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Birthday in Banff

This past weekend was my birthday so my sweet husband decided to treat me to a night in Banff. For an extra special treat we stayed at the gorgeous Rimrock Hotel. Once we were settled into our room we opened up a bottle of my favorite wine  and had a glass along with some brie and hot pepper wine jelly. Life is good!

Later on in the evening, we headed over to The Grizzly House for a fondue dinner. Wow! What can I say about The Grizzly House? The words blast from the past come to mind. Unfortunately none of the pictures I took  really did the place justice. The Grizzly House was originally opened in 1967 ( a very good year!) as a disco, the first in Western Canada. Walking into the place is like stepping out of a time machine. I don't think they have changed a single thing since the day it opened. Wood everywhere, hanging planters, avocado and gold tinted lampshades, 70's music playing. There are even old school phones at every table.

For our meal we chose the beef and chicken fondue . This comes with soup or salad, a cheese fondue, a beef and chicken fondue and a chocolate fondue to end the meal.

We started off our meal with a bowl of French Onion soup ( how 70's) It was just average, tasting more like beef broth than onions. The cheese fondue came next. Served with a basket of cubed bread and a ramekin of roasted garlic. We just tossed the roasted garlic right into the fondue. You can't go wrong with melted cheese, you really can't. For our main fondue we played it safe and had the beef and chicken, but if you want to get really crazy you could order such things as rattlesnake, shark or ostrich. You also have a choice of a hot oil fondue or a hot rock, which we chose. To cook the meat you slather a blob of garlic butter onto the hot rock and add the raw meat to it.It is served with five dipping sauces, all very tasty.

A rich chocolate fondue completes the meal. Melted Toblerone chocolate is served with fresh fruit: sliced strawberries, banana, pineapple and a few wafer cookies. Always good, I can usually only take a couple of bites due to the richness of the chocolate.

If you are ever in Banff and are looking for something completely different, you might want to check out The Grizzly House. It is definitely a blast from the past!

Tags: Fondue, Restaurant Reviews

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