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    Rock & Ice Grill: Rock & Roll to the Rock & Ice

    by scottishvisitor Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Rock & Ice Grill

    Nice place for lunch with good home cooked food & attentive service. Nice interior featuring mountain climbing memorabilia.
    Lovely views of the mountain scenery.

    Favorite Dish: The steaks are prime Albertan beef very succulant & tasty with great choice of salads.
    Extensive menu with vegetarian options available

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    Bear & Bison Inn: Part of the package

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 10, 2007

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    In addition to the beautiful design and location of the Bear & Bison Inn, it turns out that owner Lonnie Middleton is also a world class chef, having spent 18 years as a chef in some of the most prestigious Hotels and Cruise ships of the world. The wedding arrangements (C$340 for 24 guests) included various pizzas to be served on the first evening after guests had arrived and checked in between 3-4 PM. The actual wedding dinner served the next evening (part of the overall package) was priced at C$45 per plate and was an amazing experience of dishes served by the staff in the best European style. Sue's main dish was Salmon cooked on a cedar plank while I had Roast Beef with various vegetables.

    Favorite Dish: Even breakfast was quite an experience, with various elegantly prepared dishes served one after the other by staff. These varied from a fruit starter, crepes with fruit, a three egg omelette filled with your choice of smoked salmon, locally smoked black forest ham, mushrooms or cheese & herbs and finished off with a secret recipe hashbrowns, toast and home made preserves. The meal presentation alone was an enjoyable eating experience!

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    The Drake Inn: Breakfast with reminders of your trip

    by scottishvisitor Updated Feb 24, 2007

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    Great Place to Eat

    Whether it is Breakfast - Lunch - or Dinner this place has a great atomosphere & serves excellent food. With great names on their breakfast menu - the continental divide & the three sisters surprise - to name but a few!!

    Favorite Dish: I had the Three Sisters - cerial & fruit cup while hubby had the Continental Divide - scambled eggs & toast - whatever you choose you won't be disappointed

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    Summit Restaurant: On top of Sulphur Mountain

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Feb 20, 2007

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    We had two of our grandchildren and my mother with us during our gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain in Banff township, so we stopped for a little break in their Summit Restaurant after admiring the views from their outside observation platforms. This restaurant serves cafeteria style-food and also has recently opened a Chinese restaurant section. As you would expect, the prices are a little high becauce of their location, but we certainly could not complain about the views!

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    Crazyweed Kitchen

    by madamx Updated Jun 23, 2004

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    mmmm pizza

    This restaurant is so unassuming, that if you weren't careful, you'd actually walk by it. Unless it is about 5:30 pm; then there is a long line of hopefuls who are praying that there was a cancellation that evening or it's slow and they aren't booked up for the night.

    The food is THAT good. The chef seems to work magic with whatever fresh ingredients she can get that day. There is a basic menu that is handed to you when you enter, then a handwritten xeroxed one with the offerings for the day, sometimes with words scribbled out or whited out. Who cares about the penmanship? When you sink your teeth into the slow-cooked ribs with polenta and roasted vegetables, your mind is transported elsewhere.

    Crazyweed has a stellar reputation in Canmore -- from the friendly, helpful staff to the owner who gives you a friendly wave when you come in. Any errors in your order are handled most graciously -- they actually care that you have an excellent experience in their restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: Everything we have had here is excellent, excellent, excellent. There are no other words to describe the quality of food and service. Try any fish dish -- I had the wild BC halibut with mushroom risotto and I was fabulous. The slow cooked beef ribs with garlic mashed potatoes are so good they would make angels weep.

    For lunch, try a pizza -- Das Sausage quickly won our hearts or one of their hearty sandwiches. For dessert, try the vanilla bean creme brulee, or the chocolate cake with sun dried cherry sauce, with handwhipped cream -- not stuff from an aerosal can.

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    Tapas Restaurant & Bodega: Excellent Meals, Nice Location

    by Mikebb Written Sep 17, 2007

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    Tapas Restaurant & Bodega

    This was a very nice restaurant within the town, just off the main street. We were offered a table inside or could dine outside on the deck. It was a stormy looking evening but we chose to be brave and took the outside option, assisted by the location of an gas heater next to our table.

    The menu contained a good selection of tapas meals and the waitress assisted us with our selection of 4 meals to share. They were brought out progressively which gave us the opportunity to take our time over the meal. All meals were tasty and different to what we were used to, which is something we like to experience when travelling.Our choices were:

    Marrakech Escalivida, Spanish Saffron Rice, Morunos Brochetas, Spanish Trio Spring Rolls. We also had sparkling water and coffee. the restaurant has a full bar.

    Cost for the evening was Canadian $67 plus tip.

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    Smitty's

    by madamx Written Jul 4, 2004

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    Smitty's is a Canadian family restaurant chain, the first opened in Calgary in 1960. It's a family favorite where you can take the kids, and it won't break the bank. The food here is inexpensive, with huge portions. The breakfast is served here all day; which I love, as I'm a breakfast food lover. There's something comforting about eggs and toast on a cold, rainy, evening.

    This Smitty's in Canmore is always extremely busy -- many locals come here, and it is just located off the Trans Canada. The service is extremely pleasant, although a little slow, perhaps as it just gets so busy.

    Favorite Dish: The portions, as I said are HUGE. If you are starving, order one of the breakfast skillets -- I had the Country Skillet, which is eggs, sausage, tomato, green pepper and cheese over hash browns crisped up and served in a little cast-iron skillet with toast. I could only eat half of it. A belly-buster for sure!!!

    The waffles and pancakes are sure to please -- they also have different flavored syrups such as blueberry and strawberry.

