Jan. 14, 2016
By Afton Aikens, Ashley Materi & John Strugnell
In winter, Jasper has great skiing at Marmot Basin and in the backcountry. And of course, there are those stunning, snow-draped mountains. After your day in Jasper’s outdoor playground ends (or begins), you’ll love a meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants in town. Here’s why we do.
1. Indian Cuisine
Jasper Curry House is the first in town to offer authentic Indian food. Chef/owner Gopala Shelke’s menu includes specialties from a tandoor oven. The cylindrical clay oven concentrates heat from fiery coals so foods infuse with rich flavours and cook at a consistent temperature. Try the Murg Malai Tikka (chicken with yogurt, crushed cashews and cheese) for a treat.
2. Hearty Brews
Seeking a robust beer? With notes of cloves and molasses, Jasper Brewing Co.’s Rockhopper IPA has a strong hoppy flavour and is a favourite pour (also available at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s Emerald Lounge). At The Inn Grill, Edmonton-brewed Alley Kat Amber Ale’s caramel malts bring out a full-bodied sweetness balanced by a light aromatic hop.
3. Buffet Breakfasts
Where can you find a breakfast buffet for just $10? The Inn Grill at the Best Western Jasper Inn! They also have great daily specials including Sunday spaghetti ($11), Monday and Tuesday two-for-one appies, Wednesday three courses ($32) and Thursday 20% off pizzas. Saturday prime rib and Yorkshire is $26.
4. Three-Course Meals
At Papa George’s, the daily three-course menu for $30 and Friday $28 prime rib dinner are staples of the town’s dining scene. At Fiddle River, for $35 get three courses—soup or salad, entrées like elk stroganoff or butter chicken, and chocolate truffle bar or liquor-laced coffee.
5. Coffee with Kick
There are 12 types of alcohol in Miss Italia’s namesake coffee. This 50-year-old family recipe is a blend of spirits, liqueurs and your choice of coffee or espresso. At Olive Bistro, Canadian Maple Butter Coffee with Sortilège (Canadian whisky and maple syrup blend) and Butter Ripple Schnapps is topped with whipped cream.
6. Wing Night
On Karaoke Wednesdays at Champs Sports Lounge at the Sawridge Inn, chow down on 35¢ wings in four different flavours, with drink specials after 6 pm.
7. Delicious Deals
At C200 at The Crimson, get two-for-one appies like tuna tataki and mussels on Thursdays. Fiesta! Taco and drink deals are Sundays, 5 to 9 pm at Café Mondo.
8. Prime Rib Fix
Slow cooked at a low temperature, Prime Rib City’s AAA prime rib is roasted with French mirepoix (diced vegetables) and seasoned at specific times during the cooking process for peak flavour. At O’Shea’s, the Weekender Special is spiced with a grainy mustard rub and roasted all day, and certified Angus Beef prime rib is served au jus. Preparing AAA prime rib at Villa Caruso takes four-steps: marinating, oven roasting, steaming to a precise temperature and ‘finish’ roasting. Tender cuts are chef’s spice crusted, and served au jus.
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