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    Quote Originally Posted by CalgaryPotato View Post
    I prefer local places mostly. But Calgary is very chain heavy. And a lot of the local places have gone downhill to dive quality, because no one goes to them, because they are all going to the chain places.
    I'll say. Drive down Macleod Trail from the south and you'll pass almost every major restaurant chain in North America.

    If you live in SW, check out Patisserie du Soleil for breakfast or lunch It's in a strip mall in the Woodbine area (far end of the mall from the safeway). It's a bakery with full table service and a full menu.

    Bobby's Place Olde World Tavern is good if you like traditional pub style food. It is slightly more expensive than other pubs but it tastes far better than you'd expect. It's owned by a local couple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjude View Post
    One of the benefits of being retired is that I am seldom in a hurry. I now have more time to cook. Practice makes perfect, or at least, leads to improvement. Hence, my favourite place to eat these days is Chez Moi. Prices are very reasonable, there is free parking, the ambience is very relaxing, and the menu gets better all the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Just a Guy View Post
    Personally, I try to live by the rule not to eat at a place that isn't better or different than I can make at home. Since I'm a pretty good cook, that limits me a lot. Since I can usually replicate anything I eat (unless I'm not familiar with the ingredients), and can improve on it by using higher quality ingredients, I've ruined a lot of restaurants for my family.

    My kids love steak for example, but now a high quality steak seems to be a sirloin...something I tend to use for stew meat, Korean bul go gi, roulades, etc.
    Both of the above posts point out what is, I suppose, obvious. If you are a good cook and/or someone at home is a good cook and enjoys cooking, it gets harder and harder to find a good restaurant. It's disappointing to go out and pay a lot more than you would pay to produce the same meal at home, only to receive inferior quality.

    Quote Originally Posted by Plugging Along View Post

    We prefer to try something we can't get at home. We also, try to only eat things that I cannot make at home, or it's way too time consuming, or it's just better by the restaurant.
    Same here. But, again, as your skill develops, the list of things you cannot do better at home gets shorter.

    I like to cook and I have developed a handful of specialties. But I pale in comparison to my wife, who worked as a cook in restaurants in S.E. Asia, primarily Filipino and Chinese places. She worked on-call as a relief cook at a Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver and, since leaving Vancouver, she has worked seasonally as a cook at a resort. I am spoiled. But, come to think of it, I have never known her to make meat loaf. She makes embutido, a Filipino version of meatloaf, but I'll bet hp's kids would not accept it as meatloaf.

    It's long gone, but one of my favourite places was a small restaurant in Kamloops, B.C. called the Grassroots Teahouse. It was smack in the middle of Riverside Park and run by a family. Whenever business took me to Kamloops for a few days, I would go there one night, with a couple of colleagues. Anyone here on cmf remember it? Open for dinner only, for a small number of diners. Mom did most of the cooking and dad and the daughters helped out. No other employees. There was no menu. The idea was to call ahead and ask what was being served on any particular night. It might be, for example, roast beef tonight, grilled salmon tomorrow night, pork ribs the next, etc. All accompanied by a range of veggies and always a salad. Good variety.

    So dinner would be served at 7 and you would be asked to show up at 6:30 for drinks and appetizers. There would be homemade pickles and bread. All was brought out and served as it would be at a family gathering at home. Fine china tureens and serving platters to be passed around. Nothing served up in the kitchen. Seconds were usually available. An emptied platter would be recharged. Desserts were all fresh and taking advantage of seasonal fruits and berries, etc.

    My wife says she would like to open a place like that. However, I do not see to many coming here by boat to get it and the tiny local population would not support it. So she has to settle for me as her regular customer. And I am a lousy tipper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by humble_pie View Post
    in some families they come home with their laundry. Would you believe i once had a married italian client age about 32 who still took his shirts home to his mother to be laundered & ironed to his liking


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    I eat at home if I have the opportunity. I use to eat out for lunch, wherever available, when I am at work. But I decided to make my own meals which I make every weekend and have it packed in serving portions. I did not know that this could lessen my expenses that much plus, I am certain that what I am having now is a healthier alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just a Guy View Post
    ... As a self professed food snob, it always surprises me that most of the people complaining only seem to frequent the big chain stores.

