A Taste of Whistler in the Big City
During the past few months, the Vancouver restaurant scene has taken on a bit of a Whistler twist. Two of Whistler’s most popular casual local eateries, Peaked Pies and La Cantina, recently expanded their operations to include locations in the city — Peaked Pies at 975 Denman St., and La Cantina just a few blocks away, at 722 Nelson Street.
Peaked Pies, which serves up delectable Australian-style meat and dessert pies, as well as artisan coffee, has been a staple of Whistler life for a few years — among the Aussie expats who work there, non-Aussie Whistlerites and resort guests. Kerri Jones, the Aussie woman who started Peaked Pies along with transplanted Vancouver Islander co-owner Alex Relf, opened the Vancouver location in late 2016 to rave reviews. Jones said she and Relf took about 18 months to find just the right location, but that it was time well spent. Surprisingly, the clientele in Vancouver has been like what they’ve seen in Whistler.
“We’ve got a bigger lunch crowd in Whistler, whereas we get a lot more of the dinner crowd in Vancouver,” she said. “We still get lots of Australians who drive across town to visit us, including a lot of people who bring friends along. We also get a lot of people who have travelled to Australia, have tried the pies and want to experience that again.”
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La Cantina Urban Taco Bar, which established a loyal following with its first location in Whistler, introduced its authentic, healthful Mexican fare to Vancouver this past fall. Pepe Barajas, La Cantina’s president and CEO, said it took a year to find the Nelson Street location. “It’s like the Whistler one in that we have a good residential, office and hotel base to draw from,” he said.
Barajas expressed confidence that what made the taqueria successful in Whistler — nutritious and tasty tacos served in a friendly and inviting setting — will attract a loyal following in the city. “We haven’t deviated into Tex-Mex; we serve authentic Mexican food,” he said. “I think people also like the friendly service — when we have regular clients, we remember what people like and we greet them; so, they feel familiar, like part of our family.
“We try to put a wide range of offerings in there, for the carnivorous and for the vegan; so, for people with dietary restrictions, Mexican food is a great option.”
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