Everyone loves a good story about following your dreams, so throw in some good ol’ fashioned barbecue and you have the story of Big Hole BBQ. What started out as an idea in a tiny shack in Driggs evolved into a successful (and delicious!) reality in Victor, Idaho. After nine years of serving up some of the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi, the team at Big Hole BBQ is proud to be sharing its passion with the Jackson community. With a menu for all ages, this family-owned restaurant serves food that will have you licking your fingers and asking for more. The dry-rubbed, smoked-to-perfection meats are just a portion of the mouthwatering options. Other specialties include fish tacos and mini sliders, served with your favorite barbecue accompaniments like mac and cheese, baked beans or slaw. Head in, take a seat and pair your meal with a specialty cocktail or one of the many local beers on tap.
Locals call it “The Bistro,” and this establishment has been a favorite Jackson Hole staple since it opened in 2001. The Bistro has made a name for itself with its creative take on classic French bistro fare. Favorites include the steak tartare and seasonal pork chop creations. Enjoy the first raw bar in town, serving oysters on the half shell, tuna tartare and oyster shooters. The fun, upscale yet unpretentious atmosphere makes this eatery a fantastic option for groups of all sizes, while paper and crayons adorning the white linen tablecloths appeal to patrons of all ages. A trip to Jackson Hole is made complete with a visit to The Bistro. And don’t miss its sister properties, Bin22 (120), Bodega (122), Il Villaggio Osteria (133), The Kitchen (135) and Roadhouse Brewing Co. (147).
Wander over to Bin22, where you’ll find a sophisticated yet casual reprieve from the cold outside. Located steps away from the Town Square, this wine and tapas bar is attached to a bottle shop and specialty grocer, and is a perfect spot for a meal and a glass of wine. Pick from one of the ever-changing wines by the glass to sample while you watch chefs pulling fresh mozzarella in the open kitchen. Community tables and warm staff bring the intimate atmosphere and Spanish- and Italian-style tapas to life. Like the wine you tasted? There is no corkage fee, so grab a bottle to savor in the wine bar, or ask one of the members of the knowledgeable vintner team to pull together a selection to take with you that fits your taste and budget. Looking to dine away? Choose from a wide assortment of meats, cheeses and more from the specialty grocer.
E.leaven’s extensive menu, combined with homemade pastries and breads, makes this deli one of a kind. It’s one of the few places serving breakfast and lunch ALL day with endless options including huevos rancheros (a local favorite) and a variety of omelets accompanied by breakfast potatoes and your choice of homemade toast. E.leaven offers what is arguably some of the best corned beef hash and eggs this side of New York. For lunch, enjoy hearty salads and massive deli sandwiches and wraps served with homemade chips or a house salad. Heading out for a day on the snow? Grab a breakfast burrito or Kaiser Egg Sandwich and coffee before hitting the slopes (they will even deliver). Or call e.leaven for gourmet box lunches. E.leaven also offers breakfast, lunch and private dinner catering.
Want a fresh-squeezed 100 percent agave margarita paired with tasty shrimp tacos and roasted hatch chili queso fundido? If so, Hatch Taquería & Tequilas is just the place. Open daily for lunch and dinner and just two blocks from the Town Square, Hatch proudly offers house-made, GMO-free corn tortillas, organic greens and regionally sourced meats and produce. All juices are squeezed fresh daily, and they work hard to avoid high-fructose corn syrup. They offer a unique twist on modern Mexican cuisine with a lively contemporary atmosphere. Salads and fresh tacos are served alongside choices such as the Hatch Burger or elk quesadillas. Enjoy $3 tacos every Tuesday, Mexican beers on tap and, most important, over 60 tequilas and mezcals behind the bar. The menu offers shared options and larger plates, so sit back with friends and enjoy this great spot for brunch, lunch, cocktails or dinner.
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.
