10 Calgary Restaurants on Food Network's "You Gotta Eat Here"
Season 5 just ended and season 6 is about to begin, so we take a look at all the places Food Network says we have to eat in Calgary.
The Oak Tree Tavern's sloppy joe sandwich is one of the many tasty pub dishes you'll see on You Gotta Eat Here! this season.
Photo by Dan Clapson
Food Network Canada's, You Gotta Eat Here! premieres its sixth season in a few weeks. The show, which highlights a variety of popular local haunts from across Canada, has chosen Oak Tree Tavern, The Palomino and Pig and Duke to be Calgary's spots for the new season.
Until those mouth-watering segments air, here are 10 other Calgary eateries that have been featured on the television show over the past five seasons.
This longtime seafood staple of Calgary was previously highlighted on the series for its focus on sustainable seafood and fun dishes like house-made maple smoked salmon, soft shell crab clubhouse sandwiches, ginger chili-glazed frog legs and more. Don't forget about their tasty brunch on the weekends either!
Another Calgary classic, Boogie's may not be a guilt-free meal, but it's always a greasy good one. Deep-fried mac 'n' cheese wedges, pickled eggs, poutine and the famously gigantic 'Don't Fear the Reaper' burger that's layered with hotdogs, a beef patty, cheese and tomatoes (just to name a few of the ingredients in there) are a handful of reasons why host John Catucci got extra excited here.
Barbecue-meets-casual seafood shack at this lively bar-style restaurant that's just a stone's throw away from the East Village. Come in for barbecue meat platters filled with brisket, ribs and pulled pork or go the seafood route with house-made crab cakes, shrimp po'boys or the crab and shrimp boil which is always great for sharing.
Probably the healthiest, most local-minded eatery to ever appear on You Gotta Eat Here!, Boxwood always impresses with its seasonal menu highlighting primarily locally grown ingredients, as well as classics like the red lentil hummus (a must-order) and the rotisserie chicken sandwich.
Hotdogs, smoked meat sandwiches and chicken matzo ball soup are three items that highlight the kosher side of this deli that you'll find right next door to the Tourism Calgary offices on 11th Avenue S.E. For really big appetites, there's more filling and creative items like Montreal smoked meat pot pie and the breakfast burger topped with a crispy latke, smoked meat, a fried egg and hollandaise.
Jampacked most mornings and lunch hours during the work week, Holy Grill, just off the corner of 10th Avenue and 8th Street S.W. has garnered a reputation for putting out top notch paninis and burgers. If you're popping in before work, try the "Hot Chick", a panini toasted up nicely that's filled with provolone, eggs, tomato, banana peppers and cappicola ham.
This gourmet doughnut shop is the only restaurant in Alberta to have appeared not only once, but twice on You Gotta Eat Here! show (first in 2011 and then again in 2014 for a holiday special). These days, you'll find Jelly in a variety of locations in Calgary and Toronto, but the original location is the best place to head should you find yourself craving a "Nenshi" doughnut (salted caramel) or the fan favourite, s'more.
Ask a self-proclaimed burger expert around Calgary which places serve up the best burgers in the city and chances are that Naina's will pop-up in their top three. The small, unassuming space in a strip mall right beside the intersection of Ogden Road and Blackfoot Trail has become famous for its made-with-love and-formed burgers that have that "just like mom used to make" taste to them. A classic cheeseburger never disappoints, but have a little extra fun by stuffing your patty with something like mac 'n' cheese, mozzarella or pulled pork (or all three?). Our diets start after Stampede anyway, right?
Naina's also recently announced a move is in the works to a bigger and better location on 17th Avenue S.W. so we should all be pretty excited about that!
Gigantic Dutch-style crepes are the name of the game at this institution just off of Crowchild Trail in the city's southwest. The main difference between these crepes and the more familiar variety is the fact that ingredients are cooked right into the batter. Go savoury with ham, cheese and mushrooms, sweet with banana, coconut and chocolate or, if you can't decide, have the best of both worlds with bacon, cheddar cheese and apple.
2439 54 Ave. S.W., 403-243-7757, dutchpancakes.ca
As busy today as it was when it opened in early 2010, Una has become a staple of the city's food scene. Its mushroom pizza and kale caesar salad remain two popular go-tos. As well, the extensive wine list, buzzing atmosphere and prompt, perky service makes it an ideal spot for a casual date or a catch-up with a friend.