17th Ave · Burgers

Clive Burger

I haven’t seen Loaf2go and T since No Man’s Lover’s Feast at Moon Korean BBQ in February 2020. That was the last event we held before the pandemic. Last Friday, we met up at Clive Burger on 17th Ave to catch up and to discuss the next No Man’s Dinner. For this post, let’s listen to “I Do It For The Money” by Charlie Major.

Loaf2go and T both ordered the Double Burger ($11.99, +$1.00 cheddar cheese) and I ordered the Single Burger ($8.99, +$1.00 cheddar cheese) and a Poutine ($11.50). Loaf2go and T wanted milkshakes, but unfortunately, the machines weren’t working that day.

For my burger, I added Clive sauce, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. I didn’t find my burger saucy at all, but I appreciated tasting the rich flavour of the beef patty and the freshness of the chilled vegetables. The lettuce was so crisp and green, it looked like it came out of my garden. The brioche bun was golden brown, puffy, soft and large enough it melded against the generous volume of vegetables.

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When I saw the juices dripping out of Loaf2go and L’s burger, I immediately had buyer’s remorse. I should have ordered a double patty because there is so much bun and vegetables, it could have used more meat to balance out the proportions.

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The poutine is big enough for three people to share. I love the soft, warm globs of cheese in the poutine. However, the gravy was so salty, my whole face would pucker up each time I took a bite. I don’t think the gravy is normally so salty. Jennntle informed me when she ordered the poutine last year, the gravy was delicious. Loaf2go recommends the regular fries with the Clive sauce.

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I’m looking forward to the next No Man’s Dinner. Loaf2go suggested that I can pick the venue and she’ll do the usual enforcing club rules and social media posting. With so much responsibility on my shoulders, I can’t loaf around. Got any suggestions?

Comfort food · Restaurants

Leopold’s Tavern – Bowness

Veggie Girl turned 32! For her birthday, she wanted to have drinks at Leopold’s Tavern in Bowness. She picked this pub because it’s blocks away from her house and she had a hankering for a mushroom poutine. Veggie Girl said as a vegetarian, it’s difficult to find a good poutine and Leopold’s version is particularly pleasing to her palate.

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I dig the music here. That night we listened to Arkells, Franz Ferdinand and The Strumbellas. For this post, let’s listen to Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. L told me about this new dancing robotic dog. Pretty cool.

Pints of craft beer set you back $8 bucks. Uncle Ben thought that was pricey. I think eight dollars is the norm in Calgary and I’m grateful it wasn’t Bud. I had a pint of Tokyo Drift and then an hour later, I had a strong craving for wine. Leopold’s serves up Barefoot ($10). I was torn. In the end, my craving won. When I complained to Veggie Girl about Leopold’s wine selection, she said Beringer is available, but it’s not on the menu. More of the same.

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Veggie Girl’s friend Scope showed us his new breathalyzer from Costco. After two drinks in two hours, I was impaired. Good thing I wasn’t driving.

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In the third and final hour, I ordered an Erdinger, which was my preferred drink of the night. Unfortunately, after two sips, I was tipsy so I gave my beer to Uncle Ben. Waste not, want not. Besides, we’re family.

L ordered a Smoked Meat Sandwich ($16.50) and upgraded the regular fries to yam. The Montreal smoked meat was stacked high. Each thinly slice of meat was juicy and flavorful. The sandwich was an easy 5 out of 5. I can’t remember eating a tastier smoked meat sandwich. The yam fries were overcooked and over salted. The crisper fries tasted bitter.

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Uncle Ben ordered a BLT ($15.50) with fries. The bacon is thick cut and stacked high. His fries were too salty as well. Uncle Ben said it was his third time ordering a BLT at Leopold’s since it opened. He would give the BLT two thumbs up, but his other hand was preoccupied holding the plate.

I ordered a mushroom burger with mushroom poutine ($16.50 +$4.00 upgrade). I thought I ordered a vegetarian burger so I was surprised to bite into a beef patty. The burger was loaded with warm mushrooms and melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, pickles and red onion. Yummy. Reminded me of A&W mozza burger, but in a comfort food way. The mushroom poutine is made with vegetarian and gluten-free gravy. My fries were not overly salted like L’s and Uncle Ben’s. The side poutine was heavy on the gravy. The cheese curds were chunky and still cool. One of the better poutines in Calgary.

Turned and Dave shared a Pulled Pork Poutine ($17.50). They enjoyed every bite. Leopold’s is pretty generous with portions. Just look at all that meat and cheese. Dave ordered Veggie Girl a shot – a Muff Diver. Veggie Girl has a small mouth so it was hard for her to find the shot glass in all that whipped cream.

L and I arrived at 6:05 p.m. and we left by 9:00 p.m. The rest of the gang stayed until closing, at 2:00 a.m. I have a feeling that my in-laws are quite fond of Leopold’s Tavern. Hitting the Sauce gives up a big fat thumb up for the tasty comfort food, friendly service and warm vibes.

Leopold's Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bakery · Brunch · Sandwiches

Canmore and Banff Day Trip

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My colleague EA Supreme took me out to Banff and Canmore for an afternoon retreat. She picked me up at the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Bowness, and off we rode off in her big red truck. The ride up was scenic, lots of green fields and a view of the looming mountains.

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Our first stop was at her favourite breakfast spot, The Summit. According to EA Supreme, this cafe is always busy, filled with hikers fueling up for the day. The food is simple and homey, something my father would make for us when we were kids. EA Supreme ordered the breakfast bagel ($6) and I ordered the breakfast sandwich ($7.50). The egg was flat, the orange yolk still warm and gooey. The piece of lettuce, tomato, cheese and bacon was also thinly sliced.

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Before we left for Banff, we stopped next door to Fergie’s, a convenience store with homemade baked goods. EA Supreme told me the owner is French. At the front by the cashier, you can buy freshly made doughnuts, cinnamon buns and the best, hugest apple fritter. I could not stop eating this over sized treat ($2.99 or 2/$5.00). The exterior was crunchy, greasy and drenched in a sweet glaze. The interior was soft but not doughy. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water.

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Once in Banff, we went up to the gondola ($42) on Sulfur Mountain. I was initially reluctant to go along as it was foggy. However, the staff informed us that there was an inversion, so once we made it past the dense layer of fog, the view was spectacular. When we arrived at the top, we spent an hour walking on the hiking paths and soaked in the sights.

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When we came down, we walked over to dip into the sulfur hot springs ($7.00). Most people were with their significant other. Both our husbands dislike this sort of day trip. EA Supreme and I joked this was a romantic trip so far. I asked her if she wanted to hold hands but she declined the offer.Screen Shot 2016-08-13 at 1.25.38 PM.png

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From the hot springs, we walked past the Banff Springs Hotel into the touristy downtown core. After I spent too much money on workout gear, EA Supreme and I checked out Bow Falls for a few photos.

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On the way home, we stopped by my favourite poutinerie, La Belle Patate. We shared a large deluxe poutine ($15) which came with sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, smoked meat, cheese curds, gravy and fries. The toppings were enormous, piled high on our foil takeaway container. I was so full, that I didn’t eat dinner that night. The dish is salty, which makes sense given the ingredients. I prefer the traditional poutine, as the fries stay crisper. Next time I’m in, I think I’ll share a small classic poutine with a side of extra curds.

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Thanks EA Supreme for taking me on such a delightful day trip. It’s a shame I don’t get out more often to enjoy Alberta’s unique and beautiful landscape. Next, I want to visit Jasper and Drumheller.

 

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