Another Saturday evening, another new spot to try. Cartago’s the latest neighbourhood bar to open up shop. This ones in a bit of a random spot, the Forest Heights ‘hood.
The hours are great! Another spot open late that you can add to the list.
The inside is modern with a very chill vibe. You’re greeted to all their bottles of beer when you first walk in.
We weren’t sure how things work; no one came up to ask if we wanted to sit at the bar or a table. Would be nice if they did that. No biggie, we sat ourselves at the bar while we waited for the rest of our party to arrive.
The food menu is small but they’ve hand picked carefully where they source their foods. Pretzels from Zwick’s and most things from K&K Foodliner. Click here to see the menu (1, 2 and 3).
The drink menu is huge. There’s five beers on draft (Blindman Brewery kettle sour was their current Alberta rotating tap), 74 types of beers, cocktails and a few wines. They’re a beer focused bar so keep that in mind.
Maybe it’s because they’d just opened but it would have been nice if the bartenders knew a bit more about the beers. Ours differed to checking the bottle for info. Also interestingly, one of them claimed Dieu du Ciel as being the best brewery in the world. Bold words. Especially to two people that lived in Montreal before.
Rosee d’hibiscus (#29) ($7.00)
Had this before from DDC. Lightly floral but easy to drink.
Lager (#74) ($7.00)
They were out of a few that I wanted to try so I ended up settling with a lager from Poland. Light.
Blood orange gose (#36) ($7.00)
Wished there was more blood orange flavours to it but this was nice. Slightest bit of sourness to it.
Wit (#60) ($7.00)
This was from the Belgium section. Quite refreshing. Didn’t even taste like a beer. Everyone loved it.
Red (#61) ($11.00)
Another Belgian beer. M’s had it before so we tried it.
Schnitzel fingers ($8.00)
These were surprisingly better than I expected. Nicely battered, good crunchy exterior and moist chicken inside.
Spätzle poutine ($8.00)
Nice spin on the classic. Spätzle had a pleasant texture and they threw on some bean sprouts on top to make the dish less heavy.
2x Grilled cheese Berlin ($10.00)
Ham, edam cheese and sauerkraut. This was really good.
Oozy cheese, bread perfectly toasted and the sauerkraut was a perfect combination with the ham. Get it!
Gemüse sandwich ($10.00)
This is their vegetarian option. Not bad but the grilled cheese wins hands down.
Half a dozen perogies but they’re not homemade. I was pretty skeptical about getting it and my intuitions were right. Skip it.
2x Currywurst ($10.00)
M’s favourite for sure. So good we had to order a second round.
They drizzle the bratwurst sausage and bun with a lemon cream. Excellent. Everyone loved it.
Fleisch und käse ($16.00)
Their charcuterie platter. Two types of cheese, three types of meat, dill pickles, red cabbage and a couple slices of bread. This was decent but you don’t get much. Skip it (or get the wurstplatte instead).
Three types of sausage. Good portion, delicious and the dipping sauce was an excellent accompaniment.
Roasted potato wedges ($6.00 large)
Good sized wedges and with a wicked homemade curried ketchup sauce. Was the best out of the three sides.
Cucumber dill salad ($6.00 large)
Very simple but I liked the addition of radishes to the cucumber and doll. Breezy rolled her eyes at this one.
Warm potato salad ($6.00)
Same. Simple but I liked the slight level of heat they added to the potatoes.
Cartago is a solid, solid spot. Happy to see more and more places like these open up in town. Definitely worth a visit.
8204 – 106 Avenue