I ate a lot in May! Well, truth be told, I always eat a lot. Actually, I really need to start working out, but I digress…Here are the restaurants I featured in my Metro Calgary column this past month…
I am glad to announce that this city finally has a quality grab-and-go pizza joint. GAGA Pizzeria opened up a few months ago on the corner of 12th Ave. S.W. and 12th St. S.W. and is dishing out some great Italian-style pizza as well as sandwiches and sweets, all at a great price.
Sadly, I was dateless this lunch hour and wouldn’t be able to tote any leftover pizza with me that day, so I went for the Calzone ($7.99). It was filled with capicola ham, sausage, olives, mushrooms and cheese (of course).
Finally, a delicious burger can be found on 17th Avenue! New grab-and-go joint Clive Burger captures your attention right away with its bright orange chairs and black and white wallpaper. Oh, and the smell of grilled burgers helps too.
After classifying my hunger as ‘moderate-to-high,’ I went with a Double Hamburger with Cheese ($9) and a side of fries ($4). The array of burger toppings available ranged from relish and pickles to sauerkraut and jalapenos. Seeing as I’m mildly ridiculous, I chose all of them.
My burger came out almost as tall of my bag of fries (which you get a ton of, so I recommend sharing an order of fries).
Known more, perhaps, for its late night rowdiness and cool tunes, The Drum and Monkey makes a great destination for a casual lunch with friends. The pub offers typical fare like burgers and sandwiches, but I wasn’t feeling overly hungry this particular afternoon, so I decided on a half order of Beef Taco Salad ($5.79). You’ll be hard-pressed to find a salad this size for under $6 nowadays.
The bowl was full of lettuce, shredded cheese, peppers, jalapenos, topped with a pile of ground beef and the eatery’s ‘monkey house dressing’ drizzled on top. I don’t think there were any monkeys in the dressing, but there was definitely some chipotle.
It’s hard to decide where to eat on the bustling Stephen Avenue during lunch hour. I generally check out multiple menus and let my stomach be the guide.
What first intrigued me about Libertine’s menu was the fact that it offers deviled eggs ($5.50) as an appetizer. Since this is a rarity to find on a restaurant’s menu these days, my friend and I decided to order some to start. Topped with some crispy chunks of bacon, we devoured them quickly.
For my lunch, I had The Libertine’s Grilled Duck Clubhouse ($16) with a simple side salad.
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