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Trip report from Bologna, Pienza, and Rome

The pasta class did do me in...in a good way! :)

At any rate, the other restaurants we visited, I did not include, mostly because I don't remember the names. They would be someplace nearby sightseeing that we randomly stopped in, and truthfully, none of them were worth noting, so I didn't. I'm not intentionally holding out!

Aug 21, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Trip report from Bologna, Pienza, and Rome

We really enjoyed the class - I hope you will too! You can read about my experience in more detail on my Fodor's trip report:

http://www.fodors.com/community/europ...

Zucchini was in-season when we were there so that drove some of our choices. I would certainly try to take advantage of whatever is best in September. Otherwise, expect to get chatty with any others in your group, as well as the family...it will make the experience so much better. Have fun!

Aug 21, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Trip report from Bologna, Pienza, and Rome

Thanks for your always helpful insight, barberinibee.

To your points:

-I couldn't agree more on da Nello. Surely, there are better options, even on a Sunday. We would have been willing to take a cab somewhere, but when parsing through the glut of information on the internet, I really thought I was choosing a winner out of the Sunday option. I was mistaken. I think that it is hard to filter so many different points of view when you don't know the sources.

-You are correct, in that if you are in a hurry, you shouldn't fear being more aggressive in getting your check. We generally didn't mind waiting a bit; the only time it was problematic was at Latte di Luna when our waiter had actually gone home! So we did, in fact, wind up going to the register. You are right that we should have done it much sooner.

-I think that I might have given you the wrong impression on your last point. My main point regarding the "giant bowls of pasta" was more in regard to the style and presentation of food. We generally ate what I would consider comfort or traditional food which was certainly our choice, but finding ourselves in more modern restaurants near the end of the trip was a nice contrast. I don't mean to say that we didn't enjoy the more traditional style.

And I love pizza and pasta! We were in Italy for two weeks (including Venice where we ate in no notable restaurants, so I didn't write about it here), and ate pizza and pasta countless times. I only included the "name" restaurants that Chowhounders might be interested in (or that I bothered to note the name!). So while we certainly enjoyed a variety of dishes over the course of our trip, it was mostly Italian, so Indian was a nice change of pace at the end. This was especially true for us as we live in a tiny resort town that has no Indian restaurants...and it is one of our favorite cuisines.

No complaints - those were just our thoughts at the time!

Aug 20, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Trip report from Bologna, Pienza, and Rome

ROME:

On our first night, we had an 8PM dinner reservation at L’Osteria di Monteverde.

http://www.losteriadimonteverde.it/

We hopped on the tram, rode a few short stops to an outlying, decidedly non-touristy part of Trastevere, and got a little lost walking to the restaurant. Anyway, after a short detour, we found the restaurant…which was completely empty. We had tried to be locals with what we thought was a late reservation, but it definitely was not. It was also a Sunday, so my impression is that restaurants are generally less busy with many choosing to have family time at home.

Though the restaurant décor was pretty traditional, we were happy once we took a look at a menu. For the first time on our trip, we felt like we were somewhere with a more modern take on food. Not just giant bowls of pasta! As usual, we asked for recommendations and particularly at this place, I’m glad we did. We wound up getting dishes that I would not have ordered that turned out delicious. It was a great meal. Our amuse was a ricotta-filled zucchini blossom, which was fine. For our appetizer, we had beef tartare with onion slivers (it was on special) and it was amazing. We followed that with black ink squid ravioli with some type of fish filling, an incredible vegetable/phyllo-layered dish, and a potato-crusted bacala with a side of chicory. This was much more “high-end” food than we had eaten previously on the trip and we were in love. For dessert, we got tiramisu that was served in an adorable flip-top glass jar that my husband particularly enjoyed. He is the dessert man after all. With a bottle of red wine, a bottle of water, and the coperto, our total came to 71E. We did leave a small tip because we were so thrilled with the service and they did such a good job with the food recs.

