Filipino Food in Oklahoma City

The Chowhound web site (chowhound.com) has been the source of much of my knowledge about food and restaurants, especially since it was one of the earliest restaurant related sites to come on line.  I think one of the classic discussions of all time was a topic on the Seattle Board in 2002 entitled “Is Filipino food embarassing?” (sic).  The original poster stated that the Filipino community was the number one ethnic minority in Seattle, yet there were very few Filipino restaurants (6 to be exact, three of which had the same owner).  The theory was not that people did not like Filipino food, but simply that it was not a priority for Filipino people to open this kind of restaurant (instead they were more likely to operate a Jewish deli or a burger stand).

A similar situation seems to exist in Oklahoma City and in other cities (I think the originator of the discussion on Chowhound believed that this was something that occurred nationwide).  There was an Italian restaurant in Oklahoma City (which is now closed) run by Filipino people that I thought did a good job with the Italian food, but of course it was one of many Italian restaurants in the city.  I support anyone operating any type of restaurant they wish, but I am a little perplexed as to why there are not more Filipino restaurants around the country.

Bhing’s Cafe on N. Meridian Ave. in Oklahoma City seemed to demonstrate that customers were willing to patronize a Filipino restaurant (although I honestly do not know how many customers they had and whether this had anything to do with the restaurant closing).  Evelyn’s Asian Table took over the spot of providing the only Filipino food in the city, but it is now closed as well.  All indications are that the lack of Filipino restaurants at present is not because of a lack of interest in this type of food, but I just do not have any information about whether these restaurants were profitable or not.

A number of Filipino cooking classes have been given over the past few years at the Rockwell Campus of the Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and this shows an interest in the cuisine as well.  I do not think that any type of cooking class would help me very much, but I am including this information for the benefit of readers who have better cooking skills.

There happens to be a Filipino dinner that will be served this weekend in Midwest City, called the “Spring Taste of Philippines,” sponsored by the Philippine-American Civic Organization.  Details are in the Oklahoma Gazette, Mar. 2, 2016 issue (and I think also on their web site).  The summary is:

Filipino dinner from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Sat. Mar. 12
Location: Nick Harroz Community Center, 200 N. Midwest Blvd., Midwest City, OK
Menu: Chicken afritada, pancit noodles, cassava cake

There will also be a bake sale and arts and crafts from 1-5 pm.

Except for these items I think a better title for the article would be “The Lack of Filipino Food in Oklahoma City.”  I hope this will not always be the case, though.

Update Apr. 23, 2016: There is good news to report.  Chibugan Filipino Restaurant at 4728 S.E. 29th St. in Del City is slated to open today, giving people a new place to try Filipino food.   This restaurant has been eagerly anticipated by many people who have missed this type of cuisine in Oklahoma City for several years since the closing of Bhing’s and Evelyn’s.

Also a note about the “Taste of the Philippines” dinners–for the past few years these have been scheduled twice a year (in the spring and fall), and have been at various locations throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

La Hacienda–El Paso, TX

La Hacienda (Closed)
1720 W. Paisano Dr.
El Paso, TX
La Hacienda

La Hacienda


La Hacienda was one of the most well known and popular restaurants in El Paso until it closed in 1996, and was known for literally being on the border, with the banks of the Rio Grande located just past the edge of the parking lot.

An article from the UTEP Encyclopedia outlines the history of La Hacienda, and how it was located in one of the oldest homes in El Paso.  In 1940 it was turned into La Hacienda Restaurant, and was operated by the original owner until he passed away in 1981.  The restaurant continued with the same food and the same employees until 1993 (1993-1996 was the first of several subsequent periods in which the food was changed).

The restaurant reopened after 1996, and had several reincarnations with different owners.  I visited La Hacienda in 2004, but the food bore little resemblance to what I had remembered.  I heard that the restaurant closed for good in 2007.

