The 1888 chop house is located on the 2nd floor of the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. While the entry looks small, the restaurant larger than it appears and consists of multiple rooms which snake along the original front wall of the hotel.
My lover and I had spent a long day traveling up the Icefields Parkway and arrived at the restaurant just 15 minutes before closing. And we were so thankful that the staff seated us promptly and gave us excellent attention.
We decided to share just a locally sourced 24 ounce black angus rib eye steak without bothering with appetizers. We then selected a Canadian red wine from the Okanagan Valley from the encyclopedic wine list. Many wines in their large collection are priced in the $200-$300 range, but there are some good choices hidden between $100 to $150. We drank our delicious red blend while munching on the warm herbed buns.
The ribeye was terrific. A very large boneless cut, marbled but with very little excess fat. It was accompanied by mashed potatoes richly infused with browned butter, and roasted mixed vegetables.
We had a late and unplanned dinner at the 1888 chop house. But it was one that we both enjoyed.
Reservations usually required.
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