After visiting the Vatican one day, we decided to walk over to the renowned Pizzarium for lunch.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

So glad we did! Pizzarium is actually pretty close to the Vatican entrance, but because we exited at St. Peter’s, we had to walk all the way back around which took 20 minutes or so. This pizza was easily the best of our trip. They serve all different kinds of rectangular pizza that are available at the counter. You indicate how wide of a slice you would like, and they cut and weigh it for you. We tried four different types and my husband got one craft beer (they had a great selection) – all for 16E. The pizza was truly out of this world. We loved the crust and the toppings were fresh and delicious. We had heard that this place could get pretty crowded, but we didn’t have too much trouble – perhaps the rain kept people away because there are no seats inside. We managed to find a place to stand outside and enjoy our meal. I would definitely recommend Pizzarium if you are in the area…and maybe even if you are not! Just be aware that it is an order-at-the-counter type of place and does not have sit-down tables.

That night was our big blowout dinner. We had considered Glass and Metamorfosi among others, but after much angst, we landed on Pipero al Rex, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Hotel Rex.

http://www.hotelrex.net/restaurant.htm

Oh. My. God.

It was mind-blowing amazing. While we are only in our 30s, we are fortunate to have eaten at so many excellent restaurants since we make this a priority when traveling. Daniel, Babbo, Momofuku, Komi, etc. So while we certainly haven’t eaten everywhere, you can take it for what you will when I say that this was easily one of the top dining experiences of my life (so far!). This was one of those times when everything just seemed to come together…the ambiance, the service, the food, the wine. With the prices that these restaurants are charging, it’s easy to have impossible-to-meet-expectations, but somehow, Pipero al Rex managed to fulfill on all accounts.

There are only six or seven tables in this chic, modern restaurant. Once again, we thought that we were being local by reserving at 9PM, but there was only one other table when we arrived. By 10PM, they were full. And some tables sat at 11PM…I don’t know who these people are that can sit down for a multi-course tasting menu at 11PM on a weeknight (and they all seemed Italian). Don’t they have to work? But hey, lucky them!

At any rate, when we sat down, we were greeted by Alessandro Pipero, the proprietor. He was so kind and welcoming, and didn’t seem to care at all that we were much younger than what appeared to be their typical patron. Zero pretentiousness. In fact, he took a great interest in learning where we found out about him (I told him Katie Parla, though we also read about it on Chowhound), and seemed thrilled that someone our age was so excited about food. He asked if we would like to see a menu or if we would just like him to bring us some food. I had read that we should just trust him, so we chose the latter. There is no official tasting menu; it’s just whatever they feel like I suppose! He did check to see if there was anything in particular that we didn’t like (we were game for anything), and I just requested that we definitely get the pasta carbonara because I had read so much about it. Then he asked about wine. My husband asked if he could do wine pairings and Alessandro said sure. At that point, I felt the need to mention that we were splurging on the food so needed to be more budget-minded on the wine. Alessandro said, “I tell you what. The food will be 100E per person, and the wine will be 25E per person.” I couldn’t believe it! The food prices we were expecting, but wine pairings for only 25E?! We happily agreed, though I figured we might have somewhat limited offerings. I could not have been more wrong.

They started us with a sparkling wine that was delicious. We were already so in love with Alessandro at that point, and things were just getting better and better. We had five or six amuses, each one a delight. And then six courses. I can’t remember them all but we started with duck tartare “tacos.” Who knew that raw fowl could be such a revelation? We had two pasta dishes, including the amazing carbonara, as well as one with roe among other things. There was a zucchini-something in there, as well as another course I can’t remember. I’m sorry; I’m a failure of a food writer. :) We were getting so full, and Alessandro asked us if we wanted a meat dish or if we were finished. We told him that we would like a tiny portion just to try it. We were so glad we did, because we had a succulent piece of pork tenderloin to finish off the savory courses. It really seemed like we could keep eating or stop whenever we wanted, even though we were working off a set price. (Okay, fine, it was a very expensive set price!) I remember thinking that each dish was so different and so wonderful. Oftentimes when you are doing a tasting menu, there are a few standout dishes, with a few “whatever”dishes, and a few letdowns. Not so in this case. We really enjoyed everything. And it was paced so well, which can be tricky for a multi-course tasting menu. The service was excellent in all regards.

