A MOVEABLE feast

WHISTLER HAS NO SHORTAGE OF GREAT GRUB TO GRAB ON THE GO

by BRANDON BARRETT

WE GET IT, you're busy. As a resort, Whistler has plenty of distractions to fill up the clock. Between the town's selection of adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure activities, blooming arts and culture scene or legendary nightlife, finding time to sit down for a decent meal can prove challenging.

And while the resort is renowned for its upscale fine-dining scene and award-winning, groundbreaking chefs, there are also plenty of affordable options for the busy visitor that don't require a fork or knife.

That's why we've compiled a list of some of the best meals-on-the-go that Whistler has to offer. So go ahead and carry those skis while you enjoy a delectable bite on your way to the slopes this winter.

SPLITZ GRILL

LEGENDARY SPLITZ BURGER

No trip to Whistler is complete without a visit to perennial locals' favourite — Splitz Grill, home of the aptly-named Legendary Splitz Burger. This mouth-watering, two-fisted affair is made with a thick, juicy, Alberta beef patty, glazed in a tangy barbecue sauce made in-house and seasoned to perfection with a secret spice blend.

"The No. 1 thing that makes our burger stand out is that we make it in-house and it's a seasoned patty," said Cathy McGeough, who owns Splitz Grill with her husband, Paul. "Most places will only season on top of the patty or what they put on their burger."

What's more is each and every burger is made fresh to order, just to the customer's liking. Whether it's more traditional toppings that suit you or something a little different — such as fresh marinated carrots, alfalfa sprouts or sauerkraut — you're bound to find the perfect combination to satiate your carnivorous cravings.

You can even add toppings like bacon, cheese, sautéed onions, homemade guacamole or grilled pineapple if you're feeling extra adventurous.

AVALANCHE PIZZA

CURRY CHICKEN PIZZA

You don't have to wander very far to find a decent slice in Whistler, but if you're looking for something a little outside of the pizza box, visit one of Avalanche's two locations, in the Village or at Creekside, for their curry chicken 'za.

Take a dollop of Avalanche's signature tomato sauce, a healthy helping of mozzarella cheese, fresh onions, black olives, green pepper and spicy morsels of curry chicken, and you've got yourself the perfect combination of flavours from Milan to Mumbai.

DUPS BURRITOS

CHIEF BURRITO

For seven years, Dups has been "wrapping the phatties" in Whistler. The locals' hangout has certainly lived up to this mantra, serving some of the largest — and let's not forget, tastiest — burritos north of Tijuana.

"We like big portions for inexpensive prices, we're local-oriented and always fresh," said owner Taylor Wilson. "A good saying I hear a lot is, 'Food that's fast, not fast food.' The food always comes first for us."

While you can get their now-legendary burritos a number of ways — with spicy chorizo, pulled pork and vegetarian options, for example — Dups is best known for its behemoth Chief burrito, which is stuffed with rice, black beans, signature mole sauce, your choice of fresh veggies and generous helpings of chicken and beef.

Make sure to ask for your burrito pre-rolled so you can take it on the fly.

INGRID'S VILLAGE CAFÉ

SUPERIOR VEGGIE BURGER

Ingrid's has become known for its down-to-earth approach to hearty, homemade food, and its Superior Veggie Burger is no exception.

One of the café's most popular items, the burger is made with an organic, green-lentil patty filled with carrots and zucchini, all wrapped in a spinach tortilla.

Load it with your choice of fresh veggies, smother it in homemade guacamole, spicy mayo and tangy Thai chili sauce, and you'll have the perfect medley of flavours, textures and temperatures to delight the vegetarian and meat-eater alike.

PEAKED PIES

STEAK, BACON AND CHEESE AUSTRALIAN MEAT PIE

Astonishingly, Australians consume one-quarter of a billion meat pies every year, so it made perfect sense for Peaked Pies co-owner Kerri Jones to bring one of her homeland's most beloved comfort foods to the large Aussie contingent in Whistler.

But what exactly makes their gourmet meat pies so special? "It's definitely the pastry and the fact that it is just all meat — there are no hidden veggies in there," said Jones. "Australian men don't like veggies; you stick some carrots in there, they won't like it."

One of Peaked Pies' best-selling items since opening its Main Street shop in July has been the steak, bacon and cheese pie. Packed with cheddar, mozzarella, salty chunks of Alberta beef round and Fraser Valley bacon that gives a distinct smokiness not found in the traditional Aussie version, this five-inch pie has been a hit with folks from Down Under and Canucks alike.

Peaked Pies makes everything fresh and in-house daily, and only stays open from 11 a.m. until everything sells out.

PUREBREAD

ADULTS ONLY COOKIE

Despite its moniker, there's nothing scandalous to be found in Purebread bakery's devilishly delectable Adults Only Cookie.

Made with rich, dark chocolate, rosemary and topped with Vancouver Island Sea Salt, this melt-in-your-mouth cookie is a strange combination that just works.

Sophisticate your sweet tooth with this tantalizing treat, or try one of Purebread's myriad decadent offerings, available fresh daily at its newly-opened Whistler Olympic Plaza location.

Purebread's original shop at Function Junction is also open daily in the morning and afternoon.

Purebread has dozens of delectable fresh-baked goods at its newly-opened location next to
Whistler Olympic Plaza.

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