Restaurants and Food
Jackson stands out from the rest of Wyoming on the culinary scene: Chicken-fried steak may be available, but it certainly isn’t the house specialty! You won’t need to look far to find good food; in fact, the town seems to overflow with memorable (and even more memorably priced) eateries.
If you stood in Town Square and walked in any direction for a block, you would find at least one restaurant that would be a standout in any other Wyoming town. More than 70 local restaurants do business here—in a town that contains just 9,000 people.
To get an idea of what to expect at local restaurants, pick up a copy of the free Jackson Hole Dining Guide at the visitor center, local restaurants, or online (www.focusproductions.com). The guide includes sample menus and brief descriptions of many local establishments. All local restaurants are now entirely smoke-free.
The best breakfast place in Jackson isn’t in Jackson, but in Wilson, where Nora’s Fish Creek Inn (307/733-8288, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun., $19-28) attracts a full house each morning. The food (including huevos rancheros, biscuits and gravy, and omelets) is great, the setting is authentically rustic, and the waitresses are friendly and fast. Nora’s also serves tried-and-true lunches and dinners at fair prices, from patty melts ($7) to nut-crusted halibut ($25). Dinner reservations required in the summer.
A longtime morning standout is The Bunnery (130 N. Cache Dr., 307/733-5474 or 800/349-0492, www.bunnery.com, daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m. in summer, till 7 p.m. in winter, $7-10), with good omelets and fresh-squeezed juices, plus delicious sandwiches on freshly baked breads, salads, burgers, homemade soups, and espresso. There’s plenty of space inside, with a patio deck for summer mornings. The Bunnery bakes a variety of pies, cakes, and other sweets, but it’s best known for hearty-flavored OSM (oat, sunflower, and millet) bread—on the pricey side at almost $6 a loaf.
Teton Steakhouse (40 W. Pearl St., 307/733-2639, www.tetonsteakhouse.com, daily 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.) serves a two-notches-on-your-belt breakfast buffet ($7), with pancakes, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fruits, and more (coffee and juice are extra).
Bubba’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant (100 Blackcreek Dr., 307/733-2288, daily 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. in summer, daily 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. in winter, $5-9) is another cheap and tasty option, with a very filling worker’s special ($7). Ask for it, since you won’t find it on the menu.
In Teton Village, head downstairs at the Mangy Moose to RMO Café (307/734-9438, www.mangymoose.net, daily 7 a.m.-5 p.m., $5-8), offering killer breakfasts along with inexpensive burgers, pizza-by-the-slice ($3), and sandwiches, salads, and burgers for lunch.
E. Leaven Food Co. (175 N. Center St., 307/733-5600, www.eleavenfood.com, daily 7 a.m.-3 p.m. in summer, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in winter, $6-9) has a bright location a block off the Square. Take a table beside the tall windows facing the leafy alley. Breakfast omelets, quiche, bagels, Belgian waffles, and monster cinnamon rolls are followed by lunchtime hot and cold sandwiches and salads. There’s good espresso and box lunches, too.
Coffee and Sweets
Housed in a tiny log cabin a block off the Square, Shades Café (25 S. King St., 307/733-2015, daily 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) has a shady summer-only side patio. Breakfasts feature eggs Benedict (recommended), muesli, and fresh-baked croissants, plus lattes, mochas, and other coffee drinks. Lunch standouts are salads, quiches, burritos, and panini. Shades is a relaxing place to hang out with the espresso habitués, although it does close early in the fall, winter, and spring.
Just off Town Square, Jackson Hole Roasters (145 E. Broadway Ave., 307/690-9318, www.jacksonholeroasters.com, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.) roasts organic, fair-trade coffees. Get a pound to go or have the barista craft an espresso doppio on their hi-tech Clover machine.
Atelier Ortega (150 Scott Ln., 307/734-6400, www.atelierortega.com, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.) is the creation of Mexican-born Oscar Ortega, a master pastry chef whose accolades include numerous international awards. Crème brûlée, truffles, and other luscious confections await true chocoholics. These are heavenly works of art, almost too perfect to eat.
