The Pizza and Pasta Co. serves soup, pasta, salads, hot sandwiches, gourmet pizza, cappuccino, and ice cream cones. They will even prepare a picnic lunch for you to take along on your day trip into the park. This lunch will include a deli sandwich, drink, and trail mix.
We did not eat here, but I did check out their menu, and it looked interesting with a number of specialty salads, such as Chicken Caesar, Greek, Teriyaki Chicken, and Spinach. The sandwiches also sounded very interesting with a meatball sub, chicken salad on a croissant, smoked salmon on a croissant, pannis, portabella sandwiches, teriyaki, NY strip, beef and buffalo hamburgers, and grilled cheese. There were also calzones, pastas, and a number of different styles of pizzas. The pastas included linguini marinara, chicken gorgonzola, seafood Alfredo, Florentine ravioli, and buffalo Bolognese. There were also a few choices for children
Dornan’s Original Moose Chuckwagon opened in 1948, and has been serving people breakfast, lunch, and dinners every summer since. This is a grill area, where you will order and pick up your food, and then eat outside. The smells coming from the grill, and out of the cast iron Dutch Ovens, cooking on an open fire, will tantalize your taste buds.
The menu features breakfast items such as pancakes, eggs, French toast, fruit, and biscuits with sausage gravy. Lunch is served from 12:00 to 3:00, and you can choose items such as homemade soup, hot dogs, buffalo burgers, beef burgers, and a variety of sandwiches such as French Dip, steak. pulled pork, teriyaki chicken, veggie burger, BLT, Rueben, or grilled cheese sandwiches. Dinner runs from 5:00 to 9:00 and offers two buffet style dinners. These may include items such as BBQ beef short ribs, BBQ chicken, steak, salmon, potatoes, beans, beef stew, rolls, and homemade mixed berry cobbler. If you are not hungry enough for one of their buffet offerings, you can order either a hamburger or a hot dog, both with potato chips on the side.
The Pioneer Grill has a casual atmosphere, consisting of a room full of 1950’s style lunch counters. The grill offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or you can just stop in for a malt, milk shake, Sundae, or ice Cream.
Breakfast offers traditional items such as fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, bagels, pancakes, French toast, omelets, and other egg dishes. The lunch and dinner items are offered on one menu, from 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. The menu has such items as fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, hamburgers, buffalo burgers, trout, chicken, New York Steak, and meatloaf, along with homemade pies and other desserts. If you have children, there is also a Kids menu available.
On our last night in Grand Teton, we ate dinner at the Mural Room, located inside Jackson Lodge. This restaurant is pricey, but excellent. Make reservations early, and try to get a table near the windows, which will offer you a magnificent view of the Teton Range. At dinner, the Mural Room’s Executive Chef serves up items such as local buffalo, local trout, wild Alaskan salmon, organic lamb, seafood, steaks, prime rib, elk, free range chicken, and duck. My husband had the prime rib, and I had the Rotisserie Tamarind Glazed Duck, which was served with a red curry basmati rice tamale, mango-cabbage salad, and sesame pancakes. My husband finished the meal with a fancy coffee, and I had an apple based dessert, which was somewhat of a disappointment. Not that it was bad, but I would try something else next time.
The Mural Room offers a kids menu, and also serves breakfast and lunch.
My second photo shows an evening window view, and my other photos show the dining room.
On both mornings we awoke at JLL, we took our breakfasts at their Grill Dining Room, as pictured here with a distant Sue sitting in a purple top at the left side. As you can see, the walls were decorated with various old objects such as snow shoes, skis, an oxen yoke, axes and so on. This restaurant was not fancy but was functional as it seemed to have quite a crowd of customers on both mornings. Similar to our experiences in Glacier National Park in 2005, their staff consists of a mixture of people from all over the world and throughout the USA. It was interesting to strike up a conversation or two with these varied characters. The restaurant arrangement was sort of fifties style, with several long U-shaped counters where patrons sat on stools along the outside edge of the U while the staff worked ‘inside the U’ bringing the various orders of food from the kitchen area located along the top of the various U-shaped counters.
