Model Milk Restaurant Opens

Ever since Justin Leboe hung up his chef hat at Rush, Calgarians have been waiting to see what he'd do next. Now we know: Model Milk restaurant. 

Located in the historic Model Milk building, the restaurant retains the art deco elements of its predecessor with original skylights and exposed brick.

Evocative of a Scandinavian farm house, the lively and bright space is tiered into three levels with light wood paneled walls. It's breezy and great for people watching. The open kitchen overlooks the main dining room where close tables contribute to the buzzy vibe.

Manning the bar, is mixologist Stephen Phipps, and cold nights call for his Model Milk Punch ($12) with spiced rum, stout and a dash of nutmeg.

Model Milk's tomato salad

Get things started with plump shrimp and grits ($14) or, chanterelles ($14), a fine rendition of oeufs en cocotte, chock full of golden mushrooms and tallegio. 

Satisfying mains such as crunchy fried chicken ($21) with succulent corn succotash sprinkled with macadamia nuts, is the essence of summer on a plate (and is just as good cold the next day). While Pig ($27), smoked pork tenderloin wrapped in sausage, wrapped in bacon, gives turducken a run for its money. Swing by on Sunday nights for a family style dinner, served on platters with whole roasted meats. 

All the meat is responsibly raised by local producers and chef Leboe has relationship with each and every supplier. Like many sustainable restaurants, expect menu changes based on availably and seasonality. 

And with a late night kitchen menu available, this bistro will be hopping until the wee hours. Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more. 

Model Milk is located at 308 17 Ave. S.W., 403-265-7343,

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