One of the most popular noontime spots in Jackson—it’s been here more than 35 years—is Sweetwater Restaurant (85 King St., 307/733-3553, www.sweetwaterjackson.com, daily 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. in summer, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. in winter, $18-24). The historic log cabin has several tables on the front deck and a lunch menu ($10-12) of dependably good salads, homemade soups, and earthy sandwiches. For dinner, try cedar-plank wild salmon, elk osso bucco, or chicken-fried pork.
Better known as DOG, Down on Glen (307/733-4422, daily 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun.) is a minuscule eatery next to Mountain High Pizza at Glenwood and Broadway with a schizophrenic personality. Locals—and in-the-know tourists—crowd in for tasty and cheap breakfast burritos (just $6), organic buffalo burgers, and Philly cheesesteaks early in the day. Owner Sange Sherpa’s roots emerge weekend evenings, when DOG becomes Everest Momo Shack, serving Nepalese specialties ($10-13), including curry dishes, tikka masala, and momo dumplings, all with a side of naan bread. Delicious, but because everything is freshly made you’ll need to wait—and sometimes quite a while. Primarily a to-go spot, DOG has a couple of picnic tables on the patio. Breakfast and lunch are served year-round, but Nepalese meals are available only in summer and winter.
A popular hole-in-the-wall just off the Square, Backcountry Provisions (50 W. Deloney St., 307/734-9420, www.backcountryprovisions.com, daily 7 a.m.-5 p.m., $7-8) creates tasty, healthy sandwiches. Try the Dolomite, with prosciutto, salami, provolone, red peppers, and red onion.
Betty Rock Café (325 W. Pearl, 307/733-0747, www.bettyrock.com, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., till 10 p.m. Thurs., $7-9) is a great and noisy place for brunch, with delectable homemade breads, breakfast egg sandwiches, pastrami melts, turkey havarti panini, Thai wraps, salads, soups, and espresso. Drop by on Thursday nights for all-you-can-eat gourmet pizzas ($11, add $4 for Caesar salad). The waitstaff brings out different pizza variations throughout the evening.
A peaceful side-street location, an eclectic all-organic menu with vegan options, and fresh baked goods are all attractions for Lotus Café (145 N. Glenwood St., 307/734-0882, www.tetonlotuscafe.com, daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in summer, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. in winter, $6-11 breakfast and lunch, $13-22 dinner). The menu sprawls across an array of dishes and cuisines, from cinnamon French toast to coconut cashew biryani. Fresh-squeezed juices, espresso, and free Wi-Fi are available.
Off the beaten track in Wilson, Chippy’s Kitchen (307/690-3214, www.jacksonholecatering.com, daily 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) is a hidden gem. Owner/chef Chippy Sherman also operates a popular catering business. The tiny cabin gets slammed for lunch, with enormous sandwiches ($8-9) made from whatever is fresh in the kitchen—creations like jalapeño-cheddar corn bread with prosciutto, brie, and roasted asparagus. Daily specials feature soups, salads, and amazing desserts (try the ice-cream sandwich cookies). Check the cooler for dinners to go ($10-15). Closed mid-October-mid-November and mid-April-mid-May.
Find delicious sub sandwiches on tangy homemade bread at New York City Sub Shop (20 N. Jackson St., 307/733-4414, www.newyorkcitysubshop.com, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. in summer, reduced hours in winter). It’s a little pricey ($7 for a half hoagie or $12 for a whole), but the service is fast, and the hot sandwiches are vastly better than the Subway versions.
Pearl Street Bagels (145 Pearl St., 307/739-1218, daily 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) serves home-baked bagels on the small side, along with good espresso and juices. There’s a second Pearl Street over in Wilson (307/739-1261); it’s the groovy place to be seen in Wilson (okay, so are Nora’s, Chippy’s, and the ‘Coach).
