Best Barbecue Restaurants in Calgary

At these restaurants, you can take your taste buds on a tour of Texas, Tennessee or Kansas City without leaving the inner city.

Comery Block. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Comery Block

This Tennessee-style barbecue spot from the team behind Hayden Block was a welcome addition to 17th Ave. S.W. when it opened in 2019. The Tennessee flavours come from region-specific dry rubs, sauces and a smoking process that uses Ontario-sourced hickory wood. Meat selections pair well with bourbon, which Comery Block offers in more than 60 varieties. Like at Hayden Block, the restaurant offers half-priced meat by the half pound after 10 p.m. each day.

638 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-7636,


Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey

Texas is the inspiration behind Kensington hotspot Hayden Block’s approach to barbecue. Order pork spare ribs, turkey breast, pulled pork or the most popular item, brisket, by the half pound with your choice of complementary dishes from the sides (small) and trays (large) menus. Wash it all down with one of the hundred-plus whiskies available or a Lone Star Beer, “the National Beer of Texas.”

1136 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-3021,


Palomino Smokehouse

“Beer, bands and barbecue” is the unofficial slogan of downtown smokehouse The Palomino. The two-floor restaurant’s main floor has dinner seating and a backyard patio where guests congregate for slow-smoked meats ranging from Kansas City pork ribs to irresistibly tender smoked chicken wings. Downstairs is the performance space where things get loud at least a few nights each week. Mouthwatering meat deals run Monday to Wednesday, and just about everything on the menu pairs well with the super-potent garlic fries.

109 7 Ave. S.W., 403-532-1911,


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This article appears in the March 2020 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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