Your 24-Hour Foodie Guide to Powell River
I traveled home to Powell River this weekend to visit my mom for her birthday. Like any good family visit, food always plays an important role. That couldn’t be truer in Powell River: for a small city, it’s lucky to boast many local restaurants that embrace west coast authenticity and local products.
While there are many more amazing places to eat (and drink) than the ones I visited, this is what I fit into a day at home.
Here’s your 24-hour foodie guide to Powell River:
1. Start the day with a good brew at Base Camp.
Awesome in-house baked goodies, great breakfast bowls, amazing woodwork AND lots of art by local artists. Base Camp is a hub for great coffee on the main strip (Marine Avenue) and perfect for a relaxing Sunday read of the Peak alongside your latte and flourless dark chocolate macaroon.
2. Feed your brain and belly at Fruits & Roots Juice Bar (inside Ecossentials).
I’m always jealous there’s nothing close to this local-Whole-Foods-type-market in my neighbourhood back in the city. They offer delicious and organic local produce and products, a wide array of bulk products and lots of home ware too. For lunch, I had a Mexican slider-style dish, with black beans and yam atop a jicama slaw. There are many gluten-free and vegan options as well, and their smoothie selection is on point.
3. The most west coast inspired menu I’ve ever seen exists at Coastal Cookery.
We stopped in for dinner, enjoying the delicious Backyard Burger and a Duck’en Club (made from Brome Lake Duck). Thirsty? Along with local beer on tap, Coastal’s drinks menu offers such west coast treats as the Texada Mule, made with Vancouver distilled Long Table Texada Premium Vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime or the Salish Caesar with a cedar smoked rim and local sea asparagus. (Pro tip: both are included on the Happy Hour menu)
Oh, and if you have a sweet tooth, run across the street after dinner to Costa del Sol to grab a slice of key lime pie. I promise it’s the best thing you can do.
4. To top off a night of local eating, you must stop in at none other than Powell River’s own Townsite Brewing.
Currently expanding with a larger tasting room, it’s a great local hangout in the most up-and-coming neighbourhood in town. While you can get most—if not all their brews—bottled in select stores around the region, there’s nothing quite like tasting them all in house.
Still feeling peckish? Check out the Best of Powell River: Best Eats or the many great places with patios around town. Dig in!
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