The whole time, we were poured copious amounts of wines, trying several whites and reds. I’m sure we were not poured particularly expensive wines, but each one was fantastic, so we were in heaven. We finished off with three dessert courses, including the last plate of 5 different bites, one of which was the most incredible homemade marshmallow. At this point, we felt like we had gotten so much for our money that we were taking advantage of them! Even taking the expense into consideration. At 125E per person, it was worth every penny.

Restaurant scenes change quickly, but for now, I can’t recommend Pipero al Rex enough for someone who wants to blow their budget on a meal. I bet I will be looking for something that compares for years to come!

One night, we had no plans for dinner and didn’t feel like cooking but also wanted something totally different – we were getting pretty sick of pizza and pasta. So we found a nearby Indian restaurant named Jaipur on the internet, and it turned out to be just what we were looking for!

http://www.ristorantejaipur.com/

We ordered way too much of our typical Indian favorites and thought it was excellent. With one large Kingfisher beer, our bill came to 44E.

On our last night, we had an 8:30PM dinner reservation at Cesare al Casaletto.

http://www.parlafood.com/cesare-al-ca...

We took the #8 tram to the far reaches of Trastevere, and the restaurant was right next to the stop. When we arrived at the restaurant, it was already pretty full, including lots of families. This was clearly a locals’ neighborhood joint , and was the first time that we had really seen Roman families eating out. To start, we ordered a couple of the fritti that we had heard so much about. We got the fried gnocchi with cacio e pepe sauce, as well as the polpette di bollito (fried veal meatballs) with pesto. They were both delicious but were a little heavier than I might have liked. Of course, I ordered fried food so you would think I would be okay with it! Mostly, I think that these plates were clearly meant to be shared by more than two people, and instead of exhibiting some restraint, we ate way too much of our appetizers. We were stuffed before we even got our entrees! We ordered two entrees, including the bucatini al’amatriciana. I don’t remember the other entrée or side dish. With a bottle of wine, dessert and service, our total came to 74E. It was an enjoyable meal, but I think it would work better with a larger group, so that you could really sample the different fritti that they are known for, without either stuffing yourself to finish or wasting an abundance of food.

That's it! We had a lot of great meals in Italy and occasionally stumbled upon a few bad ones at nondescript places I don't remember the name of. But I know that we ate even better because of the helpful folks on Chowhound. So thank you!

Aug 20, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Trip report from Bologna, Pienza, and Rome

SOUTHERN TUSCANY:

On our first night in Pienza, I did some quick online research and decided that we should try Latte di Luna. We called and they didn’t have availability, so we settled on Trattoria da Fiorella instead.

http://www.trattoriadafiorella.it/

What a lucky break for us! This was one of the best meals of our trip. The restaurant was small and cozy. We ordered a carafe of house red that was excellent, as well as fantastic bruschetta. The dish that put the meal over-the-top was a risotto with in-season zucchini and pesto. That risotto lives in my memory and I will be trying to recreate it! We also enjoyed fried lamb chops, whole braised baby artichokes, and a side of white beans. Somewhere in there we ordered a second carafe of red wine, and finished things off with a panna cotta with raspberry topping and an espresso for my husband. Add a bottle of water and the coperto and it was only 60E! Amazing meal.

