5 Of My Favourite Canadian Food Chains I've Fallen In Love With Since Moving From The UK
There are some firm favourites!
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One of the best things about moving to a new city is getting to know the food scene, and I've been slowly ticking off a ton of Canadian restaurants that I've always wanted to try.
While Calgary has an amazing food scene with some incredible independent restaurants, there are also a few Canadian chains that I've gotten to try, and some have actually become favourites.
Not every experience has been a success (sorry, Boston Pizza), but here are some of the top Canadian food chains that I've fully embraced since moving here.
I stand by the fact that A&W is God-tier fast food and there's really nothing that competes with it. Whether I'm on my way home from a bar, out on a road trip or even if I'm just craving a quick meal, A&W hits the mark.
While root beer isn't my thing (I know it's what they're famous for), the burgers are way better than at any other fast food spot I've tried.
Earls is always a good choice if you're out with a group because the menu is so big, it basically has something for everyone. Anytime I've been, I've had great service and the food has been way nicer than I'd expect for a chain.
Yes, it's on the pricey side, but sometimes it's worth it for the consistency.
Any Canadian will tell you Tims is an institution here, and it's one I've learned to love since moving. While the coffee admittedly leaves a lot to be desired, the breakfast sandwiches and donuts really are the star of the show for me.
Nothing truly sums up the road trip experience like an early morning run to Tims to grab a bagel and a box of Timbits to keep you going on the drive.
Second Cup is another coffee shop chain that I've learned to appreciate in Canada. While it's definitely got a similar overall feel to a Starbucks, I personally have had way better food in Second Cup, and it's usually way less crowded, meaning less time spent waiting for a coffee.
While Leo's is more of a West Coast/Prairies spot, it's always my go-to bar. While it has a dive bar aesthetic, it serves up a pretty tasty menu, and its poutine is one of my favourite snacks. They also always have wild weekly feature poutines with everything from jalapeno cheddar pierogi to Korean BBQ chicken.
I will pretty much always bring visiting friends and family to Leo's at least once.