6 New Restaurants That Opened in Calgary Last Month

There’s a new adult soda shop, a new seafood restaurant and Calgary’s first Jollibee location.

Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee opened its first Calgary location in September.

Annex Adult Soda Shop opens in Manchester


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What is it: If boozy sodas and burgers sounds like the perfect combination, this is the place for you. A collaboration between Annex Soda Mfg. (Annex Ale Project‘s sister company) and Empire Provisions, the city’s first adult soda shop celebrated its grand opening on September 12.

Where is it: 4323 1 St. S.E.

What’s on the menu: As you might expect, the drinks at this adult soda shop are focused around Annex’s craft soda offerings, which include root beer, ginger beer and Saskatoon lemonade. You can get the sodas on their own or mixed with spirits to create drinks like Moscow mules and a Dark ‘n’ Stormy. The soda shop is also home to Lil’ Empire, a burger shop by Empire Provisions. Along with beef and chicken burgers, the eatery offers hot dogs, fries with cheese sauce, Annex root beer cookies and more.

The space: The soda shop is located right beside Annex Ale Project’s brewery taproom in the Barley Belt.



Dilish opens in Crescent Heights


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What is it: Dilish is a new sandwich shop situated along Edmonton Trail in Crescent Heights.

Where is it: 130, 1211 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-769-1118

What’s on the menu: The menu currently features several sandwich options including a grilled cheese sandwich with garlic butter, a Reuben-inspired sandwich and a clubhouse. There are also a few breakfast items like avocado toast and a breakfast sandwich, as well as sides like hamburger or dill pickle soup and salad. Drink options include coffee, tea, kombucha, draft beer from Calgary’s Boiling Oar Brewing Company and a Dilish Caesar featuring dill pickle vodka.



Jollibee opens at Pacific Place Mall


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What is it: Jollibee is a popular Philippines-based fast-food chain with hundreds of restaurant locations around the world. The company began expanding into Canada a few years ago and opened its first Calgary location (which is the second in Alberta) on September 20.

Where is it: Pacific Place Mall, 1050, 999 36 St. N.E.

What’s on the menu: Along with its signature fried chicken, Jollibee offers spaghetti with sauce, cheese and hot dog slices, burgers, a noodle dish called Palabok Fiesta and peach mango pies. You can wash it all down with some refreshing pineapple juice.

Read more: Filipino Fast-Food Chain Jollibee Opens in Calgary



Mélo Eatery opens in the Beltline


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What is it: Avec Bistro may be closed now, but you can still get your fill of French fare at Mélo Eatery, a new restaurant that recently opened in Avec Bistro’s former space in the Beltline. At the helm of the restaurant is owner and executive chef Duncan Ly, who is also behind local restaurants like Foreign Concept and Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market‘s Takori and Greenfish Sushi.

Where is it: 550 11 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3255

What’s on the menu: The French menu features beef tartare, a terrine of the day, fresh oysters, cod fish and chips (at lunch), duck leg confit, hanger steak and frites, roasted ling cod filet and more. There’s also an impressive selection of more than two dozen French wines.



Modern Ocean opens on Stephen Avenue


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What is it: In December 2018, Modern Steak opened its second location (and a new Bar Modern concept) on Stephen Avenue. Now, Bar Modern’s space on the first floor of the Imperial Bank Building has been turned into Modern Ocean, which will focus on seafood.

Where is it: 100 8 Ave. S.E., 403-244-3600

What’s on the menu: Modern Ocean’s menu is a seafood lover’s dream — expect oysters, ahi tuna tartare, surf and turf, fish and chips, lobster fettuccini, a soft shell crab BLT, sea bass from Calgary’s own Deepwater Farms and more.

What else you should know: Don’t miss Modern Ocean’s happy hour, which runs between 2 to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday. During that time, bottles of Champagne and oysters are half-price.



Social Beer Haus opens on Stephen Avenue


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What is it: This new bar and smokehouse on Stephen Avenue officially launched in early September.

Where is it: 220 8 Ave. S.W., 403-474-6466

What’s on the menu: This spot focuses on Texas-style barbecue, which means you can order trays of mouthwatering smoked brisket, pulled pork, hot link sausage, ribs, pork belly burnt ends and more. Other dishes include mac and cheese, a shrimp po boy sandwich, soft tacos and jalapeno poppers. Plus, there are more than 50 beers and whiskeys to choose from.

The space: With 300 seats spread across 7,000-square-feet, there’s plenty of room to settle in with a group of friends or catch a sports game on one of the large screen TVs.

What else you should know: Social Beer Haus is a great place to be during happy hour. Get deals on drinks, tacos, sliders, Queso dip and more daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close from Sunday to Thursday.


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