I’m a story teller. I usually like to use my blog to record my memories and tell the stories of the places my kids and I visit. I’m not usually a reviewer, and I occasionally give tips. But this trip we had some of the best food, and it surprised me that it was mostly in Jackson. So I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give a top 5 places to eat in Jackson, WY.
Snake River Brewery is on the list more for the beer and outdoor activities and less for the food. The brewery has a bar and restaurant, though the restaurant can have a long wait. Thankfully there is plenty outside to keep you busy while you wait. There is a fire pit, corn hole and mini golf. The kids ran around with the clubs trying to hit the ball, many adults played corn hole, and some sat by the fire pit with beer flights, drinking and talking. You can bring drinks outside but no food. We decided to wait for dinner to get our beers, but it would be a nice place to hang with friends and drink beer in the evening. Inside there is also a foosball table, and TVs set to different channels. My husband watches World Cup highlights while my kids watched Cartoon Network on another. Honestly, the food was just ok. It might be that it was crowded, but I found my bison burger good but the bread dry. My husband got the fried chicken and it was over cooked. My son got a pepperoni pizza and devoured it. My daughter got Mac and cheese and loved it, even though it wasn’t Kraft but real Mac and cheese. (I know, blasphemous). We ordered the nachos to get started and they were good. It did the job of supporting the good beer we were drinking!. I had a Phoenix Pomegranate Gose, and my husband a Jenny Lake Lager, both local and they were great. I would definitely come again to sit by the fire pit and drink with friends.
4. Thai Me Up
Yes the name is …suggestive…but despite that it is still a family friendly place. Within the restaurant is the Melvin Brewery. This restaurant has two sections. There is a seat-yourself section that is first-come-first-served and closer to the brewery. It is a little bit more crowded and noisy, but they still serve all the food of the restaurant. There is a seated section that is walk in or reservation and they still serve the beer from Melvin’s. The seated part of the restaurant was full, so we found a small high top table at the brewery portion and squeezed in. The kids ordered off the kids menu and got plain noodles with butter (boring). My husband and I got Thai specialities, him a Spicy Fried Rice, and me the Pad See Ew. My husband got a beer flight with four varieties, each of which he loved. I got the Killer Bees, which was a honey wheat and tasted great with my Thai food. The atmosphere was a bit noisy, and I would have liked a bigger table, the but the sacrifices were worth it for the food and beer. Definitely on our list for the next time we are in Jackson.
On our first night, when we drove into Jackson, we went straight to dinner. Liberty Burger had good reviews, so even though it had a wait and we were hungry we decided to give it a go anyway. Glad we did. The burgers were done just right. The kids got grilled cheese and chicken fingers to make them happy. And my husband had a scrumptious bison burger to start out his trip to the old west. They had local brews on tap. It’s a bit pricey for a burger, but the food it good, the beer is good, and if you are lucky, you can get a seat on the top balcony overlooking the street and people watch as you eat.
The line is always out the door but it moves quickly and it’s worth it. All the ice cream is organic and taste fantastic. It was featured on the food network for it’s huckleberry flavor, and my husband had it the first day and said it was divine. I feasted on Cookie’s and Cream, Belgian Chocolate and Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon. Each flavor was better than the last. The kids had peach and strawberry. The cones were practically as big as your head, and everyone ate every bite, even my little bird who hardly every finishes. Moo’s is a must visit in Jackson, and we liked it so much, we went almost every day!
Fresh, warm pastries that were buttery and flaky. Hot breakfast items that were divine. Coffee that was the best I had all trip and a hot chocolate that was made from Tcho chocolate. It. Was. Amazing. We found it on day 3, and went for breakfast there every other day of the trip. I had a chocolate croissant every morning. The kids feasted on cinnamon brioche and huckleberry croissants. In addition, the eggs Florentine and the seeded avocado bowl were my favorite entrees. We ate our selves silly every morning and then rolled on to our days’ activity.
It’s not hard to find excellent food when wandering around Jackson. And it seems you can’t call it a trip without finding a good local brewery to sit down and have a cold one (or two) with friends. And isn’t good food what vacation is all about?
Where have you eaten in Jackson that you recommend?