The flavors of the Wild West come alive in Wyoming. // © 2013 Wyoming Office of Tourism
Wyoming was pioneering the farm-to-table experience long before this style of dining was trendy. The state’s signature wide-open spaces, world-class hunting and jagged mountain peaks translate into hearty recipes featuring Rocky Mountain trout, crisp seasonal veggies, flavorful buffalo and mouth-watering Angus beef. No matter where visitors end up for a meal after a day of sightseeing, skiing, hiking, horseback riding or exploring, they will not have trouble finding a delicious spread.
Whether driving through the area or settling in for a weekend getaway, visitors can taste test the Wild West at a variety of restaurants.
Wild Sage at the Rusty Parrot Lodge in Jackson is one of two AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurants in the state. If the wooden, rocky decor and intimate 32-person dining room isn’t enough to get clients into the Western mood, the local produce and game will. Try the buffalo rib-eye with beet horseradish salt.
When entering Wyoming through the northeast corner on I-90, be sure to grab a meal at the Buffalo Jump Saloon & Steakhouse in Beulah, Wyo. The buffalo steaks are legendary and the interior screams Old West. The building (parts of it date back to the 1890s) and the woodsy bar help to create the saloon’s rustic atmosphere, ensuring that visitors have a unique and memorable dining experience.
Eat like the locals (and rub elbows with them) in Cheyenne’s favorite homegrown eatery: the Luxury Diner. A trolley-turned-diner in 1926, this spirited joint doesn’t skimp on quality ingredients and delivers hearty breakfast and lunch fare with a side of smiles. Favorites on the menu include green chili, country fried steak, corned beef hash and — a staple for any prized diner — a strong cup of joe.
The Couloir Restaurant in Teton Village, located at the top of the Bridger Gondola at an awe-inspiring 9,095 feet, is an eco-friendly establishment where the majority of the ingredients are sourced within a 250-mile radius. The staff is quite chummy with nearby farmers’ market vendors.