Banff's Magpie & Stump restaurant has been around for 40 years and it revealed a stunning upgrade in the summer of 2017 with the introduction of it's new rooftop patio aptly named El Patio. It features tacos, margaritas and flavourful housemade paletas (ice-popsicles). The food is fresh & flavourful and a modern take on Mexican street food favourites. I love the bold beautiful colours and textures of El Patio. It feels as though when you step through the door you are suddenly on vacation.
I am a big fan of the style of service. You step through the door, read the menu on the wall, and order your food & drinks at the bar where you are given a number and then you can sit anywhere you like. The concise menu stands alone from the downstairs menu at Magpie & Stump. Your food is brought out to you and then a server will check in with you periodically to ask if you would like another drink or more food or you can hop up and order at the bar yourself.
El Patio is a rooftop patio so it's only open seasonally and weather permitting so check in before making the trip to make sure it's open.