Before or after a visit to the slopes or a day in the snow, here are some of my favourite spots for tasty, fresh, fill-you-up food.
Fresh and hearty comfort food goes hand-in-hand with outdoor winter adventures. Calgary has no shortage of incredible restaurants and cafés, and I love seeing what’s new on the scene, like the cool vibe at Bridgette Bar or trying exotic Indian fare at Calcutta Cricket Club.
The hardest part about visiting Alforno Bakery and Café is deciding what to try. Owned by Calgary’s iconic Teatro Group, they focus on house-made pastries and bread, breakfasts, pizza, sandwiches, espresso drinks, wine, and beer. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Alforno is a hub of activity all day! I like to head upstairs and snag a cozy seat in front of their fireplace.
Love BBQ? Head to the north side of the Bow River to Kensington, a buzzing neighbourhood filled with great shopping, eating, and drinking. At its heart, Hayden Block Smoke and Whiskey, offers a true-Texas style BBQ and a bar menu that features more than 100 hand-crafted whiskey cocktails. My go-to indulgence meal includes pulled pork, brisket, coleslaw and an order of deep fried pickles and Hush Puppies on the side. Ask the bartender for a traditional Old-Fashioned or Whiskey Sour – that will warm you up!