I recently visited my daughter, Katie, who works for Alpinist Magazine in Jackson Wyoming. She is renting a room over a garage in a log cabin overlooking the National Elk Range and the Grand Tetons beyond. You can always see the elk range which reminds her of the view from her house in Mongolia with the grass lands and rolling low hills. The Tetons are generally behind clouds but they did make an appearance on several occasions while I was there. We did a lot of hikes and, in between, sampled a few of the local places to eat. This list does not include the many upscale places that are generally beyond the budget of a young magazine copy editor. Each dinner was under $50 for two and many significantly less than that. Most of the places do not have web sites but I did link to those that do.
Shades Café is great for breakfast. It is small café in the log cabin style of many Jackson places. It claims to be the original Jackson coffee place and looks the part. I indulged in eggs benedict and there is a eggs tomavo - two poached eggs with tomato, avocado and hollandaise which almost tempted me. Coffee was good, as was the background music. It is open for breakfast and lunch and is located at 75 S. King Street (307) 733-2015
The Bunnery is another great breakfast place with large portions. They have a one entry – the gros ventre – 2 fried eggs over hash browns with green chilies and cheddar that is then broiled and garnished with sour cream and sprouts. Not wanting to become a gros ventre myself, I settled for a chocolate croissant that was twice the size of a normal one. Even then I could only eat half and took the rest home for breakfast the next day. Katie said most places have very large portions to accommodate the young athletic appetites. She can eat the leftovers of meals from many places for the rest of the week. The Bunnery is located at 130 North Cache Street. (307) 733-5474.
Nikai was the most upscale of our selections. It provides creative sushi and shasimi. We had snapper shashimi with a citrus sauce, vegetable tempura, and several sushis. It is located at 225 North Cache Street (307) 734-6490
Cioccolato provides wonderful chocolate pastries and candy as well as hot chocolate drinks. We went there after Nikai. It has tea infused chocolate, cardamom, chili, and many other flavors. The owner is considering a web site and I tried to convince him to do a blog instead. He was interested. It is located at 225 North Cache Street next to Nikai. (307) 734-6400
Snake River Brewing Company provides a range of beers and typical pub food done well. There was a fine Scottish style sweet ale and their own stout. It is located at 265 S. Millward Street in multi-level building open to the top and filled with skiers, climbers, and other sports types mostly in their twenties but they still let me in. (307) - 739-2337
Teton Thai provides very fresh Thai food. It will soon offer Indian food, as well, as there is no Indian place in Jackson and they like to cook it. We sat outside under the newly installed heaters and had Phad Thai and hot and sour soup. It is located off North Cache Street in a small courtyard. (307) 733-0022
Harvest Organic Foods offers natural foods, as well as lunch and breakfast. There is also an espresso bar. We had a light lunch there after some of our heavier meals. It is Katie’s favorite salad bar. Harvest is located at 130 W. Broadway (307) 733-5418
Jackson Hole Roasters provides custom coffee roasting and excellent coffee. It is located in a small log cabin. The sign on the front door says to open it slowly as Henry (the dog) may be sleeping on the other side. It is located at 165 E. Broadway (307) 690-8065
Lucatelli Café. The find of the trip was actually in Victor, Idaho. We went there to go for a hike on Sunday morning. The experience deserves a separate post which I will write for tomorrow. In summary, it was some of the best Italian food I have had anywhere and the experience reminded me of a positive version of Stanley Tucci’s movie, The Big Night, I hope they are more successful. It is the place to be sure to go when in the area. The Lucatelli Café is located on 6 Main Street, Victor Idaho 83455.
The Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch has great views. We sat at the bar for lunch and the view. It is less expensive than the restaurant proper and has large pictures windows behind overlooking the Tetons and meadows. We had bison bergers which were excellent, like beef but better. It is located within the Spring Creek Ranch resort west of town on Rt. 22 and up a hill. (307) 733-8833
You can get bison, elk, and other game meat at the local groceries stores and we had elk bergers one night.