Barpa Bill's Souvlaki
223 Bear St, Banff, AB, T1L 1C2
If you want to enjoy tasty, reasonably priced Greek food in the midst of the Rockies, Barpa Bill’s combines the flavours of the Greek islands with the mountainous beauty of Canada.
|Cuisine Type |||Greek, Mediterranean|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Wheelchair Accessible|
|11AM – 9PM daily (midnight for take out)|
Profile Last Updated: March 26, 2008
Barpa Bill’s has been part of the Banff food scene for 11 years. The owner, Bill Christanthopolous, named the restaurant Barpa Bill’s because “barpa” means uncle in Greek. He created a restaurant that has become known for its souvlaki and many of its other Greek dishes such as fried calamari, spanakopita and lamb gyros.
The souvlaki is what cemented Barpa Bill’s reputation as a good place to eat in Banff. Souvlaki is marinated chicken, pork or beef grilled on skewers. The freshly grilled meats are wrapped in fresh, soft pita and slathered in Barpa Bill’s garlicky, lemony tzatziki. The souvlaki is filling and flavourful but not over-priced. You can also sample the gyros that are made of lamb that is roasted, thinly shaved and also wrapped in pita with tzatziki. If you want a slightly lighter meal, try the spanakopita, which is spinach and feta cheese layered in between delicate sheets of buttery filo pastry. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, try the dolmades. Dolmades are vine leaves that are wrapped around a light filling of rice and ground lamb and steamed. Paired with a classic Greek salad, it makes a light meal.
If you’re looking for diner food, Barpa Bill’s also offers burgers. These are fresh, quality Alberta beef patties grilled and served with fries and a wide variety of toppings. Barpa Bill’s also features the traditional Quebecois dish of poutine. Crisp fries are slathered in rich gravy and melted cheese curds for a rich and sinful dish.