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“In a Groovy time warp, but its a good thing!!”

Craig's Way Station
Ranked #38 of 119 Restaurants in Canmore
Price range: $4 - $11
Cuisines: American, Diner, Canadian
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Calgary, Canada
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“In a Groovy time warp, but its a good thing!!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Craigs Way Station is located on the brough of the hill on a main artery to Canmore, very close to highway 1. There are many gas stations to fill up at and if your inclined, a Wendys/Timmy's right next to it
. The crowds and lines are long at the fast food behemoths, so if you want to eat your meal at a table with a beautiful view, not out of styrofoam and have an hour to enjoy the beauty of the Rockies, come next door to Craigs instead of the generic places that are in every town/city of our fair country : )
Craigs is one of those amazing places that probably has not changed their menu in decades. The prices may have gone up to match inflation, but the solid, basic comfort/diner food remains unchanged. The decor has not altered--literally! Same booths, wooden chairs, artwork and cosy fireplace that timecapsule the seventies. The music is seventies --but good, mellow, Bob Seger/Simon and Garfunkle Seventies. I admire the owners courage for playing music people over 30 know. Take your kids as we did have a great conversation about retro rock with them while you wait for your food. It is so refreshing to hear Hotel California by the Eagles instead of say --Justin Beiber or any other "pop" star that we are subjected to, wheather in the supermarket, mall., or trendy restaurants that seem to think thats what every human being wants to hear, regardless of their age.
Of course a restaurant can not be around, relatively unchanged for almost 40 years without good food. I mean, hearty, no fiddeling around food. Basic and to the point. Comfort food , with well sized portions. No squirt bottles here. The burgers we ordered were between 11 and 13 dollars . Very large sizes with hot, crispy fries . These are hand formed burgers, not frozen and put under a heat lamp. Mountains of real, gooey cheddar and bacon as well. This would not be available at that price and quality in one of the genertic, pretentious places with a chain name - we all know what places these are.
Craigs is one of the few establishments that actally has liver and onions on the menu --really!! Not that Im a fan of that, but its a classic and you might be with Grandma or Uncle Bob who appreciates a dish like this. It will not be likely found anywhere else in town.
The Monte Cristo I had was delicious, comforting . gooey and warm.Under 13 dollars and the coffee was great.
We saw that breakfast was offered all day, another bonus!
It is licsened, so you can have a bloody mary or cearar if needed, along with that beautiful plate of steak and eggs. Enjoy it while looking out at the Rockies and soak up the nostagia of a real diner. Omlettes, pancakes and waffles are available too.
The waitress (Nadine) we had was lovely, efficent, and gracious. A takeaway box for my son was needed and delivered with no fuss, and promptly, like everything else.
Wahrooms, very clean, even at 6pm on a Family Day.
I imagine weekend mornings are busy here, like anywhere in Canmore/ Banff. Be patient and enjoy the views that the rest of the world envies : )
We look forward to coming here again, this time early in the day to take in the breakfast menu, some amazing Mountain views and who knows, maybe some Fleetwood Mac : )

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  • Visited February 2013
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calgary, alberta
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69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Maybe Breakfast is Better”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Craigs advertises as having won breakfast awards and all day breakfast. I suspect that is their strong point. However, we went for lunch. Monte Cristo, Clubhouse and fries were no better than fair, fries very greasy. Quiet time, service as adequate, seemed someone what overpriced for what you received, iffy quality. Unlikely to return. Looks a bit run down.

  • Visited February 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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14 reviews
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“Good Food & Quick Friendly Service”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Went to Craig's Way Station on January 1st, 2013. The food was good, the service was fast and the portions were fairly big. What more can you ask for?

Visited January 2013
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Nice family restaurant. We had lasagna (homemade), steak, chicken..all of our dishes were tasty and reasonably priced. Nice, clean place with good service...and great views out the window.

Visited January 2013
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Lethbridge, Canada
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“Special Roast Beef”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Roast beef special with onions and mushrooms plus starter (clam Chowder - excellent) for $15. Other party had steak sandwich - medium rare which was done to perfection.

Visited December 2012
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