Favorite Dish: On our final morning at Jackson Lake Lodge we both ordered scrambled eggs on whole wheat toast along with yoghurt to go with a mixed fruit bowl and canola. Sue had her own decaf bag of South African ‘Rooibos’ vanilla tea while I ordered a regular decaf coffee, black without sugar. With a tip for the good service, the combined cost of our meals was $16. It was almost 9:30 AM by the time we finished and returned to our cottage as we were about to leave the lodge for our only full-day of exploring in and around Grand Teton National Park by car.
As mentioned earlier, the Mural Room is the fancy dining area of Jackson Lake Lodge with its long row of floor-to-ceiling windows facing westward for a view out over Willow Flats, Jackson Lake and finally the Teton Range mountains. This view of the Mural Room windows was taken from the outside terrace looking into the restaurant. Because of the bright west-setting sun, large inside motorized venetian blinds can be activated to block the rays if necessary until the sun drops below the mountain peaks. You can get some idea of how bright it can be from the 2nd photo of Sue and I, taken by our server as we drink water while selecting our menu options!
Favorite Dish: We are never all that hungry for massive amounts of food, preferring smaller tidbits of something with interesting flavours but with not much bulk. In the end Sue decided she would like a Sweet Potato Asiago & Sage Ravioli appetizer, which consisted of wild mushrooms and fire-roasted tomato ragout ($9). I’m always looking for something exotic so decided on their “Crispy seared diver Scallops with wilted arugula and mint salad, smoked chili mango vinaigrette and fried cilantro tostone” ($11). I was not completely sure what it all was but it sounded interesting! We also ordered a joint Mural Room Salad of organic greens, sliced Anjou pear, beet chips, crumbled Feta and green apple vinaigrette ($8). Our meal decisions were complimented by a glass of Sauvignon Blanc ($7.75) for Sue and a Cabernet Sauvignon ($8.50) for me. With a tip, the total cost of our meal came to $54. It turned out to be a great experience and a nice way to wind down the ‘official’ end of our touring in Grand Teton NP, so we just took our time savouring the moment.
After spending the morning exploring the foothills of the Teton Range along the western side of Grand Teton National Park, it was just past noon by the time we had driven out the national park’s South Entrance and found ourselves in the town of Jackson. It is quite a pretty little spot nestled in the ski-hills surrounding it and with many of the rich and famous frequenting it as a get-away spot.
Favorite Dish: We found a street parking spot and got out to explore the downtown area on foot, from one end to the other. We found it to be an interesting tour, with nicely flowered streets and especially the many Elk-horn arch decorations in the town square. The afternoon sun was getting hot by the time we returned to near where we had parked so we decided to have a short outdoors break on the upper balcony of the Town Square Tavern as seen here. It was quite busy with patrons both inside and out, but we were lucky to find an empty table for two next to the wall on the upper deck (2nd photo). Neither of us were hungry or in a hurry, so Sue settled for a glass of cold Pinot Grigio ($6) while I had two glasses of Fat Tire beer ($4 each) as we lingered for quite a while. It was fun just sitting there enjoying our birds-eye view of a busy day in Jackson before heading north again for further explorations on the eastern side of Grand Teton NP.
Our first meal in Grand Teton National Park came at the end of our second day of touring Yellowstone NP, as we continued south and exited via the South Entrance for the 16 mile drive in Grand Teton NP to reach our pre-booked two-night stay at Jackson Lake Lodge. That evening was spent sitting at their outside Blue Heron Bar terrace with a fantastic view of the Teton Range mountains just across the lake. Other restaurants at Jackson Lake Lodge specializing in breakfast and fine dining could also be accessed off the main lobby of the Lodge, as seen in the 3rd photo.
Favorite Dish: On this evening, we kept things simple as we just went for two of their appetizers as we talked and enjoyed the ambiance of the setting, with Sue ordering a Rice Paper Vegetable and Herb wrap with mint-citrus soy dipping sauce ($6). I continued my seafood theme from the previous night in Gardiner, Montana, ordering Large Poached Prawns with cocktail sauce and grilled lemon ($7). Both meals were delicious as we shared them, while enjoying a glass ($8.50) of wine each in such a peaceful setting. While we sat there discussing our trip to-date, the weather put on quite a show as a rain squall battled with the peaks on the other side of Jackson Lake.
