SECOND TIME’S A CHARM
For three sets of chefs and restaurant owners in Calgary, good things come in pairs. All of our Best New Restaurant winners in our annual Where to Dine Awards (page 12) are second ventures for their chefs and owners. Justin Leboe followed up Model Milk with Pigeonhole; Chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson followed up Charcut with Charbar; and Chef Michael Noble followed up Notable with The Nash & Off Cut Bar. Calgarians and visitors now have twice the opportunity to experience some of the city’s best food, drinks, atmospheres, and service. All of our Best New Restaurant winners are chef-driven restaurants that offer a wonderful well-rounded dining experience.
Thank you to the outstanding team at One18 Empire for hosting us and our Where to Dine Awards judges. I can’t wait to go back for more delicious duck and bourbon.
Over half of the menu options at Pigeonhole and Charbar are flavourful and unique vegetarian options — which means that eating your veggies doesn’t have to be a struggle. The avocado and pistachio bruschetta at Charbar is one of my favourite dishes in the city. Of course, if you still want good ol' Alberta beef, Charbar and The Nash grill up a delightful steak. Charbar dry ages their meat and cooks it over a parrilla — an Argentinian grill — while The Nash cooks theirs up in a wood-fired rotisserie. Plus, we’ve compiled a list of 20 restaurants that have been pioneers of the local dining scene for over ten years, and they continue to serve up some of the best classic fare — and steaks — around.
BREANNA MROCZEK, Editor