By Where Staff
New on Banff’s Dining Scene
The newest restaurant at the Fairmont Banff Springs is 1888 Chop House. The trendy chop house concept is juxtaposed with elements from the past such as railway artifacts and a name that evokes the hotel’s opening year. Before your meal, take a seat at the cocktail bar that overlooks the Castle in the Rockies’ lobby.
Banff Avenue also has a new spot to eat, drink and be merry. Toque is all Canadiana cool with beers from up-and-coming microbreweries, alongside the familiar brands we love. And what kind of Canadian bar would this be if it didn’t offer many Caesar options? (Trivia: the classic Caesar vodka and Clamato juice cocktail was created at Calgary’s Westin Hotel in 1969.) Drop by for a $10 Sunday roast or tourtière chili ($11) anytime.
The Bear Street Tavern’s ‘Ridiculously Good Pizza’ has been featured on The Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here. It has a thin and crispy crust, fresh tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella, but it’s the unique combinations of ingredients that elevate the pizzas to gourmet delight. Try The Big Bird with chicken, bacon, spinach, onions, goat cheese and pesto.
At Coyotes Southwestern Grill, everything is made from scratch. Their popular blue corn chicken enchilada is baked with a traditional Mexican mole sauce prepared from a long list of ingredients that includes roasted chiles. “In Mexico, people are known for their family mole sauce recipes,” co-owner Kathy Johnson says. That’ll warm you up this winter!
Melissa’s ‘Mountain Stew’ with beef and fresh vegetables is simmered in wine gravy…mmm. Or try St. James’ Gate’s ‘Irish Lamb Stew’ with lamb and root vegetables braised in Irish broth. For an alternative option, The Bison offers ‘Carmen Creek Bison Short Ribs’—a skillet of ribs, winter vegetables and bacon.
Block Kitchen + Bar features a Burning Margarita with tequila, agave, lime and chili oil. The Balkan’s From East to West lauds the comeback of aged spirits with rye, rum, cognac, chocolate and orange bitters, maraschino liqueur and orange zest garnish.
Healthy Take-Home Snack
The ‘Health Cookie’ at Laggan’s Bakery in Lake Louise is the perfect snack for the ski hill. It’s filled with nuts, dried fruits and seeds, and sweetened with honey. “People drive to Lake Louise just for the cookies,” says manager Lori MacKay. The treat is so popular that Laggan’s ships its Health Cookie Home Pack mix throughout Canada and the United States.
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