The Grizzly Paw Pub Restaurant
622 Main St
Canmore AB T1W 2B5
Phone: 403 678 9983
Most people stopping in Canmore don’t bother to go farther than the strip next to the highway, which means that if you’re hungry you’ll be stuck with one of the fast-food options.
But if you drive a couple more minutes into town and get onto Main Street, you’ll notice that Canmore has more to offer than the usual fast-food franchises.
Today I dropped in at The Grizzly Paw around 3 pm for lunch/dinner. The Grizzly Paw is a 3-in-1 – pub, restaurant, and brewery – and also has a retail storefront selling Grizzly Paw merchandise, such as beer steins and Grizzly Paw soda.
This establishment has a downstairs pub-restaurant and an upstairs restaurant. I did not go upstairs so I can’t tell you how it differs from downstairs.
Downstairs, The Grizzly Paw was decorated in light-colored wood and bustling with a friendly, neighborhood-watering-hole vibe. I was seated at a small table next to the front-facing windows with a view of the outdoor patio, which had a working fireplace but was closed on this winter day.
The Grizzly Paw menu boasts a decent variety of choices, including the usual pub fare. To start, I had the Beer and Cheese Chowder, which came with bread. The chowder was very cheesy with a nice hint of flavor from the beer, though the bread was not so fresh. I ended up dipping most of the bread in chowder and enjoyed that very much.
Those hungering for a burger will get to choose from four different patties (beef, bison, chicken, vegetarian). The patty of choice must then be paired with one of five different burger styles. I chose bison on a regular Canadian burger with cheese and bacon. Each burger style comes with fries or salad or both, where “both” means a smaller portion of each for the same price. I went for both and was impressed to get generous amounts of fries and salad.
The salad was a choice between Caesar and Granny Bee’s Mountain Roughage (the house specialty). I chose the latter and would highly recommend it. It had hard-boiled eggs, red beets, cucumbers, carrots, and lettuce. The ingredients were fresh and perfectly enhanced with the right amount of sweet dressing.
The bison burger looked great, with the bacon snuggled next to the bison patty and a delicious-looking piece of cheese melted on top, complemented by fresh lettuce, tomato, and onions. I prefer some kind of sauce on the bottom, but this burger did not have it, so I made do with some ketchup.
Taste-wise, all I can say is that you really have to try this burger, because you will rarely get one this good in any restaurant.
The service was adequate but not great. My server went through the motions but could have shown a little more interest in my dining experience. It could be blamed on the workload, since the place was packed even in that mid-afternoon time slot, but it’s something that needs work.
My bill came with a coupon for 10% off any purchase from the retail store (just steps away, across the alleyway), which must be used within 24 hours.
Last thoughts: Visiting The Grizzly Paw for lunch was a decision that left me happy and satisfied. The food was impressive for a restaurant in this price range. I would not hesitate to go back the next time I’m in Canmore.