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The Best of Whistler 2001

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Runner up was Domino’s, and solidly in third place was new-comer and cross-street rival Busterino’s.

Best place for Scotch

Another category where the top three stood out from the rest of the crowd. Topping the list was the Mallard Lounge, the Chateau Whistler’s ultra-comfortable, classy living room, and one of the best places for locals and visitors to mingle.

Runner up was Black’s Pub, Lawrence Black’s fine establishment overlooking Skiers Plaza and the two village gondolas. Third place went to the Dubh Linn Gate, the authentic Irish pub which has a similar view to Black’s Pub.

Best place for cigars

A category that has declined a little in popularity since the cigar-mania of a few years ago, but still something some people care passionately about.

Again the Mallard was voted number one, ahead of the Bearfoot Bistro and third place finisher Castro’s.

Best steaks

Not everyone in Whistler is into fish, or if they are they’re also into beef – in a big way. Hy’s Steakhouse ran away with this category like a bull charging a red flag. Hy’s garnered more than twice as many votes as runner up The Keg, and 10 times as many votes as third place finisher Bearfoot Bistro.

Don’t get in the way of a beef-eater on his or her way to Hy’s.

Best burgers

The winner, undefeated since starting business, and why-don’t-we-just-retire-this-award-or-re-name-it-in-their-honour champion is, of course, Splitz Grill. No other winner in any category garnered as many votes as Splitz. Their popularity is also reflected in a move to new digs this year – next door to the original location on Main Street – which include a larger sit-down area.

Not that you shouldn’t try other restaurants’ burgers – Citta’s finished second in the voting, followed by the Brewhouse, Longhorn and Hoz’s Pub, which makes a great burger with green olives – but the people’s choice is, was, and may always be Splitz.

Best takeout

The Pita Pit took top honours in this category – kind of a battle of ethnic fast foods – edging out La Tortilleria. Splitz Grill was third.

Best breakfast/brunch

You could always get breakfast at a hotel in Whistler, but the selection of restaurants serving breakfast and brunch has only started to grow fairly recently.