Plan a Progressive Dinner at Some of the City's Best Restaurants Easily Accessible by Bike
You might be surprised to discover how quick, convenient and fun it is to navigate to multiple dining destinations on two wheels.
Crispy croquettes and a glass of wine at Ox Bar De Tapas.
Photo by Jared Sych
With more bike lanes than ever before and some of the nicest summer weather we've ever had, there is no reason why you shouldn't be cycling around town. Give the river paths and bike lanes a good spin this weekend by taking yourself and some friends on a fun, cycle-friendly progressive dinner. Here’s an suggested itinerary to get you started.
River Café for oysters and prosecco
Since Eau Claire is a pretty central meeting point for a cycling adventure, it makes sense to start your two-wheeled evening off on River Café’s patio in Prince’s Island Park. Opt for a couple glasses of bubbly and some super fresh oysters served with a bright sea buckthorn berry mignonette.
25 Prince’s Island Park, 403-261-7670, river-cafe.com
Photo by jared sych
Co-owner and mixologist extraordinaire Christina Mah works the room at Klein / Harris.
Klein / Harris for K/H potato salad and a cocktail
Zip up to Stephen Avenue and grab a table at Klein / Harris, about seven minutes away (or quicker if you’ve got co-owner Christina Mah’s cocktails on the brain powering your legs). Chef James Waters’ version of potato salad, that classic picnic item, includes caramelized onion aioli, house-made mustard, bell peppers and a poached egg on top for added richness. Wash it down with one of Mah’s inventive craft cocktails like the “Garden Affair,” made with leek and lettuce syrup, apple juice, Eau Claire’s Three Point vodka and citric acid.
110 8 Ave. S.W., 403-262-8100, kleinharris.com
Ox Bar De Tapas for croquettes and wine
A seven minute ride from Klein / Harris, the teeny patio here fills up quickly, but with its revamped interior, Ox is actually as bright on the inside as it is outside. The bar on the west side of the room offers some of the best seats in the house. Order a glass of Tempranillo and a few crispy croquettes filled with combinations like béchamel, ham and lemon zest or spinach, beéchamel and idiazabal cheese, a sheep’s milk cheese common in the Basque region of Spain.
528 17 Ave. S.W., 403-457-1432, oxtapas.com
photo by jaelyn molyneux
On a warm evening, the parklet at Village Ice Cream is the perfect place for a casual dessert.
Village Ice Cream for ice cream cones
End the evening in classic Calgary style by getting a scoop or two from one of the city’s best ice cream makers. There are plenty of seasonal flavours to be found at this ice cream shop, but most would agree that the salted caramel variety is a tried and true choice. Expect to see plenty other two-wheeled enthusiasts enjoying an evening treat on Village’s small but inviting parklet.
431 10 Ave. S.E., 403-261-7950, villageicecream.com
Biking bonus: Mike Morrison's annual Calgary By Bike is a great way to find out about different things to eat, see and do throughout the city's cycle lane system.