These are the best 20 new restaurants in and around Calgary, says food critic John Gilchrist

Food critic serves up his recommendations for BBQ, Indian cuisine, charcuterie and more

This year was a roller-coaster ride for Calgary restaurants.

Calgarians saw the departure of fine old places such as The Belvedere, Catch, Divino, Bistro Rouge, Glory of India and more.

But while downtown establishments continue to suffer from the economy as well as increased taxes, salaries and food costs, more and more restaurants opened.There was an increasingly casual approach to fine dining, more chain restaurants — especially those from Asia — and revived interest in Italian cuisine. Plus there was a greater focus on vegetable-forward menus. 

While Calgary didn't see the major openings of years past, some very good restaurants arrived on the local scene this year.

Here are my picks for the top 20 new places to check out, as shared with the Friday morning. 

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David Sturies