Yes! Another Groupon! I paid $25 for a $45 voucher, so I saved $20 on the meal. I mean, really… if you eat out as much as I do you have to cut costs somehow!
I really didn’t feel like cooking, and it was the night before Jay was heading out of town for work. I’m always looking to try more places up north because it’s such a trek downtown from our place in Coventry Hills (north Calgary). However, calling this location ‘Calgary Airport’ is rather misleading because it’s just of 16th Avenue NE at Barlow Trail, in the Sunridge area. Not really ‘airport’ in my mind. There is currently another building being constructed beside the Four Points hotel right now so access in and around the place is restricted by metal fencing and pylons. There were a number of parking spots right in front of the hotel, which was nice.
Service was a little slow (we stood at the door waiting to be greeted for a couple minutes) simply because our server seemed to be over-worked. He was super friendly, a hard worker, and one of the things that came to my mind was that he deserved a good tip because he was clearly working his butt off.
It was wine Wednesday so I ordered a glass of Malbec for $7.50. Can’t complain about accidentally coming across a Wine Wednesday! We quickly ordered the Calamari to start (for $13.75), as we seem to like comparing calamari across restaurants. The calamari came with slices of chorizo sausage, roasted tomatoes and capers and a yummy homemade tzatziki that I wished there was more of. The dish was pretty good, and I think I’ll put it in my top 5 favourites in Calgary.
I was craving thin crust pizza, so I went for it. I ordered the Hunter’s Pizza for $17.75 with chorizo sausage, bacon, pepperoni, prosciutto, bell peppers, onions, mushroom with mozzarella, tomato sauce. It was a lot more meat than I usually get, but it seemed to me that when it came to meat, the options on the menu were all or nothing. I gotta say, I didn’t love the pizza. The cheese they used was a heavy, rich pizza mozzarella and there was too much of it. (Say what? Tanya is complaining about too much cheese?)… And I’m not a fan of their choice of chorizo sausage. The stuff I get from Costco is way better. The crust was good – light and crisp. I think I’d try something else off the menu next time, or even a pizza with less meat.
Jay ordered a burger – surprise, surprise! – with fries. I’ve been trying to convince him to get a salad or soup with his burgers because he complains about being so full after. Some people are just creatures of habit I guess. The Ric’s Bison Burger was really good. After listening to Jay say so, I had to take a big bite just so I could tell you so myself! Although the fries were the frozen pre-made kind, they still hit the spot. I even stopped eating my pizza and finished the rest of Jay’s fries.
This lounge may be a little farther south than I was looking for – there are quite a few farther north on Barlow Trail that are a tad closer to home. But it’s a nice, modern, and clean place with good service. It’s on my list of places to return at some point, perhaps for a decently priced steak.