Grant and Dorothy Review Calgary, Alberta Restaurants

January 8, 2021

Random Quick Picks, for those unable to decide


Catch of the Day:  Our most recent restaurant finds

  • Annex Ale Project
    L'il Empire

  •  4323 1 St SE
    1105 1st Ave NE

  • 100% Angus Beef Burgers

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  • Thi-Thi Vietnamese Submarine

  • 209 1 Street SE

  • Small, but Good

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  • Gong Cha

  • Tea     Fast Food

  • Wheelchair accessible

    Add Bubbles for extra fun 

Appetizers: Some interesting tidbits from
         the Calgary food scene

Covid 19

We started in the COVID-19 era trying to list all the changes in hours and services being tried by the restaurants on our list. This proved both possible and productive for a while, but now…
just take it for granted that every restaurant is operating under ever-changing COVID restrictions. So our adivce is to visit websites by following the links on this page or by calling first to find out just what is happening.
And continue to remember that, as CTV has reported, possibly as many as 50% of our restaurants will not survive this plague. Some have announced their permamnent closure already. So do continue to support those remaining as much as you can, even if this just means buying online gift cards and leaving tips even for take out.
And please, do keep us informed of any further permanent closures you may notice, so we can keep this page as up to date as we are able.

Covid Closings

This list is drawn only from the rstaurants we have reviewed, and, of course, only from the ones we know.
Blue House Café

Nando’s on 17 Ave.   (It’s too bad, because the one still open in the northeast isn’t nearly as good.)
Two Penny  This is the saddest additon to the list so far as it was one of our favourite restaurants.
Moti Maham South  The one on 14 St.SW is still open
Culinary Campus Downtown is closed until further notice.
Extreme Bean has also gone, though we are not sure if this was demise was a result of the virus.
Ookini Ramen in Marda Loop is also shuttered. 
Buffo in Sacks at Chinook centre is “temporarily" closed as well.
Chop Steakouse & Bar also at Chinook has closed permanently.
Samosa Grill has gone from the the Sunridge Mall area.
San Remo, an old favourite that has changed locations at least three times since found  it has closed as well.
Mill Street Brewpub   A relative new–comer to the 17 Avenue scene, this closing on November 3 is a real surprise.
Infusion Contemporary Cuisine   This was a favourite  in Bragg Creek, but never lived up to its past after it moved back to Calgary.
Q Haute Cuisine is having some construction done, but I doubt that after the facelift or whatever it will open the same as it was before.
Ox Bar Tapas   Even a name change didn’t stop this old favourite from shutting down.
The Barley Mill  After 26 years—and maybe not completely because of COVID—this Eau Claire watering hole is gone too.

A Resurrection

Yes, there are amazing stories in the restaurants world as well. We anounced that the newly renovated Buon Giorno restaurant, a long time resident of 17 Avenue SW had closed. And that was true. It had. But not any more! They have come back to life. We look forward to paying a visit for a new review.

A Friendly Place Leaves

A sad, not COVID related, closing was our favourite Tiki Mings 5th and 5th SW run by our old friend Amy Quon, formerly of the Shantung Restaurant. We shall miss dropping in for lunch.

Main Course: Restaurants recently updated

LeVilla     Mad Rose Pub         Hi-Ball Restuarant    The Highlander    Nick's         

So who are these brash people who dare to rate restaurants?


Dorothy Dawson

Dorothy is a still–working, retired RN with a passion for good food and greyhounds. She enjoys activities as diverse as traveling and beading, and thrills to the excitment of the hunt while engaging in the occasional sale or two when out shopping.


Grant Dawson

Grant is a retired minister (2013) of the United Church of Canada, although he doesn’t understand this yet, as he still runs around doing churchy things on a regular basis. His hobbies include languages, computers, travelling, breathing, eating and playwriting—but not necessarily in that order. If you would like a sample of one thing he has done with his life, and you don’t mind being bored, download his translation of the Chinese classic, Daodejing, here.

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Bakery: Just stand there and breathe it all in.

Banquet Facilities to impress your friends and amaze your family.

Bar Food for the after work gang who keep saying they should be going home

Belgian: My son in London, England once took the EuroExpress to Belgium, because his office craved waffles for lunch. We don’t need to go nearly that far.

Brunch: For late risers or big noon eaters, this is it.

Cajun with a touch of jazz and you think you're in New Orleans

Caribbean: They got the good stuff, Man.

Cheese, portable milk

Chicken. Yes, you may use your fingers.

Chinese, with or without chopsticks

Coffee, with conversation and maybe even a cookie

Crepes, Pancakes and Waffles, thin, medium and holy

Danish, more than smørrebrød

Deli: Definitely delicious, with a dill pickle, of course

Diner: Coffee, hash browns, bacon and eggs: all the major food groups

Dinner Theatre: dinner and drama. What more could one want?

Dutch: More than cheese and chocolate.

Eastern European: from schnitzel to porogies, from sauerkraut to latkas

Ethiopian, for those of you who wonder what the Queen of Sheba ate

Food Truck: They bring it right to you!

French: Bon appetit!

Friends: Yes, you’re on here too.

General, a bit of everything cooked just as you like it

German, just pile on the schnitzel and sauerkraut

Gourmet, without the pretention

Greek, olive your favourite dishes

Grill: Basted and barbecued ready for your fingers

Hamburgers, big and juicy

Hawaiian, pineapple may be included

Hot Dogs, fully loaded

: Much more than just goulash

Ice Cream: Grant's other addiction

Indian/Pakistani: Europeans brought home the spices of the east, but have never learned to use them quite like the people of the subcontinent.

Indonesian: Thousands of islands with thousands of flavours

Irish, with a pint of Guinness

Italian: OK, they stole the pasta from the Chinese, but they've done a good job with it.

Japanese, simple and tasty

Juice: Squashed and squeezed just to please

Korean: Annyong haseyo?

Latin American: And in Calgary, you can even drink the water.

Middle Eastern, a pleasant way to spend warm Arabian nights

Mongolian: If you don't like something they have, then don't put it on your plate.

Moroccan, or for those who aren't quite as hungry, Lessocan

Nepalese: food from the mountains for a city in the mountains

Noodles with interesting sauces hiding lots of delights to be enjoyed ( See also various oriental cuisines.)

Pizza with all the trimmings

Portuguese, hearty food with spicy flavour

Poutine: Go wild! It’s not like you’re going to eat it every day. Unless you want to.

Russian, more than just borsch and perogies

Sandwiches: Peanutbutter made with jam or otherwise

Seafood, straight from the depths of the Glenmore Reservoir

Spanish, with tapas and beyond

Steak: It's Alberta; we have to include this.

Sweet Delights: Candies, cookies, doughnuts, cakes and cupcakes

Swiss, for those fond'a fondue

Tea: Steeped, not boiled

Thai, nice and spicy

Turkish, a delight

Vietnamese, lots of noodles and vegetable

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And as you leave Eating Calgary filled with delicious wisdom, remember…

Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.

Thanks for visiting. Please, come again.

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