7 Tropical Dishes from Calgary Restaurants

Even if you can’t get away for a warm, sunny vacation during the last few weeks of winter, you can at least warm up with these exotic dishes around town. Alloy Black Bean and Poblano Pozole Topped with sour cream and grilled tortilla chips, a bowl of this rich pozole…

Even if you can’t get away for a warm, sunny vacation during the last few weeks of winter, you can at least warm up with these exotic dishes around town.

Alloy Black Bean and Poblano Pozole

Topped with sour cream and grilled tortilla chips, a bowl of this rich pozole soup will remind you that warmer weather is just around the corner. (220 42 Ave. S.E., 403-287-9255, alloydining.com, @AlloyRestaurant)

Anejo Guacamole

A good guacamole is the embodiment of freshness and Anejo’s version, made table-side and served with fresh chips, is just that. Pairs perfectly with one of the signature tequila-based cocktails. (2116 4 St. S.W., 587-353-2656, anejo.ca, @anejoyyc)

Balo Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad

Tart green papaya is shredded and tossed with carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro, fish sauce, spices and grilled chicken, making for one fresh-tasting and filling plate of salad. (1238 8 St. S.W., 587-353-3300)

Bar C Fried Artichokes

Fresh artichokes are quartered, fried and served with a bright lemon aioli. Imagine yourself enjoying these on a patio in Laguna Beach, and you’ll be feeling the sun in no time. (340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-984-3667)

Bolero Fire Grill The Full Rodizio

What better way to feel the heat than to enjoy dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse? Skewers of filet mignon, pork sausage and more float around the room, guaranteeing you a full stomach. (6920 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-259-3119, bolerocalgary.ca, @BoleroFireGrill)

Candela Scallop Ceviche

Candela’s take on ceviche is a unique, flavourful mix of sliced scallop, spicy jalapeno, yuzu and tangy, pickled tomatoes. (1919 4 St. S.W., 403-719-0049)

Ox and Angela Paella Mixta

Ox offers up a few different variations of paella, but go with this filling dish, made up of prawns, mussels, clams, chorizo and chicken on a bed of saffron rice. (528 17 Ave. S.W., 403-457-1432, oxandangela.com)

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