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Whistler Restaurants

Après
103-4338 Main Street
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 935 0200
www.apresrestaurant.com

A 50-seat restaurant and wine bar that specializes in modern French cuisine, Après is as intimate as Whistler dining gets. Chef Eric Vernice's reputation (he came from Whistler's acclaimed Bearfoot Bistro) and the good-looking space (a narrow room with curving walls and colorful lighting) make it one of Whistler's hottest tables. The menu changes seasonally, but two regular favorites are quail with foie gras tortellini and pan-roasted Atlantic monkfish accompanied by crab soufflé. There is also an extensive cheese menu. Check out the "culinary adventure" cooking classes in spring and summer.

Dinner only. Closed May and October.

Araxi
4222 Village Square
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 932 4540
www.araxi.com

Araxi wins our love for its extensive oyster selection and Kobe beef short ribs. This is a fancy place with big aspirations for a mountain-town restaurant, with dinner items ranging from Dungeness crab to beet risotto. The kitchen takes almost obsessive pride in pairing Pacific Northwest cuisine with fine wines like the local B.C. Gehringer Pinot Noir. Granted, molten chocolate cakes have become almost a dessert menu cliché, but only a fool without taste buds would refuse Araxi's.

Bearfoot Bistro
Best Western Listel Whistler
4121 Village Green
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B4
Tel: 604 932 3433
www.bearfootbistro.com

Given its location in the generic Best Western Listel Whistler in Whistler Village, Bearfoot Bistro's cuisine and wine cellar are a delightful surprise. More Champagne is sold here than at any other Canadian restaurant (the 20,000-bottle cellar includes 110 labels from the region), and chef Melissa Craig snagged the "Canada's Best Chef" title at the 2008 Canadian Culinary Championships. For her Asian-influenced French menu, Craig turns incredibly fresh seafood, top-flight chops and steaks, and locally sourced vegetables into small, elegant dishes such as black cod with edamame and miso sauce. Budget gourmets beware: The dining room is a white tablecloth affair and strictly prix fixe (three courses for about $80; five courses for about $122). An à la carte menu with entrées averaging between $30 and $40 is available in the less formal Champagne Bar, where a pianist at a baby grand entertains the après crowd.

Open daily 5 to 10 pm.

Elements
Summit Lodge & Spa
4359 Main Street
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 932 5569
www.elementswhistler.com

Whistler's best new restaurant of 2005 (according to a local newspaper poll) prefers to be known as an "urban tapas parlour." Whatever. The mouth has a higher purpose than spouting euphemisms—eating, namely, delicacies such as chef Kate Brewster's Caprese with bocconcini cheese, or seared Arctic scallops with chorizo and white bean purée. It also features a list of martinis made with infused vodkas such as habañero and mango.

Moguls Coffee House
202-4208 Village Square
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 932 4845

Just four hours north of Seattle, Whistler Village suffers two Starbucks within a five-minute walk of each other. Blessedly, it still has room for a community beanery like Moguls. Adorned with local art and staffed with attractive young hippies, Moguls feels more organic Whistler than franchised Seattle—plus the beans come from Canterbury Coffee in Vancouver. Try the cinnamon rolls and panini-grilled breakfast wraps. Sister spot Gone Village Eatery next door (604-938-1957) has homemade organic soups and breads.

Sachi Sushi
Summit Lodge & Spa
106-4359 Main Street
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 935 5649

A couple of Sachi's owners came from Sushi Village, an iconic restaurant in the heart of Whistler. But since Sushi Village has become such a ridiculous scene—recent diners were interrupted by a Magnum P.I. look-alike party—many raw fish aficionados have moved to the quieter (and less expensive) Sachi, located inside the Summit Lodge in Village North, which projects a much more Zen atmosphere. Don't miss Sachi's sablefish or mango rolls.

Closed May and October.

Zog's Dogs
4340 Sundial Crescent
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 938 6644

Situated next to Blackcomb's gondola, this hot-dog stand answers the hungry snowboarder's call for "Dogs, Fries, and Tails." (Tails are "beaver tails," a sweet fried pastry.) Zog's serves Whistler's best poutine, a uniquely French-Canadian snack blending fries, cheese curds, and gravy. It's a health-food thing.

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