Don’t miss out on what the culinary scenes of Banff, Canmore and Jasper have to offer for your post-hike lunches, pre-adventure coffees or special occasion dinners. Here are six new restaurants to check out that have opened in the mountains this year (so far).
This sophisticated restaurant combines Old-World luxury (think leather chairs and vintage decor) with a dash of Rocky Mountain history — the restaurant pays homage to many of the area’s early mountain adventurers, including writer/explorer Mary Schäffer and trail guide Bill Peyto. Brazen also happens to be located inside the bustling, iconic Mount Royal Hotel, meaning you’re in for a true Banff experience.
Read more: Brazen is a Bold New Restaurant in Banff
138 Banff Ave., Banff, banffjaspercollection.com
This Canmore restaurant from the teams behind Crepes N Go and The Rocky Bean Co. food trucks specializes in savoury and sweet crepes like the Épi Complete crepe (with egg, ham, greens, cheese and mushrooms) or crepes with dark chocolate sauce, salted caramel sauce or the Épi hazelnut spread. But you can also grab sandwiches, pastries, fresh sourdough bread and coffee, too.
4, 102 Boulder Cres., 825-909-0815, Canmore, epicanmore.com
Sink your teeth into some seriously spicy chicken sandwiches or tenders at the new Flirty Bird location in Canmore. Flirty Bird’s first mountain outpost is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
102, 837 Main Street, Canmore, flirtybirdchicken.com
Hankki (Korean for “one meal”) is a Calgary-based chain, but it just opened its newest location in Banff. Drop by to fill up on Korean street food, including Korean-style corn dogs and “cupbops,” which consist of flavourful meats and veggies served over steamed rice in a cup.
206 Buffalo St., Banff, 403-762-0332, hankkica.com
Banff Hospitality Collective’s new Italian restaurant is a slice of Italy in heart of the Rockies. Lupo Italian Ristorante is open daily starting at 5 p.m. and serves a variety of hot and cold appetizers, as well as pizza, pasta, traditional mains like veal or chicken parmigiana, and a wide selection of vino (with more than 150 bottles to select from).
Read more: Inside Lupo, Banff’s New Italian Restaurant
201, 208 Wolf St., Banff, 403-985-9180, lupobanff.com
Located inside the Crimson Hotel, Terra serves farm-to-table, regional dishes that rely on local ingredients. The space is beautifully decorated to replicate nature, with decor like a live-edge harvest table in the centre of the restaurant and a stone-finished countertop at the feature bar.
Read more: New Restaurant Terra Opens in Jasper
200 Connaught Dr., Jasper, banffjaspercollection.com