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Dining in Banff

rancher rick May 1, 2013 04:33 PM

We`re here in Banff for 4 days....one of many trips to Banff so we know the town fairly well.. Usually stay at Banff Springs where our food experiences have been somewhat "spotty". This time BPL so close to downtown.Last pm we were in a hurry so had a quick bite at St James Gate Pub, reasonably good pub grub. I`m going to try The Stump tonite.....it`s had a long shelf life so likely deserves a try. From the street it always looks like it could use a good scrub but maybe the food`s OK.
The Bison Cafe comes highly recommended by friends & CH rec`s so we plan to have dinner there on Friday pm. What are your experiences at the Bison? The River Cafe sets the standard for my wife & I so hope that The Bison comes close or exceeds RC.

  1. cellophane_star May 1, 2013 07:39 PM

    I love the Bison. It's way more casual and less expensive than River Cafe though. Not the same experience.

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    1. re: cellophane_star
      rancher rick May 2, 2013 06:18 AM

      Thanks for your input....my wife looked at the menu/pricing yesterday & the entree pricing seems on par with the RC. Not that it matters since we are just looking for a quality dinner.
      BTW, I did go to Magpie & Stump for "southwest". Very forgettable!! The enchilada`s were fairly expensive @ $17 which would have been OK if they had actually been good. Maybe I`m spoiled having had many meals in New Mexico & southern Colorado over the past several years. Oh well, no need to re-visit "The Stump".
      Looking forward to the Bison Cafe tonite.

      1. re: rancher rick
        cellophane_star May 2, 2013 08:41 AM

        Allow me to be particular: The place is just called "The Bison", not Bison Cafe. Please report back on your dinner!

        1. re: cellophane_star
          rancher rick May 2, 2013 12:32 PM

          Thank you for your correction.....I`m a "stickler" for that kind of stuff! I have to "blame" my wife as she always refers to Bison Cafe & I seem to have picked it up. Apologies!
          Review to follow tomorrow.

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      rancher rick May 2, 2013 09:15 PM

      So, decided to go to The Bison for dinner tonite. Vibe: very casual. The dinner: quality/ presentation we gave a "9"; service: a "9" as well.
      I had the New York striploin.....very, very good. My first bite was a "flavorburst" of beef tenderness...the carrots & potato side were just wonderful. I raise grass fed cattle so I may be qualified to comment on beef...this was the best beef i`ve ever had in a restaurant. My wife had the beef tenderloin which she thought was excellent. Accompanied by a great bottle of CA zin ,the experience was memorable & we`ll be back!

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      1. re: rancher rick
        Leibowitz May 4, 2013 01:32 PM

        Ha! I had the same thing the same night. My experience was completely different. The steak was just fine, but the asparagus was untrimmed and completely underdone. Just woody. Also, the wine list was bizarre. Almost exclusively new world and wines from Arizona and Idaho shouldn't be anywhere near a fine dining menu at this point. Even the sommelier seemed perplexed that they were on it. The service was decent though.

        1. re: Leibowitz
          rancher rick May 4, 2013 09:12 PM

          Really? Are we talking about the same place?
          My only "complaint" was that ambience was maybe a little too casual....very subjective, I know. However, as noted, the food really was excellent! The wine list was maybe limited.....we went with a familiar zinfandel that we had had several times previously. Not spectacular but reliably good.

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