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The new Western haunts that should have your eye.
Barshoku and Nupo635 Confluence Way, Calgary
Who: Foodie of the Year and acclaimed Shokunin chef Darren MacLean.
Why we're excited: The Alt Hotel has already made waves as a foodie destination (hello, Chix Eggshop), and the highly anticipated opening of the upscale Barshoku just enhances the fervour. Expect a celebration of seafood and veggies (no meat here) in the main dining room, and an intimate one-on-one tasting menu experience at the eight-seat Nupo bar that's attached. chefdarrenmaclean.com
Wind Cries Mary45 Bastion Square, Victoria
Who: Former Flying Pig manager Jesse Dame runs the room; Kyla Bidgood designed it.
Why we're excited: we're just waiting for a rare sunny day to cozy up in the hidden courtyard patiobut the nose-to-tail share plates of hand-cranked sausage, housemade caraway bread and smoked ling cod fritters are just as tasty when passed around inside. windcriesmary.ca
Comery Block Barbecue638 17 Ave., SW, Calgary
Who: The meat maniacs behind Hayden Block Smoke and Whiskey.
Why we're excited: The two hickory smokers at this West Tennessee-inspired barbecue and bourbon joint are working overtime, smoking meats for 10 to 14 hours every day. Load up on brisket, Nashville hot chicken and pulled pork: It's like Stampede came early this year. comeryblock.com
Oh Sweet Day Bake Shop1706 East 1st Ave., Vancouver
Who: Fanny Lam, baking blogger turned farmers market darling turned online bakery operator turned cookbook author.
Why we're excited Lam now has a brick-and-mortar outlet for her picture-perfect desserts. Ganache drip cakes make for the ideal birthday treat; shortbread tartlets are a delicious, just-because indulgence. ohsweetday.com
Tratto256 Westminster Ave. West, Penticton
Who: These food heroes are teaming up to make the pizza version of the Avengers: Christopher Royal (Nook) and Frank and Dom Morra (Via Tevere).
Why we're excited: With a supergroup like this behind the scenes, you know the Neapolitan-style pies on offermade with a gas-fired Marra Forni ovenare going to be a game-changer for the Okanagan.