1436 8th Street SW
Hours of operation: Mon/Tues (11 a.m.-10 p.m.), Wed/Thu (11 a.m.-11 p.m.), Fri (11 a.m.-1 a.m.), Sat (4 p.m.-1 a.m.), Sun (4 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Price range: $$$
Client negotiations: Yes
Lunch w/co-workers: No
Social Lunch: Yes
Quick solo lunch: No
Time in: 12:55 p.m.
Ordered: 1:05 p.m.
Food arrived: 1:16 p.m.
Time out: 1:46 p.m.
Total time: 51 minutes
Low $: Organic Field Greens Salad, $10
High $: 10 oz New York Strip, $28
Lunch menu: Additional seasonal lunch menu
I have, up to this point, committed a major lunch rush felony. I have been writing about my lunch experiences in Calgary for the past few months now and I have yet to visit one of our fine steak establishments. In the land of world-class Alberta beef I consider this a tragedy and it is now time to correct my mistake.
I opted to ease into this world by visiting Ric’s Grill, situated on the edge of the downtown core. Ric’s is large in size and looks like I had expected: Wood-grained and modern décor, serving staff dressed in black and seats full of suits. The menu was made up of the main dinner menu supplemented by a Winter Lunch Features Menu, with its six additional entrees. Both menus gave a nice variety of options including salads and sandwiches, pasta and stirfry, seafood and chicken and, of course, steaks.
I opted for the lunch menu and choose the Sirlion Steak Sandwich ($17) with the baked stuffed potato and veggies. The steak was cooked to perfection as ordered but I should have gone with the salad for the side.
Ric’s Grill is what you would expect from a restaurant of this nature: The food is excellent, the service is pleasant and the prices are, well, typical. What Ric’s Grill does offer is all of the above without the pretentiousness of being a downtown high-end restaurant, which I was half expecting.
It also proved that Calgary does have some of the best steaks around, making me salivate in anticipation for the next one.
Ric’s Grill sets its steaks sky-high