Amigos dinner salad

The dinner salad at Amigos is a larger version of the salad that came with La Hacienda’s lunch specials

I never wrote a formal review of the original La Hacienda restaurant, but it was known for its lunch specials.  I believe there were daily specials (as there are at Amigos today) as well as combination and specialty plates that were always served.  Freshly baked bread and a small but tasty soup and salad were served as appetizers.  The portions of food were not huge but they were just right for lunch.  The waiters had worked at the restaurant for their entire careers, and they knew the customers as well as knowing how to give the “old style” service that was the traditional Mexican style.  I usually tried to go about 11:00 am because the restaurant filled up fast.  The last tables at the end of the dining room had a view of Paisano Drive instead of the more tranquil view of the “Peace Grove” in front of the restaurant, but the service was good anywhere you sat.

La Hacienda from the Peace Grove

View of La Hacienda from the Peace Grove in 2006

I did not know until I talked to the people at Amigos that the recipes for the red enchiladas came from New Mexico, and this is why they were spicier than most others in El Paso.  Many dishes served on the daily specials seemed to come directly from Mexico, while other items such as the chile relleno, taco, rice, beans, and salsa were what I would call the iconic El Paso style.

Amigos Restaurant Combination Plate

The combination plate from Amigos continues the tradition of La Hacienda’s food

My review of La Hacienda from 2004 does not give a picture of the original restaurant, but it is part of La Hacienda’s history.


Review from my visit in 2004

I ate at the “old” Hacienda dozens of times before it changed management and the whole staff left to start Amigos Restaurant. The restaurant closed and then reopened in its current incarnation. I had heard many bad reviews that frankly scared me away, but I finally decided it give it a try.

My assessment is that it is neither as good as the people who like it a lot say, nor is it nearly as bad as the bad reviews would lead you to believe. In fact, the Chile Relleno is actually quite good. I say “chile” (singular) because one will just about fill you up. Although I don’t like the El Paso style of pouring ranchero sauce on top of it, this one actually has very good sauce (and cheese). Moreover, the egg batter was so good that it dominated the sauce, causing a really good balance of flavors. It was refreshing to have food that was hot enough to use the chips to cool it down a bit.

The Enchiladas were dark red, and although not the best in El Paso, were satisfying.

Probably the best part of going here is being in the historic building; it is almost like being in Santa Fe (actually you are a couple of hundred feet from Mexico).

The waitress I had was reviving something that is almost dead in El Paso–providing good service.

Normally I don’t care much for mariachi music but the band here is actually very good (and enjoyable).

Although I didn’t try the more expensive items on the menu, I suspect they are a lot better than the standard fare of tacos, enchiladas, etc.


Amigos Restaurant
2000 Montana Ave.
El Paso, TX
(915) 533-0155

Amigos started with almost the entire staff from the original La Hacienda, but on my last visit there were only two that were still there (and one of them only worked at lunch).  The food carries on the La Hacienda tradition, though, particularly on the lunch specials.  Amigos has added several authentic Mexican dishes, but some are served only occasionally as specials.

I think if you want to try the old food from La Hacienda it is best to ask the staff at Amigos what to order.  I don’t know if the rolls are still the same at lunch since the original source (La Ideal Bakery) is now closed, but I am sure they are staying as close to tradition as is practical and as customers still want to order.

Maggie’s Cafe–Bethany, OK

Maggie’s Cafe (Closed)
6315 N.W. 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK
Maggie's Cafe

Maggie’s Cafe

Date of Review: May 2011


Note: Maggie’s Cafe was my introduction to Polish food, and the more I ate there the more I wanted to try other things (but it closed shortly after I started going).  There were many positive reviews of it on the Internet, not from people who had a Polish background, but from people who just liked good food.  This “old” review of a closed restaurant may at least provide an introduction to the cuisine of Poland.


From the outside Maggie’s Cafe looks much like many other diners and small restaurants in the heartland, but even the large sign in front does not divulge what seems to be its best kept secret–that this is probably the only place in the OKC metro that serves Polish food. At least this was a secret to me until I first heard rumors about it and then found information on the Internet leading me to Maggie’s Cafe.

