If you haven’t noticed all the line-ups outside various restaurants on Saturday mornings, let me be the first to tell you that diners are very popular places in Calgary.
Dairy Lane is one of those diners. If you have ever driven down 19th St NW on the weekend you will most likely have seen a long row of people waiting to get some food in their mouths. In August 2011, Dairy Lane owners Shayne and Jodi Perrin opened another restaurant called Blue Star Diner and have been met with very happy customers.
Located on 1 Ave NE in Bridgeland, Blue Star Diner replaces the Artisan Bistro that used to occupy the building. As you walk in you are greeted by kind servers and a fresh, crisp interior decorated with photos of where their food comes from. My husband and I arrived around 5:15pm and it was already packed. By the time 6:15 rolled around there was a line up all the way to the door! If you’re planning on visiting Blue Star (which you should) make sure you arrive early during peak times.
Blue Star Diner supplies almost all of its ingredients from local farmers and suppliers in Alberta. Besides almost all organic food, there are oodles of gluten free options giving Blue Star Diner a great handle on the needs of customers today.
I already mentioned that the servers were kind, but let me mention it again…the service was excellent! We felt so taken care of amongst a VERY full restaurant.
I decided on the Blue Star Veggie Burger which was described as ‘Grilled vegetable burger, avocado, banana peppers, tomato, butter leaf lettuce, Sylvan Star aged cheddar & mayo. Served on Engel’s all grain bun’. Sounds good, hey?
The burger and salad were so fresh and flavourful…delicious! Knowing the ingredients the diner uses are local and organic made the meal that much better. Blue Star Diner is definitely a shining star among casual restaurants.