be a star.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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photos courtesy of starbelly.

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  • making bacon pancakes for dinner tonight!

  • Jen Rawson @ Pretty Little Gru

    This restaraunt looks gorgeous and it’s SO nice to have a non-chain in a suburb.
    Their oceanwise ling cod sounds delicious, so that’s what I would order.

  • Miranda

    I really like Starbelly as a suburb dweller who loves to support local businesses, I want to try those bacon pancakes!

  • The space looks gorgeous!

  • Becky @ TheBexFactor.com

    Bacon pancakes?! Yes please!

  • Maddie Alvarez

    You had me at eggnog and spiced rum! I’ll be ordering the drinks for sure :)

  • Is everything an option? Because all of it please.

  • whittikere

    the pancakes!

    Ann

  • Mmm beef tartar! Seriously, everything sounds delicious! I also love me some charcuterie! We tried to go here after our OTF workout back in the spring but couldn’t because we had a toddler with us. (Don’t think kids are allowed for dinner, only lunch). Anyway! I can’t believe I haven’t been here yet considering it’s in my neck of the woods ;)

  • Jen

    I’d either go for brunch (but let’s be honest I need to eat AS SOON as I wake up) or get a couple of starters as my dinner. Noms

  • Andrea Lee

    The Bacon pancakes look amazing!