If you are a fan of Southern barbecue, you are sure to love Jackson’s latest addition to the restaurant scene. This lively downtown spot is the go-to choice for a quick family-friendly lunch or dinner option. With great deals on meals that come with a rotating selection of special Southern sides (think collard greens, jalapeño cheese grits and banana pudding), there are a range of options to match your hunger. There are lighter choices, like a salad topped with freshly smoked turkey, but if you want to indulge in a platter of ribs or the fried chicken special, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy the open-air feel on the deck or in front of the building, which overlooks the town’s happening boardwalk. A full bar offers a local selection of beers and specialty drinks, and if you love the special sauces added to your sandwich, bottles are available to take home with you.
Created with Gene Street and his family in Dallas, Liberty Burger restaurant features 11 different burgers, including the standard Liberty Burger as well as turkey, ahi, lamb, veggie and bison burgers. Voted best burger in Dallas and Jackson, the burgers are always fresh, never frozen, and made of chuck, brisket and tenderloin. No hormones or preservatives are used, and the bread is made locally by 460 Bread. The veggie burger is made in-house daily using seeds, chickpeas and the best available veggies. The Wild West burger is a favorite, served with cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, pickles, onions and chipotle barbecue sauce. Liberty Burger also offers fresh salads and sandwiches. Limited-time-only burgers are debuted once a month and are sold to support local charities. At Liberty Burger, you can also find draft beer, wine, milkshakes and adult milkshakes.
Warning: You may be tempted to eat too many fresh chips and too much homemade salsa at the Merry Piglets. Add the creamy queso dip, and you’ve surely ruined your dinner. It has happened to many — but save room. Inside the bright walls of this 47-year-old eatery, you’ll find standard, delicious Mexican fare at great prices as well as their newest addition of a wide variety of street tacos. Once you sip a margarita, you’ll be glad you stopped in. Everything on the menu is made in-house and fresh to order. The diverse menu offers enough options for the entire family. Meats are pasture-raised and hormone-free. Fish for the incredible fish tacos is line-caught. The chicken fajita salad is a good alternative to one of the combo meals, but all are good options, depending on your appetite. For vegetarians, choose the spinach quesadillas, loaded with fresh spinach and jack cheese.
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.
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.
This sleek downtown restaurant offers Jackson Hole a culinary tour through Asia. Teton Tiger is the second restaurant concept from the owners of Teton Thai. Inspired by many adventures in the Far East, the team at Teton Tiger slings Asian street noodles, wok-seared rice dishes or traditional tandoori meats in savory curries. The Tiger’s menu offers a little something for everyone, including dishes with a range of flavors, such as Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Indian, all while incorporating local ingredients. The chefs who create daily specials that feature various regional dishes from around Asia will make sure diners are never bored. Don’t miss favorites like Mama’s Midnight Ramen or mango duck curry. All dishes are spiced to order so you can make yours hot or mild depending on your tastes. Be sure to try your hand at one of three shake-a-day games while you sip a seasonal cocktail.
As the sun sets, FIGS becomes the perfect place to land after returning from a day out enjoying Jackson Hole, or a launching point for an evening out on the town. Located in the Hotel Jackson, FIGS offers a warm and intimate escape in the heart of the Town Square. The vibrant bar and restaurant features a two-story fireplace with an Aspen leaf canopy floating overhead, perfect for enjoying a drink or dinner. The Mediterranean-influenced menu focuses on shared plates and features seasonal ingredients from the closest available local and regional sources. Don’t miss the shared hummus plate for a post-hike snack or the gourmet chef-prepared duck breast with blueberry-ginger sauce, asparagus and wild mushroom risotto for a more formal sit-down affair. Artisanal cocktails, paired wine and an exceptional dining experience are what you can expect at FIGS.
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.
Do you like your sandwiches warm and served on soft bread? Full Steam Subs should be your new best friend. The lunch spot steams its subs, resulting in warm, soft bread with melted cheese. Need we say more? Full Steam is the only sandwich shop in town that steams its subs, leaving you with a melt-in-your-mouth effect that you can only get there. After being steamed, each sandwich can be topped with a variety of veggies and options, from Chicago green relish to Wickles pickles. Full Steam also serves Chicago-style hot dogs, salads and soups. Make sure to try the Italian, which comes piled high with salami, pepperoni, ham and provolone. If you’re eating on the run, then take one of the 12 subs available on the menu to go without being heated. And if you’re watching your waistline, simply turn any sub into a salad. For deals and specials, follow @fullsteamsubs on Instagram.
