Oh My Dog BBQ & Itoko Sushi

Peaches and I recently met up for lunch and decided to venture down South this time and try a couple of places down that way.  Our first stop was at Oh My Dog BBQ in Mindapore.   Oh My Dog serves a variety of hot dogs with unconventional toppings, sandwiches, sausages, poutine, fried side dishes and ice cream.

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Some of you may have heard that a man in his 20s had walked into Oh My Dog very recently and offered to buy $1000 worth of hot dogs for customers of this restaurant.  Since they didn’t have that many hot dogs on hand, many customers were were treated to a free hot dog on August 1st.

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The Rueben Dog ($7) complete with Montreal smoked meat, mustard, sauerkraut and swiss cheese was quite good.  Although the flavors didn’t blow me away, it was still solid and I quite enjoyed it.  I found the hot dog itself to be nicely seasoned and cooked.  They have a OMD which is their HUGE signature dog for $14 which I would love to come back and try one day.

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Their Onion Rings ($5) were excellent and worth coming just to have those when a craving strikes.  These are definitely beer battered and I loved the crispiness of it without all the grease.  I love how they have grill marks on them too.  How do they do that?  Next time, I’ll have to try their poutine and fried pickles.

Overall, I’d say we had a pretty decent meal.  The staff were pleasant and someone actually came around to check up on us.  For parents with little ones, I’m happy to report that they have high chairs!

Oh My Dog BBQ

1-208 Midpark Way SE
Calgary, AB T2X 1J6

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We were searching for another place to try in the area and settled for Itoko Sushi since it was on both of our wishlists.  It’s not everyday that we venture down this far south so we might as well hit up another spot.  The restaurant was mostly empty when we arrived so we got to pick out our booth and menus were immediately brought to us.  We were surprised to see they still offered lunch bento boxes on the weekend and at a steal of a deal too – you get to choose 2 items (sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef) and it also comes with salad and a California roll for $10.95.  The both of us were tempted to get a bento box but considering that there’s a very little chance we would be returning anytime soon we opted for our original choice – the Sashimi Deluxe.

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The Sashimi Deluxe ($18) is 16 pieces of Chef’s choice raw fish served with rice.  I was a bit stunned and disappointed that they didn’t actually serve 16 different types of fish but rather multiple slices of 5 different types of fish.  Sure, maybe the price should’ve been an indication but I was really looking forward to a variety of raw fish rather than consuming the same old tuna, salmon, ebi, hokkigai and tako.  The surf clam and tako was a bit watery, the shrimp and salmon were ok but the tuna tasted a bit fishy.

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We also shared the Kadako ($5.95) and was surprised to see it arrive on a bed of salad greens.  Not that we were complaining since we should be consuming greens anyways.  The kadako was tender and mostly tasted of a sesame marinade.  The salad greens were dressed in a creamy sesame dressing.  Sadly, this was probably my favorite dish of the day.

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The Baked Oyster ($) was ok at best and I longed for more flavor.  The cheese sauce definitely could use more seasoning.

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The Scallop Special ($2/pc) was saturated with mayo and that destroyed the natural sweetness of the scallops.  The scallop mixture was quite wet and runny and the two pieces actually looked like it was one huge piece of nigiri.

Unfortunately, we left disappointed and can’t say we’ll be returning anytime soon.

Itoko Sushi

115-10 Chaparral Dr SE
Calgary, AB T2X 3J8

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