Maggie’s has the standard American menu found in many other restaurants, but I would say this type of home cooked style food is more common in Oklahoma’s small towns than in Oklahoma City. On my first visit it seemed as if they were doing a booming business in pork chops, but the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus all had their own most popular dishes (breakfast is only served until 11:30 a.m.).

When I first visited Maggie’s in the summer of 2010 the restaurant was open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, with a special Polish menu served on both days (the largest selection of items was on Friday night). Maggie’s is no longer open for dinner, but all of the Polish specialities are available at lunch (and I believe some are on the breakfast menu).

Cabbage rolls

Golabki, or Polish style cabbage rolls with sauerkraut and Polska salata

One thing I discovered about Polish food is that most of the items served look similar to German food, but they are prepared differently. For instance, the Golabki seemed similar to other cabbage rolls I have tried, with mushrooms and beef encased in cabbage leaves. It was not as highly seasoned, though, as many other cabbage rolls, and the tomato sauce on top gave more of a slight flavor to the rolls than a strong, overpowering one. These rolls were quite flavorful, but all the flavors were more subtle than I had expected. After several visits to Maggie’s Cafe, the cabbage rolls continue to be one of my favorite items.

The Sauerkraut was excellent, and was possibly the best I have tried in the OKC area (although I will have to reevaluate that after trying the one at Ingrid’s Pantry, which is also located in Bethany).

Polska Salatka, a Polish style potato salad, was a little different from most, with peas and carrots mixed in. It had a mustard base, and the potatoes were cut into such small pieces that they were not as predominant as is the case with many potato salads.

Mashed Potatoes that came with the dinner were kind of plain as far as flavor, but they were much like ones that would be served at home where each person can add their own salt or seasonings. Most lunch plates come with a side dish (as opposed to two sides that were served with the dinners), and I would say the mashed potatoes would probably not be my choice when only a single side dish was served.

Placki cyganskie

Placki cyganskie, or potato pancake with goulash

The Placki Cyganskie, or potato pancake with goulash, was the dish Maggie’s advertised as their specialty. While I thought the cabbage roll had a subtle flavor, the potato pancake to me was almost to the point of being bland. This does not mean, though, that I did not enjoy it. On the contrary, I thought this provided a good contrast to the goulash that was stuffed inside like a sandwich, with the pancake serving as a bread (and yes, it was cooked like a pancake that looked as if it came from a grill).

I do not think the Goulash is served separately, but if it were it would be one of my favorite dishes at Maggie’s. The gravy had a very good flavor and the chunks of meat were moist and flavorful.

Pierogi

Pierogi

Pierogi is the dish I have seen mentioned most often by other customers, and I definitely thought it was one of the best dishes served at Maggie’s. This was a fried dumpling with potato and cheese inside, with bacon on top. This description probably does not do it justice, though, because the flavor was quite strong and quite good. I would say the flavor came more from good cheese, fresh potatoes, and flavorful dumplings than from seasonings or other added ingredients. Of course the bacon also played a big part.

Pierogi and side dishes

Pierogi, sauerkraut, green beans, and cucumber salad

Mizeria, a Polish style cucumber salad, sounded more interesting than it turned out to be when I ordered it. I should state, though, that I generally do not care much for creamy dressings or sauces that are similar to the one used in this salad.

American vegetables are also served, of which I have found the Green Beans to be the best I have tried so far. These are cooked with bacon, but they bring bacon flavored green beans to a whole new level than I usually find in American food restaurants.

The American menu at Maggie’s is probably as extensive as at any other American restaurant in town, but based on what I have tried I would probably say it is better than most. The restaurant is small, but well decorated and comfortable. Polish main dishes or side dishes can be ordered along with the American food if customers just want to sample them.

The slices of cake served look more like about a sixth of a cake than the standard sized slice, and they look very good (but I have not tried them). There is really a lot at Maggie’s that I would still like to try.