For lunches in the Teton Village area, stop by Westside Store and Deli (307/733-6202, daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m.) in the Aspens. The deli will be glad to pack you a big picnic lunch, and it also sells entrées (about $6) such as lemon-Dijon chicken, lasagna, and ribs.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art, two miles north of Jackson on U.S. Highway 26/89, houses a bright little restaurant with windows facing the National Elk Refuge. The Rising Sage Café (307/733-8649, www.risingsagecafe.com, daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $6-11) has a lunch menu of sandwiches (try the chicken salad croissant), buffalo burgers, homemade soups, chili, salads, and espresso.
Jackson’s most popular family eatery is Bubba’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant (100 Blackcreek Dr., 307/733-2288, daily 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. in summer, 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. in winter, $13-20). Each evening the parking lot out front is jammed with folks waiting patiently for a chance to gnaw on barbecued spare ribs, savor the spicy chicken wings, or gobble up the turkey plate. Get here before 6:30 p.m. for shorter lines at the big salad bar ($8). Lunch is a real bargain with great specials ($8). Drinks, including beer and wine, come in recycled Mason jars. There are cheap and tasty breakfasts, too.
Get great all-American burgers at the 1950s-style Billy’s Burgers (55 N. Cache Dr., 307/733-3279, www.cadillac-grille.com, daily 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.), adjacent to the more upscale Cadillac Grille. The Billy burger ($6) is a half-pound monster.
Next door to Billy’s and in the basement of the bar of the same name, the Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse (307/733-4790, www.cowboysteakhouse.net, daily 5:30-10 p.m.) specializes in “casual Western elegance” and great steaks, from sirloin to filet mignon. In addition, the menu encompasses salads, shrimp scampi, pasta, ribs, and a few lonesome vegetarian specials. The bar offers a dozen different single-malt scotches, plus seasonal drink specials. The Steakhouse is not for kids and it’s not cheap: steaks are $26-48. Reservations are advised.
Also recommended is Gun Barrel Steakhouse (862 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-3287, www.gunbarrel.com, daily 5:30-10 p.m., closed in Nov.), where the meaty mesquite-grilled steaks, elk, and buffalo are served in a delightful hunting-lodge atmosphere with trophy game mounts; they came from a wildlife museum that previously occupied the site. You’ll find lots of historic guns and other Old West paraphernalia around the Gun Barrel too, making this an interesting place to explore even if you aren’t hungry. Gun Barrel is a bit on the pricey side, with entrées for $17-37. The bar has a wide choice of beers on draught.
Very popular with both locals and ski bums is famous Mangy Moose Restaurant & Saloon (Teton Village, 307/733-4913, www.mangymoose.net, daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. for food, drinks till 2 a.m., $15-24). The menu changes weekly, but typically includes sirloin steak, black Angus prime rib, Alaskan halibut, and Idaho rainbow trout. Sprawling over two levels, it’s a fun and lively place. There’s free Wi-Fi, and live bands play several nights a week year-round.
The menu and setting at Teton Steakhouse (40 W. Pearl St., 307/733-2639, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.) reflect this restaurant’s previous incarnation as a Sizzler, but that doesn’t faze anyone. The central location (one block off Town Square), stuff-yourself meals, and noisy, kid-friendly setting bring a crowd every day, even if the food is nothing special. Line up to put in your order for steaks ($17-30), ribs, or chicken, or just sidle up to the big salad, soup, and dessert bar to fill your plate. There also is a breakfast buffet and free Wi-Fi. This place is very popular with hogs who park their Hogs (Harleys) and waddle in, along with swarms of motorcoach tourists.
Next to Albertson’s on the south end of Jackson, Rendezvous Bistro (380 South U.S. Hwy. 89, 307/739-1100, www.rendezvousbistro.net, daily 5:30-11 p.m. in summer, closed Sun. in winter, $17-32) has a strong local following for all-better-than-mom’s meatloaf, Jamaican jerked chicken, veal marsala, duck confit, and a rather pricey oyster bar. Definitely recommended.
