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Fernie Alpine Resort Restaurants

The Blue Toque
562 7th Ave.
Fernie , British Columbia
Tel: 250 423 4637

The Blue Toque—"toque" is a Canadian term for a woolen winter hat (i.e., nothing to do with chefs)—serves the best breakfasts in Fernie, with massive plates of hash browns, eggs, and veggies. It's also a nice place to chill out over a cup of joe—and to survey the work of local artists. The café is housed in Fernie's Art Station, a former Canadian Pacific Railway station built in 1908. Painters, quilters, and weavers work on the upper floor; photographers and ceramicists occupy the basement studios. Their creations are displayed in the station's former lobby, as well as inside the Blue Toque.

The Curry Bowl
931 7th Ave.
Fernie , British Columbia
Tel: 250 423 2695

The young couple that owns this tiny restaurant serves excellent Vietnamese summer rolls and other Asian dishes at reasonable prices. One of their intricate, savory curries is just the thing to warm you up after a day on the slopes. Try their mango shrimp curry, with coconut milk and Indian spices, or their Thai green curry, with pumpkin, green beans, peppers, and chicken. Over 30 imported beers, sake, and loose-leaf teas are available to wash it all down. Note that they don't take reservations, so get there early—or resign yourself to a worthwhile wait.

Lizard Creek
5346 Highline Dr.
Fernie , British Columbia
Tel: 250 423 2057

Set inside the Lizard Creek Lodge, this is one of Fernie's fanciest restaurants, serving such creations as pan-seared venison with scallops in a red currant and Merlot reduction. Ask to sit near the huge stone fireplace and try a local Okanagan Valley wine with your food. A casual menu, served in the lounge, is also available. Skip the burgers and club sandwiches in favor of the divine fondue—done in classic Swiss style with Gruyère, white wine, and kirsch. The Toblerone chocolate fondue is a romantic treat for two. Reservations are recommended.

The Old Elevator Restaurant
291 1st Ave.
Fernie , British Columbia
Tel: 250 423 7115

Set in a renovated 1908 grain-feed store (the original lift and loft remain), the Old Elevator features stained-glass windows that tint the mountain views. The vaguely French menu includes steak, chicken, seafood, and pastas—and uses the phrase "pan-seared" a lot. For an upscale restaurant, dishes are refreshingly simple. Try the New York strip loin with green peppercorn sauce, or the Pacific king salmon with lobster butter. The cozy fireside lounge is a great place to enjoy an aperitif before dinner.

The Royal Hotel's Royal Dining
501 1st Ave.
Fernie , British Columbia
Tel: 250 423 7743

For those who like their comfort food with a creative twist, chef Paul MacNish dishes up contemporary Australian fare in this upscale hotel restaurant, located in the historic downtown. Try his Alberta beef fillet with crushed potatoes, wild mushroom marmalade, spinach, and a red winejus. A lighter choice is the lime-cured Atlantic salmon with a soy beurre blanc. The excellent desserts include a honey and saffron crème brûlée with palm-sugar biscuits. The stately dining room is furnished in early 1900s style, with china-filled wooden cabinets and elaborate window treatments.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.