10 Signature Dishes to Build a Trip Around

Chili Goma Ramen at Shiki Menya
Chili Goma Ramen at Shiki Menya
Best Dishes

10 Signature Dishes to Build a Trip Around

Plan your own personal food tour with the best food in Calgary.

One of the greatest pleasures in visiting a city is discovering the food that is special to that place. Calgary is full of restaurants offering almost every kind of cuisine imaginable, but there are a few dishes that are uniquely Calgarian. Whether you’re in town for a quick visit to connect with family and friends or planning a trip to explore the city’s vibrant restaurant scene, these 10 dishes are must-tries that are not only delicious but worth building a trip around.

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Vietnamese Sub at Bánh Mi Thi-Thi

Vietnamese Sub at Bánh Mi Thi-Thi

Vietnamese Sub at Bánh Mi Thi-Thi

Flapper Pie at Blackfoot Truckstop Diner

Flapper pie is a Canadian prairie classic. The cream pie consists of rich vanilla custard on a graham cracker crust with a meringue topping. The pie has been a highlight of the Blackfoot Truckstop Diner’s menu for decades, famous for the six-inches of meringue that towers atop every slice. The diner itself is also noteworthy for its pure authentic kitsch with waitresses in pink uniforms and a model train that circles around a track installed around the ceiling of the restaurant.

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Pig’s Head Mortadella at Charcut

Pig’s Head Mortadella at Charcut

Pig’s Head Mortadella at Charcut

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Benchmark Tomahawk at Modern Steak.

Benchmark Tomahawk at Modern Steak.

Modern Benchmark Black Angus Steak at Modern Steak

Red Lentil Hummus at River Café

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Chili Goma Ramen at Shiki Menya (Photo credit: Ty Graham).

Chili Goma Ramen at Shiki Menya (Photo credit: Ty Graham).

Chili Goma Ramen at Shiki Menya

This is another exclusively Calgarian dish that has become a local favourite. Shiki Menya’s Koki Aihara got the idea to make this bowl of rich ramen topped with spicy ground pork, mushrooms, pickled radish and bamboo shoots when he tried a similar dish in Japan, then helped to make it a reality at his family’s now defunct Shikiji restaurant. The soup lives on at Aihara’s very popular Shiki Menya noodle bar where patrons line up daily for a bowl made with the restaurant’s deeply flavourful 20-hour pork bone broth.

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Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.

Aviv Fried of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.

Aviv Fried of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.

Sourdough Bread at Sidewalk Citizen

Ginger Beef at Silver Inn

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Lasagna at Teatro Ristorante

Lasagna at Teatro Ristorante

Lasagna at Teatro Ristorante

Kale Caesar Salad at Una Pizza + Wine

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By
Elizabeth Chorney-Booth

Elizabeth Chorney-Booth is a local food writer, cookbook author, radio columnist and a lifelong Calgarian.