Glacier Saloon, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

There was over an hour wait for a table at lunch in Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Lounge when we recently visited Lake Louise, so we popped downstairs to the Glacier Saloon looking for a casual bite – and what joy! Their Canadian Seafood Chowder is a big bowl of creamy velouté, chock full of salmon and shellfish, with double-smoked bacon and herb croutons – and it’s possibly one of the best seafood chowders I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying!

Canadian Seafood Chowder $14 at Glacier Saloon, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, 403-522-3511, fairmont.com/lake-louise@FairmontCLL

Vero Bistro Moderne

The only Alberta restaurant in Trip Advisor’s 2015 best restaurants in Canada, Vero recently placed 4th with 364 of its 460 reviews listed as excellent. That’s a great word to describe this Slow Braised Milk Fed Osso Buco. The succulently tender braised veal comes with saffron risotto, porcini mushroom sauce, and white truffle oil – lip-smacking and tummy- satisfyingly delicious.

Slow Braised Osso Buco $30 at Vero Bistro Moderne, 209 10th street NW. Calgary, 403-283-8988, verobistro.ca, @VeroBistro 

Divino

Whatever else you order at Divino, be sure to add the Tempura Haricot Vert. They’re so moreish, you won’t be able to stop reaching for these crispy green beans and dipping them in the excellent fireweed honey-hot mustard sauce. I could just eat these with a glass of wine and call it a great lunch!

Tempura Haricot Vert $8, at Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro, 113 – 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, 403-410-5555, crmr.com/divino, @Divino_Bistro 

 

One18 Empire

Who knew One18 Empire do a business lunch where you can be in and out in 45 minutes?

With two menu choices for $15, or $19 for three choices (and you receive a surprise brown bag to take away with you too!), it’s a great value! I chose ‘Spoon’ – their robust and warming Smokey Tomato soup with chipotle and crispy parsley that comes in a home-baked sourdough bowl, and ‘Fork’ – One18 Casesar, a bowl of kale with rustic croutons, parmesan and preserved lemon vinaigrette. Great tasting food at a great price. (And the teapots don’t drip!)

Two menu choices for lunch, $15 at One18 Empire, 820 Centre Street SE Calgary, 403-269-0299, one18empire.com, @one18empire 

– eats courtesy of Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine

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