Pacific-Inspired Lulu Bar Opens on 17 Ave. S.W. and There’s a New Restaurant in Oakridge

Plus, Killarney has a new pizzeria and Ramsay has a new coffee shop.

Lulu Bar recently opened in Local 510's former space on 17 Ave. S.W. Photograph by Jamie Anholt.

Baked 3.14 opens in Killarney


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What is it: This new pizzeria opened its doors in Killarney in mid-May.

Where is it: 4, 3315 26 Ave. S.W., 403-242-4432

What’s on the menu: Baked 3.14 offers 11 different pizzas, including the Meat Sweats pizza (with mozzarella, ground beef, salami, beef pepperoni and beef bacon) and the Olive Zeus pizza (with feta, mozzarella, olives, red onions, spinach, grape tomatoes and olive oil). One of the great things about Baked 3.14 is that it has lots of options for those with dietary restrictions. Not only is gluten-free dough an option, but all the pizzas can be made vegan with ingredients like Baked 3.14’s own vegan mozzarella and feta, For the Love of Cheese’s vegan bocconcini and Veghammer’s vegan meat. Aside from pizza, the eatery offers a Caesar salad, wings, cheese and garlic bread and dessert dough balls.

What else you should know: The food at Baked 3.14 is available for take out and delivery.


Calgary Heritage Roasting Company opens in Ramsay


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What is it: Launched by former wildland firefighters and friends Mike Wenzlawe and Jamie Parker, Calgary Heritage Roasting Company (CHRC) first joined the city’s coffee scene in 2015. Years later, the pair have officially opened their own cafe and roastery in Ramsay.

Where is it: 2020 11 St. S.E.

What’s on the menu: Naturally, CHRC uses its own coffee beans to make drink offerings like cappuccinos, Americanos, lattes and drip coffee. The cafe also offers chai tea lattes, hot chocolate and tea. Almond and soy milk are available at no extra charge. Those who are hungry can choose from Butter Block & Co pastries, three kinds of toast, three different smoothies and snacks like popcorn, overnight oats, chia pudding and more.

The space: CHRC has take up residence in Ramsay’s historic C.C. Snowdon building, which was built in 1911 and became a municipal historic resource in 2014. The warm, rustic space features red brick walls, wooden tables made of timber planks from the building’s basement, historic photos from the Glenbow archives and two original safes.

What else you should know: If you can’t swing by the new cafe right away, you can still get your hands on CHRC’s coffee at more than 70 grocery store and retail locations across Canada, including Co-op, Sobeys, Sunterra Market and Planet Organic.


Lulu Bar opens on 17 Ave. S.W.


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What is it: Lulu Bar is a sister restaurant to Bridgette Bar and the newest member of Concorde Group.

Where is it: 510 17 Ave. S.W.

What’s on the menu: Chefs JP Pedhirney and Joseph Sokoloff are behind this restaurant’s Pacific-inspired fare. The menu’s mix of small and larger plates are perfect for sharing — try any combination of dishes like the salt and pepper pork belly, fried coconut squid, wood-fired skewers and steamed lobster dumplings, plus the must-try Baked Hula for dessert. And the cocktails are just as much of a reason to visit as the food. Try Tiki-inspired drinks like the coconut cooler or Bobcat cocktail and fun takes on classics like the watermelon daiquiri or pisco slurpee.

The space: Lulu Bar is located in Local 510’s former space on 17 Ave. S.W. While a few layout elements remain the same, the space has a completely different look and vibe thanks to Frank Architecture & Interiors. Huge garage doors along the front of the restaurant flood the split-level space with natural light now, highlighting the eye-catching bar area. And while Local 510’s south- and west-facing patio used to be fenced off from the street, Lulu Bar has embraced the energy of 17 Ave. S.W.’s busy sidewalks by opening its patio up completely.

What else you should know: Lulu Bar’s daily happy hour is a great deal — from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can get many of the drinks on the menu for half price.


Purlieu opens in Oakridge


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What is it: Purlieu, the newest addition to the Oakridge neighbourhood, celebrated its opening on May 21. The team behind this new restaurant both have ties to Calgary’s food scene — Eric Mah used to be the executive chef for Craft Beer Market and Vintage Group, while Jason Armstrong was Bistro 2210’s chef and owner.

Where is it: 14, 3109 Palliser Dr. S.W., 403-280-7474

What’s on the menu: Almost half the menu is comprised of small plates like Brant Lake Wagyu brochette, mussels and fries, white bean hummus, Peking duck steam buns and grilled wings with a peach sauce. Guests can also try larger offerings like the tagliatelle pasta dish, grilled prawn risotto, the house burger and more.

The space: Purlieu is part of a small strip mall in Oakridge. The 35-seat space is warm and inviting, with a small bar, oak cabinetry and local art on the walls.

What else you should know: Purlieu offers lunch and dinner right now, but soon, you’ll also be able to visit for weekend brunch.


Yummy Q opens in Sunnyside


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What is it: This new bubble tea shop in Sunnyside has all the drinks and ice cream to help keep you cool this summer.

Where is it: 1, 338 10 St. N.W., 403-245-6778

What’s on the menu: Yummy Q has an extensive list of fresh fruit teas, milk teas, yakult teas, smoothies and fruit slushies. Topping options include popping boba, jelly and tapioca. If it’s ice cream you’re after, the eatery also makes rolled ice cream right in front of you in nearly 30 flavours ranging from mango to black sesame. There are also racks featuring various candies, bags of chips and other treats to snack on.

The space: The shop has a handful of seats where you can enjoy your treat of choice.


More Food News

VegFest, a local vegan festival, returns on June 15.

Victoria Park’s Z Crew Cafe recently started offering a new night menu on weekdays.

YYC Food Trucks is holding an all-day brunch event called YYC Brunch Fest from June 8 to 9.


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