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

Zheng Zhong–355 S. Washington St. (Chinese).  Chinese and Thai restaurant.  Reviewers like everything, but a regular customer says the sesame chicken, orange chicken, and mongolian beef are best.  Menu is extensive, and there may be some more authentic dishes available (either Chinese or Thai). (4-9-16)

Buffalo

China Garden–386 N. Main  St. (Chinese) Open daily except 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). Open until 9:00 pm. (7-31-17)

Pie Zanos–17 N. Main St. (Pizza) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Wood fired pizza, cooked the way it is supposed to be (according to reviewers). (4-5-16)

Virginian Restaurant–10 N. Main (American).  At the Occidental Hotel.  Good place for steaks, game (elk, etc.), lamb chops, and other upscale food.  Some say the execution is not as good as at Winchester, though. (4-8-16)

Winchester Steakhouse–117 US Hwy 16 E. (Steaks) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Sirloin, prime rib, chicken pot pie. (4-5-16)

Casper

Arepa Barn–1040 N. Center St. (Venezuelan) Closed Sat; closed Sun evening.  Traditional Venezuelan style arepas in a casual atmosphere. (7-31-17)

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). (7-31-17)

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. (7-31-17)

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). (7-31-17)

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. (7-31-17)

Pho Saigon–2145 E. 12th St. (Vietnamese) Open 10 am to 9 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. (7-31-17)

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. (4-8-16)

Cheyenne

Anong’s Thai–620 Central Ave. (Thai) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  A good choice for Asian food in Cheyenne.  Curry, laap, papaya salad, and pad thai are recommended.  Also in Laramie and Rawlins. (4-8-16)

Bread Basket–1819 Maxwell Ave. (Sandwiches) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Good sandwiches-home made bread & soup.  Cookies and brownies are also very good. (4-5-16)

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. (4-8-16)

Korean House–3219 Snyder Ave. (Korean) Open 11 am to 8 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. (4-8-16)

Luxury Diner–1401 W. Lincolnway (American) Open daily 6 am to 4 pm.  Normal diner food, but also has good quality New Mexico style dishes with Hatch green chile. (4-5-16)

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. (4-5-16)

Other tips from City-Data:

  • Morris House at 2114 Warren Ave. is the most upscale restaurant in the city, but many say some less expensive places have better food.
  • 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.
  • Kabob King at 1439 Stillwater Ave. is a favorite with locals on City-Data, but Yelp indicates that it’s inconsistent (so may not be a good choice for travelers who will only eat there one time).

Cody

Irma Hotel–1192 Sheridan Ave. (American).  Also known as Buffalo Bill’s.  Restaurant in the historic Irma Hotel is probably the most popular place in Cody when figuring in both the food and the setting.  Has a buffet, but most popular menu items are steak, prime rib, and beef tips. (4-5-16)

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. (4-5-16)

Douglas

Clementine–1199 Mesa Dr. (Steakhouse).  Steak is an obvious choice in Wyoming, but this is one of the places with the highest reviews.  One reason is that they also have excellent chicken, Italian pasta, and other dishes.  Located at the east end of town just off Business Hwy. 20. (4-5-16)

Koop–108 N. 3rd St. (American) Breakfast & lunch with limited dinner hours.  Normally I don’t care for greasy spoon breakfasts, but this was so good I came back on my next trip to Wyoming. However, the tobacco smoke became too much, and I probably wouldn’t return unless they make the restaurant non-smoking. (4-5-16)

Sapporo–206 E. Walnut St. (Japanese).  Definitely a hidden gem with sushi that reviewers compare with what they get in Denver and other cities.  However, I’m not sure they have anything other than sushi. (4-5-16)

Evanston

Rancheritos–113 Front St. (Mexican).  Good food, large quantity, and cheap prices.  However, the really special dish here is the chile relleno. (4-5-16)

Wonderful Inn–933 Front St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  American style, but solid flavor and quality. (4-5-16)

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. (4-5-16)

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. (4-5-16)

Green River

Mi Casita–685 Uinta Dr. (Mexican).  Chile verde (pork) has especially good reviews.  Also serves Mexican style street tacos. (4-5-16)

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. (4-8-16)

Jackson

Cafe Genevieve–135 E. Broadway Ave. (New American) Open daily 8 am to 10 pm.  Very popular restaurant, good variety of food, all entrees are $20 or less. Breakfast, in particular, has good reviews. (4-9-16)

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). (4-9-16)

Sweetwater–85 King St. (New American) Open daily 11:30 am to 9:30 pm.  Fun restaurant in an old cabin. Restaurant is popular mainly because of the variety of food served (everyone can find something they like including vegetarians). I see few comments, though, about any dishes that people think are really great. (4-9-16)

Teton Thai–7342 Granite Loop Rd. (Thai) Open Daily.  Solid Thai that makes it “Thai hot” if you want. (Also has a smaller restaurant in town at 135 N. Cache Dr). (4-9-16)

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

  • Gun Barrel–Steaks & game.  Popular with kids because of the western decor. (4-9-16)
  • Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse–Locally sourced steaks, elk, and bison. May be the best in town for steak quality. (4-9-16)
  • Nani’s Cucina (Italian)Very good traditional Italian with handmade pasta. (I think it may be $$$ mainly because of the wine and not the food). (4-9-16)

Lander

Thai Chef–975 Lincoln St. (Thai).  All the curries and tom ga soup are recommended. (4-5-16)

Laramie

Anong’s Thai–101 E. Ivinson (Thai) Closed Sun.  Masamam curry, yellow curry. Thai tea is very good. (4-9-16)

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. (4-9-16)

Jeffrey’s Bistro–123 E. Ivinson St. (American) Closed Sun.  Most dishes are vegetarian, but there are some meat items.  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 Cafe, though. (4-9-16)

Sweet Melissa Cafe–213 S. 1st St. (American) Closed Sun. Vegetarian rest. with very good food. (4-9-16)

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. (4-9-16)

Rawlins

Anong’s Thai–210 5th St. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm)–may be closed Wed & Thu lunch, or this may be a misprint on Yelp.  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. (4-9-16)

Rock Springs

Siam King–1679 Sunset Dr. (Thai).  Serves Thai, Chinese, and other Asian cuisines.  It sounds good for this part of the country, but not like big city Thai.  Probably curry is best. (4-5-16)

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. (4-9-16)

Lollypops–107 E. Bridge Ave. (Sandwiches).  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. (4-9-16)

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. Also in Dubois and Riverton. (7-31-17)

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). (7-31-17)

Sapporo–1062 E. Brundage Ln. (Japanese).  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. (7-31-17)

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 the Wagon Box Inn in Story (steaks), Bozeman Trail Inn in Big Horn (buffalo and elk burgers), or The Hootin’ Owl in Ranchester (cafe).

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). (4-9-16)

Story

Wagon Box Inn–108 N. Piney Rd. (Steakhouse) Open Daily.  Some people from Sheridan say they go here for really good food. Prime rib is recommended by many. (7-31-17)

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. (4-9-16)

Juan’s House of Tacos–477 N. Main St. (Mexican) Closed Tue & Sun (according to Yelp, but they are definitely closed on Tue).  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. (4-9-16)

Yellowstone National Park

Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room–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). (4-9-16)

 

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)

TripAdvisor (Jackson)

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

Yelp (Wyoming)

Zomato (Jackson)

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