When wine tasting at Poggio Antico the next day, their restaurant was closed, so after the tasting we ended up having lunch at Il Leccio.

http://www.illeccio.net/

When we booked, I thought that the restaurant was in Montalcino, but it turned out to be located in the nearby town of Sant’Angelo In Colle. This brought our understanding of tiny hilltowns to a whole new level! The whole town was about 200 yards across. For lunch, we had tagliatelle with ragu, which was pretty good but didn’t compare to the ragu we made during our cooking class in Bologna! The ricotta-stuffed tortelloni with butter and sage was seriously lacking. But we did have a delicious salad with mixed greens, endive, artichoke hearts and pecorino. With one beer, one glass of wine, a bottle of water and the coperto, our total was 46E. Overall our meal was somewhat mediocre, but I would still recommend it because of the wonderful setting and the opportunity to set foot in a town that was much more off the beaten path.

On our last night in Pienza, we headed to dinner at Latte de Luna, where I was glad we had made a reservation a few days prior. The front patio is in full view of the main street, making it very popular.

http://www.portalepienza.it/Siti_comm...

The food was good, but wasn’t quite as memorable as our meal at Trattoria da Fiorella on our first night. We began with two pasta dishes, a cacio e pepe and a ragu. We followed that with their popular suckling pig which was excellent. We got two sides, but I didn’t take very good notes and don’t remember what they were! With dessert, a carafe of house red wine, a bottle of water, one espresso, and the coperto, the total was 53E. Not that our server was interested in letting us know. While we were used to waiting awhile for the check by this point in our trip, this time bordered on absurd. We mentioned it to a few people passing by, but after 30 minutes or more just hanging around (at least give me some more water or wine!), we went up to the front to ask for the check. At that point, the manager realized that we were tucked back in a room all by ourselves since the other tables had left, and I think that the server in that section had gone home. He was very apologetic and brought us complimentary limoncello which was a nice gesture.

Aug 20, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Trip report from Bologna, Pienza, and Rome

My husband and I traveled to Italy in April/May 2013, and used this forum quite a bit when choosing restaurants. So I thought I would report back on our experiences in the hopes of helping others. I posted a full trip report on Fodors, so I am just copying the restaurant reviews here.

BOLOGNA:

We visited the region because we love food. I did a lot of research and decided that I wanted to do a one-day cooking class and visit some of the factories that produce the famous local products. Once I found the class and tour I wanted to do, I decided it was best to base in Bologna for logistical reasons, even though I had heard that the restaurants in the city were past their heyday. Many say that you need to venture out of the city for the region’s best. I spent hours researching on Chowhound, Fodors, etc to choose restaurants, always knowing in the back of my mind that we shouldn’t necessarily expect mind-blowing meals.

Unfortunately, I was right.

Our first night was a Sunday, so it was difficult to find a restaurant open. But of the limited options, we settled on Ristorante da Nello al Montegrappa.

http://www.ristorantedanello.com

In my broken Italian, I told the host that we had an 8PM reservation (prenotazione was one of the 20 words I learned during the trip!). He offered us either outdoor or indoor seating, but since the weather was a little iffy, we sat inside. He led us downstairs into a brightly lit, but cozy room. We had a really fun waiter and with his help, ordered a bottle of red wine. It was delicious so our meal was off to a good start. Since we like to share everything, my husband ordered for both of us – polenta with mushrooms, lasagna verde, and veal Bolognese. My husband really confused the waiter and the waiter got the impression that we wanted everything at once, but really we would have preferred at least the polenta to come first. We learned that for future meals, we would just each order something and worry about sharing once it came to the table.

We received the food, and I would say that it was good. Totally fine. Just not “I specifically chose this destination to eat well” good. Again, I was glad that I had lowered my expectations a bit as far as the restaurants went because that allowed me to enjoy the meal without feeling disappointed. The mushrooms didn’t have as much flavor with the polenta as I would have liked, and the lasagna was a little too heavy without being heavenly. If I love something, I will find room in my stomach, and in this case, I was happy to take very reasonably-sized portions and leave it at that. We opted for the cheese plate for dessert which was quite good. With one espresso for my husband, a bottle of water, and the coperto, the cost was 75E.

