While you're in the area, stop by Wil­low Pa Park Vil­lage for some de­li­cious­ness at a Crave Cup­cakes, Oil and Vine­gar,

North Sea Fish Mar­ket, Sec­ond to None Meats, Wil­low Park Wines and Spir­its, and Spring­bank Cheese. What else could you ask for?

If you're on the west side of the city, check out the In­dian food at Nawab Restau­rant, grab some tapas at Vin Room West, and pick up a bot­tle of wine at Merlo Vinoteca. Cook­ing Classes En­joy one of the many dif­fer­ent classes at the Cook­book Co., learn from the best at the SAIT-run Culi­nary Cam­pus, or take in one of the in­ter­ac­tive classes at Cal­gary's Cui­sine et Chateau.

Kitchen Stores

In­gle­wood is eas­ily one of the city's most culi­nary-fo­cused neigh­bour­hoods, so it's no sur­prise that two of the best kitchen shops are lo­cated there. Check out Savour Fine Foods & Kitchen­ware for ev­ery­thing

cook­ing-re­lated, or Knifewear for the finest se­lec­tion in Ja­panese knives.

If you're in the down­town area, the

Cook­book Co. is your best bet for spe­cialty foods, kitchen­ware, cook­books, and so much more.


The Cal­gary Farm­ers' Mar­ket, the Mar­ket on Ma­cLeod, and the Cross­roads Mar­ket are all year-round, but some of the mar­kets within and on the out­skirts of the city are must-see events, like the Mil­larville Farm­ers' Mar­ket, just south of Cal­gary.

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