Econo Lodge South
7505 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB T2H 0L8
Phone: (403) 252-4401
Fax: (403) 252-2780
Bars & Cafes
On weekend nights, the waiting crowd spills out to the parking lot, anxious to exercise their guilty dining pleasures. The contemporary menu offers a wide range of selections from pasta to burgers, but just about everyone saves tummy room for one of the over-sized dessert items, of which there are countless choices at good prices. Come dessert time, seasoned visitors spring up from their tables and carefully choose from the many cheesecakes, pies and puddings chilling inside a glass display case near the entrance. The portions are huge, with take-home containers readily available.
The Limericks Traditional Public House is a two-level space in one of Calgary's most popular neighborhoods. Big on atmosphere and beer, with regular live Celtic music performances combined beautifully with the sweet taste of beers like Guinness, Harp and Kilkenny, this is the ideal place to unwind at after a hard day at work. Their moderately priced menu wanders the globe from New Orleans to Athens, and hence offers a variety in cuisine. There is an elevated patio for warm summer nights. Call for additional information.
Restaurants come and go, but the Keg chain has been around for more than a generation as a reliable place for a good steak, devoid of the stuffiness of more traditional steakhouses. Known for a casual atmosphere, table help who insist you know their names and big salad bars, this particular outlet holds true to form. It is set in what looks to passersby like a classic Western ranch house and carries that homey (though bustling) feel inside. Alberta prides itself on its beef, and that's the mainstay of the menu, with filet mignon, New York cuts and prime rib, all at moderate prices. There are two more Keg outlets in Calgary, plus two in Banff.
Established in 2006 when two engineering professional decided to take their love for coffee to the next-level, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters today is well-known throughout Calgary for delivering perfect cups of coffee to casual drinkers and aficionados alike. The Calgary-born coffeehouse and roasterie prides itself in sourcing coffee from the world-over with an expert eye. The baristas at their cafes have been praised for their expertise and the care they take to deliver a delightful experience each time. To go along with your brews is an excellent casual menu of light meals made from farm-fresh ingredients; a superb add-on to compliment the coffees. Located inside the Chinook Centre, Phil & Sebastian attracts not only shoppers taking a break, but also coffee-lovers who pay a visit for their caffeine fix.
One of many locations all over the Canada, Joey Chinook offers patrons both quality food and drinks in a chic fine-dining setting. The façade of the restaurant is a towering glass wall that gives it a very airy and spacious feel. Offering a regular as well as a gluten free menu, Joey makes sure that it takes care of its customers dietary needs. The rooftop patio is a space that can be thoroughly enjoyed in summer. One can also avail of the gift card facility, to present a loved one with a lovely meal.
Like an old friend, this unassuming place located just east of Chinook Centre has been offering comfort food to Calgarians for a long time. You can get a cornucopia of fresh food items here as well as fast food, meats from the deli and an array of cheeses and fresh salads. And you can order homemade ice cream and gelato while you await your food order. Il Centro offers pizza, lasagna and spaghetti as well as great deli meats that they're happy to wrap for you to take home.
Located on Macleod Trail south, this bar attracts a lively crowd of both regulars and newcomers with a combination of live entertainment and delicious food. They offer a number of amenities including a pool table, HD televisions and daily drink specials. The large menu features pub grub such as nachos, chicken wings and baby back ribs. For the main entrees, you can choose from beef, chicken or pasta. Partying here is a lively experience with timings that differ with event. The bar also hosts parties and personal events. Check website for details.
O'Sullivan's Restaurant & Bar has something going on every day of the week, including "Monday Madness" where a piece of chicken wings will cost only ten cents, and on Sundays you can enjoy happy hour prices all day. There is ample free parking in front of the restaurant. O'Sullivan's is a typical English Pub where casual attire and attitude is welcomed. You can sit back and enjoy or take part in their karaoke parties on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features nachos, chicken wings and vegetable wraps. They also offer pasta, burgers, steak, and sandwiches. Check website for more information.
Consistently voted among the top country clubs in the country, Ranchman's is a south Calgary favorite that has been packing people in for generations, particularly during the wild annual Calgary Stampede. While other clubs purport to be country, this is the real deal, with strapping young men pulling in by truck at night from the ranches that litter the land surrounding Calgary. The rodeo crowd also hangs out here when in town. There's live music in the dance hall section and a DJ in the bar up front, as well as on the outdoor patio. The attached restaurant serves steaks and burgers.
Bright, spacious and modern, Schanks offers something for everyone. You can choose from all kinds of interactive fun including jet skiing, pro sports games and trivia challenges. It is a very large facility and can accommodate up to 600 people. Their menu is large and varied and offers entrees such as chicken, steak and pasta. They also have a large appetizer menu to choose from and welcome corporate and business functions. Check website for more information.
This elegant cafe located in Heritage Park Historical Village by the Bow River is a tribute to the early 19th century Canadian railway. Modeled on the Canadian Pacific Railway Station, Railway Cafe takes its patrons back to the olden days while serving great simple dishes and drinks. On the menu is a good selection of homemade food with tea and coffee for company. For an airier setting, head outside on the boardwalk and take in the stunning vistas of the Rocky Mountains. It is like a breath of fresh air if you're tired of eating at the same chain cafes and restaurants and want to experience something new.
For those who miss the traditional English tea ceremony, this southwest restaurant makes it a point to deliver just that: afternoon teas served with fancy smoked salmon or cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. You won't have to wait for the afternoons to roll around though, as Dove's Nest offers hearty breakfasts, such as eggs Benedict and rich omelets. Ask for their lunch specials like chicken and salmon served with homemade soup. Little old ladies that lunch and their gentlemen friends make up some of Dove's Nest special customers.