So it's April 30th in Calgary and not surprisingly, the snow is still coming down like it's Christmas time. Theoretically, such weather conditions suggest that spring skiing would be a relatively valid idea. I mean Sunshine still has over a 200 cm base. How could that be bad?
Well folks, I'm here to tell you that it was more than bad. It was downright awful.
I was excited to make one last trip out to the slopes Saturday, I really was. But after run #1, I knew we were doomed. It's never a good sign when you look down and all you see is shear, blue ice under your skis. Combine that with wind so strong that it shuts down all of the chair lifts and you have yourself one pretty magnificent day. Ha.
On the bright side, we left early and headed to Banff for lunch at the Eddie Burger and Bar. Things were starting to look up my friends.
First off, I'd like to make a point of saying how AMAZING our server was. There was a large group in the back of the restaurant that hadn't gone to sleep from the night before and she went out of her way to warn us and apologize (before kicking them out). You could tell she genuinely cared about the customer's experience and I really appreciated that.
I just felt sorry for the mom at the table beside us who was trying to explain to her young kids why a couple of grown men couldn't get up and walk straight out of a restaurant. "Mommy why is he holding onto his friend like that?" "He's not feeling very well right now". Classic stuff.
Onto the food! If you hadn't guessed from the name, they're kind of into burgers and such. I loved how they stamped an "E" into the tops of all their buns. They give you a card and a marker and you can pick your choice of bun, patty, toppings etc. customizing your burger as you see fit. They also have a menu if you would prefer the kitchen to make that decision for you. My sister got a "build-your-own" with a veggie burger, garlic aioli and tzatziki on a pretzel bun. With a side of veggie poutine (they have both beef and mushrooms gravies), naturally.
My parents both opted for poutine with a side of sliders (no I did not say that backwards). They were a trio of bison, beef and Wagyu. As for the poutine, my dad had his topped with Montreal smoked meat.
And as you would expect at a burger joint, I ordered......a salad! Now before you judge, this was a very delicious salad. Pears, pecans and a healthy topping of gorgonzola - I'd put it up against any of the other dishes at the table. It was well-dressed in that almost over-dressed kind of way that I like. It wasn't lacking in flavor, that's for sure!
If you're looking for a casual meal in Banff, the Eddie gets my vote for both food and service. I guess the day turned out to be not so bad after all!