Our Five Favourite New Restaurants in 2012

Year after year, Calgary’s food scene gets bigger, better and more delicious. With so many fantastic places popping up in Calgary, it’s hard to choose who’s serving up the best; but we’ve narrowed it down and managed to make a top five list for our favourite new spots in the city last year.

Anejo Restaurant (#2, 2116 – 4 St SW) has opened its doors on 4th Street in the neighbourhood of Mission, bringing young professionals the best selection of tequila in the city and delicious Mexican-inspired fare. Their impressive selection of premium tequilas that are on display behind the bar is probably a prime reason we find ourselves here regularly. The margaritas come in a variety of flavours, including the classic, ginger, and prickly pear, while the food just continues to hit the mark. Order the house-made guacamole – they prepare it tableside. Now that’s service.

Clive Burger
From time to time there is nothing more satisfying than a well-made burger. For those in search of this traditional American delicacy, there’s no need to look any further than Clive Burger on 17 Ave. (736 17 Ave SW).  With top quality ingredients, a small beer and wine list and late night hours, it’s the perfect place for those adult burger cravings.

Celebrating the classic French bistro, Avec (located at 105-550 11th Ave SW) has a menu that features ‘simple’ dishes inspired by classic French bistro fare.

Proprietors Jackie Cooke, Michael Lazarowich and Kirk Shaw all have extensive experience in the food service industry and bring their expertise in all things food and wine to a loyal, growing clientele. We suggest trying the steak frites with local beef and signature Avec aioli, or the duck confit with stewed cherries.

Located in the Beltline (1301 – 10 Ave SW), the vibe is laid back to create the perfect space for modern young professionals. The menu is European-inspired and is a mix of breakfast and lunch dishes. Offering light and fresh fare, Monki uses local producers as often as possible when sourcing ingredients.

Half Italian Bistro, half fresh Market Cafe, they open at 7am during the week and 10am on Saturdays, and offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. The space is intimate and feels a bit like you’ve stepped into a fantastic Italian kitchen. The room is bright and charming with tiny white tiling throughout, classic black and white photos adourning the walls, and country chic furniture filling the space. Its open kitchen design allows you to watch the chef at work with the rotisserie behind roasting free-range chickens to golden perfection. 

Photo courtesy Anejo