A great vacation isn't fulfilled unless the dining is above expectations!
For a small mountain town in the Rockies with a population of around 5,000 it’s quite pleasing to find out how many exceptional and varied places there are to get your taste buds going. Fernie’s multi-culturalism, history, mountain culture, and hip vibe all blend to give its foodie scene a thumbs up from global visitors and locals alike. Here is a selection of 12 unique spots to hit up while in Fernie, only 3 hours from Calgary.
Fernie Brewing Company
Fernie Brewing Company is passionate about small batch beers, unique flavours, and natural ingredients. Stop by their tasting room and summer patio and experience the various flavours while learning about their brewing process. For those adventurous tackle the Trails to Ales Challenge.
Brew Highlights: Project 9, What the Huck and ask about their seasonal specials
Inquiries: Ph: 250-423-7797
Location: 26 Manitou Road, Fernie
The Curry Bowl
Tucked within a little heritage home with Fernie's only rooftop patio, The Curry Bowl is named after the infamous powder bowl at Fernie Alpine Resort. Just as you would immerse yourself in Fernie legendary powder during ski season, you can immerse yourself in enlighted Asian cuisine focusing on stir-fries, noodle bowls and curry dishes.
Menu Highlights: Nasi Goreng, Mango Spring Curry, Pad Thai
Information: Ph: 250-423-2695, seating is first-come, first-served.
Location: 931 - 7th Avenue, Fernie
Lunch with a truly healthy focus. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown, Lunchbox features wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups, chili, curry bowls and smoothies all made from scratch. Eat in or take it to go, these lunches are as tasty as they are healthy. Great option for those with food sensitivities, allergies or preferences, yet awesome for those meat lovers that want a hardy meal.
Menu Highlights: The Proker Wrap, Veggie Chili, Pineapple Express Salad
Information: Ph: 250-423-4500, seating is first-come, first-served.
Location: 561a - 2nd Avenue, Fernie
This funky fresh Japanese restaurant underwent a kitchen expansion in 2016 to provide an even more exciting menu. It remains one of Fernie's favourite eateries, and seats fill up fast every day of the week. On weekends if you can't get there for 5pm, then aim for 8pm or be prepared to wait (possibly outside!) for an hour. With truly authentic Japanese cuisine, enjoy dining at the full sushi bar, sake bar, dining room, or try a private tatami room.
Menu Highlights: Toro Aburi Nigiri, Sashimi Carpaccio, Kryptonite Roll.
Information: Ph: 250-423-0090. Parties of 7 or less are seated on a first-come basis. Larger groups of 8-12 can pre-book the private dining room.
Location: 741 - 7th Avenue, Fernie
This hip spot offers an astonishingly delicious drink menu with authentic Latin American delights. The selection of pulled-pork, tequila lime chicken and pescado corn tortilla tacos served tapas style are terrific, as is the authentic Ceviche dish—Mahi Mahi cured in citrus juice and tossed with a variety of greens. Sipping on margaritas and other favourite tequila-infused drinks is reason alone to drop in, especially during the summer season on the patio.
Menu Highlights: Brazilian Seafood Stew, Carne Marinada Sirloin Steak.
Inquiries: Ph: 250-423-5566 (No reservations - first come first served). Wait list app available if needed, once you arrive.
Location: 531 - 2nd Avenue, Fernie
Sample small batch handcrafted spirits in the custom tasting room, learn about the process with the head distiller and watch the distilling in action through the picture windows. The tasting room is open regularly throughout the week with a relaxing summer patio for outdoor sampling.
Menu Highlights: Prospector Gin, No 9 Mine Vodka, ask about their seasonal creations!
Location: 531 - 1st Avenue, Fernie
The modern-urban ambiance at The Loaf with excellent food and an inviting bar for casual drinks and snacks. Loaf prepares real, honest food, fresh every day. Using all natural ingredients, they make a range of artisan breads, soups, and pastries from scratch. Their dinner menu is a marriage of what they love best—real, honest, artisan bread and freshly-made Italian-inspired food. $10 pizza is available daily between 3-5pm, and there's live music every friday from 6-9pm.
Menu Highlights: Roquette Pizza, Pollo Arrosto.
Reservations & Inquiries: Ph: 250-423-7702. Book online.
Location: 641 - 2nd Avenue, Fernie
The Bridge Bistro
A local classic with large summer patio next to the Elk River. The menu ranges from traditional to unique with great options for groups and kids, and appetizers for those that want to simply enjoy a drink at the inside sports bar or on the patio.
Menu Highlights: Tuna Poke Bowl, Rack of Ribs & Rotisserie Chicken, Elk Meat Loaf, Fish & Chips
Reservations & Information: Ph: 250-423-3002, reservations welcome.
Location: 301 Highway 3, Fernie
Himalayan Spice Bistro
A truly wonderful South Asian restaurant, the cuisine is created with the utmost attention to taste. Served with love and authentic Himalayan spices and ingredients! Take-out and delivery service available.
Menu Highlights: Shrimp Vindaloo, Lamb Rogan Josh.
Reservations & Inquiries: Ph: 250-430-0399.
Location: 301 2nd Avenue, Fernie's Historic Downtown. Located beside the Vogue Movie Theatre
Cirque Restaurant & Ice Bar
The Ice Bar is the only one of its kind in the Canadian Rockies. Cirque Restaurant is in the Grand Room of Lizard Creek Lodge with its prized majestic river rock fireplace and panoramic views of the slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort. The menu is a Canadian and European fusion with Fresh Oysters, Bison Carpaccio, and a classic Spaghetti Bolognaise. The breakfast and après ski menu is equally tantalizing.
Menu Highlights: Elk Meatball Tagliatelle, Eggplant Parmigiana.
Reservations & Inquiries: Ph: 250-423-2056. Book online. Large groups welcome.
Location: 5346 Highline Drive, Fernie
Island Lake Lodge - Spring, Summer & Fall
A must-do dining experience between early June and early October. Enjoy the scenic mountain drive up to the lodge, or mountain bike up Lazy Lizard Trail to really get the hunger juices going (just remember you have to bike back down). Gourmet dining in the presence of some of the most spectacular views of the Rockies. Dine in the lodge or on the patio. Reservations highly recommended for lunch or dinner. Stay the night for the full experience.
Menu Highlights: Bison Shortribs, Beetroot Risotto, Brown Butter Salmon Pasta
Reservations & Inquiries: Ph: 250-423-3700.
Location: Mt Fernie Park Road, 7km drive up to the lodge
The chic yet historic décor and trendy environment offers the taste of an urban setting in a mountain town. Enjoy BC wines and local award-winning Fernie Brewing Co beer on tap. The fresh, delicious cuisine prepared right before your eyes in an open concept kitchen will keep you coming back for more, as will the friendly staff and the popular Thursday Night Jam Sessions.
Menu Highlights: Sesame Seared Albacore Tuna, Sweet & Spicy Fun-Guy.
Inquiries: Ph: 250-423-0009. (No reservations - first come first served).
Location: 401 - 2nd Avenue, Fernie
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