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

Afton

Fathom–461 Washington St. (Indian) Closed Sun.  Serves Indian food with steak, sandwiches and burgers for any in the party who would prefer American. Also has Filipino dishes, burrito (Mexican), grilled fish from the Caribbean, and Vietnamese stir fried shrimp. I’m not sure how good all of this is, but reviewers like the Indian food, Filipino pancit, and the mushroom and swiss burger. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Buffalo

Pie Zanos–17 N. Main St. (Pizza) Lunch Thu-Sun; dinner Thu-Sat (closed Mon-Wed).  Wood fired pizza, cooked the way it is supposed to be (according to reviewers). Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Virginian Restaurant–10 N. Main (American) Dinner only (closed Mon & Tue).  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. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Winchester Steakhouse–117 US Hwy 16 E. (Steaks) Dinner only (closed Mon).  Sirloin, prime rib, chicken pot pie. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Casper

Don Juan–144 S. Center St. (Mexican) Open 11 am to 8 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). Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

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). Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

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). Map (Dining room is open 7-27-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 7-27-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 7-27-21)

Steaks: Locals (on the City-Data web site) say Fire Rock is the best, but it’s high priced (Map). Silver Fox is also very good, and lower priced (but Yelp gives it a slightly lower rating) (Map). Both places also serve chicken. (8-16-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 7-27-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Destination Taiwan–2634 Dell Range Blvd. (Taiwanese) Lunch only (closed Mon-Wed).  A small takeout place that specializes in bubble tea, steamed buns, and other authentic dishes. Map (Takeout only but has a picnic table 11-6-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

Luxury Diner–1401 W. Lincolnway (American) Open daily (breakfast & lunch only).  Normal diner food, but also has good quality New Mexico style dishes with Hatch green chile. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

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. Map

Chugwater

Stampede Saloon and Eatery–417 1st St. (American) Open Wed-Sun (closes 3 pm on Sun).  I would call it a tourist trap with live shows and a gift shop, but reviewers have good words for the food and drink (it is also a saloon). Chicken fried steak is the most popular item. Map (Dining room is open 9-17-21)

Cody

2 Mules Chuckwagon–720 Sheridan Ave. (American) Tue and Sat nights throughout the summer.  This is a re-creation of the chuckwagon food experienced by the cowboys on the cattle trail from Texas to Wyoming of the 1880’s into the early 1900’s. Has been upgraded from the original food with the addition of steaks and blackberry cobbler, but the beans and biscuits are from the original recipes. Located at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and diners go outdoors to the campfire to eat.Reservations are required. Map (Available in summer only 11-6-21)

Thai Thai–1452 Sheridan Ave. (Thai) Closed Wed (and closed from 3 to 4:30 pm).  I replaced China Town with this as an Asian choice because it looks as if it has better food. Curries all look very good from the photos. Map (Dining room is open 6-20-21)

Wy Thai–1928 Big Horn Ave. (Thai) Open 11 am to 7 pm (closed Sat & Sun).  Seems to have very good food, but is served from a portable building and is take-out only unless you sit at one of the two picnic tables they have. Map (Takeout only 11-6-21)

Zapata’s–1362 Sheridan Ave. (Mexican) Lunch Fri-Sun; dinner Tue-Sun. Some say it has New Mexico style green chile, and anything with this is reportedly good. I do not see from the photos, though, that it is NM style food. Bad reviews for the rice and beans, and overall people are only moderately impressed with the food. (Other Mexican restaurants in town only get moderately good reviews). Map (Dining room is open 6-20-21)

Note: Steaks seem like a logical choice in Wyoming and the most popular place in town is the Cody Steak House. Reviews, though, indicate that the steak is good but not great. The other steak place in town, The Cody Cattle Company, includes a show and has an all you can eat dinner–sounds like a tourist trap although this doesn’t mean the steaks are not good (6-20-21).

