Whistler Dining Guide: Where to eat in Whistler

Whistler Vil­lage cour­tesy of Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

I’ve been ski­ing all my life; every year my fam­ily went to a dif­fer­ent resort town in Col­orado or Utah for as long as I can remem­ber. And it was won­der­ful, one of the best mem­o­ries I have of my fam­ily all together, rent­ing a cabin, ski­ing until our legs felt like they’d fall off, fin­ish­ing the night over pots of home­made spaghetti. A grand tra­di­tion. But once I grad­u­ated from col­lege, those trips stopped, sadly. I hadn’t skied in nearly five years… until Whistler. This past Feb­ru­ary, I packed my bags and headed to Canada to ski the Whistler Back­comb. And while the snow was some of the best I’ve ever skied, the town of Whistler truly won my heart, namely due to the food. I was blown away by how many great restau­rants were in town, per­haps my favorite being Side­cut at the Four Sea­sons Whistler. 

Chef Mays hard at work

At Side­cut, when I wasn’t slurp­ing back the fresh­est oys­ters I’ve ever tasted with fresh horse­rad­ish, I was devour­ing the most deli­cious beef. See, Chef Edi­son Mays spe­cial­izes in cook­ing top-quality, Cana­dian prime meat on an 1800-degree infrared grill, which guests can then com­ple­ment with one of Mays’ nearly two dozen house­made spice rubs (My favorite combo: Edison’s Medecine on the Kobe steak). Din­ing off prop­erty was also amaz­ing. But I thought I bet­ter leave it to the expert. So, Chef Mays has stepped up to the plate to pro­vide us with his Whistler Din­ing Guide:

Kate: Chef, where do you go when…

You’re crav­ing eth­nic food?

Sachi Suchi has great food with the feel­ing of a true sushi restau­rant. I love sit­ting at the sushi bar watch­ing the chef create.

You want to cel­e­brate a spe­cial occasion?

Alta Bistro is small and inti­mate with awe­some cock­tails. They have cool staff and the food is very artis­tic. You can tell a lot of care and detail goes into prepar­ing it.

You need a quick, cheap bite to eat that you know is going to taste amazing?

Brandys is my place to go and eat chicken wings and watch the game! It’s not com­pli­cated and they have friendly and invit­ing staff.

It’s brunch time?

Ele­ments has damn good food! It’s con­sis­tent, I know I get the same thing every time. I usu­ally get the Smoked Salmon Bene­dicts and it comes with this awe­some potato cake.

You want to get away?

When I want Ital­ian I like to go to to this lit­tle place in Gas Town in Van­cou­ver called Al Porto Ris­torante. If I want fine din­ing, my place is Hawksworth.

What is Whistler’s best kept secret?

Creek­bread. It’s out­side the vil­lage in Creek­side. It has a Whistler spirit to it. It has some unique ingre­di­ents as well as your tra­di­tional. The piz­zas are all hand­made and cooked in this huge wood burn­ing oven.

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