6 exceptional places to eat in Fernie.
For a small mountain town in the Rockies with a population of around 6,000 it’s quite pleasing to find out how many exceptional and varied places there are to eat. Fernie’s multi-culturalism, history, mountain culture, and hip vibe all blend to give its dining a thumbs up from global visitors and locals alike. Here is a selection of 6 unique restaurants to hit up while in Fernie, only 3 hours from Calgary.
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.
Reservations & Information: Ph: 250-423-0090. Larger groups of 8-12 can pre-book the private dining room, parties of 7 or less are seated on a first-come basis.
Location: 741 - 7th Avenue, Fernie
The modern-urban ambiance at Loaf was given a facelift in 2015, including 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
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).
Location: 531 - 2nd Avenue, Fernie
Tandoor & Grill
Head chef Keshab Sapka was born in Nepal, studied cooking in India and has been cooking professionally for 13 years. Many dishes are a fusion of Nepalese and Indian cuisine using many traditions such as a Tandoor oven, where naan bread is prepared and marinated meat dishes are carefully cooked. Quality food from fresh ingredients, the diverse menu offers delicious and distinctive cuisine to suit all tastes. The restaurant has been expanded in recent years to accommodate more guests eager to sample the incredible cuisine.
Menu Highlights: Shrimp Vindaloo, Lamb Rogan Josh.
Reservations & Inquiries: Ph: 250-423-5000.
Location: Stanford Hotel, 100 Riverside Way, Fernie
Cirque Restaurant & Ice Bar
Opened in late 2015, The Ice Bar is the only one of its kind in the Canadian Rockies. The Grand Room at Lizard Creek Lodge underwent big renovations while keeping its prized majestic river rock fireplace and panoramic views of the ski 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. Open Thu-Fri-Sat only during Fall.
Location: 5346 Highline Drive, Fernie
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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