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Calgary’s New and Newish Restaurants

By Erin Lawrence

10 FOOT HENRY

With a staple of vegetarian favourites that will have you turning your back on meat, 10 Foot Henry is constantly pushing the boundaries of food in Calgary.

1918 TAP & TABLE

Owned and operated by the Royal Canadian Legion, this not-for-profit restaurant is bright and airy, serving comfort food from locally sourced ingredients.

ALUMNI SANDWICH & LIQUOR BAR

Offers a delicious sandwich menu and stellar cocktails with gourmet ingredients.

BLOWERS & GRAFTON

Taste Halifax street food in Calgary.

BRIDGETTE BAR

Ultra-creative and insanely flavourful wood-fired cuisine.

BUFFO

Rustic Italian fare with a fun contemporary flair in an authentic, vibrant setting.

CARDINALE

Where new-school Italian meets an old-school neighbourhood vibe. Everything is made from scratch, including fresh pasta every morning.

COTTO

A small, family-owned restaurant and bar serving classic Italian comfort food.

DONNA MAC

This eatery from the owners of Proof and Vine Arts aims for culinary

ELBOW ROOM

This stunningly modern room is a treat in itself. Find bold and creative foods and flavours with a deliciously creative cocktail menu and a sunny second-storey patio.

EMPIRE PROVISIONS

Handmade
charcuterie favourites, with a charming lunch café in front, located in Haysboro.

FOREIGN CONCEPT

Find unique
Pan-Asian food using locally sourced ingredients, and modern cooking techniques. The clean, distinctive and subtle flavours honour colonial Vietnamese cooking with surprising flavours from across the continent.

GORILLA WHALE

Opened in the space where Sugo used to be in Inglewood, co-owner Brendan Bankowski (who has the Beltliner) goes heavy on the cocktail program, while also serving food he describes as “Japanese-ish.”

MINAS BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE

Traditional Brazilian restaurant featuring tableside carved meats, classic sides and sleek decor.

NATIVE TONGUES TAQUERIA

Authentic Mexican food and atmosphere.

PADDY’S BBQ & BREWERY

Find small batch brewed beer and delicious southern-style barbecue.

PROOF

Offbeat and stylish cocktail bar featuring thoughtfully prepared drinks, and small plates.

RICARDO’S HIDEAWAY

This Havana-style oasis combines the best parts of Cuba and the Caribbean with just a touch of the South Pacific.

SAIT TASTEMARKET

An urban eatery for downtown foodies, it’s also an innovative learning environment for future culinary entrepreneurs.

TAVERNETTA

Tavernetta co-owner Tony Migliarese also co-owns Proof. This warm and unassuming casual spot features hearty, rustic food.

THE DUMPLING LAB

The best place for traditional, contemporary and innovative handmade dumplings.

THE LOFT AT GRANARY ROAD

Up among the wood rafters, this new spot in the Granary Road market in the deep south serves up casual dishes made with ingredients sourced from local producers.

THE WEDNESDAY ROOM

Get upmarket lunch fare and small plates at this swanky, 1960s-style cocktail lounge.

TWO PENNY CHINESE

Two Penny is a modern urban Chinese restaurant. Two Penny offers familiar Chinese dining in a beautiful Shanghai Art Deco inspired space.

Erin Lawrence is a Calgary TV producer, journalist and freelance writer who loves Calgary’s fun food scene. Find her online at ErinLYYC.com or on Twitter & Instagram @ErinLYYC.