Whether you’re planning to visit Jackson Hole for your annual winter ski vacation or are coming to test out the slopes for the very first time, you already know that this corner of Wyoming can’t be beat when it comes to winter sports. But did you also know that Jackson Hole has some of the best restaurants in the West? Come for the snow, but stay for the fine Jackson Hole dining experience created by talented local chefs who are at the top of their game.
Here are the top five amazing dining experiences to be had in Jackson Hole this winter:
- The White Buffalo Club
Far and away the best choice for carnivores is The White Buffalo Club. Located just three blocks from Jackson Hole’s quaint Town Square, this luxurious hotel has on-site dining that features an outstanding wine list and choice cuts of steak. The restaurant prides itself on serving only the top % of USDA prime meats, and they fly their cuts in to Jackson Hole daily to ensure the highest quality and peak freshness. The White Buffalo Club offers classic steakhouse flavors in a casual atmosphere, complete with family-style side dishes and a raw bar for adventurous palates. After a day on the slopes, this is the place to be to refuel with a meal that rivals big city steakhouses and brasseries!
Recommended meal to sample: The Prime Beef Tartare appetizer showcases the White Buffalo Club’s commitment to serving only the very best cuts of meat. It’s served with Dijon mustard, a quail egg and a fresh baguette. For the main course, the New York Strip Steak with Grilled Asparagus and Boursin Whipped Potatoes is a supremely satisfying classic. A bottle of fine Rioja or Malbec from the wine list will complete this meal perfectly.
The White Buffalo Club is located at 160 W. Gill Ave., one block east of Miller Park.
Located just off the Town Square, Trio is a bistro-style restaurant featuring classic American dishes. The relaxed atmosphere is enhanced by an open kitchen that allows diners to watch the chefs at their work. The wood-fired oven lends an extra depth of flavor to dishes like their famous roasted half chicken while an extensive tasting menu and wine list allow diners to sample several cuisines if they’re having trouble settling on just one.
Recommended meal to sample: BLT Soup is the perfect starter after a day swishing through the snow. It’s a hot tomato bisque garnished with arugula, bacon and garlic croutons. For the main course, the Braised Lamb with Blue Corn and Cheddar Grits is a masterpiece of locavore-inspired cuisine. The Trio wine list is loaded with excellent Napa Cabernet Sauvignons to pair with this rich meal.
Trio is located at 45 S. Glenwood St., near the Pink Garter Theatre and the Tayloe Piggott Gallery.
- The Kitchen
The Kitchen prides itself on clean lines and an open atmosphere, a description that fits both its decor and its menu. Chefs here prepare simple dishes that get their flavor from high-quality, sustainably harvested local foods, whether it’s salad greens from the farmers market or locally raised meat. The Crudo Bar offers a wide range of specialty seafood appetizers and raw bar staples, while creative takes on staples like lamb and fried chicken will please more traditional diners. The ambience is casual and modern, and summertime visitors to Jackson Hole will enjoy the outdoor seating on the deck.
Recommended meal to sample: The Yunnan-Style Striped Bass served with Hoisin-Plum Sauce and a side of Steamed Bok Choy is simply delicious. Add a signature Strawberry-Jalapeño Lemonade from the cocktail bar or a glass of Napa Chardonnay to complete the meal.
The Kitchen is located at 155 N. Glenwood St., a block west of the Town Square near the Jackson Hole Playhouse.
- King Sushi
If you’re worried about going without sushi during your vacation to Jackson Hole, fear not. King Sushi offers excellent Japanese fare in an intimate atmosphere. Though small, the quality of the sashimi here is simply outstanding. The trained chefs create a range of rolls and specialty dishes, and they also serve rice bowls, soups and noodle dishes.
Recommended meal to sample: Go classic with the Shiro Miso Soup for a starter and the Bleu Tuna Sashimi as your main course. This creative combination of Maytag bleu cheese, shaved onion and ginger-lime sauce is an explosion of flavor.
King Sushi is located at 75 S. King St., on the corner of Pearl Avenue.
- Thai Me Up
If you’re interested in seeing where the locals hang out, look no further than Thai Me Up, the cleverly named restaurant and brewery located on Pearl Avenue. Thai Me Up is home to Melvin Brewing and has 20 local craft beers on tap, many of which are award winners. Beer lovers won’t find a better selection anywhere in Jackson Hole. The atmosphere is eclectic and fun, and the menu is full of excellent Thai classics and modern pub-grub spins on Asian favorites.
Recommended meal to sample: The locals and staff all swear by the General Thai’s Chicken. Add a fresh and crispy TMU House Salad and a pint of Killer Bees Honey Ale, a Melvin Brewing favorite.
Thai Me Up is located at 75 E. Pearl Ave., between Cache and King Streets.
Whether you lean toward simply prepared, local food or an outsized fine-dining experience, the restaurants of Jackson Hole can satisfy any craving. From hearty American classics to modern Asian and bistro fare, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. The only real decision you have to make is which one of these five excellent eateries to visit first!