i don’t often make trips to calgary’s deep south. if i were driving that far, i’d rather actually go to montana. as a downtown dweller and northwest worker, it really takes something special for me to go south of 22X. for a few months two years ago, i thought that a boy was special enough for that, but i was quite mistaken – i’m good at that.
a few weeks ago i headed back to Seton (the scene of the dating crime) to mix and mingle with foodie friends at starbelly open kitchen + lounge.
we lifted a glass to honour the memory of Jonathan Sobol and welcomed new executive chef, Paul McGreevy. the starbelly family also welcomed new GM Derek Mihalik and sales & marketing manager, Danielle Kondruk.
it was my first visit to the restaurant that offers made from scratch, home-style cuisine. starbelly’s menu changes with the seasons, to showcase the natural flavours of calgary’s backyard.
the suburbs are usually scattered with big box stores and chain restaurants, so starbelly is a welcome addition to the south. they take “local” to a new level by sourcing fresh, regional ingredients from community suppliers and make everything in-house, whenever they can.
but local doesn’t mean boring. we sampled passed appetizers that included ahi tuna in a coconut curry, and elk bacon. starbelly also has a seasonal cocktail menu that includes spiced rum and eggnog for the holidays, as well as a belly warming old fashioned.
while their dinner menu looks delicious, i would definitely suggest going for brunch because bacon pancakes are a thing!
want to try them? you can, because i’m teaming up with starbelly to giveaway a $50 gift card. enter below!
photos courtesy of starbelly.