 


RATING: 23

Cuisine: Polish & American
Cost: $$
Hours: Breakfast & lunch daily
Smoking: No smoking
Alcohol: No
Special Features: Serves breakfast

Most Recent Visit: May 10, 2011

Number of Visits: 6

Best Items: Golabki, Pierogi, Goulash, Sauerkraut, Green Beans

Special Ratings

star 5 Golabki
star 5 Pierogi
star 5 Placki Cyganskie
star 5 Sauerkraut
star 5 Green Beans
star 5 Polska Salatka
star 4 Mizeria

Restaurant Guide–Wyoming

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Afton

Trapper’s Steakhouse–355 S. Washington St. (Steakhouse) Fri & Sat only 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  Reviewers say this is a great find in a small town. Has steaks as well as other items such as pork chops. (3-11-19)

Buffalo

China Garden–386 N. Main  St. (Chinese) Closed Tue & Sat lunch. Apparently has both Chinese and Thai food, but reviews are not good for the Thai. Chinese food is American style, but not dumbed down in flavor (reviewers say it is better than the Chinese in Sheridan). (3-12-19)

Pie Zanos–17 N. Main St. (Pizza) Closed Tue & Sun lunch.  Wood fired pizza, cooked the way it is supposed to be (according to reviewers). (3-12-19)

Virginian Restaurant–10 N. Main (American).  At the Occidental Hotel.  Gets excellent reviews for steaks, game (elk, etc.), lamb chops, and other upscale food, but not by everyone. Some say Winchester is better and has better prices. People who like Virginian many times point to the seasoning they use here. (3-12-19)

Winchester Steakhouse–117 US Hwy 16 E. (Steaks) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Sirloin, prime rib, chicken pot pie. (3-12-19)

Casper

Don Juan–144 S. Center St. (Mexican) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun).  Guadalajara covers the “fancy” sit-down Mexican restaurants (although nothing in Wyoming is really that fancy), and Don Juan looks like a good choice for authentic hole in the wall eating. Posole, pork burrito with green chile, tamales are recommended (enchiladas and flautas are not recommended as much). (3-23-19)

Eggington’s–229 E. 2nd St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Breakfast is the most popular meal here. Traditional breakfast or burrito with green chile are recommended. Note: also has a restaurant in Edmond, OK. (3-23-19)

Guadalajara–3350 CY Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  I don’t rate this as being very authentic, but I do rate it as being very good. Chile is almost as good as in New Mexico. (Additional location in Cheyenne). (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Himalayan Indian Cuisine–232 E. 2nd St. (Himalayan) Closed Sun.  People say the Indian food is excellent. Also serves Nepalese food, and I think this should be good based on the care they take in preparing the food (but I can’t find any reviews for Nepalese). People say order from the menu instead of getting the buffet if you want the full Indian flavors, and especially if you like it spicy (the buffet is not spicy). (Takeout and delivery only 7-7-20)

Lime Leaf–845 E. 2nd St. (Vietnamese) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Good reviews. Vietnamese menu is limited but it is their specialty. Also serves American style Chinese food. (Takeout only 7-7-20)

Pho Saigon–2145 E. 12th St. (Vietnamese) Open 10 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Pho is highly rated here–almost everyone gets this instead of Chinese food (which they also offer). Vermicelli bowls also available (people say these are good too). I think this would be my first choice to try for Vietnamese food. (Takeout only 7-7-20)

Steaks: Locals (on the City-Data web site) say Fire Rock is the best, but it’s high priced. Silver Fox is also very good, and lower priced (but Yelp gives it a slightly lower rating). Both places also serve chicken. (3-23-19)

Cheyenne

Anong’s Thai–620 Central Ave. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm) and closes 7 pm on Sun.  A good choice for Asian food in Cheyenne. Curry, laap, papaya salad, and pad thai are recommended.  Also in Laramie and Rawlins. (Takeout only 7-7-20)

Bread Basket–1819 Maxwell Ave. (Sandwiches) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  Good sandwiches-home made bread & soup. Cookies and brownies are also very good. (1-19-19)

Destination Taiwan–2634 Dell Range Blvd. (Taiwanese) Closes at 6 pm (closed Mon & Tue).  A small restaurant that specializes in bubble tea, steamed buns, and other authentic dishes. (Dining room seems to be open 7-7-20)

