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Calgary, exploring the cultural side of Cowtown

Author: Elisabeth Eaves

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Embracing one’s inner carnivore is not an unusual thing to do in a city nicknamed “Cowtown,” but this was not your usual steak. It was pig head mortadella, a signature dish at the restaurant Charcut Roast House in downtown Calgary.

I usually avoid foods with the word “head” in them, but they are a magnet for my husband, and this one had arrived with a plate of other house-cured meats. This won me over.

Charcut does, of course, serve a straight up prime rib — this is still Cowtown — but there are no sides of iceberg lettuce or creamed spinach. Instead, I’ve ordered the crunchy duck-fat-fried brussels sprouts.

The growing sophistication that has given rise to restaurants such as Charcut is part of a broader cultural evolution taking place in Calgary.

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