Gordie Johnson is perhaps best known from his reggae rock band Big Sugar, as well as for his time playing with Austin-based southern rock band Grady and Wide Mouth Mason.
This Winnipeg native grew up in Medicine Hat and now divides his time between his rural Alberta farm and Austin, Texas.
All that time on the road means he likes finding good food in unlikely places — and he shared some of his favourite spots in Calgary and on the road in Alberta.
Sandy's Restaurant & Bar
If you're looking for great Chinese good right off the side of the road, you need not look farther than Sandy's. Despite having been to Chinatown restaurants in Toronto, Vancouver and elsewhere, Johnson says he still loves Sandy's in Innisfail.
Sandy's Restaurant & Bar, 403-227-3355
#118-4805 50th St., Innisfail
Thai Orchid Room
Located in Medicine Hat, this little restaurant has fantastic, authentic Thai food. It was originally based in Bow Island but moved to its current location in 2006. The extensive menu is based on traditional family recipes from northern Thailand and all the chefs are Thai as well.
Thai Orchid Room, 403-580-8210
36 Strachan Crt. S.E., Medicine Hat
Abyssinian Ethiopian Restaurant
This vegan-friendly restaurant in Lethbridge serves up a great blend of African cuisine with influences from Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Abyssinian Ethiopian Restaurant, 403-327-3315
313 Fifth St. South, Lethbridge
Lina's Italian Market
Johnson loves Lina's (he's pictured above with Lina herself). Whenever he is in town, for a week or a month, he goes and stocks up in the grocery store and deli. Of course, a stop at the lunch bar and cappuccino counter to refuel is always in order.
Lina's Italian Market & Cappuccino Bar, 403-277-9166
2202 Centre Street N.E., Calgary
Pizza at Pulcinella is a favourite stop when Johnson's in the city. They serve up authentic Napoletana pizza, with a little pasta on the side as well. Pulcinella's owner Domenic Tudda is also one of a handful of people in North America — and the only one in Calgary — certified by the exclusive Associazione Pizzaioli Napoletani, otherwise known as the Italian "pizza police" who certify pizzerias as being authentically Neapolitan.
1147 Kensington Cres. N.W., Calgary