Breakfast, burgers, burritos, pizzas, pasta, paella, pies… you can get just about any kind of cuisine in Whistler. And you can play the role of epicurean without breaking the bank or resorting to the usual no-frills fare. Where to go, what times to do so, and what to order? Read on to find out…
BREAKFAST. COFFEE. BOTH.
The Living Room, Pangea
Since we’re writing this blog we might as well start here… but seriously, with gourmet eggs benedict (bacon or salmon if you’re feeling “West Coast”) and latte art to accompany from Whistler’s slickest espresso machine (it’s a White Eagle for those of you who know your stuff), there are few better ways to start the day. Open to the public from 8 AM in the summer and 7 AM in the winter, The Living Room at the Pangea Pod Hotel is perched above the pedestrian Village Stroll, offering incredible views and “people-watching” opportunities while you sip on your Americano. Don’t like eggs? Try the Avocado Toast which comes on sourdough and is dressed with feta, chili, coriander, red pesto and lime.
Without doubt one of the best burger joints in B.C., Splitz Grill is where to head to when you need to satisfy your carnivorous cravings. Their Legendary Burgers are big, tasty, and served in a super laid-back environment where you don’t have to worry about appearances – which, as we all know, can easily be compromised by a good juicy burger! Best of all, you can have it your way by constructing your own burger from an array of fresh ingredients.
The Living Room and The Rooftop Patio, Pangea
We’re not done with the back-patting quite yet. Serving handcrafted flatbread pizzas (all dough made in-house) on both The Rooftop Patio and The Living Room, Pangea has upended the pizza offerings in the Village with its creative, delicious fare. House favourite pizzas include the Butternut Squash + Goat’s Cheese as well as the Broccoli + Fennel Sausage. Pair it with one of Pangea’s signature cocktails or craft beers, enjoy it with Whistler’s best views from the Village’s only rooftop patio, and you’ll understand why it’s become so popular.
Run by Canadian-Australian couple Kerri and Alex, Peaked Pies is a solid bet for a hot ‘n’ hearty meal at the end of a day’s skiing or boarding. Handmade and baked fresh daily, their Australian meat pies with peas and mash potato are something of a godsend when it’s cold outside and you’re running on empty. If you’re asking us which pie to try, we’d have to say the steak, bacon and cheese. Yum!
Specialising in authentic Mexican burritos and tacos with mouth-watering fillings such as cochinita slow cooked pork and pasilla beef, La Cantina is one of our favourite eating establishments in Whistler. The food is fun and vibrant, as is the atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that both branches tend to fill up fast.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Canada, eat Poutine. If you’re still wondering what the hell Poutine actually is, or indeed what it tastes like, we recommend you find out by heading down to Zog’s Dogs, a take-out joint serving up seven different variations of it. Opt for the classic fries with cheese curds and gravy, or try the Zog’s special with spaghetti meat sauce. Either way, Poutine is just what you need after a good night out.
For over 30 years Sushi Village has been pleasing both locals and visitors with its fine food, vibrant atmosphere and legendary sake margaritas. As well as the usual maki and nigiri rolls (with fresh fish shipped in daily from Vancouver), the menu includes teriyaki, Japanese hotpots, tofu, and udon noodle soups, all of which are a taste sensation. Reservations at Sushi Village are only necessary if your party numbers 6 or more.
Owned by husband-and-wife team Kevin and Kendra, Pasta Lupino is an Italian-inspired restaurant and deli that focuses on freshly-made pastas, sauces and bread. It’s a cozy, laid-back dining experience with a menu that features all the classics, from oven-baked lasagne to spinach and ricotta ravioli.
If you’re hankering after a curry, Tandoori Grill is where it’s at. Serving an array of classic dishes from the subcontinent, this large and fairly informal restaurant is a favourite of Whistler locals looking for something to keep the cold at bay – i.e. spice. That being said, one of our favourite dishes on the menu is the deliciously creamy and not-so-spicy butter chicken (don’t judge us). Pair it with a peshwari naan and a cold glass of Cobra and you’re onto a winner.
This family bakery, whose mission is to “bring a smile to peoples’ faces”, offers a truly scrumptious selection of home-baked sweet treats (as well as bread and savouries, if you’re crazy enough to fill up on anything but Purebread’s desserts). Their crack is amazing too (and yes, it’s called that for a reason).
Winter or summer, rain or shine, there’s nothing quite like a sweet treat from Cows. Part of a Canadian chain (though still a Whistler institution), they offer an array of flavours ranging from bubble gum to New York cheesecake, as well as lots of different cones – all of which are handmade. The ice cream here really is superb, so don’t miss it. And please don’t sit on the cow, she’s not real.
Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels for more insight and more tips and tricks to experiencing the best of the unique mountain town of Whistler on a budget.