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

The Depot–100 Walnut St. (Steakhouse) Closed Sun & Mon.  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. Map (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

Dubois

Cowboy Cafe–115 E. Ram Horn (American) Open 7 am to 9 pm (closed Wed).  Breakfast, house reuben, fish & chips, buffalo burger, chicken fried steak, and pies are recommended. Some say this is one of the best restaurants in Wyoming. Map (Dining room is open 9-17-21)

Evanston

Jalisco–197 Bear River Dr. (Mexican) Closed Sun. Reviewers say the food is good and authentic. Has aguas frescas. Map (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

Jody’s Diner–260 Bear River Dr. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (dinner Fri-Sun).  Many think this is the best food in town. Most popular food is breakfast & chicken fried steak. Map (Dining room is open 8-11-21)

Gillette

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

Greybull

Lisa’s–200 Greybull Ave. (American) Closed Sun.  Small town cafe that has upscale food (steak, pork shank with plum sauce, etc.) and more modest food (burger, Indian taco, etc.) but reviewers say all of it is good. Jane & Michael Stern put it on their list of “The One Must-Eat Food in Every State” with its corned beef hash (made with brisket, biscuits & gravy), puff scrambles (eggs in a pastry with Indian fry bread on the side), breakfast Charlotta (tortilla with eggs and chile), huevos rancheros, pancakes, and french toast. Reviewers say you may have to wait longer than normal (this quality of food takes a while to prepare). Restaurant has food in the cowboy theme (featured in the Conde Nast article in the “Sources” section at the bottom of this page) as well as Mexican and Native American cuisine. Note: Breakfast is served in summer only. Map (Dining room is open 12-6-21)

Guernsey

Twisters–84 N. Wyoming Ave. (American) Breakfast & lunch daily; dinner Wed-Fri.  Has a variety of sandwiches, burgers, dinner plates, and breakfast items. Brisket, cheeseburger, and pie are recommended. Some say don’t stop unless you have some time (service is sometimes slow). Map (Dining room is open 9-17-21)

Hartville

Miners and Stockmen’s Steakhouse–608 Main St. (Steakhouse) Dinner only (open Thu-Sun only).  Reviewers say it has very good steak and salad, but sides are just OK. About 15 mi. e. of IH-25 on US 26, then about 5 mi. n. on SH 270. Map (Dining room is open 9-17-21)

Hawk Springs

The Emporium–225 US 85 (American) Open 10:30 am to 9 pm (closed Sun evening & Mon).  Mostly downscale (and gets good reviews). The specialty, though, is the prime rib. Map (Dining room is open 9-17-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

Jackson

Cafe Genevieve–135 E. Broadway Ave. (New American) Open daily 8 am to 3 pm (opens at 7 am in summer). Very popular restaurant, good variety of food, prices are low for the area. Breakfast, in particular, has good reviews. Map (Dining room is open 11-29-21)

Figs–120 Glenwood St. (Lebanese) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5:30 pm).  This is elevated Lebanese food that is pricey but reviewers say it is a special experience. Some say this may be the best falafel and hummus in the U.S. I think the lunch menu looks reasonable, especially for food that is this good. Dinner menu looks like it is out of my price range with some items using New Zealand lamb and similar types of meat. Even at dinner, though, I would say the falafel is affordable. Map (Dining room is open 12-6-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Teton Thai–7342 Granite Loop Rd. Teton Village (Thai) Open noon to 8:30 pm (closed Sun). Solid Thai that makes it “Thai hot” if you want. Map (Dining room is open 12-6-21)

Thai Plate–145 Greenwood St. (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. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

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). Map (Temporarily closed 11-29-21)
  • Gun Barrel–Steaks & game.  Popular with kids because of the western decor. Map (Dining room is open 11-29-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 11-29-21)

J’s Prairie Rose–410 S. 2nd St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (Fri open to 7 pm; 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. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Jeffrey’s Bistro–123 E. Ivinson St. (American) Closed Sun & Mon.  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. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe–213 S. 1st St. (American) Closed Sun & Mon. Vegetarian rest. with food that is said to be very good. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 11-29-21)

Rawlins

Anong’s Thai–210 5th St. (Thai) Closed Sun (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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

