We're runners so we need to fuel our bodies... right? Here are our top picks for running fuel in Golden.
It's the most important meal of the day! If you're looking for a post-race or post-long-run filler-upper, you can do no better than the Big Bend Cafe. It's a little slice of Golden's heritage - the walls are covered with funny signs and historic photographs and it's got the old-west diner feel. Portions are large and the sausages are homemade.
If your taste buds are leaning to the lighter side, check out the Island Restaurant. The breakfast menu has many tasty items, often served with a side of fruit. The Island is actually a great spot for any meal of the day and has a lovely location right on the Kicking Horse River.
Bluebird Cafe is a personal favourite of the race director. Not only is the coffee top quality and the food treats tasty, it's also got the prime location on the way to the trails, ski hill and more!
There are two not-to-be missed lunch options in Golden. The classic Jita's Cafe, has been around for more than 15 years and it's for good reason that the cafe and menu have remained relatively unchanged. Try out the Jita's Burritah or any of the delicious curries. The soup and samosa meal is also one of the tastiest and most affordable lunches in town.
Bacchus Books and Cafe used to be a secret little hidey-hole and now the secret is out. Daily soup specials, mouth-watering muffins and other great treats populate the menu. The atmosphere is also top-quality: tucked away on the upper floor of a bookstore in a heritage building.
There are a multitude of great supper options in Golden and it's simple impossible to narrow the list to a top two or three. So here's our top 5 with a quick description of what to expect.
Whitetooth Bistro - if you're looking for a tasty meal downtown, the bistro is dine in and also has a roof-top patio. Menu selection for everybody.
Wolf's Den - is the ultimate burger bar. The fries are delicious, Sunday night open mic is not to be missed, and the selection of burgers (including vegetarian options) is not to be missed.
Eleven22 - enjoy amazing food in the unique atmosphere of an old house. Eleven22 is a local's favourite.
Cedar House - is the fine dining experience in Golden. If you really want to treat yourself you will not be disappointed.
Red Tomato Pies - is your choice for take-out pizza. Red Tomato Pies is right downtown, delivers to your home and has lots of variety for every taste bud. Pizza is not available by the slice but who doesn't want to share a full pizza with a friend?