Wildflower Restaurant: A cozy and intimate atmosphere
Located in the Executive Resort at Kananaskis, the Wildflower Restaurant is a great place to relax in a cozy and intimate atmosphere. You can enjoy a menu specializing in creative Canadian cuisine where only the freshest ingredients have been selected.
Favorite Dish: We started off with two appetizers...the Flash Sautéed Calamari (on fresh tomato bruscetta with grilled foccacio) and the Sylvan Star-Aged Quesadilla (gouda cheese, venison sausage wrapped in a crispy quesadilla with caramelized onions and pepper relish).
For our entrees, I chose the Grilled 8oz. "AAA" Alberta Beef Tenderloin (a "melt-in-your-mouth" tenderloin topped with gorgonzola shallot butter, potato wedges on the side and a medley of vegetables), while LJ and her parents chose the Charbroiled "AAA" Alberta Beef Tenderloin (a "melt-in-your-mouth" tenderloin topped with sun dried cherry merlot sauce & blueberry compote, potatoes and a medley of vegetables).
We washed it down with a Tinhorn Creek Vineyard Merlot for the ladies, Big Rock Honey Brown for Padre and Big Rock Traditional for me.
Since it was a special occasion (plus it was part of the package) we selected three different desserts...Carrot Cake with sour cream frosting, 3-Layer Chocolate Fudge Cake (with crushed almonds) and the Black Forest Cake.
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Executive Resort @ Kananaskis: Pristine beauty and genuine Alberta hospitality
Located in Alberta's Kananaskis Country, the Kananaskis Resort & Conference Centre provides its guests with spectacular views, delicious cuisine and more than enough opportunities to use a camera.
We picked this place because of it being near Bow Valley Provincial Park (where the wedding took place) and the beauty of getting married in the mountains. As happens on the wedding day, a few things didn't go as planned, but after settling down a bit and getting things worked out, the dinner went off in spectacular fashion.
Favorite Dish: The service started off with a lively cocktail hour consisting of drinks and hors d'oeuvres (e.g., Vegetable & Seasonal Fruit Crudités, Crackers, Ranch Dip and a special West Indian treat...Jamaican Meat Patties).
After opening up the doors to our guests, the dinner commenced with Fresh Baked Rolls with butter, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Mixed Garden Greens and Chicken Lorette (with fresh market vegetables and chef's rice). The dessert was our wedding cake...a Sour Cream/Pineapple filled Carrot Cake (designed and baked by Barbara Laberge of Cake Creations).
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This restaurant in Longview is a local favorite and hang out of the stars when they are filming in the area. You can also catch some colorful characters here. As we were having our dinner, we were quite entertained by a drunken cowboy who was having a discussion with his dining companion about how his favorite boneless steak was a T-bone.
The food here is okay ; I ordered a stuffed chicken breast and it looked and tasted suspiciously like something that I had recently bought from Costco, accompanied by slightly overcooked frozen vegetables. This is not gourmet food in any sense. If you are looking for that, don't eat here. This is down-home stick-to-your-ribs no-nonsense food, something that you might whip up for yourself at home. If you are a hungry hiker, it is downright deeelicious, and good value for your dollar.
This restaurant is known for its Prime Rib Buffet on weekends, and service here is friendly and prompt.
Favorite Dish: The chicken noodle soup -- homemade and just as good as your grandma's.
Usually, we have avoided eating here because the food seemed to be substandard on other visits. However, on a recent trip to Kananaskis, we found the food quality to be vastly improved.
The menu has a good selection of items, from sandwiches and pizza to rack of lamb and the prices are fairly reasonable for the area; I found that the food quality is probably on par with the Fireweed Grill across the way, but at cheaper prices.
The only complaint I have is that the service seemed a little uneven for such a small dining room; this is not a place for people on a schedule. However, the staff are pleasant and will try to meet requests; one waiter brought over wings from the adjacent pub (Woody's) even though they weren't on the menu.
Favorite Dish: The buffalo burger on grilled ciabata with tangy vegetable relish was outstanding. My husband really enjoyed the spicy penne with sausage. It had nice flavor, but if you like really spicy food, you may have to ask them to turn up the heat.
The warm gingerbread with red pears and caramel sauce was sublime.
The Cinnamon Spoon: The Best Coffee in Kananaskis
Besides going to Canmore, this is the best coffee you can get in/near Kananaskis. They also have pastries, desserts, and sandwiches. If hiking or skiing nearby, make it a point to come here, you won't be disappointed
Favorite Dish: The cinnamon buns; desserts
various: The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
The hotel offers several places to eat, offering a variety of foods. My favorites are:
Fireweed Grill ~ Offers a great Sunday Brunch (approx $27.00 CA ) which people from Calgary drive in for. Not as good as it was when it was a Canadian Pacific hotel, but still very good. For some strange reason, the desserts can be disappointing; but by the time you hit the dessert table, you're pretty stuffed anyways.
