Calgary’s summer influx of new restaurants continues, offering up new spots for Japanese fare, classic pub food, a pint of beer and more. Here’s what you need to know about the latest food-related openings, news and events in Calgary.
Located by the Royal Oak neighbourhood in northwest Calgary, Bami Vietnamese Eatery celebrated its grand opening on August 7th. The new eatery is open for lunch and dinner and serves Vietnamese fare such as salad and spring rolls, deep fried wontons, banh mi sandwiches with six different protein options, pho, noodle salad bowls and more.
2110, 12 Royal Vista Way N.W., bamivietnameseeatery.wixsite.com
If you’re looking for a fun night out and a great deal on food, look no further than El Furniture Warehouse. At this new bar on Stephen Avenue, you can get anything on the food menu for just $5.95 each. It doesn’t matter if you’re ordering a starter of maple bacon potato skins, nachos for one, baja fish tacos, a burger or mini doughnuts for dessert – they’re all the same low price. The drinks are reasonably priced too, with several cocktails starting at $6.75. There’s also a streetside patio that’s perfect for people watching along Stephen Avenue. The Warehouse Group has 19 additional locations across Canada (they sometimes have other names like The Dime or just Warehouse), but this is the first one in Alberta.
107 Stephen Ave. S.W., 403-764-5858, warehousegroup.ca
Whether you’re treating yourself to a staycation or just looking for somewhere to eat in downtown Calgary, be sure to check out this new restaurant inside the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire. Flower & Wolf’s globally-inspired menu features dishes like salmon eggs Benedict, ahi tuna, beef tartare, Southern fried chicken, foie gras and waffles, pancetta pizza, steaks and even a footlong Wagyu hot dog. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
255 Barclay Parade S.W., 403-517-6666, flowerandwolfcalgary.com
If one of your summer goals it to eat outside as much as possible, then check out Market Collective’s newest initiative, The Food Realm, this month. Every Thursday until August 30th, a handful of local food trucks will be assembling in front of Blank Page Studio in Hillhurst for a night of music and tasty eats. The participating food trucks vary depending on the week, but you can expect to see favourites like The Dumpling Hero, Family Freezed, Waffles and Chix and more this month.
Blank Page Studio, 1221 Kensington Rd. N.W., marketcollective.ca
After opening its first Calgary location in Victoria Park last year, Leopold’s Tavern now has a second location in Bowness. Located in White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen’s former location, the neighbourhood bar serves burgers, sandwiches, poutine and snacks like fried pickles, smoked oysters, perogies, wings and nachos. This new location also has a significantly larger patio than the Victoria Park one, with red picnic tables, strings of lights and umbrellas.
6512 Bowness Rd. N.W., 403-475-5367, leopoldstavern.com
Raise a glass to Calgary’s recent streak of hot weather with a beer from this new brewery. O.T. Brewing Company opened its sports-themed taproom in southeast Calgary on July 28th and currently offers a hazy IPA, a hazy pale ale and a pilsner. Grab a seat at the bar where a frost rail along the counter will help keep your drink cool.
1155E 44 Ave. S.E., 403-816-4575, otbrewingcompany.com
What’s better than a three-course meal at a great local restaurant? Getting it for only $20 to $45 during Summer Feast, the prix fixe event returning for a second year from August 9th to 18th. During the event, 24 Calgary restaurants will be offering special three-course meals for excellent prices. Try the pork shoulder cubano during lunch at Brasserie Kensington, bacon-wrapped pork loin during supper at Buffo or hand-rolled cavatelli during supper at Pigeonhole.
Locations vary, summerfeast.ca
Take your taste buds on a trip to Tokyo at the newly opened Tokyo Street Market in Crescent Heights, which is a collaboration between the teams behind Kinjo Sushi and Ke Charcoal Grill. As its name suggests, this new eatery is inspired by Tokyo street markets and the fare you’d find there. The accessibly-priced menu includes $5 ramen, yakitori, donburi, oden, gyoza and takoyaki. While the inside of the eatery has a great vibe, the outside has its charms too – a handful of tables line the restaurant and there’s a cool black and white mural along one side of the building. That’s not all though – Tokyo Street Market also has a wall filled with Japanese snacks like Pocky, chips and drinks that you can enjoy while dining in or buy for home.
922 Centre St. N.E., 403-452-3794, tokyostreetmarket.com