Good Friends Chinese–507 E. Lincolnway (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Americanized Chinese food, but has a few good dishes that make it stand out from the other Chinese places in town, including Szechuan chicken, kung pao, and drunken noodles. (1-19-19)

Korean House–3219 Snyder Ave. (Korean) Open 11 am to 6 pm (closed Sat & Sun).  Possibly the most authentic Asian restaurant in Wyoming. In an old, mostly abandoned shopping center, but people say the food is excellent. (1-19-19)

Luxury Diner–1401 W. Lincolnway (American) Open daily 6 am to 3 pm.  Normal diner food, but also has good quality New Mexico style dishes with Hatch green chile. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Rodolfo’s–801 E. Lincolnway (Mexican) Open 24 hrs (at least the drive-through is open 24 hrs).  Breakfast is served all day. Authentic hole-in-the-wall Mexican food. Tacos and breakfast burritos are particularly popular. (1-19-19)

Other tip from City-Data:

  • The cafeteria and food court at the LCCC campus have good quality food at very good prices, but there is no service there (you have to bus your own table)–good place for people on a budget.

Cody

China Town–937 Sheridan Ave. (Chinese) Open daily (closes 8 pm in winter and 10 pm in summer).  Does not claim to serve traditional (authentic) Chinese food, but reviewers say the food is fresh and good tasting. Some have problems with the buffet, though (when food sometimes sits out too long). (3-11-19)

The Local–1134 13th St. (New American) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  This is a local farm to table restaurant with vegetarian options. Opens for coffee at 8:30 am and breakfast at 9:00 (this is one of their most popular times). Food is upscale but not to the point of being fine dining (and is not overly expensive). One of the dinner items is stuffed chicken breast on peas and garbanzos. (3-11-19)

Wy Thai–1928 Big Horn Ave. (Thai) Closes 7 pm (closed Sat & Sun).  More authentic than the Chinese restaurants in town, but is take-out only unless you sit at one of the two picnic tables they have. Note: Thai Thai is another Thai restaurant in Cody where there is indoor seating, but reviews are not as good as for this one. (3-11-19)

Zapata’s–1362 Sheridan Ave. (Mexican) Closed Tue & Wed. New Mexico style green chile, and anything with this is reportedly good. Bad reviews for the rice and beans, though, and overall people are only moderately impressed with the food. (Other Mexican restaurants in town only get moderately good reviews). (3-11-19)

Douglas

Sapporo–206 E. Walnut St. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Definitely a hidden gem with sushi that reviewers compare with what they get in Denver and other cities.  Has sushi, lunch hibachi, lunch bento boxes, and traditional Japanese dishes. (3-12-19)

The Depot–100 Walnut St. (Steakhouse) Closed Sun.  This is a down home steakhouse–has a large selection of other items (burgers, sandwiches, other main dishes, etc.). Many consider it to be the best restaurant in Douglas. (3-12-19)

Evanston

Indian Dhaba–267 Bear River Dr. (Indian) Open Daily.  Good food (according to reviews) served buffet style. Selection on the buffet is small, though, and vegetarian items are either limited or non-existent (but I think they must have some). (3-12-19)

Jalisco–197 Bear River Dr. (Mexican). Reviewers say the food is good and authentic. Has aguas frescas. (3-12-19)

Wonderful Inn–933 Front St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  American style, but solid flavor and quality. (3-12-19)

Gillette

Pho and Bakery 59–51 Town Center Dr. (Vietnamese) Open daily, including breakfast. Serves pho and other Vietnamese dishes, and apparently it’s very authentic. Selection is limited, though, by its location away from Asian markets. What they do serve, though, includes pho ga and vermicelli noodle bowls. (3-12-19)

The Coop–208 W. 2nd St. (American) Closed Sun.  Called “The Coop” because it is so small, but has a loyal following because of the rotisserie chicken, chicken pot pie, and other items. It’s also a good place for Mexican dishes such as chimichanga and quesadilla. (3-12-19)

