All of Calgary's NEWEST restaurants right in one place.
Love that 17th ave is getting a country bar! I don't even like country music but I feel like this is a great idea. When Ranchman's closed it left a hole in our heart. Calgary needs country bars, it's our heritage!
The concept is cinnamon buns with a bunch of stuff added on top. I'm not sure how to feel about this, kinda thought cinnamon buns were good as is. Guess we'll see when they open on 17th this fall! Also I learned apparently this a is franchise.
We have no info on when or where Earl of Sandwich will be in Calgary but I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED! I looooove Earl of Sandwich. It is the king of hangover food. Delicious hot sandwiches and tomato soup that is like no other. I would eat at Earl of Sandwich multiple times per day when in Vegas. Plus drag all my friends there to convert them to Earl of Sandwich fanatics.
Modern is adding to their group! This south location opened Oct 2.
10606 Southport Road SW, Calgary
Porch has finally opened! After teasing us for months, Porch took over a hot spot on the middle of 17th ave (previously Royale). The food is somewhat Mediterranean, somewhat Western. The prices aren't cheap but it's not a high end restaurant either. But the best part of Porch are the swings! If you are lucky you can nab a super cute swing seat right by the bar.
Local (yes the same Local from Stephen Ave) has added another Calgary location. What was previously the Barley Mill is now Local Eau Claire. I went and I thought it was good, but nothing exciting. Best part is the patio.
Mexican street food now available in Kensington. Haven't tried it but the birria tacos look to die for.
This is the coolest market around with vendors such as Actually Pretty Good, Alforno, Raw by Robyn, Moose & Poncho, and Saffron Street.
The Halal Guys is an American fast food chain that are moving to several locations in Western Canada. One of those locations is 17th Ave. They serve sandwiches and platters with beef, chicken, or falafel. Apparently they are very popular in the U.S. it'll be exciting to see how they do in Canada.
Bowness just welcomed a new burger and taco hot spot! I haven't been but it seems to be casual tasty eats.
Previously known as BFF cookies these stuffed cookies are all the rage. For the last couple years you could only order cookies online but now they have a storefront in Kensington. They close early (5pm or 6pm depending on day) so make sure you plan ahead!
Part of the Hayden Block and Comery Block family, we now have South Block! A bit of a boring name but it does the job. Located in Mission where Wurst used to be, South Block is providing us with delicious BBQ and in-house made brews. Haven't tried it yet, but will report back ASAP (and like we knooooow it's gonna be good)
You're familiar with the many restaurants that make up the Concorde Group (Bridgette Bar, National, Lulu Bar to name a few). Their latest addition is "Major Tom" which is located downtown Calgary 40 floors up! They have amazing views of office towers and it gives me "Mad Men" type feels. I loved the food and drinks we had there. It was on the pricy side but nothing too outrageous. I suspect this restaurant is designed with a corporate crowd in mind.
Taking over the space on 17th ave that used to be Nellie's Cosmic Cafe, Saucy Burger serves up burgers that are available both in the morning (hangover burger!) and late night (takeout window open until 3am!) I haven't tried Saucy burger yet because the two times I tried to go, once they had a giant line up and the second they were closed. :( Kinda over it tbh.
Terrible name for a bar, but at least it's descriptive. This massive tent structure downtown is kinda like a stampede tent but also it seems to have a lot of plants in it. Also Brett Wilson is involved because he's all over their instagram account. Ceili's downtown is also somehow involved. The building finished in Fall of 2020 and FINALLY opened in July 2021. Haven't been yet, but it's on the list!
Fonda Fora is the newest addition to the Thank You Hospitality Group (A1 Cantina, A1 Bodega, Native Tongues, etc). Located in the new Westley Hotel, Fonda Fora serves upscale Mexican food and drinks. They are also open for breakfast! I tried some samples that were A+ deliciousness, but haven't had a full meal there... yet!
Hilariously I thought this was a speakeasy attached to Via Cibo, but it's not, its actually just on the southside of the same building. Sooooo not that hidden. :D Sensei serves up high end cocktails and very tasty Asian-inspired food. Loved everything we tried! Will be back.
The Westin Hotel has opened up a restaurant that pays honor to an iconic bar of the past. "The Owl's Nest" was an iconic fine dining establishment in the 1960's. We tried the Bison Burger and Brisket Burger and both were OUTSTANDING. Also loved the cocktails, will be remaking the aperol & mezcal one at home.
I haven't been, but this is a new dive bar in Mission that pride itself on cheap drinks and eats! Apparently they have fun games too.
This new pizza and wine joint in Bridgeland looks pretty okay. I don't know much about it, but I do know I need more pizza and wine in my life. Have you been? It's on my list!
What happens when you take 3 of Calgary's heaviest hitters and put them in one location?! You get General Block in Bridgeland. This unique building features Una Pizza, Village Ice Cream and Phil and Sebastian coffee. As I predicted, it's already ridiculously successful with line ups around the block for ice cream and high demand for Una reservations.
You are probably familiar with the restaurants in the Starbelly group, which include The Beltliner, Pink Door Pizza, and Starbelly. They've added a new restaurant to their line up in McKenzie Towne. Calavera Cantina serves tacos, burritos, tostadas, small plates and churros. They also have a good selection of cocktails and margaritas.
From the same people who brought you Lately, comes Chakalaka. Chakalaka took over the space previously occupied by 1410 on 17th Ave. Not only did Chakalaka redecorate they also completely gutted the basement and turned it into a "selfie room." So creative! In terms of food, you can expect tapa style items, hot plate with exotic meats, and an extensive globally inspired cocktail menu.
...but only if you're up for some new Calgary food adventures