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Avenue Magazine Food Awards


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Avenue Magazine Food Awards

Gobstopper | | Feb 28, 2009 07:47 AM

This year's article points to a lot of the "usual" suspects. Though, I find myself not as diametrically opposed as I have in the past to the choices. Overall Avenue's portrait of Calgary continues to distance itself from reality - A city of millionaire 30 somethings who lust after condos, jewellery and overpriced furniture - but I imagine we'll see frugality return. Anyone remember the dineresque version of Moxies in the early 90's? And of course a quote from John Gilchrist (He who can not be filled) lauding the virtues of any place that can get food in his mouth quickly.

The Bad:
Not sure I agree with globefish - they are good, but is gimmick plating really the key to great sushi?
Boogies Burgers is awful in reality. Sad patties on oversized buns with bland watery toppings.
The continued excitement over Cora's leaves me stupified.
Choklat has nothing on Les Truffles. Watching the staff touch my food made me want to throw up.

The Good:
L'epicerie - macaroons and sandwichs (skip the foie gras, go with the pate)
Hotchkiss green beans changed my life.
Namskar is still on top
Divino, River Cafe, Belvedere
Glad to see Thai Sai On references and ZERO King and I references

The places I might try:
I remember the Holy Grill when it was a burger and panini place with great fries - might try the newest version.
Feel cautious about Farm when so much of it comes from Valbella meats. But good all around reviews.

Brava, Tribune ?

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