By Afton Aikens
Every day is like a weekend at Jasper’s Earls in the Rockies, the only local restaurant to offer a brunch menu alongside the regular menu seven days a week (10:30 am to 2 pm). “The top seller is chorizo mushroom hash,” says owner Rob Olson. Skip the coffee for one of three brunch drinks, including a Baesar with beer, clamato juice and signature Caesar spices.
Pizza off the Beaten Path
The pizza selection at the Inn Restaurant in the Best Western Jasper is a hidden gem on the town’s dining scene. Cheese-stuffed crust makes these pies the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. Pancetta and mango pizza is a take on traditional Hawaiian. Trendy flavours evoke food truck and ethnic fare in the buffalo wing, pulled pork and butter chicken pizzas. The deliciously fresh veggie-loaded ‘The Patch,’ is a vegetarian favourite.
At family-owned Villa Caruso, Alberta game shares the menu with AAA beef. Indulge in venison tenderloin served with chocolate-infused sauce and cranberry chutney, or elk tournedos wrapped in wild boar back bacon, served medium rare. For a lean meat selection, try the bison striploin with merlot and shallots sauce.
Fiddle River’s three-course $35 presentation comes with a mountain view through upstairs windows. Entrée choices include succulent lobster tail with shrimp skewer, AAA Alberta striploin steak, hearty elk stroganoff and Atlantic salmon. “Every dish is homemade,” says owner Patrice Fortin. Papa George’s $30 three-course menu has an evolving selection of chef inspirations served in a 1925 heritage dining room with big rock fireplace. Both restaurants feature Alberta meats and produce.
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