Monday, February 16, 2015

48th State: Stuffed

On our first night in town we ate at The Rose, known best for it's craft cocktails (not pictured). We learned on the second day we were here that there are 97 restaurants nestled in this town of less than 10,000 people which explains why I had such a hard time choosing where to eat. Although the lighting was not ideal for photos, the food was delicious -- I had the salmon on a bed of cheddar grits with steamed asparagus. For dessert we walked over to Local and ordered a takeout portion of bourbon chocolate mousse that was amazing and hard to share.
After our dog sledding adventure, which included lunch, we stopped by the cozy Persephone Bakery for a snack before our late Valentine's Dinner. Brian had a pot of tea and I had a delicious cappuccino and a heart-shaped cherry macaroon. We were there at closing time and they sent us home with four more on the house!
We dined at the Snake River Grill for Valentine's. The decor was rustic cowboy and a giant see-through fireplace sat in the middle of the room. The food and drinks did not disappoint. Counter-clockwise from top right: cocktails (left: Brown Derby - Woodford Reserve Bourbon, honey syrup, grapefruit, right: Trout Saddle - Stoli Citros, fresh orange, lime and cranberry juice), Branding Iron of Sweet Onion Rings which are green due to the batter including cilantro, poblano peppers and pesto, Tatsoi Lettuce Salad - cucumber, crispy lotus root, watermelon radish, and miso dressing, Fennel Crusted Ahi Tuna with avocado butter and citrus-endive salad, Pumpkin Pomegranate Porridge, and the Butterscotch Pudding with sea salt and vanilla caramel sauce. If you read through all of that, you are about as full as we were.
The next morning we headed to Nora's Fish Creek Inn for breakfast. This James Beard Award-winning restaurant was recommended to us by some people we met dog sledding and was also featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives last year. We both ordered the huevos rancheros and shared a giant blueberry pancake. Breakfast was served with locally roasted coffee from Snake River Roasting. 
Our final dinner in Jackson Hole was at Trio. I started off with a blood orange margarita and we shared the hamachi ceviche (which disappeared before I remembered to take a photo). For the main course, Brian had the wagu beef special and I had the lobster gnocchi. We topped off our calorie-laden weekend with the iron skillet smores, which was so amazing I forgot to stop after two bites. In all, it was a great end to the culinary vacation I was hoping for.

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