With a menu of intriguing desserts, you might be tempted to skip to the last course at The Kitchen. Don’t — just save room. Get cozy at the bamboo bar near the open kitchen or at an intimate table in the dining room for an unforgettable meal of modern dishes with comforting notes. The menu — complemented by a creative cocktail program and an extensive wine selection — is clean, fresh and inspired, with special attention paid to fresh fish and uncomplicated presentations in which each ingredient shines. Whether you come in to enjoy the popular luxury shrimp or one of the occasional game entrées, you must start with the truffled tuna from the crudo bar. For dessert, the delectable potato chip pie (served with house-made ice cream) is an excellent choice. The food here is clean, natural and modern, and so is the atmosphere.
This winter brings new ownership to long-standing favorite Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse. While the restaurant maintains the same cozy atmosphere, with lots of booths and an elegant Western flair, the menu has been completely revamped to represent modern, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. On this steakhouse-style menu, you will find plenty of choices, whether you are craving a steak or lighter seafood. There are even options for vegetarians, but those in the mood for meat are in for a treat. Just downstairs from the world-famous Cowboy Bar on the Town Square, the restaurant offers a chance to see the depth of chef Paulie O’Connor’s varied background. He shines in his homemade charcuteries, pastas and cheeses. Also the owner of Old Yellowstone Garage, located in Alpine, O’Connor thrives on making most of what is served in-house, including the bread and sausages.
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.
For all those sushi snobs out there who think you can’t get good sushi in the mountains, here are two words that will prove you wrong: Nikai Sushi. This downtown hot spot is hard to get a table at for many good reasons, not the least of which is their exceptional sushi, voted Best Sushi in Jackson seven years running. The fish is flown in fresh daily from all over the world, and what they do with it will rival anything you’ve ever had. In addition to sushi, Nikai offers fish and game options, such as roasted Canadian wapiti elk chop and braised baby back wild boar ribs. The contemporary yet casual atmosphere is also a perfect spot to enjoy one of their signature cocktails. Reserve a booth, or try to grab a spot at the sushi bar for a front-row seat, and watch them roll their specialties. An award-winning wine list, sake list and extensive cocktail selection complement the menu.
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. For dinner, start with the beef short rib Cowboy “Pops,” followed by the grilled steelhead trout or its Snake River Farms Kurobuta pork chop. 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 new, off-the-Town-Square Italian eatery’s motto is “You’re a Stranger Here but Once!” With an inviting, open dining room and bar surrounding a custom-made wood-fired grill, you not only make friends quickly — you may never leave. Glorietta is about fresh ingredients expertly prepared in a manner that is reminiscent of a family-run mountainside trattoria in Italy. The environment is designed to be lively and familial, allowing you to sit back and relax while the chef prepares your meal with the locally sourced goods often gathered at the farmers markets that morning. Some of the don’t-miss items appearing regularly are squash agnolotti, dry-aged steaks, grilled romaine with romesco, buffalo lasagna, fresh-caught salmon or the best meatballs in town. Pair any of these with any of the well-executed cocktails that were created just for Jackson. In the summer, ask to sit outside on the quiet patio and enjoy your meal alfresco.
After a day out enjoying Jackson’s activities, head to Pizzeria Caldera for authentic Napoletana-style pizza. Its scenic second-floor location overlooks the Town Square and is the perfect spot to enjoy a pint of locally brewed beer, a glass of Italian wine or a select cocktail. The pizza starts with daily-made dough, perfected by owner Chris Hansen after years of experimenting with baking bread. Baked in a gas-fired, stone-hearth oven, the pies attain perfection: a crispy, thin crust with a chewy crumb, San Marzano tomato sauce and toppings in traditional and unique combinations. Try the Porcellino, with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pork sausage, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, roasted garlic and fresh sage. Be sure to explore other areas of the menu, from salads and small plates like bacon-wrapped figs with fresh mint to paninis like the Napoli with mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes and basil pesto.
This subterranean speakeasy atmosphere at The White Buffalo Club allows you a discrete and cozy glass of wine while nestled in one of the popular corner booths. Sixteen dining tables surround a luminescent bar where you may whet your whistle with anything from a locally brewed cold beer to an excellently executed whiskey sour. The White Buffalo Club also boasts 1,100 bottles of vintage wines, top two percent USDA Prime steaks and progressively prepared salads, seafood and family-style sides. The USDA Prime steaks are 28-day wet-aged and butchered in-house, and dry-aged steak specials appear frequently. The dinner menu features only the freshest seasonal ingredients and changes throughout the year.