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    Murrieta's West Coast Grill

    by madamx Written Jun 23, 2004

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    Murrieta's has come to Canmore, most likely because of their huge success in Calgary. And, they are most welcome! It's the type of place you can go to get good food, no suprises, and the dishes have just enough of a "tweak" so as not to be boring.

    The room is decorated in the rustic elegance that is so often used in the area, with a large wine cellar being the focal point of the room. The restaurant is located up a large flight of stairs, so I'm not too sure how they would handle someone who could not climb them. Service is prompt and friendly, and the quality of food is consistently good.

    Favorite Dish: We have tried many items on the menu and have never been disappointed. For sure, try the Baked Alaska with Bananas Foster for dessert -- you'll have to share as it's huge.

    Portions are suprisingly large as well. So, just try anything! You will be happy you did. I would be extremely surprised if you had a bad experience here, as I cannot say enough good things about Murrieta's.

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    Chez Francois: The Best Breakfast in Canmore

    by madamx Written Jul 4, 2004

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    The room clean and set for dinner -- much nicer

    This place is viewed by locals as the best breakfast in Canmore. For price, service, serving size, and choice, I totally agree.

    The restaurant is also well-regarded as a place for dinner, but we have not tried it for dinner, we've only had the breakfast.

    The room is decorated with local flora and fauna; and I did notice the room was slightly grimy, though our table was clean (the most important thing). Perhaps they had had a late-night party, as from the service and quality of food, this seemed out of place. Table cloths would have been nice, as the wooden tables were banged up and very scratched -- I almost was expecting to see a heart with an arrow through it with initials carved on our table.

    Favorite Dish: There is a huge selection of different dishes, but I must say the Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon is my favorite, and they cooked the eggs to my specification -- firm enough to be not runny.

    The service was also extremely good, and I must give them kudos as well, as it was 7:00 a.m., and our server was alert, smiling and pleasant, much more than I can say for myself at that hour!

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    Zona's Late Night Bistro

    by madamx Written Jun 23, 2004

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    Zona's is probably one of the first restaurants to revitalize the dining scene in Canmore. Situated in an old house away from Main Street, Zona's offers a rustic, homey atmosphere and their prices are very reasonable. Zona's is run by the owner of The Copper Door, another well-respected restaurant in Canmore.

    Make sure you go to Zona's when you are really hungry, as we found the portions huge, and entrees often include a salad or soup as well. The food here is eclectic, with the chef using spices and flavorings from around the world. There is also live music at Zona's.

    Favorite Dish: We have only eaten here once, but wouldn't hesitate to return. The time I was there, I enjoyed sake-steamed artic char; the delicate char was complemented by the flavors of soy sauce and sesame oil, and accompanied by wild rice and baby bok choy. My husband and I luckily shared a delicious roasted brie and cranberry appetizer, as it was very big and would have easily fed four people.

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    Chez François: Ooh La La!!!

    by spartan Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    Sylvie & Jean François Gouin provide a little bit of France in the Canadian Rockies...this is an award winning restaurant that you must not miss...2 - 3 hours of a dining experience.

    Favorite Dish: As soon as you walk in the door, you can close your eyes and instantly you are in France...your first course for the evening is freshly made French Bread accompanied with your choice of creamy butter or duck pâté.

    For your next course, you can either select the table d’hôte (a 2 or 4 course meal where you can choose a soup, entrée, dessert, and coffee) or order off the menu. If you order from the menu, I would highly recommend the Salade du Berer (excellent!!!). For your dinner entrée, you can't go wrong with the Melange de Grillad with potatoes and other fresh vegetables. And to finish the evening, why not try the Terrine Chocolat...heaven!!!

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    Patrino's Steak House

    by madamx Written Jul 4, 2004

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    Patrino's is popular with the locals -- it's a nice restaurant that isn't too expensive and serves decent food. And sometimes, that's all you want, right?

    The restaurant is family-run, which is entirely evident, when the hostess seats you, and in the meanwhile, the waiter/waitresses are calling her "mom".

    The decor is also pleasant, with linen tablecloths, and the room painted in quiet colors; it's evident that many people come back as the owner and his wife are often graciously greeting return customers.

    Favorite Dish: The food here is good, but I would not describe it as great. Most dishes tend to run along the italian vein. We generally view it as a no-brainer place to get something to eat.

    I've had prime rib on a few occasions, and it's always very tender; and to split hairs, they do seem to have a heavier hand with the seasoning salt. My husband enjoys the pastas, and his favorite is the lasagna, though I find it tends to be a little more oilier than I care for.

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    Crazyweed Kitchen: For a little something different

    by spartan Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    This is a great find and a local establishment which has people coming back for more...there is outside seating available but tables are hard to find because the place is extremely busy.

    Favorite Dish: Try the Chicken Quesadilla with chorizo sausage, taber corn salsa and Mexican cheese.

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    The Drake Inn (Restaurant & Pub): Olde World Cuisine

    by spartan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Drake Inn Restaurant & Pub offers wonderful mountain views with every bite. The new non-smoking lounge features a fireplace, comfortable couches and a relaxed atmosphere in an open, spacious room.

    Favorite Dish: Started off with a cup of Creamy Chicken/Corn Chowder and then you can't go wrong with one of these entrees: a Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich topped with swiss cheese, lettuce and tomatoes with a side of french fries or Grilled & Skewered Shrimp/Scallops over a bed of fried rice with a caesars salad on the side.

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    Mountain Juice Café: Truly refreshing and healthy!!!

    by spartan Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    Health food eating shop that serves all kinds of 'pick-me-up' goodies.

    Favorite Dish: Try the Vanilla Yogurt Ice Cream on a waffle cone, a Chocolate Brownie with chocolate icing or a homemade Oatmeal Cookie...yummy!!!

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