Taste the best of South African Street Food at Nando's 17th Ave location

Nov 4 2019, 9:39 am

Let’s just get this out there: Nando’s has been a favourite in Calgary ever since it opened over 10 years ago on 32nd Street NE. Who can deny that world-famous, flame-grilled PERi-PERi? Not us, anyway.

Following the end of construction on 17th Ave, the beloved global brand is inviting guests to dine in their beautiful space in the city at 1033 17th Avenue SW — and with FREE parking for dine-in guests and a brand new Sips and Bites happy hour menu, there’s all the more reason to get your chicken-and-fries-fix today.

Restaurant interior on 17th Avenue/Nando’s

The brand’s humble beginnings are based on a true story. It all started one afternoon in 1987 when two friends met for lunch in Rosettenville, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa. They knew immediately they had tasted something so unique it needed to be shared with the world. Et voilĂ , Nando’s becomes a world-renowned food lover’s brand.

So what really lies behind the heart (and heat) of Nando’s?

It has to be the unique PERi-PERi, which is Swahili for “Bird’s Eye Chilli.” These chillies can only be grown in the nutrient-rich soil found in Southern Africa under the blistering sun.

This magical ingredient is what makes Nando’s chicken and sauces so damn delicious, and even a little addictive.

Half chicken/Nando’s

When it comes to choosing your heat level, if you prefer it mild, lemon and herb is your best friend. On the other hand, if you’ve got a high spice threshold and you’re a true chilli enthusiast, go for the extra hot PERi-PERi and prepare yourself for the goodness to come.

If you haven’t had the chance to try it yet, now a PERifect opportunity to give it a try on 17th Ave as the construction is complete.

Since the happy hour menu is available every day of the week, you can stop by between 3 to 6 pm, or from 9 pm to late. No weekend plans yet? Well, now you know exactly where to go.

Stop by for free parking, delicious eats, and that signature South African Street Food.

Nando’s

When: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: 1033 17th Avenue SW, Calgary