I honestly don’t know what I expected when I got to Wyoming, but the food scene far surpassed my presumptions. Nearly every meal we went out for was a memorable one in some way. Below are a few of my favorite food spots near Jackson Hole.

Mangy Moose

If you’re looking for a casual place in the village that serves breakfast lunch and dinner, look no further. The Mangy Moose has different atmospheres depending on the part of the restaurant you are in. The lower floor houses the breakfast/cafe area. They offer a wide variety of breakfast options like oatmeal, eggs, toast, hash browns, sausage, bacon, pancakes, French toast, açaí bowls, parfaits. The breakfast food is pretty classic diner-style. I tried the açaí bowl with Greek yogurt and granola; it was huge, delicious, and filling. My family also seemed satisfied with their meals. My mom got steal-cut oatmeal, my dad ate an omelette, Katie chose avocado toast, and Mac selected a breakfast combo with eggs, bacon, and hash browns.

The upstairs of the Mangy Moose branches into a saloon. The lunch menu was equally appealing when my mom, sister, and I ate there. They had a large selection of sandwiches and salads. We all ordered The Hayshaker sandwiches that contained avocado, sprouts, tomato, white cheddar, lettuce, and onion on whole grain bread; they were wonderful. Katie and I also got root beer that did not disappoint. To learn more about them and check out their menu, visit their website: http://www.mangymoose.com.

Lotus Cafe

If you are in the mood for a more upscale feel and beautiful, aesthetic decor, Lotus Cafe fits the bill. The prices range toward the mid to expensive side, but I would argue that the quality of the organic food is worth the extra money. First of all, their menu is extensive and they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most appealing to me were their smoothie options since I’m a sucker for a good smoothie bowl. We went to Lotus one day for lunch and all of us left extremely satisfied. I ordered pad thai; the service was relatively quick and my dish ended up tasting fresh and light. My brother decided to try a burger with bacon and caramelized onions, blue cheese, tomato, and lettuce. Now he has had a lot of burgers in his life and his exact words were: “this may be the best burger I’ve ever had.” My father got a teriyaki bowl and he was equally satisfied with his meal. The decor of the place is very clean and crisp. The brick walls are painted white and the color scheme was simplistic pastels paired with white and black. The light fixtures were particularly striking to me because of their size and shape. To learn more about Lotus check them out at: https://theorganiclotus.com.

Streetfood @ The Stagecoach

For a super casual, family-friendly vibe, The Stagecoach bar in Wilson, Wyoming has wonderful street style food for very cheap. For less than $10 you can get anything from gyros to tacos to farmer’s salads and po-boys. I got an arugula salad with lemon dressing and cheese. It all tasted fresh and came out within 10 minutes of us ordering. Check them out at: http://www.streetfoodjh.com.

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