Highlighting six 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 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
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
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
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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