This past fall, I got the fun opportunity to travel to Alberta, Canada with Amanda and Stephanie. This wasn’t my first trip to Alberta, but it was my favorite! Fall is AMAZING in Alberta! Slightly smaller than the capital city of Edmonton, Calgary is beautiful in its fall colors and has a much larger foodie scene than I realized. We got to enjoy some very yummy treats and sleep extremely well in a remarkable hotel! What more could you want, right? Put these on your bucket list because this is definitely where to stay and eat in Calgary, Alberta, Canada!
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed downtown at the Westin Calgary and couldn’t have had a better experience.
After checking in, I went up to my room and found it to be very spacious.
The bed was comfortable and plush. It had that kind of duvet you just want to wrap up in!
See what I mean with the amount of space it had? Huge flat screen TV and a mini fridge made it that much better!
The bathroom was very nice with floor-to-ceiling glass shower doors and an upscale vanity.
Since the hotel is very centrally located, so much was in easy walking distance. This makes your trip so much better when you can just zip to places easily without the hassle of dealing with the car! You will want to stay at the Westin Calgary for its location, comfort and friendly staff!
WHERE TO EAT
Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey
The first night in Calgary, we ate at Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey. Now honestly, being from the South, I thought how could BBQ here be as good as what we have back home?
I soon found the answer to that…they learned their BBQ-making skills from the South, specifically Texas. Their ribs were so tender, but my favorite was the brisket! The baked beans and green beans were also pretty tasty.
This is the Tipsy Texan. Two words come to mind with this sandwich. Impressive and yummy!
The macaroni and cheese was to. die. for. !
How cool is this sign?
We had breakfast at The Daily the next morning and it was the most unique little place.
My Breakfast Poutine was amazing…
as was Stephanie’s Egghole Sandwich
and Amanda’s French Toast. How pretty is it?!
My Fruit Bowl had a pretty snazzy presentation too!
If you are wanting yummy cupcakes, stop in at Crave for a selection of both classic and monthly features!
We had lunch at Burger 320 a fun little place with two locations in the Kensington and Bridgeland districts.
The owners, Mario and Shannon, hand make everything and even grind their own meat!
I am a huge ketchup fan, but their Balsamic Ketchup is now my absolute new favorite!
They don’t only do burgers…you can customize your own ice cream taco with a waffle cone shell. How fun!!
RE: GRUB…yep, burger spelled backwards!
They have awesome specialty burgers such as…
the El Bandido with jalapeño jack mac ‘n cheese, hickory spiked fried avocado, jalapeño jack cheese and pico de gallo…
and the Dude Ranch that has thick cut bacon, aged cheddar, creamy bacon ranch and a fabulous sunny-side up egg. It was my favorite!
You have to try Dante’s Peak Fries. They have a hickory spiced, spicy dirty ketchup, parsley and a sunny-side up egg. SO. YUMMY.
You can NOT leave without trying one of their outrageous, crazy milkshakes! Look at the artistry that goes into these!
We tried the Cookie Monster, Krusty The Shake, and the Dr Peanut…
but, my favorite was the D Spot. I’m a sucker for ice cream sandwiches and chocolate syrup!
There is often a line, but don’t worry, they have a queue cam so you can see what the line looks like before you go!
Sweet Tooth Ice Cream
We stopped in at Sweet Tooth Ice Cream for their unique rolled ice cream!
This was my first time to have rolled ice cream, even though I have been to Thailand where it originated!
I had the London Fog with roasted earl grey, fruit loops, and honey. It was delectable!
They brought out their Raindrop Cake for us to try. Originating in Japan, it was both interesting and yummy!
Goro + Gun
Head over to Goro + Gun for the Ramen Burger. What a different concept to have ramen noodles for your bun! 😉
I tried their salmon sashimi too…Mmmm!
Make sure you stop in at Paper Street. I LOVED their concept of bringing street food from their travels to life with their own flair! It’s also a great, trendy place with a fabulous, upbeat atmosphere!
Their Ramen Burger was my favorite because it included a sunny-side up egg! Those tater tots were pretty delicious too!
The Chicken and Waffle Cone was AMAZING! The chicken was all nestled in the cone on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and a chipotle maple slaw. The flavors paired very well together!
As you can see, Calgary has a fabulous foodie scene that you definitely want to check out! It also has the perfect place to stay in the Westin Calgary. Put these on your bucket list and check out things to do in Calgary coming soon!
Have you been to any of these places? Have a new foodie place to add? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!
‘Til next time…
*Thank you to the Westin Calgary, the Alberta Tourism Board and the above linked restaurants! I am truly grateful for the experiences and as always, all opinions expressed in my posts are my own!