On a daily basis, it has a good buffet breakfast with fresh baking made in-house (approx $17.00 CA); at dinner, the food gets kicked up a notched and they go gourmet. Dinner is good too, but I've tasted better higher-end food at these prices. However, the nearest location that offers comparable food is in Canmore, and you may not feel like driving there.
Obsessions Deli ~ Offers sandwiches and desserts; the sandwiches are already wrapped, ready for you to brown-bag it. They have pretty good desserts, if that's all you are in the mood for.
Favorite Dish: At the Fireweed, my favorite item is the freshly made danish in the morning -- mm mm mm; try the blueberry; also when we are in the mood to stuff ourselves, the brunch buffet. Sit by the window, and when you are not busy eating, you get a fantastic view; the Village is on a terrace, surrounded by mountains. Outdoor patio in the summer. Reservations for brunch highly recommended.
This historic ranch is still run by the Guinn family. They offer trail rides and during the summer and as you drive by, look for the sign that says "Barbeque Lunch". Last year, they offered dinner in the evenings during the summer.
Call the no. below for specific directions.
Favorite Dish: We haven't actually eaten here, but haven't heard any complaints, either. How can you drive past a sign that says "Barbeque Lunch" if you're hungry? I must admit this place is a bit of a tourist trap.
Good, simple food such as burgers, fries, chicken fingers, quesidillas; you get the picture. Great for lunch; however, if cigarette smoke bothers you, don't go for supper.
Favorite Dish: The Beef Dip is hearty and satisfying; they load on melted cheese and onions.
Brewster's Kananaskis Guest Ranch: "Live the Lore of the West"
We wanted to make this a wedding that our friends and family wouldn't forget, so from the start we decided that we would invite everyone to the rehearsal dinner (or as we called it...the Alberta BBQ).
The facility recommended the most was the Kananaskis Guest Ranch. Located on the shore of the Bow River (on the Old Trails leading into the Canadian Rockies), this establishment offers many amenities which bring the Canadian Rockies to life.
Favorite Dish: We decided that the Alberta/Western Barbecue would be held in the famed Brewster "Donut" Tent with the opportunity to picnic outside (with our dogs). We selected the Ranch Hamburger Fry which included delicious barbecued ranch hamburgers (also veggie burgers for those who wanted them), baked potatoes with butter, sour cream, chives & bacon bits, molasses baked beans served in antique cast Iron pots, tossed green salad, fresh baked crusty rolls, pickles & condiments.
For dessert, we had four cheesecakes (Turtle, Tiramisu, Strawberry & Creme and Key Lime) from the JK Bakery (in Canmore) delivered to the Kananaskis Guest Ranch. What a way to end a totally awesome meal!!!
In the end, their reputation for quality food, service and rustic western facilities make for an unforgettable Western Canadian experience.
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Woody's Pub & Patio: Great food, great location, great view!!!
We had heard that the food was awesome, so we decided to try it out. Since it was a nice day, we decided to have lunch upstairs on the patio...what a terrific choice. Not only was the food delicious, but we got to eat under the awesome spectacle of sun, wind and mountains. You just can't beat that.
Favorite Dish: We both decided that an appetizer would fit the bill, and since we were really hungry we ordered the Woody's Tapas Platter (it included Ginger Beef Skewers, Satay Chicken, Honey Hot Wings, Bruchetta, Grilled Asparagus & Zucchini and fried shrimp with mango)...talk about a boatload of food.
Chief Chiniki Restaurant & Handcraft Centre: Are you in the mood for buffalo burgers??
Located on the Stoney Indian Reservation, this quaint restaurant serves up pretty good meals at decent prices. Traditional native cuisine that includes buffalo, bannock, venison, rabbit and Canadian menu items. In addition to the food you can view and purchase authentic hand-made native crafts (i.e., Traditional Stoney beadwork and leather products).
Favorite Dish: Buffalo Burger with lettuce, tomatoes, relish and bacon with fries in brown gravy (on the side).
Wonders Coffee House & Gift Shop: Nice treat after a long drive
Friendly coffee shop located on the Cowboy Trail.
Favorite Dish: Try the Java Ice Drinks....OMG so darn delicious. The White Chocolate or the Chocolate Chocolate will just knock your socks off!