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Best of Whistler 2012: Food and Drink


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The luxurious setting can be found on Main Street and steaks are served seven days a week.

Second in this category was The Keg with Sidecut at the Four Seasons Whistler taking third.

Best Sushi

 Sushi Village  in the Sundial Hotel wins this very competitive category again against tough competition from Sachi Sushi, Nagomi Sushi and Samurai Sushi.

Sushi Village is the granddaddy of super sushi in Whistler and has been in operation since 1985. Over the years it has become a social icon, a place where you are guaranteed to find great food, great service and friendly faces you know. It imports fish from around the globe — famous B.C. salmon and local tuna from Canada's West Coast, octopus from Japan and sometimes South Africa or India, hirame from the East Coast of Canada, and fresh snapper and prawns from Vancouver. It is brought up to Whistler twice a week to ensure inventories are fresh, and more often when demand dictates (or something extra special has been caught). The sushi chefs even make regular visits to Vancouver to inspect the imported fish.

Second spot this year goes to Sachi Sushi with Nagomi Sushi taking third.

Best Place to get Vegetarian Food

Nancy MacConnachie and her staff at  Ingrid's Village Café  pay close attention to the needs of those with special dietary needs.

"We've got three different veggie burgers and then we always have a vegetarian soup available and we always have vegetarian pastries," said MacConnachie after learning the result of the vote from vegetarian diners.

She said customers often ask about vegan and gluten-free food items.

"We've got a whole range of gluten-free modified recipes," MacConnachie said.

Gone Bakery and the Royal Taste of India both polled well. This is the first year readers were asked to vote on vegetarian offerings.

Best Takeout

With three locations now,  Samurai Sushi  is no stranger to the Best Of Whistler program. Every year this sushi restaurant chain wins at least one category. Sushi is available to eat in or take out at Nesters, Creekside and at Garibaldi Village in Squamish.

In addition to offering great takeout the folks at Samurai Sushi are doing all they can to go as easy as possible on the environment. Samurai Sushi containers are made from sugarcane, each outlet composts and there's a recycling program at each restaurant.

This year second spot goes to Pasta Lupino with The Royal Taste of India coming in third.

Best Place to get food after the Bars and Pubs Close

At 2 a.m. there isn't quite as much food choice in Whistler as there is at 7 p.m. When the party is over and the munchies set in the party set has two clear favourites.  Fat Tony's  is the first choice and Zogs is the second.