Don’t miss this decades-old Jackson favorite. The All-American Breakfast at Bubba’s is a must. Choose the homemade biscuits (made fresh every morning) and gravy, or the Mexican scramble with chorizo, eggs, beans and cheese. Bubba’s has lighter options like poached eggs with fresh fruit and premium dishes like breakfast potpie, too. For lunch, Bubba’s offers one of the freshest salad bars in town. The barbecue beef brisket lunch special is a favorite, served with garlic toast and a choice of two sides. Dinner specials are served starting after 5 p.m., with plenty of barbecue plates to choose from. Don’t miss out on the spareribs that are rubbed and slowly smoked every night. The Old West memorabilia sets the tone for a great barbecue experience. Don’t let the line outside scare you; it moves quickly.
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 beer to go!
There’s no better place to dine, people-watch and mingle than at the Silver Dollar Bar and Showroom. Right next to the Town Square, you’re in the heart of the action. The extensive wine list includes a broad range of varietals from around the world with recommended pairings for the signature mountain cuisine. The elegant Silver Dollar Grill is filled with original Western artwork and a restored original Wort Hotel roulette wheel. Inside the bar, you’ll find a more casual atmosphere filled with locals, cowboys, politicians, old-timers, ski bums and visitors alike. Order a Bartender’s Margarita and sit at the bar, where 2,032 uncirculated 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars are inlaid in its surface.
This cozy, 32-seat restaurant was first known to be the best breakfast in town. With daily home-baked treats, it’s a great place to start the day. It’s also a great way to end it. Dinner at The Wild Sage is perhaps the best-kept secret in town, with an inventive menu incorporating game, meat and seafood while sourcing organic, sustainable and regional ingredients. The changing options offer inventive, seasonal cuisine and suggested by-the-glass wine pairings from the Wine Spectator-awarded list with each course. Don’t miss the truffled ciabatta with sea salt and cracked pepper, either. Questions about the food? The chef is working within sight in the exhibition-style kitchen and is available to discuss dishes.
Situated in a historic home downtown, The Blue Lion has been popular with locals since 1978. Ask people what their favorite meal is in town, and you will often hear The Blue Lion’s roasted rack of lamb. This dish keeps patrons coming back: New Zealand lamb is rubbed with Dijon mustard, seasoned with breadcrumbs, baked and served sliced with a peppercorn-rosemary cream sauce and jalapeño-mint sauce, enjoyed in the relaxing ambiance of a refurbished older historic home. But you’re encouraged to sample from the array of other items, including fresh fish, game and all-natural steaks. Vegan and gluten-free entrées are also available. Save room for one of The Blue Lion’s desserts: mud pie, tiramisu, Russian cream or one of the nightly dessert specials. Enjoy live acoustic guitar music most nights. Reservations are recommended.
Get together at Gather for creative modern American cuisine that locals voted Best of Jackson Hole! Just a block from the Town Square and steps from the public parking garage, Gather offers a casual dinner experience. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, daily happy hour and new specials weekly. There is a wonderful selection of wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails as well as gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan food options. Tuesday Tastings offer guests an opportunity to be food critics: Guests rate the food on presentation, taste and creativity. Gather’s Chef’s Table is a unique culinary treat as well; the experience includes a tasting menu of seven individually portioned items, including starters, salads, entrées and desserts. Gather also offers off-site catering services and has private dining options. Visit their sister location, Palate, for lunch at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Call for more information.
If generous slices of pizza and a low-key local atmosphere are your thing, Pinky G’s Pizzeria is your place. Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and voted gold medal winner for Best Pizza in the valley since opening in 2011, Pinky G’s is sure to please with unique pies, appetizers and salad options. Try the Abe Froman, named after the Sausage King of Chicago, topped with spiced Italian sausage, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. Featuring a full bar with 20 beers to choose from and a new dessert menu, Pinky G’s has something for everyone. Follow the pizzeria on Facebook to stay up to date with musical performances on the newly redesigned stage. Breeze in for the popular $7 lunch special — a giant slice, salad and soda — or head in for late-night snacks and tall-boy specials after exploring the Town Square. Pinky G’s always offers takeout and downtown delivery from 5 to 10 p.m.