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REVIEW: Tubby Dog

26 Aug

Tubby Dog
1022 17 Ave SW
Calgary, AB

403-244-0694

Tubby Dog is one of the coolest places I’ve ever eaten at! I will get back to that in a bit.

My Fiancee and I visited Tubby Dog recently on a trip to Calgary. We were in town to see Weezer at the X-Fest Festival at the historic Fort Calgary. The festival was pretty good and we had a good time. The only two downers were the complete lack of porta-potties (60 or so for 14,000 people) and the incredibly hot sun on my unprotected legs. For most of the afternoon, I sat on the grass with my legs crossed, and I forgot to put sunscreen on my legs. Needless to say my inner leg at my knee was very crispy (later that evening I bought the best sunburn gel with aloe and a numbing agent!)! By the time Weezer came on, the sun was setting and it was getting a little cooler. Weezer put on an excellent show as usual! They played 19 songs and we were very satisfied at the end. We didn’t stay and watch the final band, Jane’s Addiction since we were very tired from the sun. Though I really wanted to see then, it works out we will see them later this fall at another show.

Anyways, back to the subject of this blog entry. We discovered Tubby Dog by browsing Urbanspoon. It had a very high rating and had an extremely creative and interesting menu. We visited Tubby just after we left the festival. It was located in the heart of the trendy 17th Avenue district of Calgary. It was full of restaurants, shops, and bustling night life spots. According to www.uptown17.ca, Uptown 17 is “located in the heart of the city and in one of Calgary’s oldest communities, Uptown 17th Avenue  – the Pulse of Calgary – is a neighbourhood where people come to live, work, dine, shop and to explore one of Canada’s most thriving cosmopolitan areas“.

Again, Tubby Dog is one of the coolest places I’ve ever eaten at! We walked into a dim restaurant with bright orange, yellow and red colours. In the back ground was playing uncensored music by the Notorious B.I.G. I knew I would like this place! Tubby Dog serves hotdogs and yummy deep fried goodness. There were no limits on the music and definitely no limits on the dogs they serve!

The menu was large and unique! My fiancee decided to go with the A-Bomb (cheese, bacon, mayo, mustard, ketchup, potato chips) and I ordered the Sumo. The Sumo had so many delicious toppings on it, but I was leery of what it would taste like all together. The Sumo had Japanese Mayo, Wasabi, pickled ginger, seasoned sea weed salad, and sesame seeds.  All hot dogs came on a fresh baked, steamed bun. We also ordered half orders of the Tubby Chips and the T-Rings.

When we got our food my jaw dropped and my eyes bugged out of my head! If you can’t tell by the picture, the fries and rings came served on a full sized cafeteria tray! The onion rings were massive and the fries were amazingly fresh, hot and crisp! The dogs were still steaming hot when we got them. I began getting anxious on how I was going to eat this mound of flavour. Should I pick it up and risk it disintegrating in my hand creating a huge mess? Or, do I use the knife and fork provided? My Fiancee picked hers up, so I decided to do the same. Well, the dog stayed together. I have no clue how it did, but it stayed intact the whole way. The Sumo dog was UNREAL! It was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. All flavours were in perfect balance… not too much wasabi, just enough mayo, and heaps of seasoned seaweed and pickled ginger. All together it tasted like hotdog sushi! I would eat this over and over and over and over! The A-Bomb was really good too. The flavours of salty pork, cheese, and bacon reminded me of a more traditional hotdog. My Fiancee said she liked hers, but wished she would have ordered the Sumo.

I would urge anyone living in or visiting Calgary to try Tubby Dog! If you want a truly unique food experience, then you must eat here. The old school music, hip vibe, and eclectic space makes their food taste just that much better!

P.S.  Sorry for the complete lack of posts over the last while. We’ve been working hard losing weight since January. Stay tuned for an entry about how healthier eating has changed our lives!

 

 
Tubby Dog on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Review – Urban Diner

27 Dec

Urban Diner
12427 102 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
780-488-7274
www.urbandiner.com

This review has been a long time in the making. At first, I wasn’t going to spend the time reviewing a restaurant in a different province. The more I thought about it, people need to know about this place! There were many delicious looking items on their breakfast menu, but only one deserves any special attention in my opinion… but I digress.

My fiance and I spent a few days in Edmonton this September. Our trip was capped off when we saw Weezer perform at the Sonic Boom festival on the Northlands grounds. Anyone who is a Canadian Weezer fan knows that seeing them live is a rare and cherishable event. We spent time at our downtown hotel, visited the West Edmonton Mall a couple of times, and two fun filled trips to Ikea. Good times! In addition to these fun activities, we also dined at numerous eateries. I must say I was disappointed by the food. We based all of our selections on reviews found on www.urbanspoon.com. The one place that had the highest percent of satisfied customers was Urban Diner. It was rated a 90% by Urbanspoon users. We just had to try it!

Before we dined at Urban Diner, we worked up an appetite shopping at Mountain Equipment Co-Op just a couple of blocks away. We found some sweet backpacks and head warming accessories. The restaurant was VERY busy when we were there. From what I’ve read, it is like that constantly. The interior was clean, modern, and rustic… a very cool little joint that’s for sure! They pride themselves in scratch cooking and locally sourced ingredients.

Enough with the chit-chat, lets talk about what really matters… the food. One thing that struck me as odd was that they serve breakfast exclusively until 2pm. Initially I was disappointed because we had eaten breakfast at the hotel earlier. I was looking forward to the burgers I’ve read about. Since this was not possible, I had to suck it up and order breakfast… again. The breakfast menu looked really good! Most items were old standards, but with twists. Here is a link to their brecky menu. I originally thought I wanted some sort of eggs benedict, but when I saw it was was like… NICE! It was the ‘Breakfast Burger’!!! I ordered it when the server came by.

When it came, my eyes widened! This beautiful sandwich of yum had black forest ham, crispy bacon, meatloaf, fried egg, cheddar, cilantro lime aioli, all on a onion kaiser bun!!! It came with a side of mediocre deep fried hash browns. This burger was one of the greatest things I have ever eaten! All of the toppings were amazing, especially the meatloaf! Mmmmmmm, meatloaf. Each bite was like a back rub. If I kept on about how flippin’ awesome this burger was I would just be repeating myself over, and over again, so I’ll stop.

So, if you are ever in Edmonton, please heed my suggestion and go try the breakfast burger! I’d even drive the 5 or so hour drive just to have it.

Urban Diner - Downtown on Urbanspoon

Long Time No See

13 Nov

Wow, it’s been a very long time since I’ve made a post on my blog! A lot has happened since I last posted! August was a crazy month… we were away more than we were home. Then, September came and it was back to work. Hence it is November and I am just now adding a post.

The biggest thing this summer was I proposed to the most wonderful and amazing women I’ve ever met!!! I asked her in her hometown of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan in August. She said yes!

The summer consisted of yard work and travel. We went to the lake numerous times, Moose Jaw, and Edmonton Alberta. We were in Edmonton for the Sonic Boom Festival
. This was so awesome! The day was topped off by an amazing show by Weezer!!! My fiance is the biggest Weezer fan ever and have both never seen them live, so it was so cool to share that special moment with her. Here are a few pics from that day:

So… I’m going to try and update this blog more often with reviews and food related stuff. I’ve been asked why there hasn’t been any new posts as of late by a few people. They seem to find it interesting so may be I should keep it up.

See you soon.