It might come as a surprise that a town as small as Fernie, embedded deep in the Rockies and hours away from any culturally rich metropolis, would have much in the way of culinary charm and variance.
But, given a few active days in the mountains, and the surprise is that there are actually so many dining options to choose from it is hard to decide where to eat next! It is even hard to decide which of them to write about first, because they all offer up such delicious and wholesome fare.
If what you seek is a unique dining experience with cultural charm, dining locations such as Yamagoya Sushi, Nevados and the Tandoor & Grill are all great places to start. Indulge in different sushi rolls, salads and fresh fish at Yamagoya. This funky fresh Japanese restaurant is a favourite among locals and seats fill up fast every day of the week. The House Salad—deep-fried tofu with fresh radish, sliced cucumber and spicy Kimchi smothered in creamy dressing—is a must. Perfect for two to three people, order it alongside any number of rolls; a personal favourite is the New York Tempura roll. Or for just a taste, order a couple pieces of Toro Aburi Nigiri; flame-seared tuna belly with fresh ginger and chives on a bed of rice. Enjoy this authentic cuisine on the patio while sipping on a crisp Alpine Martini, or any number of sakes and beers. Keep an eye out for the Yamagoya sushi truck as well—a quick bite while you cruise through Fernie’s Historic Downtown won’t disappoint.
If you are looking for something with a little Latin American flair, head to Nevados. This newer addition to the Fernie food scene gives up an astonishingly delicious drink menu with authentic southern delights, and a brunch menu sure to enlighten your morning. The selection of pulled-pork, tequila lime chicken and pescado corn tortilla tacos served tapas style are terrific, and the authentic Ceviche dish—Mahi Mahi cured in citrus juice and tossed with a variety of greens—melts the moment it touches your tongue. Paying homage to Fernie’s past, the Ginger Beef Ceasar featuring fresh ginger and beef jerky is just one part of an elaborate drink menu. Sipping on margaritas and other favourite tequila-infused drinks while outside on their beautiful patio completes a perfect evening.
If you favour the sultry curries and exotic spices of Indian cuisine the Tandoor & Grill is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Fresh samosas and mouth-watering garlic naan bread make for great appetizers prior to devouring any number of their chicken, beef, lamb and vegetarian curry dishes. Fernie’s delightful dining options don’t stop there. If you’re craving some hearty homemade and casual eats there are several other dining gems to help take your mind off your hunger.
The Bridge Bistro has a scenic patio along the Elk River, a perfect spot to stop and sip on local brews. The restaurant’s wood-fired pizzas are scrumptious and with a newly renovated interior this place is a fresh take on classic favourites. The Brickhouse on Main Street is another great go-to. Their delicious offerings make sitting in a roomy booth while listening to live music that much more delectable. Try the Grilled Chicken Pesto Sammy—a fresh chicken breast with pesto, pear, asiago cheese and the works. Or for a tapas style delight, try the French Pizza. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting with friends sipping on a pint of Ol’ Willy Wit from Fernie Brewing Company—or a glass of white wine—while demolishing a slice of brie, pear and roasted garlic smothered in pesto. For late night eats and social drinks the Pub Bar and Grill is another great place to stop and park your bike, or hang your hat. Their considerably large pub-style menu includes burgers, pastas and—perhaps their most popular dish—poutine. You can’t get more Canadian than that.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner Loaf Bakery and Restaurant, located in the original Fernie bakery heritage building, has some incredible tasty delights to try. They offer a full menu any time of day and this is a great place to pop in for an iced coffee alongside their finger-licking chocolate croissant. The Eggs Benedict—served Friday through Sunday—is a choice breakfast dish; fresh hollandaise sauce, black forest ham and poached eggs served on two slices of fresh bread, with grilled asparagus.
Another lovely place for dinner or Sunday brunch is The Livery Restaurant. A classy yet relaxed environment, the Livery cooks up some amazing entrees. Their frites, served with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese, are a classy take on traditional French fries and with homemade ketchup this side dish easily disappears between friends. The Bison Burger and Braised Kale Salad are two must-eats, and the Livery’s award-winning wine list and late-night lounge menu make it easy to stay all night. Lastly, if you find yourself at Fernie Alpine Resort and can’t fathom coming to town after a day of biking or hiking, both Kelsey’s and Lizard Creek Lodge are close by to curb your hunger. Kelsey’s offers a casual, family-friendly atmosphere and a great patio in the resort’s village. Lizard Creek and its award-winning wine list, along with its fantastic patio and everyday dining is another delicious alternative.
Wherever you decide to dine, it sure is wonderful being a foodie in Fernie!
Local Destination Expert