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Guide: 10 of the best restaurants for comfort food in Calgary

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So maybe fall came prematurely this year and perhaps that came as a disappointment to some of you. We believe that when life gives you lemons, you make some lemonade – or in this case, a list of 10 of the best restaurants for comfort food in Calgary.

Like yourselves, while we’re incredibly excited for leaves and turtle neck sweaters, PSL’s, and horror movies, we’re not ready for the temperature drop that comes with the season. Let’s check out a few places that might just help us cope!

Moonlight and Eli

fondue cheese dip

Nothing says ‘fall’ quite like a big ol’ pot of melted cheese! Slip-on a pair of thigh-high booties, an oversized sweater and check out Moonlight and Eli, a quaint little fondue place where you can sip champagne and dip to your heart’s content. It really is just as chic as it sounds, but man does it taste better than your wildest lactose-coma dreams.

Where: 627 1 Ave NE, Calgary

PIZZA FACE

 

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Pizza Face has become a Calgary must-eat – even more so now that we’ll all be looking for something comforting to get us through the chillier weather. This pop-up style eatery shares a kitchen with Von Der Fels (they recently dropped the “Bar” from their name) on 1st street and only operates from Tuesdays through to Sundays.

Service: Order online here

Shiki Menya

Shiki Menya is THE spot for ramen in Calgary. Open daily for lunch, these guys have some great options, both experimental and classic. Also, if you’re in a bit of a rush, you can now even check out their new grab and go, the First Ave Corner Store for something quick and easy, but just as tasty!

Where: 827 1 Avenue NE

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Redheads Japa Cafe

Redheads Japa Cafe is basically Calgary’s heart and soul of comforting Japanese food. They have a ton of menu options all of which are unreal, but it’s their Japanese Curry that will really blow your mind. This bad boy is decadent, creamy, and what we’d consider the perfect fall meal.

Where: 638 11th Avenue SW

Pie Junkie

Pumpkin, shepherds, apple, mincemeat, caramel?! Calgary’s Pie Junkie has creations both sweet and savoury as well as everything in between. Curl up on the couch with a warm piece of perfectly flakey crust and impeccably spiced granny smith’s and throw on a Netlfix original for an A+ autumn day in.

Where: See locations here

La Brezza 

La Brezza is a cozy little family-run authentically Italian restaurant in Calgary’s Bridgeland. These guys have been going strong since the 80’s when the owner opened the spot out of his very own home, so you could say they know what they’re doing. After a glass of wine, an order of bruschetta, and a bowl of pasta you’ll be on comfort food cloud nine.

Where:  990 1st Ave NE, Calgary

Golden Cactus

You look like you could use a bit of a vacation! Smack dab right in the middle of Calgary’s International Avenue, you’ll find Golden Cactus, the crown jewel of 17th SE.  This Mexican grill is bright, full of spice, and friendly, making you forget all about the gloom and doom out the window.

Where: 5315 17 Ave SE

Cassis Bistro

French food was made for fall weather. Cassis has everything from meats and decadent cheeses to croquettes, all of which will make you feel like you just tucked into a Parisian resto. It might be cold outside, but if this doesn’t warm you from the inside out, we’re not sure what will.

Where: 2505 17 Ave SW

PHO DAU BO

Another soup place, who would’ve thought?! Pho Dau Bo is an incredibly tasty traditional family-run restaurant. They’ve been around since 2008, and in that time have perfected the art of customer service. Their broth is cooked for an insane 16 hours and they use fresh ingredients. Pho lovers should definitely check this place out!

Where: 110 – 4909, 17 Avenue SE

ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD

The memory of a good slice of pizza, a piece of lasagna, or a bowl of amazing pasta will stay with you forever. Actually Pretty Good, is a hell of a lot more than just that. Brought to us by the folks at Our Daily Brett, APG is a Calgary’s newest modern neighbourhood za joint. These guys make cheesy, fluffy crust goodness, pasta, salads, and bite-sized shareable like calamari.

Where: 2509 14th Street SW, Calgary

There you have it, Calgary. 10 of the best comfort food restaurants in the city! Munch responsibly, folks. Summer will be back in a flash!