It's definitely great to see a new fast food restaurant that is unique
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 5:26pm [Dine in]
Take a stroll down 17th Avenue, if you are looking for a quick bite and happen to pass by the The Big Cheese Poutinerie it would be worth your while to check in . Just located a few doors down from the Melrose Cafe, it's hard to pass by without noticing the mouth watering aroma and the big plaid awning flaring off the building.
It was slightly crowded with a small line up which is a good indication that I had arrived at the right place. I had been hearing mixed reviews and had to try it for myself. We ordered two small sized poutine's, the portions were perfect for the two of us to share. There was good flavor in both, I enjoyed the "Notorious P.I.G." over the "Veggie Nacho". I found the two to be a great combination, we decided it was best to go with one that was heavy and the other... slightly heavier. Nice setting, good flavors, but eat it fast or be prepared to grab a spoon for some potato soup in a box.
It's a nice venue to check out and open late on weekends. I would recommend trying it out, but I wouldn't say it fully satisfies my craving for a good traditional Montreal poutine. It's definitely great to see a new fast food restaurant that is unique and non franchised. Not that I have anything against franchises, it's just nice to have some variety and competition. It keeps vendors on their toes, which means higher food quality at reasonable prices.
Charcut899 Centre Street SW, #101, Calgary I think this might have just made my top 10 favorites
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 5:21pm [Dine in]
After watching Connie DeSousa, one of the Co-Executive chefs and Co-Owners of CHARCUT Roast House compete in "Top Chef Canada" I was determined to try some of her rustic culinary creations.
I must admit I had high expectations heading into the restaurant. When we walked in we saw that it was a full house, having made reservations we were greeted at the door and seated right away. The restaurant was well staffed and the timing of each dish that came out was perfect. Our waitress checked on us regularly and I never felt there was any impact on the service regardless of how busy it was. The venue had a very modern and relaxed atmosphere that catered to a wide range of clientele. We were seated next to a family with kids and across from us looked to be a girl’s night out dinner.
There was good selection on the menu but I knew I had to experience some of the dishes that were prepared for the judges in the Top Chef competition. I knew if it was good enough to impress the judges it’s definitely going to impress me…and I was right about that one! I would highly recommend trying the share burger, it’s tender with lots of flavor, and the saltiness of the meat accentuated the fried egg and the bun perfectly. I rarely order burgers at restaurants but once you take your first bite you’ll know what I’m raving about.
The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would recommend CHARCUT in a heartbeat; just make sure to make reservations so you are not left waiting. The chefs embrace a passion for the food they serve and for their fans. We ended the night with a picture and a signed menu from Connie herself. This turned out to be a terrific dining experience. I think this might have just made my top 10 favorites.