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One-week road trip - Calgary to Vancouver via Banff, Kamloops, Squamish ... where to chow?

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One-week road trip - Calgary to Vancouver via Banff, Kamloops, Squamish ... where to chow?

jonking | Jul 11, 2007 12:00 AM

I'm a Bay Arean heading for B.C. on business, then taking a week to see the Rockies and make my way back to Vancouver & fly home. I'm not focusing on chow this trip, but wouldn't disdain it if stumbled upon.

I'm staying in downtown Vancouver, and will likely have Friday evening free. Where's the best street/nabe for menu browsing? Where would I be likely to snag a solo seat or table as a walk-in, and feel good about it later?

I've got a morning flight to Calgary on Saturday, arriving before noon, with a rental car to get me to Banff for the first of two nights. Should I detour across Calgary to brunch at Big Fish, or press quickly on to the mountains, hoping for something satisfying en route?

Banff I don't hold out much hope for ... I'm not real willing to pop for high-season surf 'n' turf when I'm on my own. But then, I'll be new in town, and happy to chow in any available demographic: suggestions?

Heading out, I'll drive the Icefields Parkway as far as feasible, then double back to try to make dinner in Field at the Truffle Pigs Cafe, per recommendations here. I'm advised to get there by 6:30 to snag a table ... which should be OK, since I'm not exactly sure where I'm sleeping that night, and I should probably more or less eat and run.

Wherever I awake, it's on to Kamloops overnight. What's edible en route? For that matter, what's edible when I get there? (There's a farmer's market the next a.m. right outside my downtown hotel, so I'm psyched about that.)

The next day, it's on to Squamish via Cache Creek. Lillooet, Pemberton, and Whistler. I repeat my query from the preceding graf re chowability...

Last day: my flight out of Vancouver isn't until near dinnertime, so I'm trying to decide between an Asian lunch in Richmond (closer to the airport, I reckon) or something in West Vancouver. I have several Richmond recs in hand, but know nothing of West V., since I only just looked at a map (duh) and saw its propinquity to Squamish, all else being equal. Is there a notable leisurely lunch in that bailiwick? I'll be grateful for any counsel. (And if you could guesstimate how long it will take me to drive to the airport, dump the car, and make it to the gate from wherever you think I should eat, I'll be still more grateful...)

jonking

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