    In reality, it doesn't take any more time to stop into the local bakery to grab a coffee and a snack than it does to stop into a McDonald's or Timmy's. Often times the food is made in store, by an actual trained baker or chef and, from my experience, is usually of much higher quality ...
    Partly true ... the ones I am aware of open about an hour after my start time at work. The ones that are open, add fifteen minutes to thirty minutes to the commute.

    Much easier for me to brew my own at work, on the coffee front.


    Quote Originally Posted by Just a Guy View Post
    ... For lunch or dinner, the local hole in the wall can be substantially better, and often cheaper, yet most people are too afraid to even try them ...
    Hmmm ... lunch / dinner is the opposite for my co-workers. I can recall Mandarin as the last chain that visited. https://mandarinrestaurant.com/

    Usually it's a Pho place, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian or Korean.


    We do have one guy who wants meat, typically along the lines of a burger place or Lone Star but he does not get invited much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just a Guy View Post
    ... Found some amazing stuff since then...a Somali restaurant where most patrons use the back door, a peri-peri chicken at a Portuguese deli made by a Portuguese grandmother ...
    Now you are making my mouth water ... time for another lunch of Peri-Peri chicken at the restaurant downtown.



    Quote Originally Posted by sags View Post
    A lot of people don't even want to get out of their vehicles, let alone go into a small restaurant, wait for the waitress, order and then wait for the food.
    I think "time" is the most important for people...........right or wrong as it may be ...
    Which at times is puzzling as some of those who say they don't have time can be seen spending far more than the lunch time socialising then having to stay to get their work done. Me ... I'd rather combine this with a good lunch.


    Quote Originally Posted by sags View Post
    ... Who else has time to sit down for an hour for breakfast or lunch on a weekday ?
    A lot of employees don't get much time for lunch anymore. My wife's place gets 20 minutes. I used to get 20 minutes ...
    Likely it depends a lot on where one works ... some of the small places that we go to, if the departure isn't 11:45am or earlier - your party isn't getting a table until close to 1pm or later.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mordko View Post
    Actually, I should mention that Vietnamese restaurants in Canada tend to be reliably good, in my opinion. More so than other Asian cousines. Not sure why.
    Excitement that quality ingredients are readily available? Not sure what to guess.

    My co-worker's wife has a sensitive stomach. Never had a problem at a Vietnamese place but constantly has problems at Chinese places. She is convinced a combination of not cleaning the food carefully enough plus re-using the oil too often is the cause.


    I have rarely had a problem ... though have noticed a higher satisfaction with Vietnamese.


    Quote Originally Posted by wraphter View Post
    I have eaten in numerous very good Chinese restaurants in Toronto ...
    You know you are in a good place when the asians vastly outnumber everyone else, you can't read the menu and an asian has to tell you that your number has been called to be seated.


    Quote Originally Posted by james4beach View Post
    I plead guilty to visiting Ikea when I saw a sale (I think it was the meatballs). It was a good deal.
    Was it Ikea that had the meatballs containing horse meat? Oh man.
    The references I can find say it was the Swedish supplier to Ikea that shipped to Sovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. Canadian Ikea's were reported to be supplied from the US and were not affected.


    Of course, other than labeling - I am not sure I would have sweated it. My high school class mate used to make his living buying horses then shipping the meat to Europe.


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    I love horses, but I also love horse meat.
    Salt cured, sliced thin, mmm, a delicacy, but one I rarely eat.

    I think all they all go to horse meat for human consumption now and have for a couple decades at least if I'm not mistaken.
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    My wife and I rarely eat out, simply because we always end up being disappointed by the quality of the food, and the price. Plus between her (Japanese) and me (Italian-Catalan-French), we can usually make better food than what most places serve, even when we use regular off-the-shelf or frozen ingredients. Also we enjoy field cooking while camping, and while I couldn't remember any of the restaurant meals I had in the past year, I can remember vividly some of the memorable dish we prepared on a camping stove while we were camping in the Utah desert last winter. We do go out a few times a year for special occasions and it usually involves food I would not have the time to prepare at home. The only exception to our dining out rule is when we are in Mexico where I don't bother to cook whatsoever. Then again, we eat at mom and pop' taco stands every single day, with the occasional sit-down place Mexican frequented by locals.

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    ^ Anywhere ... especially where food is free eg. friend's place or soup kitchen. The latter really humbles you.

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