I looked at "elsewhere" on the boards, but learned that for some strange geographical reason, Wyoming is now in the Southwest. Whatever. I need some chowie advice for a 4 day trip to Jackson Hole in July. No real preferences, open to most anything, except formal and stuffy.
I've never contributed to chowhound before, but figure I'd spread the love...
I'm from LA, and just got back from Jackson Hole today after 3 nights, 4 days. After about 6 hours of serious research for restaurants on here, yelp, and tripadvisor, I narrowed it down to Rondevous Bistro, Snake River Grill, and Wild Sage at the Rusty Parrot Lodge for dinner, and Cafe Genevieve for brunch and the Amangani Grill for lunch.
If you're in a pinch, any will be adequate, but Snake River Grill I'd really go back to. Great service, nice setting, really great everything, you won't be disappointed.
I chose Rondevous because it was more casual and local, and it was just that. A lot of locals, really good service, good quality ingredients, but the flavor and the price were a bit off, I'm not jumping to go back, but it wasn't awful.
Wild Sage is the highest price point of them all, and is more refined in its style of cooking. I felt that the kitchen struggled to maintain a high level of quality it was after, since it was only 8 tables in there. For instance, they have great cheeses, but when we ordered a cheese plate, they were all too cold. We were probably the only people who ordered a cheese plate that night, so they couldn't afford to take up any space in their small kitchen to keep it out. That was kind of the feel of every dish. Good intentions, high quality, well trained, but always fell short of what they were aiming for.
Cafe Genevieve is great for brunch, casual, good service, kind of like a modern greasy spoon. Its a limited brunch menu, though, and 7/10 of the dishes are bacon/pork. Luckily they had a salmon benedict special, because I'm not the heavy breakfast type. But I'd definitely go back.
The Amangani was a beaaauttifffulll space with a deck overlooking the valley. They seemed to have a bee problem, so much so that they warned us about sitting outside. I'm sure it was just seasonal, but we moved inside halfway through the meal. It was definitely pricey, but they had formal service and good food. Not amazing food, just good. But if nothing else, go for the views.
We also stopped by Jackson Lake Lodge for lunch. Their mural room restaurant has amazing views, but don't go out of your way to eat there.
All the dinner spots I would recommend getting reservations for, they are surprisingly busy, even at the the end of the season.
and as a side note, if anyone happens to stay at the Best Western Plus, AVOID BREKFAST AT ALL COSTS...I didn't stay there for food, and everything I read about the place warned about the crowds fighting for terrible scraps, but it was really the worst hotel breakfast Ive had in a decade.
Just got back from Yellowstone and Jackson Hole vacation. Places we ate:
- the kitchen. Wonderful deck, great happy hour
- Bubba's BBQ - ok
- Dolce - homemade donuts to order - yum!
- Million Dollar Cowboy Bar (resto downstairs) - special was wonderful (bison porterhouse?), otherwise ok
- il villagio Oesteria - yum
We just got back from Jackson, Wy yesterday. We had a wonderful meal at a fairly new place called Local. It's right on Jackson Square on the northwest side. Owned by the same people who own Trio, it is distinguished by the black river rock on the outside. It was very casual but you may not think so looking at it. It's not the rustic-looking facade one expects in Jackson. My husband and I were dressed in shorts and collared shirts. They have an inviting bar area as well. Nice looking crowd.
All their beef is sourced locally, within a few miles of Jackson; just over the Idaho border or in southern Montana. I had the filet mignon (wonderful outside char/perfect med. rare center), sauteed heirloom tomatoes with roasted garlic, creamed spinach and shared scalloped potatoes with cheddar. All excellent. I accompanied this with a glass of luscious (and relatively new) Jackson Hole Winery Rendezvous Red (grapes from CA). The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. All together we spent $121 and it was worth every penny IMO. It was the best meal I had in two weeks in Wyoming.
not sure when you'll be here, but I am a chef here in JH. My faves are Trio, Rendezvous Bistro, Bubbas, Nora's (in Wilson), and Snake River Brewery. The Brewery (a.k.a. Brewpub) is a great place for excellent beer (they win many awards) and casual food. The Gunbarrel has some decent game, modestly priced, and very filling. I'd finally recommend Calico and Q Roadhouse on the Village Road. Calico is casual italian/pizza while Q is a bbq joint with some flair. Good luck.
I was in Jackson the first of the month and had one of the worst meals I have ever had at Signal Mountain Lodge.It's in the park and not in Jackson proper but if you happen to be taking the loop through the park,skip this one.It used to be a really good place to eat but they are obviously having problems with kitchen and wait staff.
Most meals were eaten in since I was staying with friends but the one dinner out we had was at Calico Pizza which is on the Moose Wilson road.Food was good as was the service.
I'm definitely not an expert on Jackson Hole dining, but on a recent visit there I had an excellent meal at the Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch, just off of Moose-Wilson road. The food and the atmosphere were both great. The peanut butter panna cotta dessert was amazing. It was a special though, so they may not have it. The view of the Teton's was amazing and they had live Jazz.
The sushi at Shogun Sushi was very good and the staff was very helpful with suggestions. Bubba's barbeque is good for bbq. And i'd stay away from Cadillac. They try to be "western" with game meat on the menu, but fail miserably, in my opinion. They even bragged that their elk wasn't very "gamey". What's the point of that? If i'm eating game I want it to taste like game. I wouldn't be surprised if the elk was actually beef. I grew up on elk meat so I know what it tastes like. Maybe it is just that it was farmed elk meat rather than wild. The tuna carpaccio was great though. The waiter told me that huckleberries resemble blackberries, which they DO NOT, and claimed that the dessert had fresh local huckleberrries, which is impossible in May. They were out of the dessert in question so I didn't get to see for myself what they were trying to pass off as huckleberries. So, maybe I am just a little mad at them for lying and the food wasn't that bad. It is definitely a bit pricey for what you get.
Incidentally, none of the huckleberry flavored stuff I tried while there tasted anything like huckleberries so I recommend staying away from all the huckleberry themed food items that are plentiful in the shops.
The resort at the base of the Jackson Hole ski area is called Teton Village, and it has gone mega-upscale in the past few years. The least stuff eatery there is the Mangy Moose.
The town of Jackson is 12 miles away. Abundance of restaurants of all sorts. I believe there have been previous threads.
And others too have wondered how "Wyoming" got moved to the Southwest when it's way closer to Canada than to Mexico. Perhaps we should all chip in and buy the Chowhoud team an atlas.
We were there last summer, and staying away from Mangy Moose is good advice if you want decent food.
We liked Trio, just off the square (3 ex-chefs from Snake River Grill). Sit at the bar if you want to watch the action. Great wine list.
Trio An American Bistro
45 South Glenwood Street, Jackson, WY 83001