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Runner up this year is the Bear Foot Bistro. With its high back black leather chairs, colourful show plates and the enticing Champagne/ Caviar/Martini trolley cruising by your table to tempt you with life’s more decadent side it’s hard to imagine anywhere more enjoyable to spend time. And adjoining the Bearfoot Bistro is The Champagne Restaurant & Bar which features a frozen rail & fiber-optic illumination to go along with the stylistic pewter, copper, and native stone finish.
In third place this year is last year’s winner, the Trattoria di Umberto. There is no doubt that this alfresco, tiled dining room decorated with warm Tuscan colours and interesting art offers elegance without ostentation. And the staff has that rare serving savvy so they can see when cozy couples only have time for themselves or families need all the help they can get.
Hy’s Steakhouse wins again this year, that’s year three, and its no wonder. Even people walking past on the street can’t help but turn their noses in the direction of the succulent smells emanating from this kitchen. The steak melts in your mouth sending your taste buds into frenzy. Hy’s created today’s idea of a great Canadian steak meal where the beef isn’t thin and gray but thick and succulent. Hy Aisenstat opened the first one in Calgary in 1956. A former roughneck on the oilrigs, it was his love of good food which led to his partnership with a chef who later bailed out on the deal. "The Only," the famous 14-ounce New York steak, went for $3 in 1956 at Aisenstat’s first second-floor Calgary restaurant.
And even before he got a liquor license, Aisenstat was offering prime steaks and painstaking service in posh surroundings. More than any other single Canadian restaurateur, he was responsible for educating the masses to the delights of fancy dining.
To this day, according to carnivores that know, Hy’s is the place to sit down and satisfy those beefy cravings with their signature New York Strip with Hy’s steak sauce.
Runner up this year again is the Keg, Hy’s sister company, which always offers good quality for a good price. Sometimes at the end of a day on the slopes what you need is a Keg-sized steak, a Keg-sized Caesar and a place to really relax in.
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