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« on: March 16, 2015, 04:20 pm »

So I'm in Canada now - Calgary, specifically - and I was wondering what is some good stuff to shove in my face, and maybe some good restaurants or bars to be in while I do that.

I don't really have any culinary hangups* so any recommendations will be noted. General advice on shopping for cooking ingredients or avoiding particular brands is also appreciated.




*This does not include pineapple on pizza, since that is not technically classified as food. Don't even go there, BSam.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2015, 05:13 pm »

For how long are you going to be there?

One of my Alberta co-workers recommended a few steakhouses (because if you're not in Alberta to eat steak then why are you even out in Alberta man). Vintage Chophouse is tops on his list and North 51 out by the airport is worth making a trip to if you have a car or are flying out of there.

Smuggler's Inn does brunch with AYCE beef. Bolero is a Brazilian restaurant with AYCE meat although you have to RSVP well in advance (~2 weeks). Fat Burger is a good local burger chain.

I'm way out in Toronto so the only recommendations/opinions I've personally got are on the big chain restaurants. Harvey's is worth a stop if you're here for about two weeks or so, I guess. Their burgers are pretty all right for a national chain. Tim Horton's coffee is mediocre but it gets the job done; their chili and muffins are pretty great though and if you're away from the city there are bound to be smaller towns with them.

Avoid Swiss Chalet like the plague. I've been there only twice and the time I got food poisoning from their chicken was actually the more enjoyable visit. Moxie's, Milestones, and Jack Astors are overpriced restaurant+bar/lounges, but if someone else is paying then whatever.

In terms of beers, if you can find a bar with some Quebec imports like Dieu du Ciel or St Ambroise you'll be in luck. No particularly standout Alberta beers come to mind, but I've enjoyed Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat and Wild Rose IPA if you're into that sort of thing. Rickard's is a decent domestic (premium) brand.

I personally despise Molson Canadian and I'm sure a lot Canadians do but no one ever speaks up about it because it seems like even more people love it and are convinced it's the lifeblood of Canada alongside Labatt Blue (which is also bad).
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 06:01 pm »

Alright b'y yer out in 'Berta now eh with tha roughnecks eh? Jeez, should be quite the time there. Cowtown's always a rager, make sure ya stick 'round fer the stampede eh.

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2015, 06:06 pm »

Codespyder is right about the beer. Rickard's Red is one of my favourites, it's an irish style red ale. Made by Molson, though actually. Hockey's on now so if you want to observe our people like animals at the zoo make sure you go to a hockey pub for a Flames game.

Kokanee is also shit, and is very common in Alberta so I'd avoid it. It's starting to warm up a bit here but if the ice is still good out there (I presume it is) find an outdoor rink and try skating! You may have done it before indoors but it's way more fun outside.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2015, 06:55 pm »

dude i dunno how you do things how in the atlantic but here in civilized canada you cant eat an ice rink
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2015, 06:59 pm »

but yeah, visit Banff if you have the chance. It's gorgeous.

plus you can totally eat it
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2015, 08:46 pm »

make sure you drunkenly get a beaver tail to eat at some point
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2015, 09:19 pm »

Now that we know who the forum Canadians are, can we go ahead and ban them?
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2015, 09:40 pm »

fuckin hosers eh
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2015, 09:50 pm »

Hey just sit back, relax, and have a couple Molsons
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2015, 02:29 am »

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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2015, 11:18 am »

While you are in Calgary you should go to Peters' Drive In if you want a good burger or milkshake.
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2015, 03:07 pm »

Thanks for the advice, guys. I'm going to be here until August, so there's plenty of time to try these recommendations out.
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2015, 08:02 pm »

I'd try the Canadian standard of Boston Pizza at least once as their wings and pizza are not half bad.
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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2015, 06:29 am »

If you're going to be there for a few months, sure, but it's a pretty standard chain bar & restaurant
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2015, 03:10 pm »

I would second trying to get to banff, it's incredible.
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