Calgary Eats and Cheap Eats by John Gilchrist

2 Books. 2 Apps.
Designed for iPhone and iPad.

Now you can have the power of John Gilchrist's books in your pocket. New: Or browse on your iPad!

Cheap Eats 2 by John Gilchrist is the iPhone app version of My Favourite Cheap Eats: Calgary, Banff and Beyond (2nd edition), published in 2011.

Available on the App Store

Calgary Eats 7 by John Gilchrist is the iPhone app version of My Favourite Restaurants: Calgary, Banff and Beyond (7th edition), published in 2009.

Available on the App Store

Quickly find what your taste buds are craving.

Know what restaurant you want? Type in a few characters of the name or jump to the index. In the mood for a certain type of food? Select the Type tab to bring up a hand-picked list of the best restaurants in that category.

In a rush? Find something nearby.

At any time, you can sort a list of restaurants by distance, whether it's all the restaurants or just a certain list, like John Gilchrist's Favourites. Also available at any time — a map view with directions. Restaurants you have already visited are marked with a green pin.

Relevant details at your finger tips.

Get a map to the restaurant or pull up driving directions. Check the hours. Dial the phone number to make reservations. Browse the website to peruse the menu. See the Yelp page for user reviews.

See what a real food critic has to say.

Sure, it's easy to find reviews on the Internet. But are these from "food critic" 30-somethings who live in their parents' basements and consider Kraft Dinner a good meal? See what John Gilchrist, CBC restaurant critic, has to say.

Note: The base apps are listings of restaurants with details like cuisine styles, addresses and phone numbers. They do not come with the reviews, except for some free samples.

You can buy any individual review as an in-app purchase, or buy all reviews from one of the books for a fixed price. This is the equivalent of having a fully digital, searchable, mappable version of one of John's books in your pocket at all times!

Detailed restaurant information

Need a restaurant that accepts reservations and has corkage to make the perfect date? Get all the relevant detailed information for about 75% of the restaurants.

Mini Reviews

About 25% of the entries are Mini Reviews (MR). The reviews are short, and the info not as detailed. All Mini Reviews can be purchased for one low price.

Take note!

Use the "My Notes" feature to keep your own notes for a restaurant so you remember what to order next time.

Track your visited restaurants

It's easy to keep track of which restaurants you've visited, so you can always be trying new food. Work your way through each book.


Mark your favourites for easy reference — no more digging around for that phone number when you need a hit of tandoori chicken stat!

Swipe to toggle

On any restaurant list, you can swipe towards the right to mark the restaurant as Visited. Swipe towards the left to mark it as a Favourite.

Now available on iPad

Now you can peruse the John Gilchrist books on your iPad. View list of restaurants and maps side-by-side.

Screenshot of an iPad version of app

Copyright © 2012 Force Grind Inc. All rights reserved.
Culinary content copyright © 2011 Escurial Inc. All rights reserved.
App design ideas and artwork by Eric Chernuka.
App icons designed by Pierre Lamielle.