I had a chance to check out their new location on 17th ave this weekend and I thought it was really good. You pay up front and then grab a seat with a little buzzer thing that goes off when your order is ready.
It would seem that it's their intention to serve a classic, no frills diner style burger.....and they succeed on all accounts in my opinion. A friend of mine told me the single burger can be a little small if you're really hungry so I went with a double cheese burger. Well seasoned Alberta beef seared on a flat top with your choice of cheddar (american) or swiss.
I opted for the cheddar along with lettuce, sauteed onions, pickles, clive sauce and hot mustard. Everything down to the soft bun was fresh and done perfectly for this style of burger. I shared an order of fries (huge portion) with my friend.....these were amazing. They come with a little side if ketchup and Clive sauce. Probably the best I've had in Calgary in some time. A little bit thicker than McDonalds and super crispy. Washed it all down with a Steam Whistle.
Essentially, this place is everything 5 Guys tries to be. Better beef, better bun, better toppings, signature sauce, exponentially better fries, and everything seems to be assembled with a modicum of care. I think the prices are fairly close. Maybe a dollar more here or there. The difference at Clive is that it feels like you''re getting inexpensive quality food as opposed to over-priced fast food slop.
The only thing I could complain about at all are the tiny bar stools which seem to be bolted into the ground at an unnecessarily close distance to the counter where one is required to eat. At 6'3, I certainly wouldn't want to cram my frame into one these seats for longer than 15 minutes haha. There are a handful of regular tables available.
There's no question that I'll be back soon to test out a bacon cheeseburger and perhaps a custard shake.