8. Blink

Ethical sourcing, impeccable presentation and an impressive wine list are a few of the reasons why Blink earns eighth place in the Best Tried and True category in the 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards.

photograph by jared sych

Grilled loin of B.C. sturgeon, confit fingerling potatoes, roasted chanterelle purée, double smoked bacon, cippolini onion leaves and sauce au poivre.


There are few restaurants in this city that truly celebrate Alberta regional cuisine as well as Blink. Having celebrated its eighth birthday last September, the Stephen Avenue mainstay is highly regarded for its well-rounded approach to dining, with ethical sourcing, impeccable wine offerings, and lovely service and presentation. Whether it’s the end of summer when the tomatoes are ripe or springtime when the snow has melted away and the first crop of spinach has been freshly picked, you can expect to see these ingredients on the menu.

Owner Leslie Echino and executive chef Chris Dewling work in perfect harmony, reflected in the prompt, informed and personable service and kitchen ticket times that rarely falter. With a constant rotation of local artwork hanging on the exposed stone walls, the restaurant’s interior also manages to feel fresh and welcoming, even though it has had few updates over the years. 

111 8 Ave. S.W., 403-263-5330, blinkcalgary.com, @blinkrestaurant


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