Calgary’s storied history is feasted on at the new Beltliner restaurant, which pays homage to the city’s municipal railway and Beltline district through its design, highlighting old photos and salvaged antiques. The 2,800-sq. ft., 70-seat is designed by Amanda Hamilton, featuring a solid maple-finished bar, mirroring the aesthetic of a butcher’s board, a metal railway tie foot rail, and custom banquettes finished in faux leather. Executive chef Shawn Greenwood has reimagined classic diner staples for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an emphasis on fresh, local cuisine; think game meatloaf, featuring ground bison, elk and pork, with ketchup consommé, chicharrón and mashed potatoes ($14) or crispy fried chicken perched on buttermilk waffles slathered with white gravy ($19). Meanwhile, the space also offers a grab-and-go coffee bar plus a selection of handmade cocktails, local brews and bourbon to keep the place buzzing from morning to night.
243 12 Ave S.W., Calgary