Eddie Burger + Bar

I’m overwhelmingly smitten (in the loving sense) with anything organic and when I found out that I could choose to have organic beef on my Eddie burger I was completely elated. For just a couple of bucks more you can choose to upgrade your meat to either organic or kobe style beef, you can also choose your bun, sauce and toppings – now that’s choice! Does anyone remember the Paris Restaurant? It was a local hot spot for decades that made the most amazing burgers. They have long since closed and it wasn’t until last week, when I had my first bite of the Eddie New Zealand burger, that my burger spark became reignited. Now picture this: juicy Alberta beef, lamb, bison, also pork, chicken and veggie options all done to perfection, home-made sauces such as roasted garlic aioli, Dijon mustard, hot buffalo and a plethora of over 25 exciting toppings including: aged cheddar, gorgonzola, cappicola ham, fried eggs, sautéed onions and grilled pineapple.

The small 60 seat space is dead cool: high top tables with gorgeous stools, flat screen TVs, high-tech wine coolers and a designer toilet to boot. I went there with my husband and two young sons and we felt completely at home sitting next to business locals lunching, and several tables of sexy 20 somethings starting, slightly early, on the impressive drinks menu. This feels like a real people’s place; good food and a good vibe. The atmosphere is crisp casual and like the crew of a well run ship, the staff were attentive and efficient, a sure sign of a capable captain, Joe Gregory, who certainly has directed this ship in the right direction.

Oh…but did I mention the chocolate milkshake, you MUST indulge yourself or if you’re contemplating cocktails …oh go on…. may I suggest the coco mojito.

Located just off Banff Avenue at the corner of Caribou St. …..Look for the Green Beetle Bug with a gigantic burger on top of the roof.
#6 137 Banff Avenue – 403-762-2230‎
www.eddieburgerbar.ca

The Grizzly House

As the sign above the entrance indicates, the Grizzly House restaurant has been a fixture on the main street of Banff since 1967. Part architect, part inventor, and restauranteur, owner Peter Steiner’s Swiss sensibility has competently sailed his restaurant for an impressive 45 years and the owners, Mr. Steiner and now his son-in-law Francis Hopkins, can be seen on site most days – an extremely reassuring sign.
The menu is remotely reminiscent of a Swiss Alps chalet but has a unique Canadian mountain flair.
The space is large but not large feeling and the décor is an eccentric 1970′s mountain style with dimly lit nooks and plants hung by macramé (remember that?). There is certainly nothing corporate or chain like here. The music played on the well positioned sound system belts out songs that we all loved but somehow disappeared into obscurity. This place transports you in time and place…a bite of raclette and I’m back in the Valais Canton, Switzerland, a glance up to the disco ball and I’m in the seventies and a stroll past the sculpted tree carving and I’m in a mysterious mountain land.
I’ve been eating at the Grizzly House since I was a girl and I’m thrilled to say it tastes the same now as it did 30 years ago; consistency is an understatement in this establishment . This centrally located restaurant is great for large groups and couples alike and as the restaurant itself suggests, for all hedonists. The staff are excellent and wines by the glass are reasonably priced.
Be sure to make a reservation or be downright disappointed, this place is always packed.

207 Banff Avenue
403 762 4055
www.banffgrizzlyhouse.com