National Parks were designed with accessibility and affordability in mind. These parks were thought to be great getaways for anyone that wanted to come and appreciate the many wonders of their country. Families were particular targets but anyone on a budget was taken into consideration. One of the great ways to save some money and enjoy more of the great nature you came all this way to see, is the picnic. Picnics are by nature fun. All you need is a nice place to have one and when you are in the Grand Tetons, that is an easy thing to find. There are many scenic lakes and these make a perfect place to break out the supplies. The park provides tables anywhere that looks appropriate.
This spot was right on Jackson Lake with the Teton Range as its backdrop, we couldn't ask for much more.
Favorite Dish: Even though Grand Teton National Park is bear territory, there bears have not resorted to breaking into cars like in Yosemite. While you still have to be careful and should never leave your cooler unattended, you can keep food in your car, out of sight. We generally never took our cooler out, only grabbing what we needed for a particular meal. Cheese is great fodder as it keeps long in a cooler and if you can't find good bread, opt for a whole grain cracker like Wasa Bread. Pick up a six-pack of local beer like the great ones from Snake River Brewing and you're set. Enjoy.
We celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary while visiting the Grand Teton National Park and this restaurant was certainly a wonderful place to celebrate in some style. And although we had to wait for the window seat I thought I'd pre-booked, it was well worth it. We ate our meal while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the Teton Range - a wonderful setting for a special evening.
The service was very friendly and just the right amount of efficient - I really hate to be rushed when the food is good, and it was very good.
The restaurant is named after the eye-catching Rendezvous Murals painted by the late 20th century master Carl Roters, which cover nearly 80 feet of the interior walls opposite the windows. These illustrate scenes from the historic 19 th century fur trading period in Jackson Hole and famous mountain-men who first explored this region, and well-worth a look if you can tear your eyes away from the view outside. An illustrated sheet explaining the murals marks each place-setting and can be taken away as a souvenir.
Favorite Dish: Everything was excellent! I had crab cakes to start with, followed by some of the best lamb chops I've eaten anywhere, while my husband enjoyed his gazpacho (beautifully presented in a stemmed glass - see photo) and a large New York steak with mustard mash. The desserts looked really delicious too, but we were just too full to find out for sure.
With drinks (a half bottle of Californian bubbly and a glass each of good red wine) and service the meal cost $130, which I reckon was good value for the quality.
A further neat touch was the butter pat shaped like a moose! Oh and by the way, you really should make a reservation - people were having to wait several hours for a table if they hadn't, or to give up and go to the grill instead.
We ate lunch at this cute little Mexician Cantina. The atmosphere was great and it wasn't that busy when we were there. Like usual Mexican resturants, you get chips/salsa before the meal.
I ate: Veggie Wrap (big portion)
Husband: Chicken quesadillas
I bought a yellow t-shirt with the Merry Piglets design on the back.
Favorite Dish: Margaritas
Although these resturants are not located inside the park, I wanted to add them here as well. All the resturants we ate at are located in Jackson, WY, unless stated otherwise.
My in-laws were in Wyoming the week before us. We ate dinner at this resturant the day we arrived and the night before they departed.They ate here twice before we came because they loved the food.
The food was good! The service left alot to be desired...I think they were short staffed that night. Kinda pricey as well...
I ate: Penne pasta-basil, pine nuts, tomatoes/ garlic bread
Husband: Country fried steak
In-laws:Pecan crusted trout with mashed potatoes
Favorite Dish: Bread basket-
We had a brownie sundae- which wasn't the greatest... a little dried out.
We had a really satisfying breakfast one morning before heading out to Grand Teton NP. The service was great and the atmosphere was friendly. The quality of food for the low price was the best advantage.
I ate: Breakfast burrito with egg,cheese,sourcream, and salsa- great hot chocolate!
husband:Country fried steak with side of eggs-hash - coffee
Favorite Dish: Hashbrowns were crisp.. and Sourdough bread toast
On our way out of Jackson WY, towards Yellowstone NP, we stopped at a little bagel shop. The shop was very cute and trendy. All the art work, done by locals I'm sure, revolved around a bagel.
I ate: Sun-dried Tomato-Olive oil bagel w/cucumbers, tomatoes, spouts; Sport Iced Tea
Husband: Everything bagel with plain cream cheese/ fruit cup; caffe latte
We ate at this cute little resturant located in Jackson, WY one night. The portions were pretty big.Desserts were good as well..
Husband: Pad Thai
Favorite Dish: Dessert... White Chocolate/ raspberry mousse pie