Eleanor’s has all the perks of fine dining, minus the dress code. By serving rich, saucy dishes in a warm and friendly setting, this joint lives up to its reputation. And on top of one of the most creative menus in town, Eleanor’s is a primo brunch spot on Sunday afternoons. Plus, its bar alone is an attraction, thanks to reasonably priced drinks and a loyal crowd, a wine list that is second to none and a dedication to service that stems directly from its owners.
This little place isn’t such a best-kept secret anymore, as more locals and visitors alike are discovering the down home goodness within. But longtime regulars as well as newcomers still fill the tables nightly. This small restaurant has seen a few incarnations over the years, but it has succeeded in making it one of the most charming and consistently award-winning and rewarding dining experiences in town.
Local is a modern American steakhouse and bar located on Jackson’s historic Town Square. The menu features both classic and specialty cuts of locally ranched meats and game in addition to fresh seafood, house-ground burgers and seasonally inspired eats. Owned and operated by chefs Will Bradof and Paul Wireman of Trio An American Bistro, Local showcases their enthusiasm for reviving the craft of in-house butchery, with a focus on dry-aged steaks and house-made sausages. Much of the beef comes from the Lockhart Cattle Company, whose grass-fed cows never leave the valley. Local offers a casual and vibrant bar atmosphere with 12 regional beers on draft as well as a relaxed dining room with a contemporary Western design. Local is the perfect spot to grab a burger for lunch or to have drinks and dinner with friends while you sit and watch the action on the Town Square.
Just a few blocks off the Town Square, Snake River Brewery is a great place to go any time of the day or night. Twice recognized as the Small Brewery of the Year, this award-winning neighborhood hangout known as “the Brewpub” has an incredible blend of locals and tourists alike. Dine and drink either upstairs or on the main floor. Can’t decide on a brew? Order the sampler tray to get a taste of what’s on tap before diving into a wide range of handcrafted cuisine items. No place in town beats the $9 lunch deal, happy hours and all-day menu items, including award-winning Wyoming bison and beef chili and wings, along with soups and salads. For the main meal, a bevy of wood-fired pizzas, pastas and burgers are available. Don’t forget homemade s’mores for dessert and six-packs for purchase!
Celebrating over 25 years on the Town Square, the Snake River Grill is still the locals’ favorite go-to place. Whether at the intimate bar, featuring 300 wines and a signature cocktail list, or in the rustic-elegant dining room, visitors must experience at least one amazing meal here while in Jackson. Its James Beard-nominated chef keeps things fresh, simple and seasonal. The menu is varied and always offers something unique, even for a seasoned foodie (think jet-fresh fish, green chickpeas or artisanal hams). While there are standard favorites (potato pancake with smoked salmon, steak tartare pizza), the Snake River Grill is constantly evolving with frequent menu changes and nightly specials, preventing regular diners from ever getting bored. Just make sure to save room for their chocolate soufflé for dessert.
With a menu of intriguing desserts, The Kitchen might tempt you to skip to the last course. Don’t — just save room. Get cozy at the bamboo bar near the open kitchen or in the contemporary main dining room for an unforgettable meal of modern dishes with Asian influences and comforting notes. The menu — complemented by a creative cocktail program and an extensive wine selection — is clean and fresh, with special attention paid to thoughtful presentations in which each ingredient shines. Whether you come in to enjoy the popular luxury shrimp or one of the delectable entrées, you must start with a dish from the fresh crudo bar. For dessert, the potato chip pie (served with Cream + Sugar ice cream) is an excellent choice. The food here is perfectly simple, natural and modern, and so is the atmosphere.
The Rose is a destination, learned of our collective past, here in the present, with an eye toward our evolving future. Initially founded as a cocktail bar at the hands of Dave Kaplan and Alex Day, of Proprietor’s LLC (Death & Co., The Walker Inn) we focus on the nuance and detail of each drink. All cocktails are fashioned with fresh, hand made ingredients with a rotating seasonal menu of draft beer and selected wines.
January 2018 brought the addition of a food experience back to The Rose with Late Night Eats. An eclectic fast casual menu served from 8 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Tuesday – Saturday with grab and go sandwiches available on evenings with entertainment. Curated with locally sourced ingredients by Chef Tim Conan formerly of Sidecar (Brooklyn, NY) and Snake River Grill (Jackson, WY). The menu is delicious, affordable and low maintenance, because good food is good food no matter what time you eat it.
Trio is a downtown favorite. The atmosphere is hip, lively and inviting, like dining in a corner bistro in any big city. And the food? Some of the best in Jackson. Start dinner with a specialty cocktail, like the blood orange margarita. Then prepare to be impressed by chefs/owners Will Bradof and Paul Wireman, who pack the restaurant nightly with crowds seeking innovative dishes like the prosciutto and watermelon salad. The well-edited wine selection shows that Bradof and Wireman are just as good with their pairings as they are with their food. Reservations are a must, but if you find yourself without one, try to score a seat at the bar, a favorite spot for splitting a pizza, arugula salad and a bottle of Spanish red wine. There, you’re close enough to watch the action in the open kitchen.