Whistler is pretty small, so it’s hard to imagine that one of the town’s jewels is often overlooked in the hype surrounding the picturesque village and Franz’s Trail, post-facelift. But business is booming down in Function Junction, that industrial area about eight kilometres south of the heart of town, and locals are catching on.
Speaking as someone who spends about 40 hours each week on “the other side of the tracks” (the Pique’s offices are on Alpha Lake Road), it’s safe to say that this neighbourhood is growing in leaps and bounds. With all of the new offices, storefronts, and even residential buildings opening up in the area, logic dictates that the food must follow.
There have been quite a few mix-ups in “The Junk” lately (note: that is, in fact, an affectionate nickname for the area). A few of the food establishments have recently changed hands, so here’s an update for the good people of Whistler on where you can grab a bite in our neck of the woods.
A solid Function favourite is Delish, a small café that is conveniently located right next door to our offices (ideal for a pre-deadline caffeine jolt). Delish also dishes up a wide variety of tasty treats, from assorted paninis, homemade soups, to my own personal favourite, scones. At lunchtime, there’s almost always a group of hungry guys in construction gear lined up to the doorway, waiting as the friendly counter staff deftly deal with the midday rush.
If you have a little longer for your break, and can take some time for a sit-down lunch, follow the parade of trucks down to the Wild Wood Café — you’ll probably have a hard time finding a parking spot now that the Muni has cracked down on parking in the cul-de-sac, and you may have to wait for upwards of 30 minutes for your meal during the lunch rush, but it’s well worth the growling tummy. They dish up a mean pasta special, and their half sandwich, salad and soup combo is great bang for your buck. And for any other displaced east coaster out there: they make a “Halifax donair” which is pretty damn close to the real thing.
And who can forget Millar Creek Café? With a prime location at the centre of The Junk, coupled with an extensive, creative menu of wholesome foods, it’s little wonder that this establishment has stood the test of time. (If you like spicy, try their hot and sour soup.)
Whistler Cooks used to sell lunch from their storefront, offering fresh sandwiches and salads, daily specials, and fresh baked cookies laced with chunks of chocolate. Unfortunately for those of us who call Function home during the weekdays, Grant and Hilarie Cousar, the owners and operators, opted to stop their lunch service last August, deciding to focus on their line of fresh sauces and their ever-growing catering service. RIP chocolaty afternoon cookie treat.