20 bucket list eats you need to try in Calgary in 2020

Jan 2 2020, 3:13 pm

It’s finally the beginning of a new decade in YYC, which means we all get to reset, and most importantly, plan some exciting dining occasions over the next 12 months.

There are hundreds of things we could tell you to eat in Calgary, but these are some of our favourites.

Trendy, legendary, or simply damn delicious, here are 20 things to eat in Calgary in 2020.

Matcha Souffle Pancakes from Tsujiri Calgary

Tsujiri Richmond

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Tsujiri, known for its teas, treats, and eats made from green tea leaves from Uji in Kyoto, is now open in YYC. Patrons love this spot for eats like the signature Matcha Parfait and the O-Matcha Float, along with lots and lots of cakes. Customers can also expect eats like the brand’s Opera Cake and bouncy Matcha Souffle Pancakes served with ice cream, to name a few.

Address: 205 16 Avenue NE, Calgary

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Burger from Lil’ Empire Burger in Annex Soda Shop

 

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The sister business to Calgary’s Annex Ale Project, Annex Soda has both alcoholic and non-alcoholic bevies, along with a selection of beer and grub from in-house food window by Empire Provisions aptly named Lil’ Empire Burger.

Address: 4323 1st Street SE, Calgary

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Baos from Nights & Weekends (in Shiki Menya)

 

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Seasonal spot Nights & Weekends has been moonlighting inside Vancouver-based sandwich joint Meat & Bread for a while, but the eatery is now operating out of Bridgeland’s Shiki Menya. The menu changes here, but if you happen to see this bao on the menu be sure to try it.

Address: 827 1 Avenue NE, Calgary

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Pizza from Una Pizza + Wine

 

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Una is known far and wide for its amazing pizza and this bustling 17th Avenue spot is always a no-brainer if you’re craving a ‘za or two.

Address: 618 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-453-1183

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Fried Chicken from Lulu Bar

 

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This spot offers snacks, small dishes, meat, skewers, along with a killer drink program that offers sake, bubbles, beer, wine, and cocktails. Lulu Bar is open daily from 11 am till late.

Address: 510 17th Avenue SW

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Breakfast Poutine from OEB Breakfast Co.

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OEB has several varieties of its signature dish, the Breakfast Poutine. One of our favourites include the Gold Digga, made with poached eggs, duck fat fried herb potatoes, Saint Cyrille curds, Berkshire roast pork, black truffles, and brown butter hollandaise.

Address: 825 1 Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-278-3447

Address: 222 5 Avenue SW #110, Calgary
Phone: 587-352-3447

Address: 2207 4 Street SW #110, Calgary
Phone: 587-356-6323

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Doughnuts from The Dapper Doughnut Calgary

 

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Holy mother of mini doughnuts, YYC now has a new spot where you can enjoy its favourite Stampede food all year round. The Dapper Doughnut Calgary has just opened in Market Mall, and it’s serving up cake-style doughnuts with 20 different sauces and gourmet toppings.

Address: CF Market Mall – 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary

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Ramen from Shiki Menya

 

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This Bridgeland ramen joint is known for its stellar bowls of noodles. Made from scratch and always offering daily specials, folks need to get here early to ensure they get some grub — once the bowl limit is hit there’s no more served until the next day.

Address: 827 1 Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-454-2722

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Everything from Jollibee – Calgary

 

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In case you didn’t know, YYC’s outpost of the iconic eatery is open at 999 36 Street NE #10150 (Pacific Place). This brand is known for its signature eats like Jolly Crispy Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and hot-dog-studded Jolly Spaghetti.

Address: Pacific Place – 999 36 Street NE# 10150, Calgary

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Fondue from Moonlight & Eli

 

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This 627 1 Avenue NE eatery specializes in cheese fondue and champagne, an awesome pairing if you ask us.

Address: 627 1 Avenue NE

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Tacos from Native Tongues Taqueria

 

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Aside from its killer elotes (Mexican grilled corn on the cob), Native Tongues offers tacos de guisado and taco al carbon – tacos that are grilled over charcoal and served Mercado or ‘family style’ that take 30 minutes to cook.

Address: 235 12 Avenue SW
Phone: 403-263-9444

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Pasta from Bread and Circus Trattoria

 

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This friendly trattoria serves up some amazing pasta including gnocchi Pomodoro, lasagna, and carbonara in its 34-seat dining room.

Address: 616 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4
Phone: 403-476-3615

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Milkshake from Regrub

 

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When it comes to epic milkshakes, Regrub is one of YYC’s best places to get one. This spot now has two locations where you can grab its over-the-top sweet creations.

Address: 625 11 Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-475-2845

Address: 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary

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Hazelnut Chocolate Banana & Cream Cheese stuffed French Toast from Monki

 

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Monki now has two locations in town where you can head to enjoy its over-the-top mid-morning fare, such as its signature breakfast burger or Hazelnut Chocolate Banana & Cream Cheese stuffed French Toast.

Address: 1301 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 587-352-7131

Address: 1420 – 9 Avenue SE #4, Calgary

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Sandwich from Dilish Bites ‘N Brews

 

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Dilish offers patrons a selection of breakfast items like Avocado Toast, a Breakfast Sandwich, and a Benny-In-A-Box with house dill hollandaise sauce to name a few. All sandwiches are made with locally sourced bread, and you can choose varieties like a Classic Clubhouse with house aioli, ‘The Rudy’ Reuben, the Veg Dilight, and the YYCheese made with “mom’s garlic butter.”

Address: 1211 Edmonton Trail, Calgary
Phone: 403-769-1118

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Flapper Pie from Blackfoot Truckstop Diner

 

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One of YYC’s most beloved local joints, the Blackfoot Truckstop dinner is open 24/7, which means you have ample opportunity to try their basic brekkie or their “world-famous” Flapper Pie (which also is a great morning meal, if you ask us).

Address: 1840 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-265-5964

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Porchetta Sandwich from Meat & Bread – Grain Exchange

 

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Made with porchetta, salsa verde, and crackling, this is one sandwich you don’t want to miss if you haven’t tried it already.

Address: 821 1 Street SW
Phone: 403-764-6225

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Nacho Cheese Fries from Chix Eggshop

 

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This “Fast-Fine Diner” is open daily from 7 am to 3 pm. It serves up a menu of eats like a Falafel Scramble, a “Miss Piggy” egg and crispy bacon breakfast sandwich, and nacho cheese fries as a side.

Address: 635 Confluence Way SE

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Waffles from D Spot Café – Calgary

 

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The D Spot Café, a chain hailing from Ontario, has just officially opened its first YYC location, which happens to be its first Western Canadian outpost as well. Located at 933 17 Avenue SW, this spot is known for its homemade ice cream and desserts, fine Belgian Chocolate, and savoury food items.

Address: 933 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-284-4649

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Nachos from Blanco Cantina

 

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Because of its uber-comfortable seating and casual atmosphere, Blanco is the perfect place for nacho and margarita-fuelled shenanigans.

Address: 723 17 Avenue SW
Phone: 403-228-1854

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