Swing Into the Grizzly House
A Banff Secret
Banff National Park, Albertash
Everybody knows that food and sex go hand in hand – sometimes in an unhygienic literal way. Well, up on Banff Avenue, there is a not so well kept secret where your two loves may be simultaneously satisfied. Banff is a place filled with restaurants and food serving bars so every business wants to stand out a little bit. However, this delightful little place has a particular reputation amongst town locals. For many years, the Grizzly has acted as the hangout for the more adventurous locals and vacationers. Put it this way, even if you don’t have a car, bring your keys.
The Grizzly doesn’t mind the whispers that bounce around the walls of Banff. Far from it, the establishment, open since 1967, proudly boasts that “The stories you’ve heard are true.” Don’t get the wrong picture in your head of a tacky 70’s style place filled with Ron Jeremy lookalikes and Banff blog writers…it is actually a warm, welcoming, clean place with a menu that reads as long as an intermediate children’s book.
Regardless of your tastes or species, there is a huge (food) selection to feast on. Though it specializes in fondue, you should try the Wild Game for starter before tackling the fondue. You have the choice between having it cooked on hot rocks or in oil. It will lighten your wallet by about $50-$60. You can pretty much choose whatever suits you and your (current) partners taste. The tastes tend to be more adventurous in here. The lunch menu is much simpler, though just as delicious.
The Grizzly House for lovers and hedonists (their words, not mine!) is curiously open until the late hour of midnight. Those that have visited before may have wondered about the phones on the table where one table can call another within the dining area to say hello. There must have been some electrical problems during my visit as my phone never rang…though everyone else’s seemed to be working just fine…odd… So, if you fancy tasting some great cuisine in the heart of Banff and meeting some other friendly couples for desert, stop in for a bite to see if the stories you have heard are true!