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 seemed to be about $30 in 2019. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

Rock Springs

Remedies–409 Broadway St. (Burgers) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Gourmet style burgers with good sides, desserts, etc. Reviews are very good. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Siam King–1679 Sunset Dr. (Thai) Open Daily.  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). Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

Lollypops–107 E. Bridge Ave. (Sandwiches) Closed Wed.  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. Google Maps says it is open until 5 pm but one reviewer said they close at 4 pm. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Sheridan

Cowboy Cafe–138 N. Main St. (American) Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (open daily).  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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

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). Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

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. Map (Dining room is open 11-6-21)

Note: The Silver Spur (Map) is a popular “old style” restaurant in town (you can get items such as chicken fried steak for breakfast). Cowboy Cafe (Map) seems to be better for those who want breakfast without cigarette smoke (I don’t know if some of the other restaurant still allow smoking). For more choices there is Wagon Box Inn in Story (Map), but some say it has changed owners and may not be as good as previously.

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). (May be closed but I don’t have enough info 8-16-21)

Thayne

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. Map (Dining room is open 8-16-21)

Wheatland

Western Sky’s Family Diner–86 16th St. (American) Open 6 am to 8 pm daily.  Good reviews, but the best item to me looks like the breakfast burrito with green chile. Map (Dining room is open 9-17-21)

Wilson

Nora’s Fish Creek Inn–5600 SH 22 (American) Web site says 6:30 am to 2 pm M-F and 6:30 to 1:30 Sat & Sun (but they serve a limited Apps & dinner menu in afternoon & early evening).  The restaurant was founded in order to give customers a taste of breakfast “they recall from so many years ago.” Huevos rancheros and biscuits and gravy are popular items, but they also have “local” item such as sourdough pancakes. Has excellent reviews, and is a winner of the James Beard Award. Map (Dining room is open 8-26-22)

Persephone Westbank–3445 N. Pines Way (Sandwiches) Open daily 7 am to 3 pm.  This looks like a good choice in an area of mostly overprices and low rated tourist-trap restaurants. They bake their own bread, with the sandwich fillings being the other part that reviewers like. Pastries are also popular, and seem to be the main reason people come here. Map (Dining room is open 12-6-21)

Yellowstone National Park

Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room–1 Grand Loop Rd. Tower Junction (American) Closed in winter.  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. Map (Dining room is open 7-27-21)


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James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

The following are locally owned restaurants that are distinguished by their timeless appeal, and which serve quality food that represents the character of their communities:

  • Wilson: Nora’s Fish Creek Inn–5600 WY-22

Note About “50 States, 50 Dishes” (Condé Nast)

Condé Nast published an article on Jul. 3, 2018 using various sources to compile a “list of the dishes that capture the hearts, souls, and (oh, yes) stomachs of these 50 states (plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico), and where you should order them.” For Wyoming it was bison steak—locally raised and generally leaner and more flavorful than beef.  The editors recommend Local Restaurant & Bar in Jackson as a good place to try a buffalo ribeye or Persephone Bakery for a veggie bowl with bison sausage.

Note About “50 States, 50 Cuisines” (Condé Nast)

Condé Nast published an article on Sep. 14, 2020 explaining how they set out to go beyond a previous article that had identified the signature dish for each state, and to find food that goes beyond the classics and “to highlight a cuisine worth traveling to each state for, much of which you truly can’t get anywhere else.” For Wyoming it was Chuckwagon Cuisine, and they said you can go to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody for a dutch oven supper from an original 1902 chuckwagon, including an award winning recipe for trail beans that dates back to the 1860’s. (The company putting on the dinner is 2 Mules Chuckwagon).


Sources:

James Beard Foundation (America’s Classics Award Winners)

Chowhound (former web site)

City-Data (Casper)

City-Data (Cheyenne)

Condé Nast Traveler “50 States, 50 Cuisines: The Food Worth Traveling For in Every State”

Condé Nast Traveler, “50 States, 50 Dishes: America’s Favorite Foods and Where to Get Them”

Dine Rank

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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