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Best of Whistler 2012: Food and Drink


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"We've had it on now at least 10 years. It was a dessert I found one time on a golf trip to Scotland and then when I was in Australia they seemed to have it at every restaurant," said Dawson. "It is an old British dessert that I thought would work great in a ski resort because it is a warm date pudding with warm caramel sauce."

Second this year goes to Araxi, with 21 Steps picking up third.

Best Martini/Cocktail

This is year four that the  Mix by Ric's  has polled the most votes for Best Martini/Cocktail. Tia Stonier, the mixologist at Ric's, runs a creative bar using unique ingredients. The formula works even when Tia is travelling. She's currently enjoying the weather in Australia. Her co-workers were happy to hear Ric's continues its domination. Second this year is Araxi and 21 Steps took third.

Best Wine List

Establishments like  Araxi Restaurant and Bar  have been around for as long as they have because they are consistently good at what they do best. Offering a diverse wine list to go with the amazing food produced by the kitchen is one of the keys to the success of Araxi.

Said sommelier Samantha Rohn: "We are so thrilled to win Best Wine List. We are committed to building a unique collection for our guests to enjoy ­­— always focusing on offering the best value and quality. It is such a pleasure sharing all our favourite picks with our valued customers!"

Rimrock took second in this category with third going to the Bearfoot Bistro – last year's winner.

Best Beer Selection

Harrison Stoker, the operations manager at the  Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub , has the best mustache in Whistler so it is only fitting that his establishment should take a Best of Whistler category.

Once again, the Dubh Linn Gate was recognized for having the best beer selection in the resort.

"It's been great to see Whistlerites and resort visitors alike responding so excitedly to our commitment to craft and import beers," said "Mr. Mustache." "We're especially passionate about showcasing the incredible talents of Pacific Northwest craft brewers and will certainly continue to do so."

On the topic of craft beers, the Brewhouse and Whistler Brewing Company both got a respectable number of votes in this category.

Best Burger

Of all the food categories this one always produces the most consistent result and the widest margin of victory.  Splitz Grill , Whistler's burger place, ran away with this one, again. This is the 10th straight year Splitz has reigned supreme in the Whistler burger wars.