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Mexican

4 Reasons We Love Canmore’s Restaurants

October 18, 2016
By Where writers

Restaurants in Canmore pair food with great prices, open kitchens, international tastes and mountain views.

Canmore dining, where to eat in Canmore

Canmore’s pubs have unbeatable lunch specials.

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10 Delicious Banff Restaurants

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs

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.

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Hot Dining: Three Top Spots for Tacos

Beef cheek tacos at Grand Electric (photo: Gizelle Lau)

Make that summer feeling last a little bit longer with a meal at one of these top spots for tacos and other Mexican delights.

1  Two former Black Hoof chefs put their stamp on Toronto dining at Grand Electric, a lively little spot that slings superb tacos with meats like pork belly, Baja fish, beef cheek and spicy chicken.

Originally a pop-up enterprise, La Carnita became a bona-fide restaurant a few months ago, and is packed nightly with diners enjoying imaginative tacos plus a few other Mexican street-food options.

It’s the least hyped restaurant on this list, but Playa Cabana is no less worthy. A large menu offers tacos, naturally, but also a variety of burritos and house specialties like a chipotle wagyu burger.

Hot Dining in Halifax: Fiesta Foods

Burritos at Burrito Jax

For a quick and authentic Mexican lunch, stop by Burrito Jax on Blowers Street. Burritos made from scratch are the specialty, stuffed with everything from Jax chicken, pepper steak, pulled pork or pulled beef. Choose from fixins’ including smashed beans, basmati, sweet potatoes and green peppers.

 
For a sit-down California-style Mexican meal, try Mexicali Rosa’s on Spring Garden Road. The tasty menu includes MexiCanada treats like the Mushroom Melt and Southwest Penne Paste. Try Mexican favourites Chicken Chimichanga, Taco Dinner, burritos or enchiladas. Mondays feature specials on margaritas and nachos.

 

Hot Dining: Now Open—La Bamba Café and Lounge

Mexican eatery La Bamba has opened a new sister restaurant, La Bamba Café & Lounge, in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. This day and evening spot evokes a festive, urban ambiance with vibrant red and orange walls and cozy lattice archways. The menu features the same authentic, scratch-made Mexican fare found at the Osborne Village location, like shredded chicken enchiladas simmered in chocolate-laced mole sauce and a smoky new favourite: chipotle beef. This new opening marks another menu change for La Bamba—both locations are now entirely gluten-free. Olé!  285 Portage Ave., 415-6344.

Hot Dining: Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Enjoy the fun ambience at Pancho Villa.

On those dark days of winter, head over to Pancho Villa, a Mexican restaurant in the heart of bustling Elgin Street. The traditional fare is on offer, as are their signature dishes: mole enchiladas, arroz con pollo, and chile relleno. With mains ranging from $9 to $16, there should be change left over for a round of “Tropic daiquiris” (mixing together lime, strawberry, and banana) or one of their 40 kinds of tequila. Now that will have you shaking off the winter blahs in no time! 361 Elgin St., 613-234-8872.

May Editor’s Picks: Dining

Loire

Loire Casual Gourmet (Photo by Paul Kittmer).

The number of restaurants adhering loosely to the model of simple, affordable fare served in an attractive yet informal setting has grown exponentially in this city. Joining the fray is Loire, a self-described “casual gourmet” spot along increasingly foodie-friendly Harbord Street. With fresh, seasonal dishes that could include seared Ontario rainbow trout ($24), grilled flank steak ($25) and the beef or lamb Loire burger on challah bread ($17), the intimate resto effortlessly straddles the line between relaxed neighbourhood fave and boldface fine-dining destination. No surprise, considering the pedigree of its owners: chef Jean-Charles Dupoire last toiled for the Fairmont Royal York’s Epic, while sommelier Sylvain Brissonnet spent more than a decade at revered Langdon Hall.

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