In Grand Teton Plaza on the south end of town, Chinatown Restaurant (850 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-8856, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. Sun., $9-14) serves good Chinese dishes—particularly the mu shu vegetables, lemon chicken, and pot stickers—and offers weekday lunch specials ($8).
Ocean City China Bistro (340 W. Broadway Ave., 307/734-9768, daily 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., $9-13) provides a pleasant downtown setting and more than 120 choices—from honey walnut prawns with pork to Szechwan Three Delight. Weekday lunch combo plates ($8) are a bargain.
Hong Kong Buffet (826 W. Broadway Ave., 307/734-8988, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.) has an enormous 50-item buffet: $8 at lunch or $12 for dinner and all day Sunday.
Get delicious freshly rolled sushi—including vegetarian rolls and a unique hot spicy tuna roll—at Masa Sushi (307/733-2962, 6-10 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $18-25), located inside The Inn at Jackson Hole in Teton Village. The setting is intimate and inviting.
Long a favorite with locals and visitors, Nikai Sushi (225 N. Cache, 307/734-6490, www.nikaisushi.com, daily 6-9:30 p.m.) serves creatively prepared sushi as the main attraction, but also has a menu of Asian fusion items from the open kitchen, including miso-glazed black cod, coconut fried chicken, and wakame seaweed salad. The atmosphere is contemporary and stylish. Most items are priced $10-20, but you’ll also find $6 rolls. Reservations are advised.
Housed within the Jackson Hole Wine Company, Koshu Wine Bar (200 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-5283, www.koshuwinebar.com, daily 5:30-10 p.m., $10-32) serves pan-Asian cuisine nightly in a tiny but classy setting with a big summer-only covered deck. The menu changes often, but typically includes butter chicken, Thai beef salad, and Korean-style ribs. You can choose from more than a dozen wines by the glass, or buy a bottle from the shop’s extensive selection (corkage fee). A DJ spins tunes Thursday and Saturday nights till 2 a.m.
In an alley across the street from Teton Theater, friendly Teton Thai Restaurant (135 N. Cache Dr., 307/733-0022, www.tetonthai.com, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., $14-18) is a favorite spot for 20-something locals. Pick a rice, noodle, or curry dish and add your choice of chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Service can be haphazard and it may take time to get served, but you’ll be glad you waited. All seating is outdoors, though some is under a deck. The festive atmosphere amps up on Thursday and Friday evenings when a DJ spins tunes till 11 p.m. Everything moves inside the tiny eatery when winter comes, with customers crowding into a handful of stools along the counter. No credit cards or alcohol, but it’s fine to BYOB.
Thai Me Up Restaurant & Brewery (75 E. Pearl St., 307/733-0005, www.thaijh.com, daily 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., $14-17) has a gimmicky name and a U.S.-born chef, but the food is spicy, creative, and delicious. It has a few sidewalk tables, plus a tiny bar with offbeat drinks, including the Bigglesworth Typhoon, a blow-me-down 45-ounce blend of seven different alcohols that’s set afire. The location is a bit quieter than places on the Square. Entrées include a good choice of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. G-13, wide noodles in a coconut kaffir curry, is a not-too-spicy favorite. The bottle beer list features many unique European beers; you can also try several beers brewed on the premises, including Thai Me Up 2x4 Quadruple Pale Ale.
Hidden away on the north end of town next to Anvil Motel, Nani’s Cucina Italiana (242 N. Glenwood, 307/733-3888, www.nanis.com, daily 5-10 p.m., $19-25) is a longtime favorite. Flowers cover the exterior in summer, and inside it’s quiet and romantic. In addition to the standards, Nani’s features a menu of specialties from a different region of Italy each month. The wine bar (Enoteca Sicula) has an extensive choice of Italian and California vintages. Patio dining is available in the summer. Reservations are recommended.
