Top 5 Backpacker Budget Meals in Jasper, Alberta
1| Patricia Street Deli
Most people would agree that $7 is a bit expensive for a sandwich. Don’t be mistaken; this is not your ordinary sandwich. The Patricia St Deli has the convenience of Subway (make it your way) but the quality is tenfold. For the foundation of your sandwich, they give you the choice of fresh bread (white or whole grain) or wrap (regular, sun-dried tomato, or spinach). They give you a decent range of meats to choose from. But if you do eat meat, you should order THE BIRD. Their rotisserie chicken is their claim to fame, and for a very good reason. If you like cheese, you’ll appreciate their line-up. The fun continues, as they pull out all the stops with an assortment of homemade dressings and sauces, including the town-wide favourite: Cranberry Mayo. Finish it off with your favourite fresh veggies and you’re out the door to find a nice picnic spot. Aside from the scrumptious sandwich, you’ll hopefully get the experience of meeting owner Glen, one of Jasper’s friendliest locals. You’ll feel like you’ve just been welcomed home.
2| The Whistle Stop: Stop Burger
If you’re after more of a pub vibe, look no further than the Whistle Stop. A favourite watering hole among locals, it’s also a good spot to find some cheap grub. I don’t think any of us has ever bothered asking for a menu there. It’s never any question, if we go to the Stop, we’re going for the Stop Burgers. $5.75 is all you need for a good-sized burger and chips with the usual fixins. You can add bacon for a few dollars more and trust us, it’s worth it. While you wait for your delicious meal, there are a few activities available to you. There are two pool tables, a Big Buck Hunter arcade game, a Music Video jukebox, and a vintage Pac-Man game. If you stay into the evening, you may even be lucky enough to catch a live performance.
3| Papa George's Breakfast
Hangovers. For those mornings, there’s Papa George’s. After a big night out in Jasper, don’t expect to have much left in your wallet. But try to remind yourself to save $6.95 for breakfast. It’s nothing fancy, in fact it probably looks exactly like the kind of breakfast you would make for yourself at home, except it comes hot and prepared by someone else, so you can focus on killing the pain with coffee. You may wonder if it’s worth peeling yourself out of bed, especially in the middle of winter. After a bit of fresh air, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and toast, I’m sure you’ll have your answer. And bed will always be there when you get back. ;)
4| Champs Lounge: Wing Night
Whether you’re visiting in the summer or winter, Wings Wednesday at Champs Sports Bar is a Jasper must-try, for the simple reason that if you purchase a pint of beer, you can also get a pound of chicken wings for around $3. Depending on the time of year, you may have to eat your wings standing up, as it’s a popular night among locals and seasonal workers, who often live on a Backpacker Budget themselves. The wings are nothing special, and some nights you’re lucky if they get your order right. But for $3, beggars can’t be choosers.There’s a few pool tables, and the music will transport you to your awkward teen years. If you head down around 7pm you may still be able to snag a table. It’s early, but you can take this opportunity to down a few drinks so you can tolerate (and maybe even join in) the Karaoke that will follow.
5| Earl's in the Rockies
If you’ve had your share of budget meals for the week and you’re looking for a reasonably priced upgrade, make your way to the corner of Patricia and Miette, where you’ll find Earl’s. They have a solid menu with lots of choices, from salads and steak to Asian and Thai. The best part is, they have a drink and meal deal for every day of the week. Our favourite was Mondays, where you could score yourself a $9 Mexican Bulldog (if you don’t already know what this is, we suggest you find out) and chicken tacos for $4. Their menu does tend to change with the seasons, but we are positive you will find just the meal you’re craving without emptying too much of your pocket. It’s generally a pretty busy place, but try to get yourself a spot on one of Jasper’s only rooftop patios, with a stunning view of the mountains. It’s a great place to be among friends, so bring them along (especially on Bellini Tuesdays).