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The Best Food and Drink in Wyoming
Wyoming is home to wide-open expanses, stunning natural beauty, world-class ski resorts, and plenty of big sky. When we think of Wyoming, however, we tend not to think of it as a great culinary destination. It’s certainly home to some great restaurants and bars, though, and we’ve rounded up 16 of the Cowboy State’s claims to culinary fame as part of our first annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.
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Best Bar: Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Jackson
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is as Wild West as it gets, complete with leather saddles atop their bar stools. The joint refers to itself as a “landmark watering hole,” which is hard to deny since you can’t miss the enormous glowing sign across the front of the building, topped with a neon cowboy riding a bucking bronco. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a giant grizzly bear before coming face to face with the largest selection of single-barrel Jack Daniel’s in the Northwest. The food at the attached steakhouse is great, and the live music is always entertaining, but there’s still nothing better than downing a drink at the bar of an old Western saloon — especially one that was the first in the state to receive a liquor license after the repeal of Prohibition.
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Best Chinese Restaurant: Good Friends, Cheyenne
Good Friends is a low-key, straight-ahead standard bearer of classic Chinese-American cuisine in Wyoming, the kind of place we all wish we had as a standby. Portions are large and prices are low, and regulars swear by the orange chicken, egg rolls, hot and spicy crispy beef, mu shu pork, and Sichuan shrimp. There are also a handful of Thai offerings for those looking for something a little different.
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Best Cupcakes: Alla Lala Cupcakes, Gillette
Alla Lala Cupcakes serves as Gillette, Wyoming’s only cupcakery… and any wannabe cupcake shop owners would likely have difficulty competing with the shop’s quality and variety. With an impressive menu of inventive flavor profiles — such as rhubarb basil cake, grasshopper, and brown sugar pecan — competitors would surely have their work cut out for them!
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Best Doughnuts: Cowboy Donuts, Rock Springs
Cowboy Donuts opened in 2011 when the local Wyoming doughnut scene wasn’t exactly booming. This Wild West-themed shop offers up to 40 different flavors every day, and we recommend you try one of the less ordinary creations like the turtle doughnut, which is coated in chocolate icing and decorated with caramel and candied pecans.
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Best Inexpensive Steakhouse: T-Joe’s Steakhouse & Saloon, Cheyenne
This Wild West-themed saloon, complete with swinging doors and mounted stag’s heads, is about as Wyoming as it gets. The menu is primarily comprised of bar food, sandwiches, and burgers, but its steaks and chops are beyond reproach. Slow-roasted prime rib costs $25, a 16-ounce rib-eye costs just $24, and a 14-ounce marinated rib-eye costs $22. All entrées come with your choice of two sides.
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Best Grocery Store: King Scoopers
Wyoming’s capital city hosts just a few grocery stores, but reviews on Google, Yelp, and Foursquare indicate that King Soopers reigns supreme. A local review on Foursquare said, “Easily the best quality and widest selection (and most affordable!) of organic veggies in Cheyenne!”
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Best Italian Restaurant: Bella Fuoco Wood Fired Pizza, Cheyenne
Bella Fuoco started as a food truck back in 2012, and two years ago owners John and Maria Kopper turned it into their dream restaurant in a house in historic Downtown Cheyenne. Today, they’re making fresh dough daily and turning out some astounding pizzas and breads in their old-school wood-fired oven. Try the weekly rotating chef’s special, design your own from 26 topping options, or try one of theirs, like the Veggie Galore, a red or white pie topped with onions, peppers, zucchini, olives, spinach, and mozzarella. There’s also a pleasing selection of appetizers, soups, salads, and a must-order weekly pasta special.
Best Mexican Restaurant: San Juan, Jackson
There’s actually no shortage of decent Mexican spots in Wyoming, and the best of all is San Juan, formerly known as Sanchez. Owners Maria and Rigoberto Sosa, who hail from Guerrero, Mexico, and purchased the restaurant from its previous owners in 2014 after working there for 12 years, transformed the space from a taqueria into a full-service Mexican restaurant, taking over the adjacent outdoor seating area and acquiring a liquor license. Peek into the kitchen and you’ll see the Sosas, turning out tacos, enchiladas, tortas, quesadillas, with a wide variety of fillings, based on their old family recipes.
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Most Expensive Restaurant: Piste Mountain Bistro, Jackson
You need to ride a gondola up to Piste Mountain Bistro in the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, but you’ll be glad you did if you can afford it. Start your meal with a $22 appetizer of Manila clams with pork sausage and green garlic, follow up with a $45 strip loin with oyster cream and root vegetables, and finish off with a $13 beetroot sponge cake.
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Best Pasta Dish: Squid Ink Chitarra at Glorietta Trattoria, Jackson Hole
A Jackson Hole must-visit inside the Anvil Hotel, the warm and welcoming Glorietta is turning out some spectacular grilled meats (cooked on a grill located right in the dining room) and homemade pastas. It’s the squid ink chitarra, with house-made squid ink spaghetti, that’s the real showstopper here. Tossed with perfectly cooked rock shrimp, salumi, citrus, mint, and toasted bread crumbs, it’s a unique and perfect arrangement of flavors, that wouldn’t be unwelcome at a standout restaurant in a much larger city.
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Best Sandwich: Egg Salad at Bread Basket Bakery, Cheyenne
The Bread Basket is Cheyenne’s most popular bakery, baking fresh bread, rolls, and muffins early every morning. The folks here know to keep it simple and let the bread speak for itself. While only a handful of simple sandwiches are available, they’re nothing short of ideal versions of classic lunchtime fare. The egg salad sandwich, for example, is as fresh as can get, and just about perfect.
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Best Soup: The Cheese Barrel, Casper
The Cheese Barrel is a Casper gem, serving breakfast and lunch fare like omelettes, biscuits and gravy, soups, sandwiches, and salads made from scratch with fresh ingredients. New England chowder and green chili are always available, but daily specials include potato soup, cheesy cauliflower, and cheese potato broccoli. Make sure you get some of their famous cheese bread on the side.
Best Steakhouse: Winchester Steak House, Buffalo
Located at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, this steakhouse looks like it could have been a set piece for a John Wayne movie. That said, it’s the best steakhouse you’ll encounter in the entire state, serving some of the best prime rib you’ll find anywhere, and it’s packed with locals most nights of the week. Steaks, which include New York strip, Prime sirloin, rib-eye, porterhouse, and fillet, are grilled over hardwood, and another favorite is pepper steak, chunks of grilled fillet with mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Nightly specials are also worth seeking out; their chicken pot pie, only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, is down-home perfection.
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Best Taco: Tacos El Taconazo’s Carne Asada, Cody
Named after “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the small town of Cody, Wyoming, located near the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park, probably isn’t a town you’d imagine as having a standout taquería. But that’s the great thing about great tacos: They tend to pop up where you least expect them. Case in point: Tacos El Taconazo. With a clean and inviting dining room, a friendly wait staff, and a surprisingly expansive menu, the restaurant specializes in made-to-order carne asada, served in a flour or corn tortilla and topped with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, and raw or grilled onions. For more states, check out our ultimate guide to the best food and drink in every state for 2018.