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Jan 2, 2010 03:22 PM

Crowsnest Pass

I'll be heading top the Crowsnest Pass area in Febuary. Any recommendations on where to eat?

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  1. the rumrunner in coleman is usually pretty good.

    1. In Frank there is a bar called Pure Country. It is awesome. On Wednesday they have about 15 types ( I couldn't figure out how to spell varities?) of chicken wings for 50 cents each. You have to order 10 per type and they are the size of your hand / fist. HUGE!!!!
      Other times I have their steak sandwich, I forget the price because I just order it. For $1 more you get the equivalent of a styrofoam cup of fried onions and the same price for a cup of fried mushrooms. That being said I have never had a bad meal there.
      In Blairmore there is Rivers Edge as you enter the town. It is pretty consistent with good Chinese food. Don't order the Chinese anywhere else as it is never worth it.
      For breakfast (homemade and worth it!) go to the Sones Throw Cafe on main street. Never had a bad meal there either.
      The Tin Roof Grille on the main street was good but it changed hands and I haven't been in since.
      On the highway in Coleman is Popeil but it is expensive but worth it.
      You may heae the convenience store just west of Subway and east of Popeil has good Chinese food and we had it New Years Day. We had high expectations but were disappointed. Rivers Edge still wins.
      In the town of Lower Coleman there is Chris' Restaurant. I give it ten stars. All the food is home made before your eyes. The ambience is small town but the food is well worth the drive to the business section.
      If you are in a hurry the Subway does up a quick sub that is as good as any Subway. Not exactly a Chowhound stop but if you're in a hurry this or Tim Hortons will do.
      The fried chicken in 7 -11 is greasy but boy do they do a huge business to the skiiers
      Dean in Red Deer and Coleman

      1. My grandma's. Ha ha!

        The Pass isn't really a "foodie" kinda place. Explains why I was skinny when I was growing up there...*sigh*

        The Rum Runner DOES have good burgers, and Vito's in Coleman has excellent pizza. EXCELLENT.

        Like Carlitguy says, the Tin Roof Grille used to be good, but I haven't been there since they changed hands, either. I'm afraid I disagree with Carlitguy about just about everything else, though, lol. (Sorry, man).

        Just outside Coleman, the Crowsnest Resort (I think that's what it's called...out by Allison) has the ability, although their menu didn't reflect their capabilities last time I ate in the restaurant. I know they can cook because they did my wedding, though. I haven't heard much about their restaurant lately, so I don't even know if they are still running it.

        Popiel's is just okay, but a lot of people really like it because they include a lot of stuff. Pure Country...yuck, imo.

        River's Edge...all I've had there was spaghetti, which was like Chef Boyardee as it usually is in restaurants (especially in the Pass--do NOT order pasta!). I'm intrigued at his mention that they do good Chinese food. I've never met good Chinese food in the Pass (no, Ben's is not good. And the Yummy Inn was the worst Chinese food I have ever had in my whole entire life). Too bad the Bellevue restaurant is no longer open...

        I've never been to the Stone's Throw, so I can't say.

        Chris's restaurant...I haven't been there in YEARS, but she catered at my graduation and it was not very good. And I remember that it was all cold, too, although I suppose that could have been the fault of the school. God, I hope no one from there ever reads this and connects me with it. My mom, brother, and grandma all seem to like it. I never liked it, but I didn't like food when I lived there so don't go by that.

        Good luck finding something. Please come back and let us know where you went and what you thought.

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        1. re: Lainey1978

          this is why i only rec ed the runner.the inn on the border was good when my friend was cooking there but not so much now

          1. re: Lainey1978

            The Crowsnest Resort was closed for renovations so we could not go there for New Years Eve. I have heard the chef has left and they don't have a restaurant right now.
            If the food was cold at Chris' it was because it was off site. The food is prepared right before your eyes so there is no way that will happen. Some times when we go we have to wait as it is that popular and not very big.
            Dean in Red Deer

          2. I don't know if you consider Fernie to be Crowsnest but Island Lake Lodge has a very nice dining room. I have only eaten there once, in the summer, but I was very pleased with the food and wine. Lovely setting - a little out of the way.

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            1. re: sarah galvin

              Thanks Sarah, but I'm looking at the communities in the pass, not in BC.

              1. re: sarah galvin

                Fernie is an hour away. Definitely not the Pass.

                It's nice to know there's a decent place to eat within an hour's drive, though. ;o)

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