Staff Picks: Canmore Restaurants We Love

These are some of the Canmore spots that Avenue’s team loves visiting for baked goods, pizza, bagel sandwiches and more.

Tank310. Photograph by Bryan White from Bow Media.

JK Bakery Cafe

Owned and operated by a local family, JK Bakery offers a warm and cozy café setting paired with wholesome, homemade goods. Stopping by JK Bakery has become a tradition during any visit to Canmore. For savoury options during lunch, you really can’t go wrong with the quiche selections including classic ham and cheese, spinach and bacon or a veggie option. And, of course, there are plenty of sweet options such as the energy cookies loaded with raisins, cherries, oats, nuts and more to fuel you up for any hike. There are even dog-friendly biscuits if you bring your pooch along too! —Michaela Ream, editorial assistant

 

Rocket Pie

If you’re craving pizza in the mountains, Rocket Pie won’t disappoint. This Canmore pizzeria offers an inviting and casual space where you can tuck into delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas in flavours like classic pepperoni, Prosciutto (with a crushed tomato base, fior de latte, prosciutto de parma, arugula and balsamico de modena) or Funghi (with a porcini parsnip base, roasted mushroom blend, garlic confit, fontina, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano and oregano). If you’re hungry enough, I also recommend pairing your pizza of choice with dishes like the heaping kale Caesar salad topped with parmigiano reggiano and an order of the beef and pork meatballs. Your Rocket Pie memories don’t have to stay in Canmore either — get a bottle of the restaurant’s “world famous chili oil” to enjoy at home. —Alana Willerton, senior digital editor

 

Rocky Mountain Bagel Co.

When I’m in the Rockies, especially if I’ve just embarked on a hike or I’m gearing up for a day on the slopes, the thing I crave most is a fully-loaded sandwich — something wholesome and delicious, that will add to the feel-good vibes of spending a day in the mountains. If I haven’t packed a lunch myself, Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. satisfies my sandwich craving. With two Canmore locations, one on the main drag and one closer to the highway, this shop specializing in bagelwiches is a convenient stop before or after my mountain pursuits. Post-hike, I like the Bagel Garden (full of veggies and red pepper cream cheese), and pre-ski, I’ll swing in for The Greek (egg, feta, spinach, tomato and red onion) — both are served on your choice of homemade bagel, of course. And while there are plenty of options, baked fresh daily, from jalapeno cheddar to maple, it’s always sesame for me. —Dominique Lamberton, managing editor

 

Tank310

After a day exploring the Rockies, doesn’t a pizza and a beer sound good? Tank310 is one of the best spots in Canmore to stop for a casual drink. Located upstairs within Grizzly Paw Brewing, this spot has some of the best views of the mountains of any restaurant in Canmore with its panoramic windows. It also overlooks Grizzly Paw’s brewing area, which helps feed the restaurant’s drink menu. For food, Tank310 does classic pub fare, with some especially excellent pizzas and burgers, but everything here is worth trying — each of the menu items is paired with one of the in-house brewed beers, and you should take these suggestions to heart. If you’re not a big drinker, Grizzly Paw does some great craft sodas, as well. —Chris Landry, digital editorial assistant

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