Last weekend we were in Banff for my company Christmas party (I know awesome right?) and we decided to check out a couple places that had been featured on Burger Wars Banff. Both were decent burgers but there was one clear winner.
Our first night we went to the Banff Ave Brewing Co.. They have 2 other locations, one in Jasper (the original) and one in Fort McMurray. When we arrived we were seated right away. The place was relatively busy but not overly so. Our waitress came over and let us know that they had 2 seasonal beers available which we both opted out of and went with something off the menu. I had a pint of the Banff Ave Blonde Ale ($7) and Ward had the Brewer’s Oar Cream Ale ($7). Both were good. Mine was light and refreshing and Ward’s had a nice creaminess and was a bit heavier but not too heavy.
After our drinks arrived we ordered our food. I got the Brew Pub Drive-In Classic (featured on Burger Wars) which had 100% Alberta beef, lettuce, (hold the tomato), onion, pickle, Dijon, mayo ($14) and I added smoked cheddar (+$2) all on a garlic buttered brioche bun and it came with skinny fries. The burger had good flavour but the meat was a little on the dry side. The mayo and Dijon were a nice touch as was the toasted garlic butter bun. The fries were a bit over cooked but they came with a side of Sriracha mayo that helped them out a bit. Over all a decent burger and meal.
Ward ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich which had the choice of grilled or crispy chicken breast (he went with crispy) then topped with Frank’s red hot, smoked cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, blue cheese dressing on a mini French loaf served with skinny fries and Sriracha mayo ($16). He said it was very spicy and the sandwich was huge! He didn’t finish the whole thing. I didn’t have a bite since it had tomatoes on it.
The following day we decided to go to the Saltlik for lunch. They are tucked away off of Banff Ave but have a cute mountain cabin looking exterior. They also have a location in Calgary.
Since it was mid afternoon the place wasn’t busy at all, just a few people having a late lunch or early drinks. The burger that was featured, and won, on Burger Wars was the Royale with Cheese. Ward went ahead and ordered it. This burger was Kobe beef topped with aged cheddar, bacon, lettuce, (hold the tomato), onion, pickle, garlic aioli on a brioche bun, served with skinny fries ($18.50). This burger was so good! So moist it was dripping on the plate, lots of flavour, and that garlic aioli was just right! The fries were also really good, well seasoned with salt and pepper and just the right crisp.
Since Ward was ordering the Royale with Cheese I decided to go with something different and got the Wolly Bully Burger. This had a bison and pork patty, 2 panko crusted onion rings, emmental cheese, arugula, truffle aioli on a sourdough bun served with skinny fries ($18). The flavour of the burger was nice and it was a big burger but it was a little dry and the arugula didn’t stand up to the heat of the patty and became wilted. I was sad that I hadn’t ordered the Royale as well.
So the clear winner here was the Royale with Cheese! Next time I’m in Banff I will make sure to go back and get my own so I’m not just stealing bites of Ward’s.
Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!