Jackson Hole’s food scene gathers inspiration from Wyoming’s natural abundance, pioneering origins and cowboy flair. Whether you’re coming here for a skiing vacation or exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, you can find a feed that will satisfy.
So without further ado, come bite your way through a scrumptious slice of one of the most loved ski destinations in the United States.
After our day of skiing, there was no better way to relax than après at the Handle Bar within the Four Seasons. I must admit, being relative newbies to the skiing scene, we hadn’t heard of this word before. So to save you the potential embarrassment, here’s a quick overview of “après”. This is a hearty, warm large snack that fills the gap between lunch and dinner. Pair it with a warm drink, cider or beer, and you’ve got a magical combo.
The Handle Bar is a concept by celebrity chef Michael Mina who teamed up with Four Seasons to offer a more accessible dining option for mountain goers. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere matched the heart-warming food in a cosy combination that we thoroughly enjoyed.
We sampled a few of the items on the après menu with our favourites being pulled pork toast and home made pretzel. While the kids inhaled the sweet potato tots.
Pricey, but delicious soups and sandwiches. Convenient location situated beneath the ski rental shop (near the base of the Bridger Gondola). So when you’re on the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, you can ski right up to the door.
Although kids are not allowed after 6pm, you should at least pop your head in here to see the iconic bar laden with hundreds of silver dollar coins. The hallway walls are lined with historic photos and fascinating newspaper clips. This bar is connected to the Wort Hotel and was packed when we checked it out on a Thursday evening.
If your kids are in safe hands elsewhere, you will want to check out this famous bar (under 21 not allowed entry). The bar stools are actually saddles, which were surprisingly comfy. A huge collection of eclectic western-themed knick-knacks adorns every available space. And it’s easy to find, opposite the town square.
Located on the lowest floor inside Teton Mountain Lodge, this cowboy-themed eatery is popular during peak ski season. We enjoyed a dinner and breakfast here and staff were consistently friendly. Executive Chef Kevin Humphreys has been regularly recognised by the local community as the best Executive Chef in Jackson.
For dinner you can’t go past a juicy, thick steak. Since we missed a taste of Canada we tried the 307 fries which was an American take on the classic poutine. But make sure you save room for dessert. The deconstructed lemon meringue was divine with light biscuit, sweet lemon filling and marshmallow fluff. The apple spice cake also didn’t last long on the table.
For breakfast I enjoyed a serving of fluffy blueberry pancakes, which hit the spot. Erin’s fried egg with bacon was subpar but since we were on a tight schedule, didn’t have time to send it back and switched it for a bagel to go. The kids’ oatmeal with a bit on the bland side.
A neat little kids nook is located at the entrance which featured a TV playing cartoons and plump cushions.
In this restaurant you’ll find French flair with a relaxed atmosphere. As it’s very popular I’d suggest making a reservation in advance.
Erin’s beef bourguignon was better than any dish she tried in France. And while my steak frites was perfectly cooked, I’d suggest swapping the fries for mashed potato.
Located inside the National Museum of Wildlife Art, this café serves a simple selection of good food. But the biggest drawcard is the stunning view over the Elk Refuge.
Last, but not least, this café is a popular meeting place for locals, and exudes a warm, homely feel. We celebrated Erin’s birthday breakfast here on our last day in Jackson Hole.
Erin enjoyed a special eggs Benedict with pork belly while I opted for a lighter option – home made granola with yogurt. This was easily the tastiest granola we’ve ever eaten. Mia devoured a serve of French toast and Caius ventured off-menu with a bowl of fresh berries and sausage patty.
As a special surprise Erin received a plate of apple fritters with boiled pudding complete with a candle. A hearty chorus of “happy birthday to you” ensued. The best way to start a birthday day.
Wait staff were friendly and I wish we had more time in Jackson Hole so we could go back again.
While this technically isn’t a “place” to eat in Jackson Hole, this refreshing drink can be found in local stores. If you’re seeking a taste that encapsulates the natural wonder of Jackson Hole, then this is it. And best of all, the ingredients on the side of the can won’t make your hair stand on end.
The Bottom Line
The range and quality of food in Jackson Hole matches everything you would come to expect from a world-class ski destination. So when you’re working up an appetite on the slopes, there’s no need to worry as an abundance of options await at the end of the trail and beyond.