BeaverTails is a franchise that sells flat fried pastries with a choice of different toppings. The dough is stretched and shaped by hand to look like a beaver's tail. I visited the location in Banff, right in the heart of the city on Banff Avenue. There's nothing better than a piping hot pastry on a cold and rainy morning!
The menu is simple; there are 9 different flavours to choose from. Or you can "create your own tail" with your choice of toppings.
Toppings include fruit and assorted candies, as well as cinnamon sugar and various sauces.
The BeaverTail pastry is made fresh to order. A flattened piece of dough is dropped into the deep fryer and left to float until it's golden brown.
I ordered the Killaloe Sunrise ($5.23) which came with cinnamon sugar and a wedge of lemon. It was the lighter version of a doughnut, crispy on the outside, with a soft and slightly chewy interior. And my choice of topping was perfect. It's always a good idea to stick with the basics, so as not to be distracted by the dominating flavour of overly sweet and heavy sauces.
Next time I'm in Banff, I would likely come back for a piping hot BeaverTail. It's a great comfort food and a signature Canadian pastry.