Primal-ish in Pemberton

September 6, 2012


My last trip to Whistler wasn’t all that exciting food-wise. But when researching for that trip, I found a restaurant I wanted to visit in Pemberton: Mile One Eating House. Pemberton is about a half hour north of Whistler, so I needed an excuse to justify the trip other than the fact that I had never been up there before. Hence the outing to Nairn Falls. There are three waterfalls between Vancouver and Pemberton: Shannon (already seen – gorgeous), Nairn, and Brandywine. So the itinerary looked like this: check out Nairn Falls, poke around Pemberton and eat at Mile One, and then head down to Whistler for another attempt at finding some chow. It was a great day of playing tourist in my own backyard.


Nairn Falls is a lovely 15 minute jaunt from the parking lot – the trail runs right along Green River. The falls themselves were rather small, and I found the beautiful glacier-fed river to be more of an attraction. Having worked up enough of an appetite (more so due to the 2 hour drive than the walk), it was time for lunch…

Mile One Eating House


I was drawn to Mile One Eating house because of its great reviews (92% on Urban Spoon). But that’s fooled me in the past. So it was the menu that I really gravitated towards, as well as the website marketing:

“We believe the food you eat ought to be as genuine as the people you share your table with. Our menu respects the ingredients, the producers and the land that make it up. A hard-earned hunger deserves good, clean food. Made with care. Dished straight-up, every time.”

It was described by Vancouver Magazine as “a mom’n’pop shop run by two fine-dining refugees from the Lower Mainland who take comfort food seriously. Sounds promising.


All of their burgers are made from local Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef. I ordered the Stump Grinder (BC mushrooms, Little Qualicum Rathtrevor Cheese) with a side order of Sidney Island Venison Chorizo. The burger was a little small, and slightly overdone. But, the flavor was amazing – it was gamey in a good way. The patty was very flavorful, grassy and… beefy. But wow, the venison chorizo stole the show. And the mushrooms were great – nice variety, not just the typical sautéed button mushrooms you’d expect.


My friend ordered the Hillbilly Deluxe (Farmstead Cheese Curds, Blue Buck Beer Braised Onions & Venison Chorizo), with a side of the roasted Yukon Gold potato wedges. The burger was also delicious, although the onions didn’t really stand out, and there could’ve been more chorizo. The potato wedges were very tasty – perfectly seasoned.

Service was good. They restaurant inside is cozy, plus they have a patio with a killer view of the mountains (pictured at the top of this post). The prices are reasonable. The ingredients are local and natural. It’s too bad this place is all the way up in Pemberton – I wish it was at least in Whistler. If you’re in the area, or contemplating heading to Pemberton, you should definitely check it out. Or plan a trip up there just to grab a burger. And you know, check out some falls.
Mile One Eating House on Urbanspoon



As for other stuff to do in Pemberton… I successfully avoided Blackbird Bakery. Not that there’s anything wrong with the bakery. In fact, quite the opposite – it’s run by Raven Burns, who apprenticed under Thierry Busset. So staying away was quite an accomplishment. I’m sure they have some incredibly delicious stuff – I was just trying to tone down my sugar consumption. Good thing too, since I ended up having dessert in Whistler.

My friend and I did check out another foodie attraction, the Schramm Vodka distillery. All of their spirits are handcrafted from local and organically grown ingredients:

“Our goal is to create high quality, distinctly regional sipping spirits that highlight the unique terroir of the incredible Pemberton Valley.”

And hey, they offer free tastings. I always thought vodka is supposed to be pretty much flavorless, so I was surprised by all these different notes I was picking up when I tried it. It definitely did not taste neutral, and neither did the gin – will have to do some “research”.


And we also stopped by North Arm Farm, an organic farm nestled right next to the mountains. There were some farm animals to check out, and a little shop to buy produce, meat, etc. They also have u-pick strawberries.

As for other food options, I’d be curious to check out Big Sky Golf and Country Club which is said to have great views of Mt. Currie. Instead, we drove down to Whistler and ended up having a very enjoyable meal at Araxi.

Have you been to Pemberton? Did I miss anything?

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