Your journey on the Sea-to-Sky Highway really starts in West Vancouver, and a good road trip starts with a good hot beverage. Café Ça Va in Ambleside, on Marine Drive, is a great little French bistro and café/patisserie.
They serve up proper French press coffees and espressos, as well as some really outstanding sandwiches, desserts, and baked goods.
But they're also a bistro, so they have moules frites, duck confit, roasted chicken, braised beef and goat cheese soufflé. They have an excellent dukka chicken sandwich, Moroccan spiced chicken in a lovely baguette, along with a chai latte made from scratch.
As you pass through Squamish, you want to stop at Fergie's in Brackendale for breakfast or lunch or both.
It's part of Sunwolf Resort, which offers cabins, river rafting and eagle viewing, Fergie's is open year round and sits right next to the Cheakamus River overlooking Mt. Alpha. Breakfasts are outstanding, almost all of the food is organic, free-range and sourced locally and changes with the seasons.
They're famous for the buttermilk country biscuits, which are the base for their numerous bennies, including the corned beef and pulled pork versions. Their house-smoked brisket sandwich is also worth trying.
When you hit Whistler proper there is lots to choose from. For sushi, try Sushi Village and Sachi Sushi. For Mexican there's Mexican Corner's La Cantina.
Hotels in Whistler have some good offerings as well. The Westin Grill and Vine is worth a visit. At the Westin, grill doesn't just mean steak, try their quail and waffles. And Sidecut at the Four Seasons has a new chef and a new menu.
Closer to Creekside try Alta Bistro. They have a great wine selection, use local food, and do amazing things with parsnip. Below Alta Bistro's recipe for their Millionaire No. 1 cocktail.
Millionaire No.1 cocktail
Recipe courtesy of Alta Bistro bartender Ted Low, and based on the original, classic cocktail as published in the 1930s in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock.
3/4 oz five-year-old Flor de Caña rum
3/4 oz sloe gin
3/4 oz apricot brandy
Dash of grenadine
Juice of lime, amount according to taste
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass.
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