Once dubbed The Coolest Town in North America by Rolling Stone, Fernie, British Columbia, has the culinary chops to match its powdered slopes. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of a trip to this rad Rocky Mountain town.
Get off your loaf and head to Loaf Bakery and Restaurant, the newest kid on the block with new digs on Main Street. Start with the roast beet salad and move on to their specialty, artisan pizzas. The Vegetariana and The Griz won us over on a recent visit, but their new menu is also super popular, with main dishes like braised elk osso bucco and tantalizing Parmesan risotto.
Sushi in the mountains? Yamagoya, far from the sea, delivers the goods. Get here early as the lines can be long if you come after 7 p.m. Their tuna sashimi melts in your mouth.
For a farm-to-fork feast, head to Picnic. The menu marries tapas and picnic-style dishes for the chance to try a little bit of everything, and the wine list is a careful curation of local and international vines.
An hour’s drive from Fernie, along the beautiful Kootenay River valley, brings you to Kimberley, British Columbia, on its forested perch in the Purcell Mountains, complete with a pedestrian-friendly, car-free village boasting even more fantastic victuals.
The Old Bauernhaus Restaurant offers a dinner of locally sourced ingredients in a 350-year-old Bavarian farmhouse. Your hosts and chefs Nils and Michelle Fuhge are passionate about their freshly prepared specialties with a menu full of stunners like buttermilk-marinated free-range chicken breast and venison geschnetzeltes. Booking in advance is highly recommended.
Peddle & Tap, along the pedestrian-focused Platzl, is a casual place that feels more like a good friend’s dinner party part. Check out the aptly named choices like Lettuce Ride or Speedy Spinach, but my favorite is the Peddle to the Meadow, a burger for veggie fanatics.