Topping the food chain is a tremendous achievement, which is why humans triumphantly plant flag-like toothpicks in burgers and belt the national anthem at their steaks before devouring them. Enjoy life at the top with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of contemporary cuisine and drinks at Bside Bistro inside of Bears Den.
Bside Bistro, the casual counterpart to Bears Den's main restaurant, crafts contemporary plates that mix organic produce with fresh fish and meat from local ranches. Diners kick off meals and calibrate each other's triple beam balances with 50 grams of gourmet cheese, including port salut, smoked gouda, and double-cream brie selections ($5). In the kitchen, pizza artisans sprinkle a 10-inch house-made crust with Alberta beef and onion ($15), and chefs grill 10 ounces of prime beef new york strip steak complemented by a dijon aioli ($36). Fingers flex around three types of sliders ($5 each), including chicken, halibut, and Alberta bison dressed in garlic mayo and aged cheddar cheese. Meanwhile, spring salmon travels from the pan to the table, dodging hoards of paparazzi that demand to know who designed its candied pecan and rum-butter crust ($26).
To complement meals, waiters top off glasses with new and old world wines from the main restaurant's wine list, a potable lineup that garnered The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Patrons relax in the bistro's casual lounge atmosphere, which plays host to musicians and entertainers every Friday and Saturday night.
254028 Bearspaw Rd. NW
Calgary, Alberta T3L 2P7