Several nights later, we had a 9PM reservation at Da Gianni. I went around and around on this reservation, almost choosing Cesari or Serghei, but ending up here. I liked the dining room – smallish and rustic. The waiter helped us pick out a bottle of red wine (we always just ask for a recommendation whenever we eat out). We ordered tortellini in brodo and gnocchi with pomodoro sauce, and I enjoyed both. The pomodoro sauce was particularly good, showing off the fresh tomatoes. Craving something green, we got an insalata mista, which was standard. For the main course, we had braised (or roasted?) lamb, and it was excellent, falling off the bone and well-seasoned. The broccoli and potatoes that came with it were adequate. For dessert, we ate some type of chocolate mousse cake that was delicious. Overall, a very enjoyable meal. Not necessarily one for the record books, but quite good (and certainly much better than da Nello a few nights before). With a bottle of water and the coperto, our bill came to 80E.

Our food tour (www.italitandays.it) and cooking class (www.bluone.com) were phenomenal and we loved the city itself, so Bologna was a hit! Just be careful of your plan hinging on restaurant meals.

Aug 20, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Bologna Restaurants open on Sunday?

Thank you! It helps to get a variety of opinions...

Jan 06, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Bologna Restaurants open on Sunday?

Thank you so much! Wonderful information, and we are not at all opposed to a 15 minute cab ride. I will double check on Sunday openings.

Jan 03, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Bologna Restaurants open on Sunday?

Thank you! I did a Bologna search and am not sure how I missed that one.

Jan 03, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Bologna Restaurants open on Sunday?

My husband and I will be arriving in Bologna on a Sunday evening (from Venice in April) and would like to book a fabulous meal to kick off our food-focused days in Emilia Romagna. Restaurants that piqued my interest include Da Gianni and Trattoria Dal Bassianot, but both appear closed on Sunday night. (We will probably hit those another time during our 4 nights.)

Does anyone have a suggestion for a great meal on Sunday? We would prefer a sit-down restaurant emblematic of the region's cuisine, somewhat centrally located, though we would be willing to hop in a cab if needed (we are staying near Piazza Maggiore). Price is not particularly important, but I suppose we would want to keep it under 75E per person, since I know we will be asked!

Thanks for your help!

Jan 02, 2013
caze17 in Italy

Jackson hole Restaurant reco's needed - no meat please

It might be a little late, but in case it helps someone in the future...

I can't think of any restaurants in Teton Village that cater specifically to vegetarians (like, Lotus, for example in Jackson), but there are certainly options. Osteria has excellent pizza and pasta and other vegetarian dishes. All of the high-end restaurants should have at least one or two dishes that are veggie. Terra Cafe has good soup and salad options. The Village Cafe has a portabello burger and a hummus wrap. Those last two are "order at the counter" type of places. But despite being in Wyoming, you will find that the restaurants are used to catering to individual food preferences and won't stare at you asking what the hell a vegan is! Enjoy!

Dec 18, 2012
caze17 in Mountain States

Wine question for E by Jose Andres

Thanks! Maybe I won't save any money, but at least I will have something inventive and fun for me, instead of drinking water all night...

Mar 04, 2011
caze17 in Las Vegas

Wine question for E by Jose Andres

Do you have a number for them? I've seen the reservation email address but haven't found a #. Thanks!

Mar 04, 2011
caze17 in Las Vegas

Wine question for E by Jose Andres

Thanks so much! And obviously, my un-pregnant husband will be paying full boat...

Mar 03, 2011
caze17 in Las Vegas

Wine question for E by Jose Andres

I'm pregnant and heading to Vegas for a "babymoon" with my husband in May. So of course, I've hopped on Chowhound to see where the latest Chow spot in Vegas is...apparently that is e by Jose Andres. Sounds like an incredible and unforgettable experience. And way out of my budget, but trying to make it work.

