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Review: Briggs Kitchen + Bar, Calgary


Just as the sun was setting across the city I found myself walking along Stephen Avenue in search of Briggs Kitchen + Bar. My first dinner in Calgary would be at this lively haute sports bar meets hipster fine dining room. Guests have an opportunity to sit at two different spaces which offer there own distinct vibe. Hang a right for the sports bar offering people watchers the perfect opportunity to stare out the ceiling to floor windows that overlook the street. Or, take a left to peak at the open concept kitchen which stands in front of a dimly lit dining room.

The space has an industrial vibe to it with funky design elements featuring high ceilings, hovering black lamp shades, gold spray-painted shark jaw, exposed brick and black horned cow bust. The menu here has something for everyone but focuses on share plates perfect for nibbling with a group of friends.

The bartender at Briggs has created a fantastic cocktail list. I sipped my way through two of their signatures which included a tart Lemon Pepper Buck and floral Barbaram. Highlights from the kitchen include Potato Tic Tacs (imagine fluffy deep fried mashed potatoes with asiago dipped in aioli…they are addictive to say the least) Josper Smoked Chicken Wings and a massive mapled braised Pork Belly which sat perched on top of a crunchy apple slaw.

Special thanks to Tourism Calgary for hosting me as their guest.

The Feast:

Lemon Pepper Buck

beefeater gin, lemon pepper jelly, ginger cordial, soda, lemon wedge

Barbaram

wild turkey, aperol, strawberry, fresh orange zest

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler

Potato Tic Tacs

asiago, aioli

Herb and Potato Gnocchi

brown butter, smoked mushrooms, sage

Rustic Flat Bread

goat cheese, honey, walnut, sour cream

Josper Smoked Chicken Wings

lemon salt, chili ketchup

Bone in Pork Belly

apple slaw, maple braise

Lemon Pie

meringue bits, white chocolate

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