Owned by acclaimed chef Roger Freedman—formerly of Snake River Grill—
Il Villagio Osteria (307/739-4100, www.jhosteria.com, daily noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m., $18-34) is housed within Teton Village’s luxurious Hotel Terra. It specializes in Italian cuisine, including house-made gnocchi, asparagus ravioli, and wonderful pizzas ($18) and panini from the wood-fired oven. The 12-seat wine bar is less formal, with plenty of Italian wines available by the glass or bottle. There’s also a big outside deck facing the Teton Village fun. Reservations are essential.
Several other pizza places stand out in Jackson. You’ll find Calico Italian Restaurant & Bar (307/733-2460, www.calicorestaurant.com, daily 5-10 p.m. restaurant, 5 p.m.-midnight bar) in the garish red-and-white building 0.75 mile north on Teton Village Road. The menu has gone a bit upscale, but prices are still manageable: $14-26 entrées, including such faves as linguini with spinach and chicken or Italian sausage lasagna from the open kitchen. A 12-inch personal pizza is $12. The bar at Calico is a locals’ watering hole, and kids love the two-acre lawn/playground, wraparound covered porch, and flower-bedecked patio affording Teton vistas. START buses stop right out front, making this an easy destination even if you’re without a car.
Mountain High Pizza Pie (120 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-3646, www.mhpizza.com, daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. in summer, till 10 p.m. in winter, $16) is a convenient tried-and-true downtown place offering all the usual toppings (and some not so, such as the Thai pie), plus calzones, subs, salads, and delivery to Jackson and Teton Village.
For the fastest Mexican food in town (with the possible exception of Taco Bell), drop by Pica’s Mexican Taqueria (1160 Alpine La., 307/734-4457, www.picastaqueria.com, daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m., $7-15). You’ll find tasty tacos, bodacious burritos, enchanting enchiladas, and tempting tortas in a hip setting packed with locals. There’s also a morning menu of breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and more on weekends. The shop is in the Buffalo Junction strip mall near Albertson’s, with a second one inside Stagecoach Bar in Wilson.
In business since 1969, The Merry Piglets (160 N. Cache Dr., 307/733-2966, www.merrypiglets.com, daily 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. in summer, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. in winter, $11-20) is a very busy place with a heart-of-town location. The menu features Tex-Mex meals, carne asada, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, fish tacos, nachos, and cheese crisps—the house specialty. Excellent margaritas, pitchers of beer, and a skylit front section add to the appeal. Reservations are not accepted, so you’ll find a long wait on midsummer evenings.
For a side of Jackson most tourists don’t see, drop by Alameda Tienda Mexicana (975 Alpine Ave.) for Mexican pastries, meats, specialty groceries, and piñatas. The shop is hidden away in a tiny backstreet location.
If you want fine continental dining and aren’t deterred by entrées costing $25 or more, Jackson has much to offer.
Just off Town Square, Snake River Grill (upstairs at 84 E. Broadway Ave., 307/733-0557, www.snakerivergrill.com, daily 6:30-10 p.m.) is one of Jackson’s finest gourmet restaurants—with prices to match ($21-42 entrées). Meals are exquisite, and the seasonal menu typically contains a variety of artfully presented seafood, free-range beef, and organic vegetables. The wine list is equally impressive, and there’s a big rooftop deck (late June-Sept.) for alfresco dining on warm evenings. Reservations are a must; reserve two weeks in advance for prime-time seatings in the summer. Snake River Grill is a good place to scan for Jackson’s best-known residents, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart. Closed November and April.
For views so spectacular they make it difficult to concentrate on your meal, don’t miss The Granary Restaurant (307/732-8112, www.springcreekranch.com, daily 7-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m., and 5-9 p.m., closed Sun.-Tues. mid-Oct.-mid-Dec., $22-40), atop East Gros Ventre Butte west of Jackson with tall windows opening to the Tetons. This is also a great place for evening cocktails and romantic dining. Entrées include Idaho trout, Kobe beef sirloin steak, and a popular Cajun-spiced elk tenderloin. The separate lounge menu has lighter fare, including happy-hour specials 4-7 p.m. nightly, jazz on Friday, and a piano bar Saturday evenings.
