Whistler’s dining scene may be small, but it sure is mighty. From delicious small plates and fresh baking to craft beer and fireside cocktails, here are six places to eat and drink in this ski town.
At either of purebread’s two Whistler locations, you’ll find shelves filled with fresh bread, counters brimming with desserts such as dark chocolate with sea salt and rosemary cookies, sinfully rich brownies and more. Pair these delectable baked treats with a cup of Stumptown coffee.
Must-try dish: Flavours vary daily, but snag the berry rhubarb compote sugar buns when you can.
Brewery: Whistler Brewing Company
The town’s namesake brewery has grown considerably since it opened in 1989, having recently upgraded to a new, industrial-chic brewery space and tasting room in Whistler’s Function Junction neighbourhood. Sip on a flight of signature brews like the punchy Lost Lake IPA or the robust Black Tusk Ale. If beer isn’t your thing, the brewery also offers Okanagan-made Lonetree Cider on tap.
Must-try beer: Winter Dunkel, a seasonal dark beer made with chocolate malt and infused with coriander and orange zest.
Breakfast and lunch: Stonesedge Kitchen
Pop into this eatery before noon for a plate of chorizo eggs Benedict on toasted ciabatta with crispy herb potatoes. Pair with the restaurant’s signature Caesar garnished with olives, pepper jack cheese and bacon “straw.” For lunch, Stonesedge reinvents classics like grilled cheese kicked up a notch with house-made onion jam, and a Reuben sandwich filled with tender slices of smoked bison, kimchi slaw and aioli.
Must-try dish: The Woodsman’s Bowl with pulled venison, poached eggs, roasted butternut squash, ancient-grains croutons and chipotle hollandaise.
After a day spent on the slopes, warm up with a piping-hot cocktail and a seat near The Mallard Lounge fireplace. And, in true Fairmont style, the service in the lounge is welcoming and warm and the hot, boozy beverages are plenty. The cocktail list includes the “Mallard Glühwein,” a spin on mulled wine prepared with Mission Hill cabernet merlot and a secret house-made spiced syrup. Order it “caribou style,” which includes shot of whisky.
Must-try drink: Milk and Honey, made with steamed almond milk, honey from the hotel’s rooftop hives, Frangelico, Absolut Vanilia vodka and a cinnamon sugar rim.
Fine dining: Bearfoot Bistro
Spend a night at this Whistler institution being wowed by chef Melissa Craig’s ever-changing daily and seasonal tasting menus, impeccable wine pairings by the restaurant’s talented sommeliers and pastry chef Dominic Fortin’s desserts. Ask nicely, and the server may lead you into the wine cellar below the dining room to peek at the restaurant’s extensive wine collection. After dinner, sip cocktails in the Champagne Lounge, home to the world’s coldest vodka tasting room.
Must-try dish: Surf and turf from the three-course winter tasting menu, featuring hamachi sashimi, wagyu shabu shabu, sea beans and shimeji mushroom.
Small plates: Bar Oso
This popular spot impresses with its Spanish-inspired menu of small plates and a creative cocktail list. Sample dishes such as the Spanish anchovies and sip a gin and tonic finished with aromatics like lemon zest swirls and B.C. blueberries. The restaurant’s beautiful interior is just as noteworthy, with a sleek onyx bar beneath a toboggan-inspired, slatted oak ceiling.
Must-try dish: Wild scallop crudo featuring thinly sliced scallops, diced olives and capers, orange segments, fried potato chips and aioli.