Banff’s Top 5 Comfort Foods

Whether you’re nursing yourself back to your prime after a night of fun or you’re just looking for a meal to replenish yourself after a day in the mountains, we all know that Banff has some favourite dishes that us locals wouldn’t trade for the finest caviar, even if it was served to us on a silver platter.

Chaya's tan tan ramen. Photo courtesy of Elsie Hui

Chaya’s tan tan ramen. Photo courtesy of Elsie Hui

1) Tan Tan Ramen – Chaya

No matter how cold it is outside, Chaya’s tan tan ramen is guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out. A generous portion of fresh, silky ramen noodles comes served in a spicy homemade peanut broth with crunchy sprouts and broccoli. If you’re rushing to work or rushing home to the couch to kick your feet up, pick up orders average about a ten minute wait time. Great for those of us who want to hurry up and relax!

2) Breakfast poutine – Tooloulou’s

If you haven’t been hung over in awhile, well, good job. BUT, if you’re planning a big night out, keep this dish in mind for the morning after. Grilled breakfast potatoes, shredded cheese, crispy bacon and why not throw some homemade hollandaise sauce on there for good measure. Planning on sleeping in? Not to worry, this Canadiana-Louisiana restaurant serves breakfast until 2:00 p.m. everyday.

3) Cheese fondue – Grizzly House

With the lights turned down low, the ol’ grizz is the perfect spot to sink into a chair and eat your worries away. Their traditional Swiss cheese fondue is the epitome of comfort food, and it’s even a little taste of gourmet without an insane gourmet price tag. Grab a friend and share their cheese fondue for two. Follow it up with an ice cream fondue and you’re almost guaranteed a full blown food coma.

4) Deep fried shrimp roll – Sushi House

Choo choo! Here comes the sushi. Photo courtesy of Elsie Hui.

Choo choo! Here comes the sushi. Photo courtesy of Elsie Hui.

Affectionately known as the Sushi Train, this popular locals lunch hangout serves up a variety of traditional Japanese dishes on you guessed it…a train! Grab what you want from a passing car, watch your stack of plates grow and be sure to get your hands on a deep fried shrimp roll before they all disappear. If you’ve been before you know these go fast and for good reason; crunchy panko, creamy, tangy special sauce and sticky white rice wrapped around a steaming hot prawn makes for an irresistible combination.

5) Barpa burger – Barpa Bill’s

One sizzlin’ hot beef burger, crispy home fries and enough garlic to kill a colony of vampires. This tiny family-owned, side street restaurant serves up Banff’s favourite burger, among other Greek dishes so authentic that they transport diners to the shores of the Mediterranean. Even if you had the guts to tell a local you’d found a better tzatziki sauce they’d never believe you. 

Taryn Hajnrych

Taryn Hajnrych

This country-girl-turned-mountain-enthusiast first moved to the Bow Valley for the proverbial “one summer” in 2007. Six years later and four failed attempts at moving, she has finally figured out that Banff is a pretty great place to call home. Forever restless and indecisive, Taryn is plagued by her ever-evolving “to-do” lists and a mountain of adventurous vacation plans. When she’s not busy talking someone’s ear off (it’s the constant caffeine jitters), she can be found playing outdoors with Jiri, her equally as exuberant Bernese mountain dog.