If you want great coffee, along with your breakfast or lunch, skip the chain restaurants and head to Cowboy Coffee Co. This hip cafe roasts its own coffee beans and serves locally made pastries to go alongside. Voted The Best Coffee Shop In Wyoming by Business Insider Report in 2014, you can relax and enjoy a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, such as the Cowboy Cubano, while you watch the action on the Town Square. The breakfast sandwiches are always a hit, as are the lunchtime paninis and homemade soups and chili. Gluten-free bread is always an option. The friendly staff will blend you a smoothie if you would rather just have a snack. Love the coffee? Buy a bag to-go on your way out the door. That is, if you can tear yourself away from the sofas and the free Wi-Fi. The shops in Gaslight Alley right next door are not to be missed, too.
Jackson’s favorite family-owned, community-oriented specialty grocer offers so much more than just groceries and takeout. The award-winning cafe is a local favorite, with a wide assortment of handcrafted salads, soups, hot entrées, sandwiches, pizza and even sushi — plus beer and wine available by the glass. Whether you’re cozied up by the cafe fireplace or seated outside on the spacious patio, Jackson Whole Grocer offers something for everyone in a welcoming, casual atmosphere. The grocer also features the largest organic, gluten-friendly, vegan and vegetarian offerings in the area. If you are on the run, choose from a grab-and-go selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks, or order your favorite beverage from the coffee and juice bar. Jackson Whole Grocer is also an amazing place to curate the ultimate picnic basket or pre-order a boxed lunch for your next Jackson adventure!
There are very few restaurants that can appeal to every palate, but Lotus has something awesome for everyone, including meat eaters, vegans, live/raw foodies and the allergy-concerned diner. Guy Fieri’s visit to Lotus, as featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, is an indication that this worldly restaurant can please all types of eaters. What’s more, all of the offerings are prepared in-house and from scratch. A lunchtime favorite is the Bombay Bowl, which comes chock-full of brown rice, vegetables, mango and creamy lemon-cinnamon-ginger tikka sauce (lots of locals say it’s addicting). For dinner, opt for the elk lasagna and you won’t be disappointed. Any time of day, you will find smoothies, cold-pressed juices, craft cocktails, cold beers, natural wines and tasty sweets that are actually good for you. Visit Lotus in its beautiful new space at 140 N. Cache St. Suite B.
Step into Persephone and feel transported to a Parisian cafe where fresh pastries spill over cake stands and baguettes bloom from baskets. Chic yet relaxed, the ambience encourages lingering over a cup of Intelligentsia coffee and a croque madame in the morning or, at lunch, a seasonal salad, steaming soup and artisanal bread. In this chic setting, charmed moments seem to be the norm: impromptu tea parties with vintage teacups and lush Bellocq blends; after-school smiles thanks to milk and cookies; tête-à-tête over rosé. For those en route to the outdoors, picnic supplies abound, from gourmet sandwiches and irresistible cookies to screen-printed napkins and vintage-inspired lunchboxes. Whether stopping by or settling in, Persephone encourages spending time with good food and good people.
Every town has a classic breakfast spot. Most just aren’t as good as The Bunnery, where everything is made from scratch daily and cooked to order. Known for great coffee and even better homemade bread (the O.S.M. abbreviation stands for oat, sunflower seed and millet), The Bunnery will help you start your day off right. Breakfast is so good you’ll soon come back again for breakfast or lunch. Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches will satisfy any appetite. The classic club sandwich and variations on grilled cheese are our favorites. On your way out, be sure to grab a bag of homemade granola and pancake and waffle mix to take home. Want something sweet? Take a whole pie or a generous wedge to go. The cakes and pies not only look great — they taste even better. No trip to Jackson is complete without a stop here. Don’t let the line fool you. It moves quickly.