Shopping for the perfect Christmas gift can be hard work. It can also make you work up an appetite. Thankfully, when you’re shopping in neighbourhoods like Inglewood, there are several dining options to help with that. Here are six restaurants that are worth checking out for brunch, lunch or dinner in Inglewood.
The historic Deane House was given a new life last year when Sal Howell of River Caf re-opened it as a full service restaurant. Chef Jamie Harling’s menu of seasonal, local fare can be enjoyed in many of the house’s freshly renovated rooms, which include an enclosed verandah, a garden room that overlooks the front yard and the Tenement Bar.
806 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-0595, deanehouse.com
Got a hankering for nachos? Visit Madison’s 12|12 to nosh on platters of craft nachos (try the Korean nachos with bulgogi beef, kimchi, mozza, green onion, gochujango mayo, kimchi and a sunny side up egg), salads and bowls. This restaurant has your weekend brunch needs covered too – think chicken and waffle nachos, huevos rancheros and cinnamon berry nachos. Plus, you can order mimosas for only $1.50 on Saturdays and Sundays.
1212 9 Ave. S.E., 403-452-4970, madisons1212.com
Located in the historic National Hotel building, The Nash offers a cozy escape from the winter weather with its menu of hearty dishes like the charcoal-grilled pork chop, AAA Alberta beef burger, braised lamb shank and more. Alternatively, you can pop into the restaurant’s Off Cut Bar for a drink, then order a whole roasted chicken for home from the take-out menu.
925 11 St. S.E., 403-984-3365, thenashyyc.com
Considered to be one of Calgary’s best restaurants for several years now, Rouge hasn’t lost its touch. Located inside the historic Cross House, this is a great spot to treat yourself after a long day of shopping. The locally-focused menu features everything from Atlantic lobster tortellini to Smoked Pine Haven Beef Striploin.
1240 8 Ave. S.E., 403-531-2767, rougecalgary.com
The newest addition to Inglewood, The Eden is a family-owned “blue collar bistro” located in the space formerly occupied by The Carmichael Dining Lounge. Now, shoppers can get their fill of simple French fare at The Eden, which has an approachable menu featuring croque madames, chicken cordon bleu sandwiches, bowls of beef bourguignon, penne carbonnara and more.
1219 9 Ave. S.E., 403-266-1005, edenbistro.ca
Head up the stairs to this popular pizza joint, which serves up thin crust pizzas like the spicy Hutch (with calabrese salami, genoa salami, pepperonata and mozza) and the Hawaiian 5-0 (with pineapple, bacon, jalapenos and aged cheddar). While you eat, you can decompress from shopping by watching a movie – Without Papers usually has one silently screening on the restaurant wall.
1216 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-1154, wopizza.ca