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Jasper, AB - Recommendations?

I'm wondering if anyone can help me out with some suggestions for a good place for a group of guys to eat in Jasper. We're heading up there for a buddy's stag party. There will be a group of about 10 guys in total. Possibly more.

A few of us have slightly more expanded tastes when it comes to cuisine, but there's a good chunk of the group that are your typical "meat & potatoes" kinda food lovers. So, a steakhouse, or something along those lines, will likely fit the bill.

I remember going to L&W a few times as a kid, but that was 15+ years ago, so I have no idea if anything has changed there.

As far as price range is concerned, probably middle of the road is what we'll be looking for. Nothing incredibly expensive, but nothing cheap either.

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  1. electroleum:

    Jasper can be pretty grim when it comes to dining unless you want basic pizza and Greek fare like the L & W you mentioned and other spots like Villa Caruso.

    Years ago I had a decent steak or prime rib at the Prime Rib Village in the Tonquin Motel but more often than not we have tended to eat at the Fiddle River, LuLu's and ...save the groans... their Earls unless we are up at the Jasper Park Lodge.

    Andy's is the place that gets good reviews but our only visit was at best so-so, and their prices may be more than you want to pay in any event.

    I have not gone there myself, but others have spoken well of La Fiesta just east of the Atha-B.

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    1. re: Bob Mac

      I thought the Kim Chi House wasn't bad. I think that's what it's called. It was the only Korean place that I'm aware of.

      That doesn't exactly fit your "meat and potatoes" request, though.

      There was somewhere our group went---I think it was L&W---and the service was atrocious. But like I said, I'm not 100% sure if that was the name. It might have just been one we discussed. This was back in May.

      1. re: Lainey1978

        I was at L&W last March. To summarize, food was ok but not great, service was bad.

        details and photos: http://bruleeblog.wordpress.com/2009/...

      2. re: Bob Mac

        La Fiesta was really good when I went there last year, the wife and I had the 2 course special, the wife had the artichoke dip which we could have easily shared and I cant quite remember what i had for an appetizer, for a main we both had the Paella and it was a huge amount of food and all really good. Watch out for the sangria it is very tasty but had us swimming a bit after only one pitcher.

      3. Andy's - very good but this place still manages to be over-hyped which unfortunately sets you up to be disappointed; we had to reserve 2 weeks in advance and then get an earlier seating that we had hoped so our expectations were sky high. Ain't cheap either.

        Fiddle River - our go to place. The nightly specials end up being a great deal. It's 3 courses for around $30-35 if I remember correctly. They offer 3 choices, one of which is normally beef, one of which is seafood/fish, and the other varies.

        La Fiesta was good too but not sure if they can accomodate a group of 10 unless you would want to divide into 2 tables, since they're on the smaller side. They have enough menu items that would be considered mainstream Mexican/Spanish that nobody in your group should have a problem with.

        Evil Dave's Grill is a newer place that we have enjoyed and for a group of guys celebrating a stag this may be the ambience/style you're looking for as it's a little more casual. No problem suiting either the adventurous or "meat and potatoes" fans here.

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        1. re: egon61

          I've seen La Fiesta put tables together on the right-hand side of the restaurant, to accommodate large parties there.

          1. re: egon61

            does Fiddle River require reservations? We are heading up there for our anniversary next weekend and I have Andy's booked for the one night, we really enjoyed it last time we were there. how is the romance factor for Fiddle River? I wish they had a website.

            1. re: cleopatra999

              cleopatra999:

              Resos for Fiddle River? I'll "waffle" here and say probably not but nevertheless I would given it is your anniversary week-end and who knows what is going on in Jasper on any given week-end.

              Romance factor? Nice room but not what I would call dark and secluded. Then again I would not say that about Andy's either.

              My wife and I have both enjoyed our meals at Fiddle River and I hope you do as well.

          2. Thanks for the replies thus far. That Evil Dave's place looks like it could be a winner. I'm also wondering if anyone has experience with these places:

            -Embers Steakhouse
            -Jasper Brewing Company (we'd definitely enjoy a place with some homebrews, even if it's mostly pub grub)

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            1. re: electroleum

              electroleum:

              Embers? Is that the one in the Marmot Hotel before you get to the Sawridge? If so, it has been a few years but the food was not bad and they had a nice lounge.

              We only ate and drank at Jasper Brewing the one time. The beer was ok but the food was at least back then [shortly after opening] typical, greasy deep-fried "stodge". Would not recommend it.

              1. re: electroleum

                stay away from Jasper Brewing Co. Beer OK, food horrible. Really really horrible.

              2. I was in Jasper back in August and had a pretty decent meal at La Fiesta. Large portions and you can get jugs of Sangria. The locals (a server from another restaurant) also recommended that place. Fiddle River is a bit more candle lit type of dinner restaurant. But it is better known for their seafood. Had a couple of drinks and appies at Evil Dave's - the menu and ambience should please a big group of guys.

                We stayed at the Amethyst Lodge and one morning missed their breakfast service downstairs - the concierge directed us to Papa George's down the street at the Astoria. (http://papageorgesrestaurant.com) We were pleasantly surprised by the breakfast. - and it was busy! The restaurant also has a fairly impressive wine cellar at the back. Although we didn't have supper there, it looks promising. See website.

                1. Well, just to update, we just decided to book a big table at Earl's, because that way we knew what we were getting into. Our one worry is that a table of about 15 somewhat rowdy guys might be frowned upon at some of the other eateries. At Earl's, we just blended into the scenery :)

                  It worked out well though. Our waitress Sonja was good (and also incredibly cute), and she found a pair of novelty panties for our groom-to-be to wear on his head. She even met up with us at the bar later.

                  Speaking of bars, there's a great joint called Downstream that we really enjoyed. Nice atmosphere, not dingy like Pete's or the AthaB. Great booze selection too. I couldn't complain about getting a dram of Bruichladdich 16 y/o for $9.

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                  1. re: electroleum

                    Downstream?

                    Is that the one in the bsmt. of the blgd. which also houses Fiddle River upstairs?

                    1. re: Bob Mac

                      I believe so. Not sure about the Fiddle River upstairs part (we were well into the wobbly pops by the time we got there), but it's definitely a downstairs location, right on the strip.