Everyday Life with Erin

Exploring the Beauty of YYC

Tapas and tequila. What else could you possibly want to quench your Latin American cravings? Nevados restaurant in downtown Fernie, BC, is offering exactly that. Their tapas range from skewers to tacos to large sharing plates, and are beautifully crafted in-house with the freshest ingredients. Offering an extensive tequila and mezcal menu, there is a cocktail to meet your needs that is, as they say, “Shaken. Not stirred. Never blended.”

The restaurant offers a glimpse into Fernie’s history. Construction of the building dates back to 1910 where it was originally known as Eschwig’s Hall, named after William Eschwig. It was renamed and reopened as Isis Theatre in 1911 and then again in 1930 as The Orpheum Theatre. It was a place where locals gathered to watch the latest films.

Being true to history, Nevados encourages group gatherings over food and drinks. Although they do not take reservations, a quick check-in allows you to be added to their waitlist, where you will receive a text message once your table is ready. Upon being seated, our server gave us a run-down of the menu, with her recommendations and popular dish suggestions. We started with the ceviche which was fresh, with citrus-filled flavours and perfectly cured fish. Sharing the smoked duck, drunken beef, and jerk chicken taco, we easily agreed that the drunken beef was hands down the preferred option. I think it must have been the chimichurri. We ended with the pulled pork arepa, a popular street food item. The meat filling was fantastic, and the outer, hard corn cake offered a balanced texture while eating. Being as I love margaritas on the rocks, their version was superb! We left Nevados full and satisfied, but were disappointed that we didn’t have room to try more.

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