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Jasper recommendations - for coffee - special meal - and ambiance...

KayceeK Apr 21, 2011 07:08 PM

Hello Hounds,

My hubby and I will be in Jasper for two nights this coming week (Mon and Tues evenings). This will be my first time visiting and his first in the past 10 years, so we are unfamiliar with the dining scene, to say the least.

We are looking for recommendations for a splendid morning cup of coffee for starters. It's a special trip as hubby is leaving for Afghanistan the following week, so only the very best restaurant (at least one night) will do! We would like to have a traditionally "Canadian" meal one night (steak/game/contemporary). The other night we are more flexible - perhaps sushi or thai. Romantic views and good wine lists would be a bonus. For lunch, extensive beer selection please.

I've heard of Andy's Bistro, Evil Dave's Grill, Patricia Street Deli...but I'm so indecisive!

Thanks Hounds.

Andy's Bistro
606 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E, CA

Evil Dave's Grill
622 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, CA

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    Bob Mac Apr 22, 2011 07:38 AM


    Jasper can be a tough one. Although there are a lot of restaurants, none in my experience really "stand out". No matter what the name and purported culinary specialty, the town is dominated by Greek cuisine.

    Andy's Bistro is usually recommended but I was not particularly impressed after our admittedly limited visits, i.e. two dinners.

    I have seen La Fiesta mentioned positively by posters here but I have not tried it.

    The one spot we tend to gravitate back to if we are out for dinner is Fiddle River on the main drag close to the train station. Its second floor location means that you are sufficiently high to be able to look over and past the passenger and freight trains. The fish is good and perhaps better than might be expected given its distance from the coast and even here in Edmonton.

    As a result, I am a little at a loss to recommend a particular place. I have not eaten there but perhaps the dining room at Becker's might meet your first criteria accompanied by a view just outside of town. I do not know what Tekarra is like now nor Pyramid Lake which we stayed at last year.

    The Edith Cavel room at the Jasper Park Lodge is a beautiful setting but like so many things at the JPL the food often does not match the view and particularly the "heavy hit" when you receive the bill. It does have the best wine list in the area.

    As far as sushi is concerned, I have been told that the Japanese restaurant on the same level as the Edith Cavel room at the JPL is very good. Quite small, reservations are a must.

    Thai? I am not sure that there is a Thai restaurant although there is Chinese and Korean.

    Apart from Fiddle River, more often than not we end up picking up take-out pizza from Lou-Lou's to bring back to our hotel with some vino from one of the multiple wine stores in town and muffins or cinnamon buns from the Bear's Paw for breakfast the next morning.

    Given the timing of your visit and your husband's impending travel plans, I do hope you have a great time. Let us know if you find anything as we may head up there come mid-May for our anniversary.

    Andy's Bistro
    606 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E, CA

    La Fiesta Restaurant
    504 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, CA

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    1. re: Bob Mac
      cleopatra999 Apr 22, 2011 08:54 AM

      I would agree with Bob Mac on his analysis of Jasper. One thing to consider is some of the places may not have opened yet. The Edith Cavel room is seasonal, as is Becker's. Certainly for ambiance, nothing compares to the Cavel room, service should be very good, but the food, like most Fairmont resorts can be hit or miss and not always worth the price tag.

      we have been to Andy's Bistro 2x and enjoyed our experience very much. If you go there, get a reservation and ask for the back booth, it is a little more private. It is still not a fancy or high end place. We ate 1x at Fiddle River, we found it okay, but was a little put off by the menu at the time, seemed very dated. The place was busy though.

      I have been to La Fiesta a couple times, ambiance nothing special, good Mexican though.

      Andy's Bistro
      606 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E, CA

      La Fiesta Restaurant
      504 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, CA

      1. re: cleopatra999
        cleopatra999 Apr 22, 2011 08:56 AM

        We went to Papa George's for breakfast a couple times, really good and good value. Great pancakes.

        Papa George's Restaurant
        400 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, CA

        1. re: cleopatra999
          anonymoose Apr 24, 2011 04:45 PM

          I haven't eaten there yet, but I thought La Fiesta was Spanish, not Mexican?

          La Fiesta Restaurant
          504 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, CA

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        milobloom_yxd Apr 26, 2011 11:20 AM

        Make sure to check out Jasper Brewing Company for lunch, in that case.. it's a great brew pub, tried it out over the weekend and thought their beer and burgers were outstanding. (The Rockhopper pale ale was my fave.)

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        1. re: milobloom_yxd
          Dan G Apr 26, 2011 01:19 PM

          Wow, you had a different experience than I've had - the (I think) 3 times I tried Jasper Brewing, the food was absolutely disgusting. Overcooked burgers, soggy fries, etc. I don't think the beer was anything special either.

          La Fiesta (anonymoose: it has shifted its focus a few times, but seems to more tex-mex than anything else these days, at least at lunch) probably wins for lunch, and Evil Daves for dinner in town. Tekarra Lodge is also pretty good for dinner though.

          La Fiesta Restaurant
          504 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, CA

        2. KayceeK Apr 28, 2011 06:34 PM

          Thanks for all of your great suggestions. We had a really enjoyable time.
          Our first evening, we decided for a casual spot where we could watch the Bruins/Canadiens Game 6. Jasper Brewing Company fit the bill nicely and I have to agree with milobloom_yxd's review. We shared the bruschetta and salted edamame to start (granted, it's hard to screw these dishes up) and found them both to be executed nicely. Hubby had caesar salad and the bison burger. The burger was a little dry and wound up being quite a bit more expensive than he had expected, but of course it would be when a slice of cheese is $1.50 and bacon is another $2.00 and who knows what else he had on there. My prawn curry dish was nice, and the banana fritters were an unexpected treat. I'm not a beer drinker so the blueberry ale was just fine by me and hubby seemed to enjoy the beer sampler - fairly reasonable price (36 oz. for something like $13.00).

          We enjoyed coffees and croissants from the Bear's Claw (or Paw?) Bakery and they were really wonderful. Since we went for a long hike, our lunch consisted of wayyyy overpriced sandwiches we had picked up from the little takeaway in the JPL (where we stayed). Had we planned better, we would have gotten snacks elsewhere, but were limited in our options at this point (also had our pup with us).

          After a long hike, drinks in the Emerald Lounge of the JPL were great. The service was stellar and the view of the lake and mountains could not be beat. The prices of the cocktails weren't as overwhelming as I had expected either.

          Dinner was initially going to be Evil Dave's, based on pretty much every local's recommendation, but when we walked in, the place was literally empty. I don't care if it is billed as the best restaurant in town, I'm not dining in a nice restaurant where there are no other patrons for me to scope out. ha! So, instead, we mosied over to Fiddle River (my initial preference but not hubby's since he wasn't feeling seafood). The king crab legs special changed his mind though and he proclaimed them to be delicious! I snagged his perfectly roasted beets, which he is not a fan of. Our starter salads were also delicious and I really liked my fiddle river salad, which was prepared with a fresh basil dressing to die for. My main was a fish bowl with spinach spaetzle. The tomato broth tasted a little "canned", but the fish was nice and tender/flaky, and the spaetzle was an unusual highlight. We shared the maple cinnamon cheesecake which was creamy and rich without being cloyingly sweet. After our very nice dinner here, we stumbled to De'd Dog tavern to watch the tail end of the Canucks' Game 7, which you may all know was a perfect cap to the evening.

          So, an overpriced off-season couple of days in Jasper but we really had a great time and are looking forward to going back again next year. Thanks Hounds!

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