Microbrews and megaburritos have long dominated the food scenes of many mountain towns. But the proliferation of cocktail programs, boutique bakeries, and international cuisine in Jackson Hole is as thrilling as its Teton Range scenery.
By Elaine Glusac
The owners of perpetually jammed Persephone Bakery have branched out with Picnic, an equally popular café and bakery that presents an alternate choice for morning and midday meals. Among its breakfast offerings is avocado on inch-thick multigrain toast, and for lunch, there’s a succulent Cuban sandwich with locally raised pork and spicy peppers. 1110 Maple Way.
At the base of the ski resort, Old Yellowstone Garage is the reincarnation of a former Jackson classic that closed in 2007, when its owners moved away. Long-time chef Paulie O’Connor has returned to serve grilled shishito peppers with crème fraîche, bone-in steaks, and fresh house-made pastas – including his lauded lasagna – in a sleek space with a sophisticated après-ski bar. 3275 West Village Drive.
Reservations are a must at tiny King Sushi, tucked into a log cabin downtown. Sashimi enhanced by balsamic reductions, yuzu, and ponzu best captures the menu’s experimental exuberance. 75 South King Street.
The open hearth that greets diners at Glorietta underscores the Italian restaurant’s warm welcome. The cocktail list comes from NYC’s acclaimed Death & Co., but everything else showcases the bold in-house talents creating dishes such as white anchovy bruschetta and whole confit rabbit. 242 Glenwood Street.