Calgary Food News: New Restaurants, Events and Deals

Oxbow opens in Kensington, a new coffee shop/pharmacy hybrid opens in Mission and The Beltliner now offers build-your-own Caesars on weekends.


This month, visit Calgary's third Nando's restaurant location in Mahogany, build-your-own Caesar at The Beltliner or order from food trucks set up in the East Village's Riverwalk Plaza. Here's what you need to know about the latest food-related openings, news and events in Calgary.


Drug + Bean opens in Mission

Photograph by alana willerton

Fulfill your pharmacy needs and get your coffee fix all in one locally owned spot at the newly opened Drug + Bean, a pharmacy/coffee shop hybrid located just inside of Holy Cross Centre's main entrance in Mission. The space features a pharmacy counter where you can place or pick up prescription orders as well as several shelves filled with bags of candy and chips, books, cards and over-the-counter items like cough and cold medicine, vitamins, crutches and more. For the coffee shop aspect of the store, Drug + Bean has partnered with Rosso Coffee Roasters to offer drinks like coffee, lattes, tea and matcha lattes. The bright space offers free wifi and some bar and chair seating in case you want to hang out while waiting for a prescription or before an appointment in Holy Cross Centre. Other notable aspects of Drug + Bean are that you get a free coffee or tea when you pick up a prescription, and the store offers prescription delivery anywhere in the city for free.

Holy Cross Centre, 2210 2 St. S.W., @drugandbean


Nando's opens its third Calgary location in Mahogany

photograph courtesy of nando's canada

Calgary is already home to two Nando's restaurant locations in the neighbourhoods of Sunridge and Lower Mount Royal. And now, those living in Mahogany can also get their fix of the restaurant chain's signature PERi-PERi chicken at a third, 3,200-square-foot location that just opened its doors in Mahogany's Village Market in mid-April. The restaurant has seating for more than 100 guests and is decorated in bright colours and South African artwork. And, of course, while Nando's is known for its grilled chicken covered in its famous sauce, the restaurant also offers meaty and vegetarian sandwiches, pitas and wraps, starters and salads. Choose to dine in and check out the new location, or grab some take-out for home.

1370, 7 Mahogany Plaza S.E., 587-471-0146,


Native Tongues Taqueria now offers family-style dinners on Sundays

You can now enjoy family-style Mexican dinners at Native Tongues Taqueria. The restaurant launched the dinners, which have replaced its Sunday night taco tasting menus, around a month ago. The family-style dinners are available starting at 5 p.m. every Sunday, and feature different dishes and a mole every week. The cost is $25 per person.


Oxbow opens in Kensington


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To find the latest restaurant from Hotel Arts Group, simply step inside the Kensington Riverside Inn and head to the dining space formerly occupied by Chef's Table restaurant. Now, the space belongs to the recently opened Oxbow, a new restaurant designed to offer a more casual and welcoming dining experience. The menu, designed by chef de cuisine Sean Cutler and executive chef Jan Hansen, features dishes like Saskatoon berry smoothie bowls at breakfast and brunch, meaty and veggie sandwiches at lunch, and honey garlic duck wings and Alberta beef striploin at dinner. The restaurant space inside the hotel also has a new look, courtesy of Sarah Ward Interiors.

1126 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-228-4442,


Song Huong re-opens in new Vista Heights location

Local Vietnamese restaurant Song Huong closed the doors of its previous location last October. Calgary's dining scene didn't have to do without the restaurant too long, as it re-opened in a new Vista Heights location earlier this month. Stop by to check out Song Huong's new space and order from the menu of spring rolls, vermicelli, several rice dishes, noodle soups, dumplings and more.

8, 2915 19 St. N.E., @songhuongyyc


Spring Frenzy 2017 brings food trucks to East Village

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a weekend of food trucks, live music and plenty of fun activities during Spring Frenzy 2017. Set to take place on April 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., this event features tasty fare from more than 15 local food trucks in East Village's Riverwalk Plaza. Expect tacos from Happy Fish, fried chicken from Zilford's Fried Chicken and bowls of raw cookie dough from Cookie Dough YYC. Entry to Spring Frenzy 2017 is $5.


The Beltliner now offers build-your-own Caesars on weekends

Up your breakfast game by building your own over-the-top Caesar drink at The Beltliner, which now offers a weekend Caesar bar over brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The drinks start at $7 with your choice of gin or vodka and free basic toppings like pepperoni, pickles or celery. Then, you can add $3 garnishes like perogies, chocolate cake, bacon and cookies, or opt for $5 garnishes like chicken and waffles, breakfast sammies, shrimp skewers and more.

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