Nine Calgary restaurants are among the country’s best as determined by heavyweight industry officials.

The fifth edition of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, the definitive guide to Canada’s finest restaurants, was released at an awards gala held at The St. Regis Hotel in Toronto. The 2019 ranking of Canada’s best restaurants was voted by 98 food critics, leading chefs, top-notch restaurateurs, elite diners and food fanatics from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Number 21 on the best 100 list is Darren MacLean’s Shokunin. “MacLean’s passion for (Japanese) cuisine translates to his own dishes, which span drinking snacks and ramen to yakitori. Venture beyond these offerings to the more ambitious plates and you will be rewarded by MacLean’s inventiveness and detailed commitment to the culinary traditions he is borrowing from.”

Local Input~ Chef Justin Leboe, Pigeonhole, Calgary enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants Event. Toronto, ON, Canada. Nov 12, 2015. (Image: Ryan Emberley)
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Chef Justin Leboe at Pigeonhole.

Noted Calgary restauranteur Justin Leboe nabs back to back spots in the rankings. Number 28 is Model Milk for Leboe’s “restlessly imaginative cooking.” It notes “technique is never showy but always accomplished. The wine list is strong. Cocktails are smart and modern. Eight years on and Model Milk continues to show why it’s a perennial favourite.” Leboe’s Pigeonhole is ranked 29th. “Like its sister restaurant, Model Milk, this place is emphatically groovy, from decor to vibe.”

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Source:: Calgary Herald


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