WeSTOC 24 – Great Riding and World-Class Dining including one of the Top 15 Steakhouses in the World!
We’ve previously discussed some of the riding available at WeSTOC 24 so this time we’ll have a quick look at some of the great dining options available. But first, call your significant other over and share these delights. They may just decide to join you at WeSTOC 24 as some of these places are truly spectacular.
OK. Show of hands. Who hasn’t heard of Guy Fieri and his show Diners, Drive-ins & Dives? Good.
Next. Raise your hand if you have heard of John Catucci and his Canadian Food Network show You Gotta Eat Here! When it comes to dining options in the Calgary area there isn’t any overlap between these two shows but here’s a link to some restaurants that You Gotta Eat Here focused on in Alberta with a number being in the Calgary area.
Another web site lists even more Calgary area restaurants from BBQ and Hot Dog places to Pizza, Donuts and check that Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf at the Fine Diner.
Turner Valley has the popular Chuckwagon Grill (https://www.tvfoodmaps.com/restaurant/Canada/Turner-Valley/Chuckwagon-Grill) which is a great place to stop on some of our rides such as Vulcan or Highwood Pass. I recall a good meal at Bragg Creek’s Bavarian Inn and also recently enjoyed the food at the Water Valley Saloon.
Canmore and Banff also have some wonderful dining establishments but they seem to change a bit more often. My wife and I had a great lunch at a Thai place in Canmore a few short years ago and it doesn’t seem to be there any longer. Google/TripAdvisor can be your friend.
If you (and you really should) do the day trip up to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway you may want to consider lunch at The Summit Restaurant at the top of the Jasper SkyTram – https://www.jasperskytram.com/ While the food is satisfying the views are amazing.
And finally we come to what has been named as one of the 15 best Steakhouses in the world. With a population of around 300 people it is perhaps surprising that a restaurant in Longview, AB ranks alongside dining fare found in London, Tokyo, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Paris and New York but the Longview Steakhouse was ranked among the 15 Top Steakhouses in the World by Conde Naste Traveller – https://www.cntraveller.com/gallery/best-steak-restaurants-in-the-world Even better, since the ranking was made, the restaurant has moved from the original location on the highway in town to a gorgeous facility on the hillside that provides a terrific view of the Rocky Mountains while you dine. They even now have a number of rooms (7 IIRC) that allow you to stay onsite. NOTE: if you hope to dine here you need to make a reservation about three to four months in advance but it is sooooo worth it.
All of these places and more are along routes at WeSTOC 24 and will make your visit to Alberta even more memorable.
Come to WeSTOC 24 for all the right reasons: riding, camaraderie, scenery and food!