Calgary’s new 8th Street Cooperative features not one, not two, but three restaurants all under the same roof.
Formerly a Ric’s Grill, the approximately 5,400-square-foot space is now home to Noodlebox, Paros and Little Lot Diner. While each restaurant has its own front door, you can enter through any of them and simply walk through the space to your desired eatery. Each restaurant has its own distinct decor, vibe and seating area, but you can technically take your food and sit anywhere. And come summer, there’s an east-facing patio attached to Little Lot Diner where guests from any of the three fast casual restaurants can sit.
Perhaps the best thing about having so many restaurants in one space? The variety of dishes to choose from is significantly increased. At the 8th Street Cooperative, you can order everything from noodle boxes to Greek wraps to French toast.
8th Street Food Cooperative, 1436 8 St. S.W.
Here are the three restaurants inside the 8th Street Food Co-Op
Victoria-based chain Noodlebox, which labels itself as a “southeast Asian noodle bar,” opened its second Calgary location here. Located on the north side of the cooperative, Noodlebox’s space features rustic wooden boards and black and red lights made out of woks on the wall. The menu is the same as what you would find at other Noodlebox locations, with dishes like a spicy peanut noodle box, a pad Thai box, a teriyaki box and a Singapore cashew curry box. Once you’ve picked a box, you can add your choice of protein and a level of spice.
In the middle of the 8th Street Cooperative is the family-run Greek restaurant Paros. This is its second Calgary location. In addition to appetizers like calamari, spanakopita and saganaki, Paros serves big pita wraps filled your choice of protein or veggies, plus fries, onions, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce. You can also get gyro, souvlaki, roast lamb and veggie plates. Be sure to check out Paros’ wall to see its signature origami pig figure and a fun wall mural that says “Keep calm and eat a souvlaki.”
At Little Lot Diner, a sister restaurant to Lot 102, you order at the counter, grab your number and take a seat at one of the booths, half-booths or long tables. Breakfast and brunch fans will be happy to hear that Little Lot Diner serves all-day breakfast, with options like Spanish omelettes, four kinds of eggs Benedict (crab cake, prosciutto, smoked salmon or garden), wild berry pancakes, French toast and more. The menu also features three burgers, club or reuben sandwiches, salads, buttermilk fried chicken, a curry bowl, double cut pork chops and more. Little Lot Diner is licensed too, so you can enjoy a cocktail, wine or beer with your meal. There’s also a small coffee counter right at the front of the restaurant.