Italian in Banff: Timbers Food Company

This guest post was written by Mack, an Edmonton-based geek who fancies himself a part-time foodie. You can find him online at his blog, and on Twitter.

I’m in Banff this weekend for the nextMEDIA conference, and despite not having my restaurant buddy here with me (that would be Sharon, of course) I’ve checked out a couple of local establishments. Last night I did two things that I pretty much never do: I ate somewhere chosen at random, and I ate alone.

While wandering around downtown Banff, I came across Timbers Food Company, located just off Banff Avenue at 204 Wolf Street. From the outside you might think that Timbers sells logs or camping equipment, but it’s actually an Italian restaurant inside a converted house. The log deck outside seats 60 patrons during the summer months, while the inside has room for 50.

I walked in to find the restaurant about half full, a good sign in my book. I opted to sit at the bar near the front of the restaurant, so that I could watch both the restaurant inside and the busy street outside. The waiter brought water and fresh bread as I got settled in.

After a quick look at the menu, I decided on the Beef Tortellini with Cream of Tomato sauce ($14.95). My first impression after it arrived was that the portion size was quite small, but I was deceived. The tasty dish was really quite filling! I wouldn’t go so far as to call it the best tortellini I’ve ever had, but it definitely hit the spot.

I’m not sure if my waiter was just really friendly or if he guessed that I was some sort of food reviewer (maybe because I was taking photos), but he was very attentive, friendly, and seemed genuinely concerned about whether or not I enjoyed the food. It made my “eating alone” experience much more enjoyable than it would otherwise have been.

If you’re in Banff and and in need of a hearty meal, give Timbers a try.

Timbers

Outside

Inside Timbers

Inside

Beef Tortellini with Cream of Tomato Sauce

Beef Tortellini

4 thoughts on “Italian in Banff: Timbers Food Company

  1. We ate here last December 2007!
    We had a nice lunch at Timbers.
    Your photos of Timbers brought good memories of our Christmas vacation in Banff.
    We also liked Bison Mountain Bistro, which I think is also on Bear street, and Cilantro’s on Tunnel Mountain. Wild Flour Bakery also on Bear, is a great stop for coffee and a pastry. There are actually quite a few restaurants we liked, we hope to be back to many of them next Christmas.

    I will keep reading your blog to see what other good eats you find in Banff.
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ar in Southern California

  2. Dammit! I’ve wandered Banff multiple times and I’ve never even seen this restaurant. Now I have to go there because you made it seem really nice.

    Stupid Mack…

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