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10 things you have to eat and drink in Calgary this fall

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October is the month of comfort food. We’re all our here trying to dress and prepare for some of the most unpredictable weather of the year. Will we get ten feet of snow this weekend and a high of 24 next week? Who knows! Every day it seems it’s just a little too hot for goose down but too cold to wear a light jacket. So, most of just just stay inside and eat our feelings. Here are 15 things you have to eat in Calgary this fall!

Hopefully, something on the list will help you forget we live in the seasonal twilight zone. Even if only for a minute.

BUTTERMILK – THE VILLAGE WAFFLE

Buttermilk is where we start on our tour de’ tasty. Topped with village icecream and warm Nutella over a mountain of seasonal fruit, this is the waffle to end all waffles. Fluffy. Sweet. Savory. Cold and warm. Ugh, It’s honestly to die for.

Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm Friday – Sunday | Closed Monday/Tuesday | 9:00am – 2:00pm Wedesday/Thursday
Where: 1919 4 St SW, Calgary

ALFORNO CAFE – HOT CHOCOLATE

It’s frothy and warm. Need we say more? In weather like this, we would recommend hot chocolate from almost anywhere, but Alforno’s is one of the best. Not only does it taste like a dream, but the cafe’ itself is super cute and cozy. Just what we need right now.

Hours: 7:00am – 9:00pm Weekdays | 8:00am – 9:00pm Saturdays | 8:00am – 5:00pm Sundays
Where: 222 7 St SW, Calgary

BRASSERIE – FRENCH ONION SOUP

How could we do a list of fall foods and not include a cup o’ soup?! This is not your pantry’s Campbells. This french onion soup is crazy. It’s cheesy in all the right places, it’s perfectly proportioned and the onions are perfectly done. 10/10 would recommend.

Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm Fridays | 10:am – 11:00pm Weekends | 4:00pm – 10:00pm Monday | 11:30am – 10:00pm Tuesday- Thursday
Where: 1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary

PIE JUNKIE – PUMPKIN PIE

Don’t show up to Thanksgiving dinner empty-handed. Pie junkie makes some fo the best pie in the city. The crust is perfect, the fillings are always soft and just sweet enough and there like, the perfect size. They have two locations in Kensington and Wildwood, but they’re also on Skip the Dishes, just in case you forgot to stop on the way over to Mom’s.

Where: 8 Spruce Center SW or 1081 2 Ave NW, Calgary

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THE BELTLINER – BUILD YOUR OWN CAESAR

If this doesn’t get you out of bed before noon on a Sunday, nothing will. The Beltliner is Calgary’s modern diner and has some of the coolest items to choose from. But this one by far blows everything out of the water! A Caesar is basically liquored up tomato soup. But the Beltliner caesar is liquored up tomato soup, the grilled cheese that goes with it, and hell, the blanket you can cozy up with while you sip – if that’s what you want it to be. Go ham… or cheese, or whatever, It’s your glass, man.

Hours: 7:00am – 10:00pm Weekdays | 7:00-3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
When: 243 12 Ave SW, Calgary

REDS DINER – PULLED PORK BENNY

You probably haven’t lived until you’ve had the pulled pork benny at Reds Diner. The BBQ sauce is sweet and smokey, and the hollandaise sauce is stupid creamy. We’d recommend going in early on the weekends because they run out of the pulled pork pretty quick. It’s like, Regina George-popular.

Where: 1415 4 St SW, Calgary or 286 10 St NW, Calgary or 1101 8 St SE, Calgary

MOONLIGHT AND ELI – FONDUE

Moonlight and Eli opened quietly back in January, making it one of Calgary’s best-kept secrets. What is more comforting than melted cheese with bread? We dare you to name a more iconic duo.

Hours: 5:00pm-11:00pm Friday & Saturday | Closed Sunday – Wednesday | 5:00pm-10:00pm Thursday
Where: 627 1 Ave NE, Calgary

TAJ MAHAL – BUTTER CHICKEN

This authentic, family-run Indian food joint is a diamond in the rough. Everything on the menu is incredible, but the butter chicken is a standout. It’s kind of a hole in the wall and a little tough to find, but it’s worth the hunt.

Where: 4816 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary

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JINYA – RAMEN

Endless noodles? Well, keep er’ coming. Jinya is a small space on 4th, but where they lack in square footage they make up for in portion size. Un-button up, kids. You’re going to need the gut space. When they say endless, they mean it. Eat until you burst.

Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm Monday – Saturday | 11:30am-10:00pm Sunday and Monday
Where: 1800 4 St SW #180, Calgary

YANN BAKERY – ALMOND CROISSANTS

Bonjour! This is another hidden gem. Yann is like little France. It smells like bread and macaroons, it’s inviting and honestly, a little overwhelming. These almond croissants are out of this world. Crispy and buttery on the outside and soft, moist and sweet on the inside. Thank us later!

Hours: 9:00am – 7:00pm Tuesday – Sunday | Closed on Mondays
Where: 329 23 Ave SW, Calgary

Carb up and cozy up. We’re not totally clear on what “fall” means in Calgary, but Pinterest tells us that its a lot of warm food and that’s something mother nature can’t interfere with, so we’re going with it. Enjoy yourself!

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