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Whistler recommendations

blue2000 Jan 4, 2009 06:31 PM

We are planning a trip to Whistler in late January, and were wondering what people's favorite spots to eat are. We've been there a couple of times, and I've searched the board, but it doesn't seem as there has been a recent thread covering Whistler in general. Our favorite place is Elements, both for breakfast and dinner. We're looking for high brow as well as low brow; we'll be taking our newborn so attention to family friendly places with good quality food would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Cancuk RE: blue2000 Jan 4, 2009 10:22 PM

    For high brow restaurant listings in Whistler, it looks like this:

    1. TIE: Araxi or Bearfoot Bistro

    2. The Rest (Rim Rock Cafe, Apres, Quattro, Il Caminetto, etc).

    It really depends on who you talk to, but if you're truly looking for, "high brow" and $'s aren't really that important, it's one of those two. After that, I think Rim Rock and Apres are the next top options.

    Low Brow: I think other posters would be better qualified to answer this.

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      fmed RE: Cancuk Jan 4, 2009 11:07 PM

      Agreeing with Cancuk on his ratings. The Sushi Village is also a good bet for decent sushi.

      Here's an interesting recommendation by Sam Salmon for the Sunflower Bakery in Squamish: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/563945

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        tdp RE: Cancuk Nov 22, 2010 08:14 PM

        Not too sure I like high and low...brow.... but - you can find a great fondue or Schnitzel with a nice glass or bottle of wine at a reasonable price at The Little Eatery. This is located at the Olympic rings that are there now permanently. $40 per person for a good meal with wine. you will not go hungry

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        tiffness RE: blue2000 Jan 4, 2009 10:26 PM

        went to 21 steps last november. was reasonable and delish! gotta sit up in the attic though!

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          gourmet wife RE: blue2000 Jan 5, 2009 08:55 AM

          One of my favorites is Val d'isere. A tad expensive but worth it.

          Quattro is always a good choice.

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            starlady RE: gourmet wife Jan 16, 2009 02:07 PM

            I thought Val D'isere closed?

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              tdp RE: starlady Nov 22, 2010 08:14 PM

              closed quite some time ago...I am afraid the Gourmet wife is not up to date on that.

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            hclass RE: blue2000 Jan 6, 2009 02:24 PM

            For low brow check out:
            Old Spagetti Factory- 4 course meals for under $14 but don't expect too much in terms of world class flavour.
            Opa Souvlaki next to the IGA grocery store where you can find a fresh and healthy meal for under $9
            Cinnamon Bear at the Hilton always has daily specials on good food and alcohol. Also best $9 nachos you'll ever have... on Fridays I think?

            PS-There are loads of places to avoid in Whistler so follow the recomendations you do read on the net. Theres other Whistler threads with much more info then this one so far......

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              kits221 RE: blue2000 Jan 15, 2009 01:22 PM

              Don't go to Elements Whistler for breakfast. The service is terrible.

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                tdp RE: kits221 Nov 22, 2010 08:15 PM

                the new best place on weekends is the Little Eatery for breakfast. they have belgian waffles and egg/ham crepes that are awesome.

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                vangirl RE: blue2000 Jan 16, 2009 10:55 AM

                Sachi Sushi- some of the best I've ever had

                Wildwood (at the tennis club)- great selection of eggs benny for breakfast, banana bread french toast, and caesars for a little hair of the dog

                Elements- great martinis and tapas, a little on the pricier side. For a better price, hit 21 Steps (they frequently have 3 tapas for $21, but only in the upstairs lounge, from 7pm)


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                  Tritrainingmama RE: blue2000 Nov 22, 2010 09:11 PM

                  Trattoria is always good, Quattro as well. Family friendly, great breakfast at Wildwood. Speedy service and inexpensive too.

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