By Brittany Tiplady
Did you transit to Seymour Mountain, taking the shuttle from Parkgate Community Centre in North Vancouver? Scratch Kitchen is accessible from Parkgate Community Centre, with a trip on the 211 Seymour bus.
Fancy a post-mountain date night? Scratch Kitchen is your place. Quaint, cozy, and just a short 20 minute drive from Seymour Mountain, Scratch Kitchen is the loveliest candle lit après spot, ready to serve you artisan pizzas, craft beer, local wines (and so much more!).
All of the share plates on Scratch Kitchen’s menu sound delicious (we were torn between the Cauliflower Wings and the Chill Beets), but the Chill Beets hit the spot – fresh, vibrant, and punctuated by the perfect amount of crunch, courtesy of the candied walnuts.
The pizza menu is also a doozy, but if you’re a pineapple-on-pizza-person I cannot recommend The Perfect Storm enough. Red sauce, thick smoked bacon, succulent, pickled pineapple (!!!), roasted jalapenos, need I say more? Don’t skimp on the dill ranch.
We washed down our exquisite dinner with a sauvignon blanc from Fern Walk in Oliver, BC, a juicy pale ale from Beere, capped off with a West Coast Sour cocktail. C’était très bon!
North Shore Breweries
Visiting a brewery après ski feels like a right of passage. There are plenty of breweries surrounding the North Shore Mountains – Beere Brewing Company, Wildeye Brewing, and House of Funk to name a few. But if tacos and happy hour is your thing (I mean, why wouldn’t it be?), La Cerveceria Astilleros should be high on your list.
La Cerveceria Astilleros
Located 25 minutes by car from Seymour Mountain (and sandwiched between a row of local craft beer spots), La Cerveceria brings a little bit of Mexico to the North Shore, pouring a selection of Mexican-inspired beers, including the dangerously delicious, Salted Lime Lager. Their tacos menu includes a Chipotle Jackfruit, Tinga de Pollo (pulled chicken), Al Pastor (marinated pork), Beef Barbacoa (pulled beef) –each one better than the next. Catch their happy hour, Monday to Friday from 2-5 PM and enjoy a pint and 2 tacos for $15 or a pint and 3 tacos for $18.
Hitting the slopes at Grouse Mountain? You don’t have to go far for a hot meal après. Kick your feet up at Altitudes Bistro, and indulge in a well-earned plate of Mountain Nachos. Altitudes claims to have the best view in the city, and we cannot disagree.
If you’re hitting the slopes at Cypress Mountain, there is a healthy selection of cafes and eateries right on site to choose from. Hollyburn Lodge and The Nordic cafe are whimsically tucked in the middle of Cypress’ cross-country ski trails, The Crazy Raven pub is stocked with apres drinks aplenty, and the Cypress Creek Grill is full of food court dreams (poutine, pizzas, burgers, oh my!) perfect for nourishing wobbly ski legs.
Olive and Anchor
Just a two-minute walk from Horseshoe Bay Terminus via the 257 bus
Less than 30 minutes by car from Cypress Mountain, burrowed in the village of Horseshoe Bay, is the oh-so-charming, Olive and Anchor. Chef Lisa Kim has beautifully curated a seafood-forward menu, with an interesting wine list to match. Dine-in meals are served in a delightfully cozy dining room – friendliness, comfort, and approachability is the goal here.
After your mountain activities, change out of your gear and head down to Olive and Anchor. Everything is delightful, but the Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon Flatbread (OW), Korean Fried Chicken Wings, and Linguine Pescatore left a lasting impression.
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