One of the best things discovered while shacking up in downtown Jackson, Wyoming is the availability, convenience and diversity of options all within walking distance. Cafés to corner markets, outdoor retailers, art shops and a handful of delicious dining selections just steps apart. A week jammed packed with being on the go, outdoor exploring, and wildlife chasing – there was minimal time committed to deep diving into restauranteering and pub crawls. But if you find yourself in this less than sleepy mountain town and looking for some no-frills, flavorful fillers to fuel your adventure packed days and wind down into your evening, here are three picks we’re happy to write home about.
This cute and homey French café struck the cords of nostalgia with smells of freshly baked pastries. The simple, yet charming rusticly modern design was clean and easy on the eye. Scents of sweet breads and savory unknowns line the air and excited our taste buds even before our eyes met the counter lined with an endless selection of baked goods. There was something for everyone to choose from on the menu. For a quick grab and go and best of both worlds combo – picked a no-brainer egg sandwich (with a sub of mushrooms for the meat – offered free of charge by the staff) and a black coffee. Flakey, flavorful and filling. Will leave the belly happy and send you out the door and off for a day of exploring the winter wonderland outside of downtown Jackson.
A bistro, bar, juicery, cafe + bakery. To some, may seem overwhelming, but if you’re a guy or gal who wants it all – this is heaven. Going on a solid 12+ hours fast – I found myself post flight distracted with all the newness of a place unseen, settling into the hotel space + breathing in the chilly mountain air. My tummy grumbly, begging for comfort eats without a lot of effort. Fresh pressed juices and a menu jammed with a number of meatless meals, my heart was immediately happy.
\Try the house-made vegan burger -it’s soy free and flavor jammed. The lighting and decor are as impressive as the patty and presentation. Their motto is “something for everyone” which they stuck true to in the best of ways. The head chef + owner Amy Young took a moment to come from behind the scenes to check in on the satisfaction and correctness of what to me seemed like a minor detail – but to her and her team of food artists – all the details are equally important.
DINNER AT GLORIETTA
If you want a surefire way to tug at my heartstrings, give me slow stirred cocktails, plates made for sharing, and a selection of wines that take out the guesswork. A team of committed employees whose purpose is to create a pleasant experience from the moment you step through the door until the time you bundle back up to see yourself home was as enjoyable as the meals. Glorietta Jackson reigns true to this – from start to finish and everything in between. They strive to keep and embrace an original landmarking tagline – “You’re a Stranger Here But Once.” You’ll arrive to warm greetings and depart with a handful of new friends. From bites to small plates, fresh housemade pasta to large plates made for more than one, this is a place to sip, sit and settle into for a few. Warm amber lighting and delicate, dinnerware gives a sense of comfort and confirmation that above any other option, this was the place you can grow to call home. Rolling solo, like me? Grab a seat at the bar and get to know some of the best bartenders in the valley. A few of my favorites were the mushroom toast, red leaf lettuce and I promise, any pasta you pick is guaranteed to delight.
Eunique Deeaann + Stranded on Land