My Favorite Jasper Restaurants

Oh, Canada...such a beautiful landscape, which we get to ride our bikes through! While the land of the maple leaf is known for its incredible scenery, what you don't often hear about is the fantastic cuisine that can be found here.

Biking trip in Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies

Biking in Jasper National Park, Canada

If you've been to Canada, there's a good chance that you've tried what many locals consider to be their national dish, the ingloriously named poutine. If you haven't experienced this menace to arteries, poutine is a mound of french fries topped with lots of gravy, and then the real kicker, cheese curds. Yep, they love it!

Poutine aside, as a man who likes his food, you can actually find some great restaurants in the small town of Jasper, where you'll have a night of dining on your own if you decide to join us for a trip in the Canadian Rockies. These are some of my favorite Jasper restaurants.

Evil Dave's Grill

Evil Daves Cafe crazy calamari

With evil-themed meals, you can let your wicked side out at this cheeky little family-run restaurant. For starters, order the "Crazy Calamari" with deliciously spicy jalapeño rings--they'll certainly get you fired up! For a main, try the "Hell's Chicken." Marinated in Caribbean spices, the succulent thighs fall off the bone as soon as they touch your lips. For the evil vegetarian in you, consider the appropriately named "Kung Fu Tofu," a spicy stir-fry with a zingy red currant kick.

Now what would an evil restaurant be without some devilish desserts? The "Sinful Sundae" is sinful indeed, but if you're truly feeling wicked then there's only one dessert for you: "Fried and Frozen." Scoops of tempura-battered ice cream are deep-fried and paired with berry compote and an optional serving of whipped cream. Optional? If you've come this far, I say you're all in!

Tekarra Restaurant

Kakerra's macadamia crusted lamb rack with crisp truffle mashed potato

Nestled into the pines that run along the Athabasca River just one mile outside of Jasper, Tekarra Restaurant at the Tekarra Lodge has been a mainstay of both the Jasper culinary experience and the Canadian food scene since its opening in 1952. Chef David George Husereau has been at the helm for the last 17 years, creating dishes using local ingredients that have won many awards on an international scale, including the Fodor's Choice for "Best of the Best."

Your mouth will water with anticipation of the juniper-rubbed "Sous Vide" bison with mushroom antipasto, ricotta and truffle oil. If you've never tasted bison, it has a slightly gamey flavor but when delicately prepared, it melts in your mouth. The macadamia-crusted lamb rack with crisp truffle mashed potato is also a delight. I implore you to try the poached pear salad (pictured at the top left of this article) with Cambozola cheese and wild greens, accompanied by a dark purple beet foam that leaves you longing for more. This may be one of my favorite dishes, period.

On the lighter side, the "Bento Box" of tofu, edamame, spring leeks and buckwheat noodles will leave you full yet feeling light on your feet and ready for another big day in the saddle. After dinner, sip tea or coffee on the balcony where the sound of the melting Athabasca glacier provides a spectacular soundtrack to the night.

Coco's Café and SnowDome Coffee Bar

Jasper coffee shops, Coco's Cafe and SnowDome Coffee Bar, Alberta, Canada

Coco's Café and SnowDome Coffee Bar

Speaking of coffee, it can be a challenge to find a decent latte in Jasper. Save yourself the hassle and head to Coco's Café, where coffee is treated like the god that it is. For a more unique experience, try SnowDome Coffee Bar. Moonlighting as a laundromat, this unassuming little place has a secret: it makes a mean cup of joe!

So there you have it. You're all prepared for a visit to the lovely hamlet of Jasper. Canadian cuisine may not have taken the world by storm yet, but in Jasper there are surprises around every corner and tastes to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Just take it easy on the poutine!

18 Responses

  1. Thanks for the praise Chris! We love what we do an try very hard to make sure our guests love it too. Next time you’re in town I would love to buy you one of our ‘godly’ lattes 😉

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      My pleasure Ms COCO! I will definitely stop in next time I am in town, can’t wait to taste that goldy latte! Keep up the great work!

  2. Kim Anderson

    Another mouth watering article Chris!!

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      Thanks Kim!

  3. Shelley

    Awesome! Once again, thank you.
    I find travellers are happiest when they are well fed and caffeinated, and you certainly featured two great restaurants and two great coffee shops!
    SnowDome Coffee Bar

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      Hi Shelley! I couldn’t agree more!
      Yourselves and Coco’s are the 2 best coffees I found in Canada. Seriously. Keep up the great work and know that to a cyclist who has just cycled 80k’s your store is a god send!

  4. Michelle Rackley

    Fantastic article, Chris!! Makes me long for the beauty and the adventure of th Canadian Rockies again!!!!

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      Michelle, I think you will have to get back to the Rockies with taht fantastic family of yours!

  5. Christina Hatherly

    Jasper is one of the most incredible biking vacations ever –the food was equally beyond approach — I will def visit Banff/jasper again with Backroads but you’ll be hard pressed to make me give up my poutine 😉

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      Christina, yourself and the “IRONMAN” group can eat whatever you want!
      For someone like me though…I must avoid! HAHA!

      Next time we see each other let’s “share” a plate of poutine 😉

  6. Angela Franchi

    Great article Chris makes me want to visit one day I love good food and especially good coffee!

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      Hi Angela, you should definitely visit this beautiful area. The food, the views, the people all make this one of my favorite places on earth!

  7. Sarah

    All of that sounds amazing, but to be honest, the poutine sounds incredible! Booking my Rockies trip soon!

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      Sarah, if you book that Rockies trip, I advise to have that poutine before your trip in Banff. That way you will be able to work it out on the road! Safe travels!

  8. Ane

    Great, well-written article Chris! I feel like I was right there experiencing delicious treats with you!

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      Thanks Ane! If you ever get the chance drop in and see the folks there for a great meal!

  9. Richard Wong

    That’s some amazing looking food, Chris. I had poutine for the first time when I went to Banff two years ago. You haven’t been to Canada until you’ve tried poutine at least once! 🙂

    • Chris Cincotta Chris Cincotta

      Thanks Richard. It is a must do when in Canada for sure but a one time must do in my book!

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