SE­COND TIME’S A CHARM

Where Calgary - - A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR -

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.

Bon ap­pétit!

BRE­ANNA MROCZEK, Editor

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