Jackson’s popular nouvelle cuisine restaurant— Cadillac Grille (55 N. Cache on the square, 307/733-3279, www.cadillac-grille.com, daily 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m., $14-34)—serves creative meals, with a changing menu of seafood, filet mignon, buffalo burgers, and wild game. The art deco decor of the Cadillac helps make it one of the most crowded tourist hangouts in town, but it also attracts a devoted following of locals, especially during the nightly happy hour when two-for-one drinks are the draw. The restaurant includes a bar with lighter fare ($7-10 salads, ribs, and chicken wings), Billy’s Burgers, and a covered rear patio for summertime dining.
Owned by a trio of local chefs, Trio, An American Bistro (45 S. Glenwood, 307/734-8038, www.bistrotrio.com, daily 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.) is a trendy downtown eatery with high ceilings and a metallic decor. Start with sautéed mussels or arugula salad. House specialties include Tuscan grilled New York steak, wood-fired half chickens, and buffalo burgers. Be sure to order a side of their famous waffle fries with bleu cheese fondue. Most entrées are $15-30, but $12 will get you a simple mozzarella, marinara, and basil pizza. Reservations are advised.
Housed within Rusty Parrot Lodge, the acclaimed Wild Sage Restaurant (175 N. Jackson, 307/733-2000 or 888/739-1749, www.rustyparrot.com, daily 5:30-9:30 p.m., $33-45) serves gourmet dinners in an intimate setting (just 26 seats). One of two AAA four-diamond restaurants in Jackson Hole, Wild Sage offers a delectable array of regional cuisine and fresh seafood. The menu changes, but typically includes pan-seared beef tenderloin, herb-crusted bison rib-eye, and ginger and citron crème brûlée, plus a fine choice of wines by the glass or bottle. Reservations are required; call a month ahead in midsummer. Breakfast (7-10 a.m.) is primarily for lodge guests, but is open to the public when space is available (more common in winter). The morning menu has several options, from a granola, yogurt, fruit, pastry, and coffee bar ($7) up to an all-you-can-eat spread ($15).
Located atop Bridger gondola at Jackson Hole Resort, Couloir Restaurant (307/739-2675, www.couloirrestaurant.com) has gained accolades from both Condé Nast and Food and Wine. This special-occasion spot features views of Corbet’s Couloir and the valley of Jackson Hole 2,800 feet below, with four-course dinners for $85 per person ($145 with paired wines). Signature dishes include an amazing house-smoked tenderloin of buffalo and a “locavore” salad from farmers’ market vegetables and fruits. Desserts and cocktails are equally notable. The setting is contemporary, and dinner reservations are highly recommended (available at www.opentable.com). The gondola (free in summer, free for restaurant patrons only in winter) starts running at 4:30 p.m. The vistas from the big outside patio (The Deck) are especially pretty at sunset; a bar menu features appetizers, sliders, burgers, shared plates, and happy-hour specials. Summer hours for both Couloir and The Deck are 5-11 p.m. Sunday-Friday late June-early September (closed Sat.). The Deck closes for winter, but Headwall Deli opens for ski season downstairs from Couloir. During ski season, Couloir is open 5:45-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and daily for lunch.
Before Prohibition in 1920, nearly every town in Wyoming had its own brewery, making such local favorites as Hillcrest, Schoenhofen, and Sweetwater. After repeal of “the noble experiment,” breweries again popped up, but competition from industrial giants such as Anheuser-Busch and Coors forced the last Wyoming operation—Sheridan Brewing—out of business in 1954. It was another 34 years before commercial beer-making returned. In 1988, Charlie Otto started a tiny backyard operation in Wilson. His Grand Teton Brewing Company (208/787-4000 or 888/899-1656, www.grandtetonbrewing.com) brews just over Teton Pass in Victor, Idaho, where you can sample Teton Ale, Old Faithful Ale, Howling Wolf Weisse Bier, Bitch Creek ESB, and Sweetgrass IPA. You’ll find them on tap at many Jackson-area bars and restaurants and for sale in six-pack bottles throughout the region.
