Five New Restaurants in Calgary

New spots to nosh in Cowtown 

Ten Foot Henry photo by Brittany Back

From pizza and small plates to pastries and yakitori, there’s lots of new food to be excited about.  

Alforno Bakery & Café

This bright, casual patisserie and restaurant in the heart of the city's Eau Claire neighbourhood is the newest eatery from the Teatro Group, known for its award-winning restaurants and local, sustainable cuisine. Pop in for fresh, homemade baked breads and pastries, coffee or brunch. Or, choose from a vast menu of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and small plates paired with an extensive selection of wine, beer and spirits.

Try this: A baseball-sized Dulce de Leche Cream Puff.

Ten Foot Henry

The newest restaurant from husband-and-wife team Aja Lapointe and chef Stephen Smee is a casual, all-day spot with a veggie-centric menu. Here, the dishes are meant to be shared family-style. So bring friends, sit at a wooden bench-style table and dig into seasonal dishes like collard greens and tempura. Carnivores will appreciate meat and fish options like salmon and chargrilled chicken. Be sure to wave hello to the 10-foot-tall cutout of the comic strip character and local arts icon the quirky name plays tribute to. Bonus: this spring, Little Henry, an adjacent grab-and-go coffee shop, will also open with healthy lunches and organic espresso.

Try this: Salt roasted potatoes with shishito peppers, chilies and mayo.

Shokunin

Shokunin is chef Darren MacLean’s newest restaurant, which satisfies bellies with Japanese ramen, charcoal-grilled meats and small plates. Meaning “artisan” or “craftsman,” Shokunin focuses on traditional methods with some modern twists. There's also quick lunch options and late-night ramen (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.). And don’t miss happy hour Tuesday through Friday for craft cocktails, sake or Japanese whiskey.

Try this: Octopus fritters with sweet soy, a smooth and creamy Japanese mayo, bonito flakes, scallions and kabayaki sauce.

Pips Board Game Cafe

Calgary’s first board game cafe, located in the trendy Marda Loop neighbourhood, does not disappoint in games or grub. For just $5 a person, you can choose from more than 500 games to play. Keep fueled with local craft beer, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, hearty mains and snacks like pretzel bites with beer mustard. Try the new weekend brunch menu with staples like eggs Benny, buttermilk pancakes and a build-your-own omelette.

Try this: Mac n’ cheese with pulled chicken baked in a four-cheese sauce and topped with breadcrumbs and crispy onions (kids’ portion and gluten-free also available).

Full Circle Pizza & Oyster Bar

In December, husband-and-wife duo Amelia and Joshua Stoddart opened Full Circle on busy 17th Avenue S.W., and are serving up Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas alongside east and west coast oysters. The pizzas here feature a perfectly charred thin crust and toppings range from fior di latte and tomato to braised octopus and seaweed. Take a seat at the bar for a cocktail and buck-a-shuck (9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday), or come for the huge and heavy-loaded calzones.

Try this: The Flaming Moe pizza, with spicy peppers, calabrese, Sriracha and red onion.