When two locals opened Alta Bistro—an intimate room with the urban look of exposed HVAC ducts and concrete floors unlike anything else in the village—it altered Whistler’s culinary landscape. The food was equally audacious, hearty options enlivened with something different, like garam masala boudin noir, for example, and a cassoulet of chorizo and smoked pork belly. The great ambience and solid kitchen make this a perennial hot spot favored by actors attending the Whistler Film Festival and pro riders who just ripped it up at April’s World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Want to dine and drink (from an impressive wine list) with the cool kids when in Whistler? This is your bistro.