An old warehouse two blocks from Town Square has been beautifully transformed into Snake River Brewing Co. and Restaurant (265 S. Millward St., 307/739-2337, www.snakeriverbrewing.com, daily 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m., food served till 11 p.m.). The bright, cavernous setting fills with a convivial—and very loud—crowd of young outdoors enthusiasts most evenings, and the bar generally has seven or eight of their award-winning beers on tap, along with 40 or so from other brewers. Particularly notable—they’ve all won gold medals at many international brew festivals—are Zonker Stout, A.K. Session, and Snake River Pale Ale. The lunch and dinner café menu includes delicious thin-crust pizzas baked in the apple-wood-fired oven, flavorful appetizers, daily pasta specials, half-pound burgers, panini sandwiches, and salads. This is great food in a lively atmosphere, and one of the places to be seen in Jackson. Most entrées run $9-15, but the brewery also serves a number of $7 lunch specials. While this is a brewpub, it’s also completely family friendly, with a kids’ menu and so much background noise nobody will know when the baby starts screaming. Happy-hour (4-6 p.m.) beers are just $2.50, and you can add a big homemade soft pretzel for another buck or tasty chicken wings for a few more. There’s free Wi-Fi, too.
The most complete local wine and beer shops are Westside Wine and Spirits (307/733-5038) in the Aspens along Teton Village Road, The Liquor Store (next to Albertson’s on W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-4466, www.wineliquorbeer.com), and Dornan’s Wine Shoppe (307/733-2415, ext. 202, www.dornans.com) in Moose. The Liquor Store features an impressive upstairs wine department, plus a wine bar with free tastings of a half-dozen wines Fridays 4-7 p.m. Jackson Hole Wine Company (200 W. Broadway Ave., 307/739-9463, www.jacksonholewinecompany.com) also has a fine selection, with Koshu Wine Bar in the back.
Groceries and Natural Foods
Get groceries from the large Albertson’s (307/733-5950, www.albertsons.com) on the south end of town at the corner of Buffalo Way and Broadway Avenue. Inside you’ll find a bakery, pharmacy, deli, one-hour photo lab, bank branch, and coffee bar. This is the most lucrative Albertson’s in the entire chain of 2,300 stores; sales are said to be three times higher than the second-most-successful store! A few blocks farther south (right in front of the high school) is an even larger Smith’s (1425 S. U.S. Hwy. 89, 307/733-8908, www.smithsfoodanddrug.com), with the same features as Albertson’s and a deli serving fresh sushi.
In Powderhorn Mall, Jackson Whole Grocer (974 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-0450, www.jacksonwholegrocer.com, daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.) is a hybrid of sorts between an organic grocer and a traditional supermarket. The emphasis is upon fresh and local items, but there’s also a great bakery, full deli, fresh-squeezed juices, and espresso.
The popular Jackson Hole Farmers Market (www.jacksonholefarmersmarket.org) comes to Town Square Saturdays 8-11 a.m. July-mid-September. Shop for fresh veggies, fruits, food, and flowers. Live music and cooking demonstrations add to the attraction. A separate People’s Market (307/690-0705, www.jhpeoplesmarket.org) takes place on Wednesday 4-7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church on the corner of Gill and Willow Streets.
In business since 1947, Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Company (1325 S. Hwy. 89, 307/733-4159 or 800/543-6328, www.jhbuffalomeat.com) sells smoked buffalo salami, jerky, sausage, steaks, and burgers, along with buffalo meat gift packs and elk steaks. It’s in the Smith’s mall.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, 5th Edition