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Trip to Yellowstone and Teton National ParksAuthor: Terry Marsh
Date of Trip: May 2007
Rental Car and Airport:
I have nothing bad to say about Salt Lake City's Airport. It was clean and the staff was friendly and efficient. I do think I would be remiss if I did not give you a tip of travel right here. When you are getting ready to travel, make sure you do not leave home with a driver's license or passport that is going to expire while you are away. While on the trip to Yellowstone, my sister's driver's license expired on her birthday and I did not think security was going to let her get through the airport. Now this is STUPID to me. One day she is an honest, law abiding citizen and the next day her license expires and she is a criminal?? A terrorist?? Give me a break. The way the American Airlines Representative and the way the airport security treated her was inexcusable.
We rented the Navigator through Hertz. The line to get the car was long and moved slowly. I could not believe our luck that we got in line behind the 10 or 12 people in the country who have never rented a car before and had to have every thing explained to them. This was a minor mistake on our part because I am a member of Hertz Gold Club which has your car waiting for you when you get there. You literally get off the plane, get your luggage and walk right to your waiting car. Only thing is, we didn't think of this and my partner booked the rental car this time, not me, so it was not waiting for us like it would have been
Silver Dollar Bar and Grill - This was the first place we ate after arriving in Teton Village. Silver Dollar is actually in Jackson right in the middle of all the shops, restaurants, etc. The only reason I would recommend anyone going there would be if they were looking for good soup. We all started with the corn chowder and I have to say it was probably the best I have ever had. Other than that, the food was horrible and expensive. I would list out every thing we all had, however I don't believe anyone liked theirs, so let's just say, if it isn't soup, don't order it at the Silver Dollar.
Teton Steak House - We ate here for breakfast one morning. They have a breakfast buffet for $5.95, all you care to eat. I am not big on breakfast buffets; however this one was very good. It is small but very well stocked. Great biscuits and gravy and delicious fresh fruit. We kept saying we wanted to go back to have dinner here, but just ran out of time. If you like breakfast buffets, I really think you will like Teton Steak House.
The Virginian - We ate breakfast here two or three mornings and I have to say, probably the best breakfast I have had in a LONG time. The first morning I got their typical breakfast. You know.. eggs, bacon, biscuits, etc. My biggest complaint about this place is they only have sausage gravy, and I do not like sausage gravy. I will not hold that against them however because every where we went only had sausage gravy, except Teton Steak House. The rest of the mornings that we ate there I got their "build you own omelet", and I have to say, except for one I had in Cancun, Mexico, it was the best omelet I have ever had.
Merry Piglets Mexican Café - Please let me say this. I am from Texas, born and raised. I thought the only good Tex Mex you could get was in Texas. The Merry Piglets Mexican Café changed my mind about that. We ate here a couple of nights. The staff was very friendly (the first waitress that helped us happened to be originally from Texas). Here again, I will not make a huge list of food that was good because literally every one of us enjoyed what we ordered. I hate this about myself, but I am a creature of habit. So let me just say this… I had their Chili Relleno my fist time there and had it every time afterwards. DELICIOUS. DO NOT go to Jackson and not eat here at least once.
Mangy Moose - When you look at their menu, you will think it's very pricey. However if you do not mind sharing, their portions are HUGE. Easily enough for two. My partner ordered their Mesquite Grilled Pork Chops which are topped with a maple au-jus and grilled apple compote. I swear it had to be 2 to 3 lbs of pork chops. Literally two big 1 inch thick pork chops. As delicious as he said they were, he could only eat one. I had their Wedge Salad (always one of my favorites). For my main course I had sautéed mushrooms and grilled asparagus and a baked potato. I just did not feel like meat that night. My memory is that the pork chops were around $18 or $19 dollars, which I do not feel is THAT extreme, however like I say, if you don't mind sharing a plate, very reasonable.
Alpenrose - Let me just say this.. OH MY GOD. This place was SOOOOOOOO good. Again, pricey (it was a little over $100.00 for the two of us), but SO worth it. This place also offer's half portions on their entrée's so you can go a lesser expensive route. I had their appetizer that was like sautéed polenta triangles with asparagus tips, goat cheese, walnuts, etc. I absolutely can not tell you how delicious this was. I literally could have had that for an appetizer and another order of it for my dinner.
Yellowstone National Park - We ate three times at the little grills they have through out the park. My take on them was they were crowded and had bad food. They are very reasonable, but poor service, bad food, etc. The only one that was enjoyable was the one at Fort Yellowstone. Very clean, nice staff, food was ok, but they have an ice cream counter there.. YUMMMMM.
Old Faithful Inn - There was a cafeteria here that was REALLY good. I'm sorry I don't remember the name of it, but there couldn't be too many cafeterias at Old Faithful. They had like four or five stations within the cafeteria to choose food from. One was a typical cafeteria style food, turkey and dressing w/cranberry sauce, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, etc. A barbeque station and a couple of other different types of food to choose from. I had the turkey and dressing and it was very good. You could sit and eat and watch Old Faithful. Wish we had found this place before we waited an hour outside for Old Faithful to go off. If you are at Old Faithful and you are hungry, I recommend this place.
Over all, if you can just snack and wait until you are back out of the park to eat a meal that is what I would do. There is a hotel, Hotel on Lake Yellowstone; I believe is the name of it. Beautiful hotel, and I heard several people say the food was delicious. Wish I had gotten to try it.
West Yellowstone, MT:
Three Bear Restaurant - We ate here twice. Once for dinner and once for breakfast. Dinner was delicious. We both had the filet of beef and both enjoyed it. I don't remember how much it was for dinner, but was not too expensive. Maybe $25.00 to $30.00 a person and for filet of beef, salad and soup, baked potato and rolls, I don't think that is too bad. Now… breakfast. I don't honestly know how a restaurant can mess up breakfast. Isn't breakfast the easiest meal to cook? Most people who can't cook a thing can cook breakfast. My first biggest complaint was their Jelly. I ordered toast instead of a biscuit because they only had sausage gravy. When they brought me the toast, it was then I realized they only had two flavors of those little jelly packet plastic tub things to choose from. Apple Jelly and Mixed Fruit Jelly. No grape, no strawberry, etc. Now what got me about that was not so much that they only had two types of jelly to choose from .. but when I asked about it, they literally looked at me like I was crazy for asking for grape or strawberry, etc. Mixed Fruit Jelly??? I have never heard of that in my life. Dinner, ok, but breakfast, you are better going to MacDonald's.
Timberline Café - When you read on their menu "homemade pies", they mean it. We had the coconut and the chocolate pies. Literally as good as my Mom made, and she made the best pies. My only complaint about their pies… they ran out of them too quickly. We went back the next day to get a piece of pie to go and they were out of the chocolate. I do not eat a lot of sweets, but I promise you, I literally think I could have eaten a whole chocolate pie myself. The night we actually ate dinner there, we asked to buy a whole pie. Most places that serve pie will charge you so much per piece, but then will sell you a whole pie for a reasonable price. Not this place. If they charge you $3.50 for a piece of pie, then you pay $28.00 for the whole pie. Is it worth it? Try a piece of the pie, and then tell me. As far as the rest of their food, they had a great salad bar and the soup I choose from the salad bar was Cabbage and Ham soup. Salad bar and soup were fantastic. The main course I had was HORRIBLE. I ordered chicken fried steak. It was so gross I literally could not eat a full bite of it. So if you go to Timberline Café, stick with the salad and soup bar and their pies.
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