Green River

Mi Casita–36 E. Flaming Gorge Way (Mexican) Closed Sun & Mon.  Chile verde (pork) has especially good reviews. Also serves Mexican style street tacos. (3-12-19)

Hudson

Svilar’s–173 S. Main St. (Steakhouse) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon). This is apparently one of the few steakhouses in Wyoming that has maintained a consistent quality over the years. Many do not like the sides, though (salad, rolls, etc.), and tobacco smoke is apparently a problem drifting in from the bar area. (3-12-19)

Jackson

Cafe Genevieve–135 E. Broadway Ave. (New American) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm (opens at 7 am in summer). Very popular restaurant, good variety of food, all entrees are $20 or less (although a whole fried chicken is $25). Breakfast, in particular, has good reviews. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Merry Piglets–160 N. Cache St. (Mexican) Open daily 11:30 am to 10 pm. Some reviewers say it is “authentic.” I think it is more likely just good quality food with bold flavors (which is good enough, even if it’s not authentic). Note: Fiesta looks better for tacos. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Teton Thai–7342 Granite Loop Rd. Teton Village (Thai) Closed Sun. Solid Thai that makes it “Thai hot” if you want. (Has a dining room and enclosed patio so I think this means there will be someplace to sit on site 7-7-20)

Thai Plate–135 N. Cache Dr. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say it is authentic and they haven’t met a dish here they didn’t like. They recommend a spice level no higher than 4. Is sometimes closed for extended periods during the winter. (Has patio dining available 7-7-20)

Upscale: Jackson is known for its $$$ or higher restaurants.  Some of the most popular are:

  • Glorietta Trattoria formerly Nani’s (Italian)Very good traditional Italian with handmade pasta. (I think it may be $$$ mainly because of the wine and not the food). (3-12-19)
  • Gun Barrel–Steaks & game.  Popular with kids because of the western decor. (3-12-19)
  • Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse–Locally sourced steaks, elk, and bison. May be the best in town for steak quality. (3-12-19)

Lander

Thai Chef–975 Lincoln St. (Thai).  All the curries and tom ga soup are recommended. (3-12-19)

Laramie

Anong’s Thai–101 E. Ivinson (Thai) Open Daily.  Masamam curry, yellow curry are good. Thai tea is very good. Some say avoid the noodle dishes. Also in Cheyenne and Rawlins, and they all have the same hours. (Takeout only 7-7-20)

Chuckwagon–1502 S. 3rd St. (American) Open daily 6:30 am to 7:30 pm (opens at 6:00 am on weekends).  Probably more typical of “Wyoming cuisine” than other restaurants on this list–serves steak, steak sandwich, biscuits and gravy.  Changed management in 2015, and now gets better reviews, partly because it has a more varied menu than before (has Italian food as well as breakfast burritos, among other things). (2-18-19)

J’s Prairie Rose–410 S. 2nd St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (Sun closes at noon).  Reviews indicate that this is Laramie’s best breakfast place. Pancakes, cinnamon rolls (or any baked item) are what many people like best. Has a breakfast burrito with green chile that looks good. (2-18-19)

Jeffrey’s Bistro–123 E. Ivinson St. (American) Closed Sun.  Large number of vegetarian dishes, but there are some meat items (such as chicken milanese and chicken pot pie). Food described as “yummy,” and they have some hard to find items such as black bean burgers. Prices seem to be higher than at Sweet Melissa’s Cafe, though. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe–213 S. 1st St. (American) Closed Sun. Vegetarian rest. with very good food. (2-18-19)

Thai Spice–204 S. 3rd St. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 4:30 pm weekdays).  Reviewers say it is spiced better than Anong’s and is more authentic. Stir fried dishes are especially good (eggplant, basil spiced chicken, etc). Some do not like the Thai tea, though, and they say the dumplings are better at Anong’s. (Takeout and delivery only 7-7-20)

Rawlins

Anong’s Thai–210 5th St. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Most reviewers like the food and say it has a Thai taste.  Many also say it is not spicy enough (so order it spicier than at other restaurants).  Also in Laramie and Cheyenne. (2-18-19)

