Dressed-up pub grub - Metro US

Dressed-up pub grub

The District Pub & Eatery
607 — 11th Ave. S.W.
Calgary, (403) 233-2433

Rating: ***

Dinner for two with drinks: $55
Signature Dish: Bucket o’ bacon
Signature Drink: Hairy eyeball

The District looks like a regular pub, but this saloon focuses on locally grown, organic ingredients and dressed-up pub grub.

Food is heavy, perfect to go with cold Brew Brothers, made-in-Calgary beer on tap.

The signature bucket o’bacon ($6.25) is the ultimate starter to share, literally a mini pail of mouth-watering, house-smoked bacon strips with maple syrup to dip.

The District’s poutine ($7.95 small/$11.95 medium) makes an impression with crispy, hot fries, a burly gravy and real curds. Add-ons like duck confit ($5) and gruyere ($2.50) heighten the experience, but it does get costly.

A three-cheese grilled sandwich ($14.25) with that bacon again, basil garlic aioli and tomatoes is fabulous. But the price feels steep even if the side salad comes with a priceless Saskatoon berry dressing.

Beef short ribs ($9.95) slathered in Black Pilsner beer and mustard have good flavour but are not tender enough.

The District does some standout wings (25 cents each) including a flavour of “jalapeno cheddar bacon” that I swear makes the appendage taste like a cheeseburger.

There are almost too many cutesy touches, from chalkboard menus that require neck-straining (or waving down a server to wheel one over) to drinking jars, but The District means well and it makes good bacon.

Dining out

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WINE BAR AKA Wine Bar (709 Edmonton Tr. N.E.) is featuring a three-course chef’s tasting menu for only $39 a person. The great deal only goes until this Sunday so don’t miss out. Call (403) 984-7534 for reservations.

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