1448 17th Ave SW has been a lot of things since we moved to Calgary more than 10 years ago. It was a western-style Chinese place, a Nepalese place, a sushi place, most recently it was Thai Bistro, and now it's Long's Chinese Food. A foodie friend gave it a huge recommendation after getting takeout from there on its first day and we tried it last night.
First thing: They're doing great business, amazing if you consider that I never once saw a customer at Thai BIstro when I'd pick up orders there. We had dinner there and it was packed with what looked like Chinese people. The menu is Sichuan- no ginger beef or chicken with broccoli in sight. It's a little intimidating because there's tons of organ meat, weird-sounding proteins (like duck neck soup) and even frog (not sure if this is frog legs or what) but we love spicy food and ended up with the diced chicken with peanuts, tofu with minced pork, and the spicy cucumbers with garlic. It was all AMAZING. Service was surprisingly quick considering how busy the place was and for two of us we actually ordered too much food. Bill came to around $35 with a large order of rice..
I can't believe a place like this has opened on 17th- and a not very busy part west of 14 St- instead of in Chinatown or up north in a more Chinese neighbourhood but we'll take it! I've only eaten here once but I can already say it might nudge out Han's as my favourite Chinese in Calgary.
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