Sky 360

I’m so grateful for friends that invite me to Sky 360 for a ‘birthday eve’ drink and catch up. I definitely don’t get there as often as I should. But while you might come for the view, you’ll be glad you ate – Chef Greenwood is killing it up there! This Smoked Cauliflower (from Sudo Farms, in Lethbridge) Risotto is made with vegetable stock, and has fried basil, grana padano, and chili oil, and is superb. And excellent with Copain Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir Rosé too. I’ll be back again for this!

Smoked Cauliflower Risotto $14 at Sky 360, 101 9 Ave SW, Calgary, 403-532-7966,, @Sky360Calgary


Yellow Door Bistro

I’m a sucker for Bennies that are served on something other than a muffin. At Yellow Door, the Baby Shrimp BLT Bennie has eggs perched atop a house-baked herb biscuit, with shrimp, heirloom baby peppers and prosciutto, and hollandaise, with a side of perfect cooked and seasoned hash browns. I’ve never had a dish yet at Yellow Door that hasn’t been worthy of an Eat of the Week, everything is always so good here!

Baby Shrimp BLT Eggs Benedict – $19 at Yellow Door Bistro, 119 12 Ave SW, 403-206-9585,, @YellowDoorYYC


Lil Empire

I suspected Lil Empire in Bridgeland would be lipsmackingly delicious, like everything I’ve ever had at Empire Provisions, and I was right. I wolfed down the Spicy Korean Chicken, which comes on a bun with kimchi, lettuce, gochujang, BBQ sauce, and mayo – everything and more than I hoped it would be – and I devoured the Dirty Fries, they’re loaded with Lil’ Cheese Sauce, Bomba Sauce, hotdog “croutons”, and Empire Burger Sauce. I could honestly just eat those and call it dinner – it’s a very generous portion!

Spicy Korean Chicken ($13) and Dirty Fries $8 at Lil Empire, 1105 1st Ave NE, Calgary, 403-455-4007,, @lilempireburger


1st Avenue Corner Store

If you’re a fan of Shiki Menya, you’ll be very happy to visit their new 1st Avenue Corner Store next door, and watch the hot, crustless, Katsu Sandos being made in front of you. I couldn’t wait to try their Japanese fried chicken Karaage Cup that comes slathered with either shichimi mayo or ponzu onion sauce, and a little slaw underneath. Burn-your-lips-off hot straight from the fryer, crunchy, and creamy, it’s a fix for fried chicken lovers!

Karaage Cup with Shichimi Mayo $9 at 1st Avenue Corner Store, 824 1 Avenue NE, Calgary,, @firstavenuecornerstore




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