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Food & Drink
For the fourth year running, Elements has beat out all others in the "small plates" category. Little wonder: since opening in 2005, this "Urban Tapas Parlour" has offered up an impressive and diverse selection of appies to share (or not) ranging in price from $5 to $16. Personal faves are the lettuce cups, loaded with prawn and avocado, julienned veggies, rice noodles, cashews and Nuoc-cham dipping sauce
Best Atmosphere in a Restaurant
The voting public has decided that the party-hard ethos of Sushi Village is absolute tops in town. Which really kind of makes sense, given the free-flowing pitchers of strawberry sake margs, big-ass booths (that are very well-suited to large parties), incredible canvases from none other than Whistler artist Chili Thom and laidback, friendly service. Throw in the "wall of celebrities" at the start of the eternal trek to the washroom (hey, look, they've even thrown exercise into the dining experience!) and you truly do have the makings of some awesome atmosphere.
Best Beer Selection
Boasting Whistler's "true 20-ounce pint," the Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub has once again been crowned our king of beer. Considering the fact their draft list alone includes six lagers, 11 different ales and two types of stout, and according to their bartender, they have the "most taps in town," it's not overly shocking that this traditional Irish pub has retained its reign.
It's the most important meal of the day, especially in a town like Whistler where you've likely been up all night and are just about to head up the mountain: you need fuel! And if you want to do brekkie right, you'll head to one of the Wildwood locations. Winning this category by just a hair (coming in just ahead of Elements), the Wildwood offers up an assortment of traditional breakfasts, bennies and omelettes alongside faves like banana bread French toast.
Sweeping this category for an impressive eight years running is Splitz Grill. While there may be lots of other places in Whistler that feature burgers on their menus, this is the only just-burger joint in town, which just goes to show that if you focus on doing one thing, you'll probably do that one thing right! Options include (but aren't limited to) the Legendary Splitz burger, Grilled Chicken, Spicy Lentil, Saltspring Lamb and Italian Sausage, which you can customize with an array of homemade sauces (we recommend the Splitz Sauce) and fresh veggies, and round out with a side of house cut French fries. Side note: a couple Olympic athletes fuelled up at Splitz when they were in training mode - check out the bulletin board to see the monster meals they scarfed down.
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