Located on a stretch of Stephen Avenue that includes the Art Gallery of Calgary, Blink opened in 2007 and received immediate accolades, landing on enRoute magazine's list of best new restaurants of that year. Popular local food critic John Gilchrist gave his thumbs up as well, and since then Blink has been off and running. It's not hard to see why: Favoring light, fresh takes on contemporary classics, everything about the space, which uses soft whites and natural light to soothing effect, speaks of contemporary sophistication and comfort. Blink appears equal parts Californian and Calgarian, with the requisite (though inventive) beef dishes (red-wine-braised filet of beef with morels, braised beef short ribs bourguignon) counterbalanced with a couple of sophisticated vegetarian dishes -- revolutionary for beef-mad Alberta. Seafood abounds on the menu, with seared tuna and sautéed arctic char with artichoke barigoule heading the list. Service is casual, friendly, and excellent, and the sidewalk cafe on Stephen Avenue allows ample people-watching on a nice day.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010