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We are from NYC and very excited to visit Whistler next week. What better place to get the inside scoop on great food than on this board. We will be in the area for 4 days and nights. We'll splurge on dinner one night and go more casual for the rest of the trip. As for lunch, is there a spot you would recommend for take-out to put in our backpacks? We plan to be on a trail or a river during the day. We are adventurous eaters, so don't be shy. Is there a good place to hear music? Is there a bbq joint in town? Is there such a thing as Canadian bbq? One more thing, what about a place for a quick, inexpensive healthy breakfast? Thanks! srrbiker

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  1. We've just arrived in Whistler ourselves so we're not the best source. We've had a very good and reasonably priced meal at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (the daily special was priced at $20.10 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a main, with garnishes, and a dessert). We plan to go the the Four Season's Fifty Two 80 Bistro where they also do a daily special. Le Gros (Country Style French) has a daily chef's special plate for $18.95. We're getting most of our information from the Pique newspaper. There is also good information in the "Dining Guide" and in a hardback book which hotels have available that is called: "The Restaurants of Whistler" published by the Restaurant Association of Whistler.
    Post a message on this Chow thread or send us an e-mail (dimitrimoursellas@yahoo.com) and maybe we can share a meal somewhere while all of us are in Whistler.

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    Fairmont Chateau Whistler
    , Whistler, BC V0N, CA

    Le Gros Restaurant
    1200 Alta Lake, Whistler, BC V0N1B1, CA

    1. We were just up for the day today (staying in YVR for 5 nights) and had a great lunch at Araxi. That might be a good splurge dinner for you... Have always heard great things about it as well as Bearfoot Bistro. Hope that helps - and enjoy yourselves!

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      Araxi Restaurant + Bar
      4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, CA

      1. We had a really nice casual dinner ($18-22 for mains) at 21 Steps awhile back.
        http://www.21steps.ca/.
        I also like the Whistler Brew House for a decent burger and microbrewed beer. And surprisingly, they have some of the best spaghetti & meatballs I've ever eaten.

        Splash-out dinner at the Rim Rock Cafe is always a popular choice along with Araxi.

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        Araxi Restaurant + Bar
        4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, CA

        Rim Rock Cafe
        2117 Whistler Rd, Whistler, BC V0N1B2, CA

        1. I live in Vancouver but have a place up in Whistler and eat out there a fair bit. For your big splash dinner I'd go with Bearfoot Bistro - always an amazing dinner. Pricey for Whistler, but not that bad if you're from NYC. As a back up I'd go with Rim Rock - Seafood oriented fine dining nearby Creekside. Araxi is OK - but safe and boring upscale dining. Casual italian - go to Carumba. 21 Steps does decent tapas - have only been a few times, but local friends love it there. The fairmont hotel has a decent breakfast place in the lower floor - can't remember the name. Can't really say as there are many good inexpensive, healthy breakfast places up there. Most are not so healthy - crepes and egg based breakfast places. There is a parisian bakery/cafe in the heart of the village - called la brasserie des artistes - bit hard to find as it's located on an offshoot pathway from the village stroll. If you feel like sushi - check out Sachi Sushi. They have a house special sushi which has thin slices of lemon and salmon(?) pressed into a bed of rice and cut into rectangles - outstanding. Hope that helps.

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          Rim Rock Cafe
          2117 Whistler Rd, Whistler, BC V0N1B2, CA

          Sachi Sushi
          4359 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N1B4, CA