Day 7 (Whistler): Amsterdam Pub, Cow’s, Mogul’s Coffehouse, Zog’s
On our final full day of vacation, we travelled to Whistler with brief stops at Shannon and Brandywine Falls. We meant to stop at Tantalus Lookout, but missed the turnoff both directions. Left our condo at 8:40am, arrived in Whistler 11:30am. Since I’d done very little research on Whistler Village restaurants, I was forced to blindly select a restaurant which I’m loathe to do, especially when traveling. Amsterdam Pub was one of the first restaurants we saw on our way to the gondola.
Across from Amsterdam was Araxi, a gorgeous restaurant owned by the same folks as Bluewater Cafe, West and Cin Cin in downtown Vancouver. Had we not spent a pretty penny at Octopus Garden the previous night, we would have eaten at Araxi. Instead, I selected Amsterdam after briefly glancing at the menus at the deli next door to Amsterdam, as well as the nearby Italian place and the French bistro next to the Italian place.
Hubby ordered the prime burger with cheddar and bacon. I ordered a bowl of French onion soup whose portion back home would be considered a cup. Asked hubby to sub his regular fries which came with his burger, for sweet potato fries with chipotle mayo ($2.50 upcharge). Total after tax and tip was a whopping $32 for very little food.
Hubby’s burger (the meat) arrived stone cold, but he refused to send it back because he hates to complain and he was starved. Sweet potato fries were tasty, but it was barely a small handful of fries. My soup was just okay. Also, rather than a crunchy crouton, there was a slice of soggy tasteless bread below the skimpy lid of tasteless melted cheese.
Next up, Whistler Gondola. Unfortunately, Peak2Peak hasn’t opened yet for the summer. FYI, you can purchase discount tickets for the gondola at the Whistler Visitor’s Center (or at the remote Visitor’s booths scattered throughout the village) for $2 less than at the gondola window.
I was starting to fade, so we came down the mountain in search of coffee for me and ice cream for hubby. We passed by what seemed like 5-6 Starbucks before I spotted what appeared to be an independent coffee shop - Mogul’s Coffeehouse located next to a bookstore. Cash only.
I had a refreshing iced coffee and wished I hadn’t just finished an ice cream cone at Cow’s. Otherwise, I would have tried one of their gorgeous baked treats (tons of different muffins, cookies, sausage rolls, savory turnovers, etc.). Would definitely like to try this place again in the future.
We saw the line of people snaked out the door at Cow’s and figured it must be good. I ordered the pecan & toffee kiddie cone and hubby had a 2-scoop cone with mint super chunk chocolate chip and cookie dough in a chocolate dipped waffle cone with crushed peanuts. Total after tax was $10 for both cones. Both my plain cone and his cone were tasty, but we thought our ice-cream was only fair. The ice cream didn’t taste any better than Baskin Robbins here in the states, plus the texture was icy and uneven.
Next up our 4:50pm Eagle tour (ziplining) with ZipTrek. FYI, you can get 10% off if you book your tour on -line. I’ve been twice previously, once as part of a ropes course and once near Arenal in Costa Rica, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t blow away. The views were magnificent, but we saw similar views from the top of Whistler mountain. Hubby who had never been had a great time and thought the outing was worth the splurge.
It was 8pm by the time we finished our last zipline. By then, I was starved since I’d eaten very little all day. Our waitress at Amsterdam had raved about the poutine and hot dogs at Zog’s across from Carlton Lodge in the village, so we decided to head there next. We split the classic poutine (fries, cheese curds with brown gravy) and a chili cheese all-beef hot dog. Total after tax was $12.
We should have tried the poutine with chili or spaghetti sauce (the other two options), because the brown gravy tasted like it came from a can or made from a mix. There were barely two tablespoons of chili on our hotdog and maybe a teaspoon of grated cheddar cheese. The only saving grace was the array of toppings available at the side table (different sauces, sauerkraut, relish, sliced onions, etc.) and a huge wok of fried onions (free to customers to help themselves) which smelled and tasted great on our hot dog.
All in all, definitely our worst food day of our trip. Too tired to head out again tonight, we're looking forward to our dimsum at Kirin Mandarin tomorrow morning. Will post about Day 6 when I have more time.
>>We should have tried the poutine with chili or spaghetti sauce (the other two options), because the brown gravy tasted like it came from a can or made from a mix.
Believe it or not, many poutine aficionados insist that the gravy has to come from a mix.
Too bad about the food today. Whistler is great if you are on a splurge (Araxi, Bearfoot, etc), but cheap eats there are hit or miss.
Oh, I had no idea about the gravy... Hubby and I decided we must not be fans of Canadian poutine, although I loved the fries with roast beef bits, gravy and grated cheddar I had in Louisiana which are probably a bastardized version of your poutine. Also, the curds yesterday didn't squeek, so I'm guessing they were shredded moz. The cheese tasted like a blend of moz and monterrey jack cheese, as they lacked the stretchy meltiness of pure moz cheese.