One thing is certain in our house – we love to cook! For me, one of the best souvenirs from a trip to places near or far is the re-creation of a dish that I enjoyed during my travels. Occasionally, these may be something completely new to me, and other times, it is a reinvention of the familiar.
In Jackson, and other places out West, we encountered lots of familiar dishes made with either elk or bison meat. Of course we tried as many of these as we could find. The main difference with regular beef was a distinct game flavor in both meats. I guess that is to be expected. The best examples of both elk and bison were found at the Gun & Barrel in Jackson. This was a large restaurant filled with tourists, but it was a fun atmosphere with really good food. We enjoyed bison carpaccio and bison prime rib that night.
Another favorite meal was at Cafe Genevieve in downtown Jackson. We didn’t have any exotic meat during that meal, but the pig candy was a surprising treat. I also discovered the Snake River Brewing Hoback Hefeweizen (my favorite local brew of the trip).
I cannot say that we had a bad meal the entire time we were in Jackson. Everything was absolutely amazing. In addition to great food, we also popped in to a few of the local watering holes. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is located directly on the square and is an icon of Jackson. We had the Melvin Killer Bee brew and their in house brew while sitting on saddles for bar stools!
The Silver Dollar and the Virginian were two of our other favorites. The Silver Dollar is located in the Wort Hotel in downtown Jackson and has silver dollars (hence the name) covering the bar tops. It seems to be a lively place at night with live music offered on most nights. The Virginian is located on W. Broadway about a mile from the town square. Behind the bar, you will find these two big horn sheep fighting over a beer (or probably a girl…). This is another live music venue that is popular later in the evening.
But, one of our favorite spots was the No Name Saloon in Park City, Utah. We stayed in Park City the night before our flight home and stumbled upon this fun spot. And, as luck would have it, we finally found our perfect bison sliders. They were amazingly delicious. So much so that I have tried to recreate a version here – Bison Sliders.