Restaurant Guide–Wyoming

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  • 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)

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