Best Pop-up Restaurants in Calgary

Each year, we ask our readers to vote for their favourite restaurants in Calgary. Here are some of the unique pop-up dining experiences they’ve been enjoying.

Pigot’s Burger Club. Photo courtesy of Mike Pigot.

 

Winner

Pigot’s Burger Club

This pop-up started during the pandemic with delivery in mind and a focus on simple yet delicious burgers. Pigot’s Burger Club’s five burger options all come with Pigot’s Secret Sauce, brown sugar onions and cheese, plus a few additional toppings depending on which one you choose, all on top of a classic potato roll. The pop-up has grown to offer delivery in Toronto and Vancouver, as well.

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Runners-up

Mato

While this Calgary pop-up is hard to define, there’s always delicious food at the heart of each dining experience. Although menus are always changing, the dishes and flavours draw from chef Alejandro Buzzalino’s restaurant career around the world. Mato’s previous dinner series have included collaborations with Pasta Boy from Oz, Primary Colours Café and Canvas Dining, and always promise a thoughtful and artful fine-dining experience.

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Alchemist Bistro

Alchemist Bistro is a passion project from the team at Cafe Alchemist, rooted in classic gastronomy and bistro fare. The fact that it’s only open on Saturday evenings means Alchemist Bistro is a coveted dining spot, with dishes like rabbit confit and pork tenderloin porchetta.

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Tokyo Chopsticks

Currently located inside Shelter Cocktail Bar, Tokyo Chopsticks is a pop-up that operates with three different concept menus. Focused on Japanese cuisine made with local, Canadian ingredients, Tokyo Chopsticks has a gyoza and bao night every Friday and Saturday with items like a Berkshire pork and jalapeno gyoza and a Brant Lake Wagyu birria bao; a ramen night every Wednesday and Thursday with dishes like duck shio ramen; and a special omakase night once a month with a varied menu based on whatever the chef feels like serving.

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This article appears in the March 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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