10 places you need to get takeout from in Calgary this winter

Jan 27 2021, 7:16 pm

The food scene in Calgary is so fantastic that it makes us long for it that much more. 

While it’s been difficult, many of our favourite bars and restaurants are providing the same amazing food we love, but as take-out to enjoy right in our homes. Some places have crafted new ways to order, with fresh new dishes to try with iconic old favourites. Some spots have even started fun pop-ups that have become must-try eateries.

It can feel overwhelming going through menu after menu, wondering what you’re in the mood for, and wondering where to take a chance.

Relieving that pressure, here are ten places that offer must-try takeout in Calgary.

Modern Burger


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A favourite spot in the city, Modern Burger offers their famously made brisket, chuck, and short-rib burgers for take-out. The menu offers a single, double, triple, veggie, or mushroom-swiss burger — you just have to decide if you want bacon or cheese on it. They have an unreal wagyu hot dog, and sides like panko-crusted onion rings and Philly cheesesteak spring rolls. Call in and order for pickup to receive 10% off. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for special menu options — like their current Valentine’s Day takeout menu.

Address: 100 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-244-3600

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For those who didn’t get a chance to try it the first time, Cannibale’s bbq pop-up is back by popular demand. The menu is so vast, the only way to go into it is to give in to the menu. Of course, there’s the bbq staples done right: pulled pork, achiote chicken, ribs, brisket, and more. You can also order tacos, or classic salads, or arguably the best part of classic bbq — the sides. Creamy mac and cheese and smokehouse beans are the perfect addition to any meal at this praised pop-up open Wednesday to Sunday 4 pm to 8 pm. You can also order up to 36 hours in advance. Pro tip: add one of their take-home cocktail kits to wash it all down.

Address: 813 1 Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-454-5808

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Pigot’s Burger Club

When local Chef Mike Pigot (pronounced pee-jo) won season 22 of Guy Fieri’s Grocery Games, Calgary was proud. When he decided to open a smash-burger pop-up for take-out and delivery, the city became overjoyed. Pigot uses his own spice-blend and Berretta beef to make mouth-watering, beautifully simple burgers. It’s a pop-up, but it’s also a club we want to be a part of and hope stays forever.

Address: 345 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-514-2337


To Me Vietnamese Sub


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The unassuming, small drive-thru spot, To Me Vietnamese Sub, is the hole-in-the-wall you need to know about. Since late last year, they’ve been serving up delicious subs, salad rolls, and some of the best vermicelli bowls in Calgary. You’d never know how great this place is just by driving by, so just trust us — and the 4.9-star rating it currently boasts on Google reviews.

Address: 5250 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary
Phone: 825-882-2828




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Everybody likes pasta, and Cardinale offers some of the best in the city.  It’s perfect for date night, or treat yourself night, especially on Sundays. Cardinale has been running a number of creative “Supper Sunday for Two” nights, often with a fun combo of pasta, salad, a side, and wine to share. Or just head to their to-go menu and order your favourite classic, such as lasagna, gnocchi, or linguine, done right.

Address: 401 12th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-264-6046

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Sukiyaki House


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Sukiyaki House has been the go-to sushi house in Calgary to get authentic Japanese cuisine in a contemporary chic setting, and it still is — but at your dinner table instead. The lunch and dinner menu features elevated items like house-made gyoza, crispy tempura, miso sablefish, and chicken karaage with a yuzu kewpie mayo. Of course, there’s also an extensive list of freshly prepared sushi to order from. Sushi travels remarkably well, and Sukiyaki House is one of our favourites.

Address: 207 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-263-3003

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Pizza Mercato


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Obviously, we could have made an entire list of pizza places. Calgary has great pie joints all over the city, and everyone seems to have their go-to. Pizza Mercato uses fresh ingredients straight from Italy. Most of their pizzas are their own creations, but with the quality toppings, they seem more like classics. Definitely grab a red pizza, like the Isola, with Italian ham, roasted pineapple, pancetta, smoked provolone, and jalapeno. And if you’re up for two, order a white base as well, like the Cacio E Pepe, a za’ rendition of the classic pasta dish.

Address: 346 23rd Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-232-6331

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Alumni Sandwiches


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Choosing what type of sandwich to order from Alumni is one of the hardest decisions you’ll make from a food menu — thankfully there are no wrong decisions. Their sandwiches are as good as it gets, including their Hot Chicken, Mexican Torta, and the Rosemary Beef Dip sandwich. The Roasted Turkey and Brie sandwich is made with turkey, beef, ham, bacon, provolone, tomato, pickles, and house-made sandwich sauce all on a hero roll. Every sandwich at Alumni is a work of art.

Address: 727 17th Avenue, Calgary
Phone: 403-455-7255

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Shiki Menya


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All the real ones know about Shiki Menya already. It’s been THE ramen joint in Calgary since it opened it is now known for its cool music, long lines, and of course, delicious food. But many people don’t know that they can order Shiki Menya Ramen Cup for takeout right now, from 11 am to 3 pm, Monday to Saturday. For people who already know about that,  their ramen kits available at the First Avenue Corner Store are important to mention. So whether you order takeout, make it yourself, or choose Tonkatsu over Kara Miso, there’s no better way to warm up this winter.

Address: 824 1st Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-454-2722

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The Beltliner


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Sunday funday with friends is one of the most missed days in the week, and the Beltliner was always the place to go. The Beltliner’s all-day menu can be enjoyed any day of the week at home. Their menu has classic breakfasts done right, as well as items like Shakshuka, Starbelly Cilibir, and Brown Butter Waffles. Working with farmers to provide locally sourced, organic ingredients, the Beltliner team has developed a menu of modern dishes with a delicious twist. They even have brown paper bag beers on for just $4.

Address: 243 12th Avenue SW
Phone: 587-955-1555

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