Where to Eat and Drink in Jackson Hole

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Confession: I visited my first National Park at age 27 (Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole to be exact).  I know that’s probably the most un-American thing you’ve ever heard.  I swear I’m as patriotic as they come.  Just ask my husband how many times I cried during the Rio Olympics.  But I grew up with a mother who vowed she would never stay somewhere that didn’t have electric outlets to plug in her hairdryer.  So camping was pretty much out of the picture (and glamping did not exist).

But a few weeks ago, I checked the “visit a national park” item off of my bucket list (and would totally do it again!).  Parker and I traveled to JH with a couple of couples, and let’s just say, I got the full outdoorsy girl experience.  And I also looked AMAZING because I made my husband take me to Orvis and Tailwaters before the trip.  Any fashionista knows that dressing the part is 50% of the battle.

Now before I begin with my breakdown of what to do and where to eat, I need to clarify, I actually stayed in a private home (one of the couples we traveled with has a house there).  So I’m not going to be able to give you first-hand experience of where to stay, but I definitely can give you insight into the areas you want to be depending on what you want to get out of your trip.

We flew direct from Dallas to Jackson Hole.  It’s definitely not the cheapest, but totally worth it.  It’s a 2.5 hour flight- so with one in-flight movie- you’ve arrived.  Since we all had different travel schedules, our host couple picked us up from the airport and drove us into downtown Jackson for a late lunch (it’s only about 20 minutes away).

Because there’s WAY too much to cover in one post, I’m going to be breaking up the trip into multiple posts.  Today, I’m focusing on eating, drinking, and just being merry.

Breakfast/Lunch

Persephone’s Bakery

The dreamiest little boulangerie I’ve ever seen- just imagine. It’s about 75 degrees outside, I’m sipping rose, and eating the most delightful tuna sandwich. It’s just hard to not be happy. Everyone else ordered the Sweet Potato Brussel Hash Skillet which was also to die for. I will warn you, every time we walked by, it was always packed.  But you should definitely put it in your itinerary for a breakfast/lunch spot, or even afternoon sweet treat pick-me-up!

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The dreamiest little boulangerie I’ve ever seen- just imagine. It’s about 75 degrees outside, I’m sipping rose, and eating the most delightful tuna sandwich. It’s just hard to not be happy. Everyone else ordered the Sweet Potato Brussel Hash Skillet which was also to die for. I will warn you, every time we walked by, it was always packed.  But you should definitely put it in your itinerary for a breakfast/lunch spot, or even afternoon sweet treat pick-me-up!

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Pearl Street Bagels

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This is favorite amongst the locals. It doesn’t quite have the aesthetic appeal that Persephone’s does, but the consistent line out the door tells you that you can’t judge this book by its cover. This is the perfect breakfast place when you have a full schedule and need something quick and easy to bring on a hike or fishing trip (which is exactly what we did).


Dinner 

Snake River Grill

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This is definitely a #treatyoself meal. It is one of the nicer establishments in Jackson, but totally worth the splurge. I mean, most likely you’re in vacation to celebrate something: an anniversary, birthday, friendship, or hell, just not working. Full disclosure, my  meal was probably my LEAST favorite out of the bunch (Wild Game Korean Hot Bowl).  I should have just stuck with my gut and ordered the typical fish or filet option.  I mean, it is a steakhouse after all. But I totally redeemed my order with my dessert.  Their Espresso Martini Creme Brûlée has to be one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Like ever. And I’m a connoisseur of creme brûlée, so that’s saying something.

What I Wore: 

Teton Thai

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I know what you’re thinking.  Who goes to Jackson Hole and eats Thai food? That’s exactly what I have said for all of these years that my husband has been raving about it.  And now I get it. Apparently, it started as this little hole-in-the-wall family-owned establishment in Teton Village, and due to its popularity, has completely transitioned into a food haven for locals and visitors alike. To be honest, I could have eaten at this restaurant multiple times during the week and been completely satisfied.  It’s THAT good.

We ordered everything from pad thai to drunken noodles.  You really can’t make a bad decision here. My recommendation: ask who is cooking.  The spice-meter differs for some of the chefs.  On a scale of 1-5, my husband and the other guys (who like spicier food) ordered 2s and 3s, and their mouths were on fire! I ordered a 1.5 and that was perfect.  But it totally depends on the cook.

Note: Several nights, we cooked in.  Our friends have the most fabulous home in the mountains, so we often preferred to stay home and “happy hour” with some croquet in the front yard.  Then we would divide and conquer cooking so we could ultimately spend the evening eating and drinking on their back porch.  It was heavenly.

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Cocktails/Appetizers

The Handle Bar at the Four Seasons

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The Four Seasons has a great indoor/outdoor casual restaurant and bar on the base of the ski slope. In the winter, I can just imagine how fabulous it would be to pop in for a little cocktail at the end of a long day of skiing (okay, probably half day for me). The girls spent the day hiking, so it was great to end the day with a big ole’ glass of rose and watch the dirt bikers spinnin’ tricks down the mountain.

 

Piste Mountain Bistro

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If you saw my pictures of Instagram of us sipping drinks looking over the entire city of Jackson, then you saw the view from happy hour at Piste (or just scroll to the top of this post – same view).  And let me tell you, Instagram does NOT do it justice.  You ride the gondola up from Teton Village, and there’s a full blown restaurant and outside patio where you can have dinner, drinks, and soak up the unmatched beauty that is Jackson. Warning: call in advance!  As you can imagine,  the facility is often rented out for private events.  Talk about a total whomp whomp.

The next post will be all about our outdoorsy adventures- complete with black bear video!

Cheers, Erin

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