BY Keili Bartlett
Whether you’re in Revelstoke for a long time or a weekend getaway like I was, you’ll want the low down on where to eat the best food. Quick meals on ski hills often leave your stomach (and wallet) empty, so my friend Katie and I checked out local favourites in town. Recommendations from motel staff and our snowshoe tour guide went a long way in directing us to their must-have meals, all conveniently located on Main Street.
Breakfast at Main Street Café
This 1899 heritage home has a lot of charm. It’s a lovely place to start your day with the caffeine boost and fuel you’ll need to tackle Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Since our snowshoe tour didn’t start until noon, Katie and I had the luxury of a lazy morning, so breakfast was really brunch.
And the brunch at Main Street Café was the best I’ve ever had. As someone who writes dining reviews and enjoys brunch weekly, I do not say that lightly. Their list of organic, made-from-scratch eggs Benedict was long, and Katie and I both chose their western option with BC salmon on homemade biscuits. An iced coffee that would put Starbucks to shame was so delicious that we came back for breakfast here the next day before we hit the road back to Banff.
Owner and executive chef Mathieu Rebelo took over Main Street Café in 2016, renovating its interior and its menu. Inspired by working as a chef in Canada, Europe, Asia and New Zealand, Rebelo sources quality ingredients from local farmers as much as he can. Revelstoke is lucky to have him.
Lunch at the Taco Club
Originally a food truck, the Taco Club has made a permanent home on Main Street. Our group went for our après-ski meal, and — hungry from the hill — we were ready for a feast. That’s exactly what we got, although you should make reservations if you can. The Taco Club was packed when we went, and it wasn’t hard to see why.
The menu is overflowing with too many tacos, burritos and enchiladas to choose from. I was glad we had worked up an appetite, because the portions were so large that I’m not sure I would’ve been able to finish my selection of tacos otherwise. Friends who normally have bottomless bellies suddenly found them full with the burritos. The “wet” burrito option made them extra filling. Margaritas and imported Mexican beer were a good start to the rest of our après-ski shenanigans.
Drink and dine at the Village Idiot
Stay at the Taco Club for the churros and more tequila, then head next door to the Village Idiot. This local favourite screams ski town, and the skis decorating the walls and the bar stools add to a lively atmosphere. On our first night in Revelstoke, the Village Idiot marked the end of our drive from Banff, where we shared stories and poutine followed by beer. They don’t serve your average pub food here. Salads have pun-filled names, and include the veggies you often go without when you’re on the road. The Qicking Quinoa salad and Goat Cheese Dream standout as salads to savour. Their in-house, made-to-order pizzas are praised by locals and visitors.
The Village Idiot, with it’s die-hard ski town vibe and delicious food (and perhaps the name) set the tone for our trip, and definitely set the bar for all future pub food to meet.
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