First Nations Food

Aboriginal cuisine with a modern twist

Though it’s the oldest cooking style in North America, most people are unfamiliar with aboriginal cuisine. But thanks to culinary programs geared towards Native cooking, First Nations restaurants are popping up all over the continent. From bannock to buffalo, these restaurants all feature locally sourced ingredients with a modern twist.

  • Kai (Chandler, Ariz.)

    This high-end restaurant in the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort serves Native American-inspired cuisine like suckling pig torta with mole and desert quail with dried cherry pate. It’s a happening spot, so call ahead for reservations. Want something more casual? Head to Ko’Sin, the resort’s casual bistro for buffalo burgers.

  • Keriwa Café (Toronto, Ont.)

    Opened last summer, Aaron Joseph Bear Robe’s café offers a variety of aboriginal food, which changes seasonally. The menu is meat-heavy but, with dishes like bison perogies, duck confit, bacon-wrapped whitefish and mincemeat pie, who needs veggies?

  • Salmon n' Bannock (Vancouver, B.C.)

    This gourmet restaurant’s menu reads like an adventure guide with wild sockeye salmon, Arctic muskox and Ojibway wild rice. It also offers several kinds of bannock including its signature salmon and bannock burger, and the Indian taco, topped high with chili.

  • Calm Waters Dining Room (Tofino, B.C.)

    Located in Tofino’s Best Western Tin Wis Resort, Calm Waters has exactly that. With a view of the Pacific Ocean, diners can nibble on locally caught fish cooked in the Nuu chah nulth tradition.

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