By Where Staff
Jasper has many delicious restaurants (check out our Jasper Dining Guide for more extensive options by category). Here are some of our favourites:
Italian dining delights include:
- Orso Trattoria is the new northern Italian restaurant at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Their Osso Bucco is a standout dish – this tender veal Milanese specialty is marinated for 24 hours, red wine braised and served on saffron risotto. “I’ve never seen a single bite left behind,” says Trattoria manager Virginia Letourneau. Their antipasti selection includes cured meats and cheeses from Italy.
- Cassios Italian Restaurant is the namesake of a family that’s been in the restaurant business for 60+ years, and offers more delicious Italian dining. Tomato sauce, from an old family recipe, incorporates ripe California tomatoes, oregano, garlic and Italian parsley; it’s the staple ingredient in their classic Pomodoro spaghetti and Pescatore linguini. “The secret to great flavours is not to overcook,” advises owner/chef Mike Cassio.
For signature pub fare, check out:
- O’Shea’s: Sample 3 Alarm High Altitude wings with house made hot sauce in the lounge or restaurant. Have a cold beverage handy!
- De’d Dog: The Canadian twist on their classic slow-cooked shepherd’s pie is Alberta beef, bison and elk that complement the carrots, peas, onions and garlic mashed potatoes.
- Jasper Brewing Co.: New at ‘The Brew Pub’ is a roasted beetroot and quinoa burger with cashew, tamarind and date BBQ sauce for a kick. Meat eaters can add smoked bacon.
Sweeten your day with these cocktails:
- Old Fashioned at Evil Dave’s: Buffalo Trace bourbon keeps it classic, while a mandarin wedge and super fine sugar make each sip tasty.
- Rooftop Honey Margarita at Emerald Lounge: The twist on this traditional tequila drink is a dash of honey from The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s house kept bees.
- Basil Martini at The Raven Bistro: This perfect summer refresher has six fresh basil leaves, Bombay Sapphire and a splash of lemon.
Can’t forget about breakfast!
- At The Inn Grill, it’s quite a spread for $12. They roast their own granola, bake fresh muffins daily, offer real raspberry coulis and display artisan breads. There’s oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit, cereal, eggs, bacon, sausages and ham. “We’re always changing it up,” notes Jasper Inn manager Shawnee Janes-Wilson.
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