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Posted: November 28, 2014

Cranbrook’s new diversity in dining is exciting

Image from St. Eugene Resort Golf Resort and Casino
Image from St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino

Where to begin?

It isn’t easy making choices about where to go dine in the Key City nowadays.

On the flip side of that quandary is the fact that there are numerous excellent restaurants and eateries in Cranbrook.

In the past decade the East Kootenay’s market centre has experienced a re-birth in terms of the dining experience, from the items available in grocery stores in which to create culinary art to the plethora of dining establishments practicing serious kitchen kung fu.

Danielle Cardozo appeared on CTV's MasterChef last winter.
Danielle Cardozo appeared on CTV’s MasterChef Canada last winter.

“We’ve seen a great shift in Cranbrook’s culinary scene over the last few years. We’ve moved from traditional meat and potatoes to international cuisine. Restaurants serving Mediterranean, Indian, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisine have moved into Cranbrook, and they’re seeing great success. This is exciting, as cultural diversity in food says a lot about a community,” said Cranbrook resident and recent participant on CTV’s Masterchef Canada, Danielle Cardozo.

It isn’t just the variety of dining experiences awaiting residents and visitors; it’s the quality of talent in the kitchens using available fresh food that is making Cranbrook’s dining scene so exciting, she added.

“I’m also excited about the local chefs who have embraced the farm to table and local sourcing movement. The Kootenays are home to dairy farmers, cattle ranchers, fruit orchards, and small-scale vegetable greenhouses.

Freshgoods“When you develop strong relations with local farmers, they want to supply you with their best product. Chefs are starting to recognize that the quality of their local supplier relationships has a direct correlation to the quality of their dishes and their clientele. It makes business sense to purchase locally,” Cardozo said.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks in-between are covered in Cranbrook. From fine dining to casual coffee shop; from the Mediterranean to the Far East; from downhome grub to gourmet pub, Cranbrook has become a foodie fun town.

The following are some of Cranbrook’s many dining opportunities

Cranbrook Food lambLunch and dinner:

Allegra Restaurant

Apollo Ristorante & Steak House

Bavarian Chalet Restaurant

Cancun Mexican International Restaurant

SONY DSCCollege of the Rockies’ Class Act Dining Room (reservations/periodic)

Coyote Jacks (in Western Financial Place)

Cuisine of India

Eastern Wok

Cranbrook Food steakFrank’s Steak & Schnitzel Haus

The Heid-Out Restaurant and Brewhouse

Joey’s Seafood Restaurant

Marco Polo Restaurant

Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse Casual

Cranbrook Food ThaiNikko Sushi

Outskirts Steakhouse

Pho Saigon Thai Restaurant

Purcell Grill (St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino)

Ricky’s All Day Grill

Cranbrook Food SushiRockwater Steakhouse

Sakura Sushi & Grill

Spice Hut

Sushi Masa Japanese Restaurant

Wendy May May’s Restaurant

Breakfast and lunch choices include:

Cranbrook Food B&EABC Country Restaurant; The Cottage; Denny’s; Heritage Inn; Hot Shots Café; International Hotel (Fort Steele Heritage Town); Max’s Place; My Bakery & Deli; Pita Wrapit; R & B’s Grill; The Roadhouse Grill; Rocky Mountain Redneck Café.

 

Italian/Pizza:

Boston Pizza; Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza; Domino’s Pizza; Eastside Mario’s; Little Caesars; Panago Pizza; Pizza Hut; Royal Canadian Pizza & Fries.

ReubanPubs/Lounges include:

19th Hole Bar & Grill (St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino); Arthur’s Bar & Grill (Days Inn); The Byng Pub & Grill; Dewey’s Pub & Grill; Don Cherry’s Sports Bar (Prestige Inn); Fisher Peak Lounge (St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino); Fred’s Saloon (St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino); Mount Baker Pub; The Sports Grill; Studio Lounge (Heritage Inn).

Fast food chains include:

dinehereArby’s; A&W (two locations); Burger King; Dairy Queen; Kentucky Fried Chicken; McDonalds; Quiznos Sub; Subway (two locations); TacoTime; Tim Hortons (two locations); Triple-O’s (at Chevron); Wendy’s.

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