Aspen House–316 5th St. (Steaks) Dinner only (open daily).  Reviewers say these are among the best steaks in Wyoming, but there are other things on the menu as well (mostly of the fine dining variety). I can’t find specific prices for the steaks but they seem to be about $30. (2-18-19)

Rock Springs

Remedies–409 Broadway St. (Burgers) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Gourmet style burgers with good sides, desserts, etc. Reviews are very good. (3-12-19)

Siam King–1679 Sunset Dr. (Thai).  Serves Thai, Chinese, and sushi. Probably curry is best. Reviews are less positive about the Chinese food, and say to definitely not order the sushi. (Wonderful House seems to be better for Chinese). (3-12-19)

Saratoga

Bella’s Bistro–218 N. 1st St. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Mon & Tue). Bruschetta, foccacia, creme brulee. This is apparently an upscale restaurant with very good food and “old world” type service. (3-12-19)

Lollypops–107 E. Bridge Ave. (Sandwiches) Open Daily.  This is a popular breakfast, sandwich, and light lunch place. It is best known, though, for its home made ice cream. Cappuccino ice cream is recommended. Also has their own blend of coffee and mocha, but the ice cream is the “must try” item. I’m not sure of the hours. Yelp says it is open until 8 pm but one reviewer said they close at 4 pm. (3-12-19)

Sheridan

Cowboy Cafe–138 N. Main St. (American) Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (I assume 7 days a week but I’m not sure).  American food that reviewers say tastes home made. Somewhat upscale–has buffalo burgers, roast beef sandwich, chicken fried steak, sandwiches, etc. Desserts are especially recommended. Reviewers say portions are big, and in Wyoming that probably means I would have to share it in order to eat it all. Also in Dubois and Riverton. (3-23-19)

Frackleton’s–55 N. Main St. (New American) Open daily except Sun evening.  Serves “yuppie” food like curried lamb kebabs, tuna poke with a wasabi drizzle, and a lot of other dishes that are not common in Wyoming restaurants. (Reviewers say they do all of this very well). (3-23-19)

Sapporo–1062 E. Brundage Ln. (Japanese) Open Daily.  A sushi and Japanese steakhouse restaurant is not usually my thing, but this restaurant seems to have far better reviews than any other Asian place in Sheridan. (3-23-19)

Note: The Silver Spur is a popular “old style” restaurant in town that allows smoking (you can get items such as chicken fried steak for breakfast). Cowboy Cafe seems to be better for those who want breakfast without cigarette smoke. For more choices some recommend going to Bozeman Trail Inn in Big Horn (buffalo and elk burgers) or The Hootin’ Owl in Ranchester (cafe). Reviewers say that Wagon Box Inn in Story has changed owners and is no longer worth the drive.

Shoshoni

Yellowstone Malt Shop–502 E. 2nd St. (Ice Cream).  Most people come for the malts and milk shakes (they also serve food such as burgers). (3-12-19)

Thayne

Dad’s Steakhouse–283 N. Main St. (Steakhouse) Open Daily. Prime rib with rock salt pack (Note: this dish is $$$). Steaks are good also, but most people recommend the prime rib. (3-12-19)

Juan’s House of Tacos–477 N. Main St. (Mexican) Closed Sun-Tue in winter, (I think closed Tue in summer). Authentic Mexican, with tacos, gorditas, sopes, barbacoa, horchata, and tres leches cake. You can ask for salsa with real heat. Almost everyone loves the food, and those who don’t are probably expecting American style combination plates. They do say to bring a jacket, though, because the building is not heated well. (3-12-19)

Yellowstone National Park

Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room–1 Grand Loop Rd. Tower Junction (American).  Reviewers say this is the best place in the park for breakfast or dinner.  Note: only open from early June to early Sep (check their web site for specific dates). Most all of the main dishes seem to be made with bison (Temporarily closed 7-7-20)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Wyoming)

City-Data (Casper)

City-Data (Cheyenne)

Google Maps

TripAdvisor (Jackson)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Destination Taiwan-Cheyenne)

Yelp (Wyoming)

Zomato (Jackson)