There’s way more on offer in Whistler than soft pretzels and fondue. These restaurants serve up some of the best après-ski grub in the area.
Family-friendly Creekbread is a must for straight-up delicious pizza from a wood-fired clay oven. They don’t take reservations, and there’s always a wait, but call 20 minutes before arriving and have your name put on the list. Bonus: A portion of every Tuesday’s proceeds goes to local nonprofits.
In the heart of Whistler Village, fine Italian restaurant Il Caminetto draws a crowd for its crisp Wagyu meatballs, seven or so daily house-made pastas, and mains ranging from British Columbian halibut to chicken saltimbocca (as well as the bar’s nine riffs on Negronis). The main dining space can get loud: Ask for one of the crescent banquettes for a more intimate meal.
Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse
Laid-back Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse pours a dozen Canadian craft beers and ciders, most of which you won’t find in the village. Pair them with sandwiches, such as the smoked lamb shoulder with preserved lemon yogurt and chimichurri, or larger plates, like the grass-fed, 18-hour-smoked brisket with jalapeño cornbread to sop up the drippings.
The Mexican Corner
The Mexican Corner, a longtime village favorite, is undeniably kitschy but deep on flavors. Mezcal old fashioneds, a pineapple and charred-jalapeño margarita, and the usual Tex-Mex cocktails keep things lively while diners wait for the likes of rockfish or chicken tinga tacos, jackfruit chile rellenos, and tomatillo- and pasilla-braised pork ribs with blistered tomatoes.
Garibaldi Lift Company
Wrap up the day with truffle fries, the daily flatbread special, and a tempura ahi tuna and avocado roll at top après-slopes spot Garibaldi Lift Company, above the Whistler Gondola entrance. Patio tables are coveted spots for watching skiers and snowboarders catch big air at Sunday evening’s Fire & Ice show.
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