At any rate, I normally would never do something as un-Chow-like as asking for special favors when a restaurant is clearly serving a set menu for a set price. But does anyone know if there are ever exceptions to being served wine/alcohol at a slightly lower price? Maybe then I can convince my husband that the cost is worth it!

Thanks!

Mar 03, 2011
caze17 in Las Vegas

Breakfast in Yellowstone

I can give some JH/Grand Teton recs...

Breakfast at Signal Mountain Lodge in GTNP is good, but kind of expensive for what it is since it's in the park itself.

In Jackson, my favorite breakfast burrito is at D.O.G. It's pretty much a to-go place, but there are a few tables outside in the summer. Greasy spoon joints include The Virginian and Bubba's. Cafe Genevieve has a good higher-end breakfast (think crab cake benedict) but it's a little pricier. I love the blintzes at the Wort Hotel. Cafe Boheme has good croissants and breakfast sandwiches. And Pearl Street Bagels for bagels and coffee.

Have a good trip!

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Cafe Genevieve
125 E Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

Pearl Street Bagels
145 W Pearl St, Jackson, WY 83001

Feb 27, 2011
caze17 in Mountain States

Jackson, WY --- Going Skiing (suprise) ----need list of good eateries ...PLEASE

I agree with Littleman's choices for more casual food. I will say that Backcountry Provisions just has sandwiches - it's a deli. I love it, but it's not a restaurant and I wouldn't have described it as comfort food.

Another not-so-expensive option, but that gives you a sit-down restaurant, is Cafe Genevieve. Definitely a comfort food place, in the cabin where Jedediah's used to be.

If you want any higher-end places, I'll suggest my usuals:
Snake River Grill, Koshu, Blu, Wild Sage at the Rusty Parrot Lodge, Osteria, Westbank Grill at Four Seasons

Have a good trip!

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Snake River Grill
On the Town Sq, Jackson, WY 83001

Backcountry Provisions
85 W Deloney Ave, Jackson, WY 83001

Koshu
PO Box 3766, Jackson, WY 83001

Wild Sage
175 N Jackson, Jackson, WY 83001

Cafe Genevieve
125 E Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

Jan 02, 2011
caze17 in Mountain States

Jackson, WY --- Going Skiing (suprise) ----need list of good eateries ...PLEASE

Unfortunately, Stiegler's closed earlier this year...sad to see an institution gone.

Jan 02, 2011
caze17 in Mountain States

Winemaker dinner in either New Orleans or Baton Rouge?

Thanks so much. Galatoire's Bistro is right near my parents' house and Juabn's is an old favorite so thanks for the suggestions. I just checked out their websites and they both appear to be doing this kind of thing. I'll give them a call to see if they have anything planned in the new year.

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Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Dec 10, 2010
caze17 in New Orleans

Winemaker dinner in either Baton Rouge or New Orleans?

I'm thinking of giving my parents the gift of a winemaker dinner for Christmas. I don't live in Louisiana anymore so I'm not up to speed on what may or may not be happening as far as wine dinners go.

I got the idea because where I live now, certain restaurants periodically host wine dinners, so I'm guessing that's happening around the country. Basically, a winemaker from some winery (usually domestic) visits the restaurant and a special multi-course meal with wine pairings is planned. That is the only thing available in the restaurant that night so all patrons are participating and the winemaker talks about each wine as it is served.

So...does anyone know of any restaurants in New Orleans or Baton Rouge that do events like this? Thanks for your help!

(I posted this on the NOLA board as well.)

Dec 10, 2010
caze17 in Central South

Winemaker dinner in either New Orleans or Baton Rouge?

I'm thinking of giving my parents the gift of a winemaker dinner for Christmas. I don't live in Louisiana anymore so I'm not up to speed on what may or may not be happening as far as wine dinners go.

Where I live, certain restaurants periodically host wine dinners. Basically, a winemaker from some winery (usually domestic) visits the restaurant and a special multi-course meal with wine pairings is planned. That is the only thing available in the restaurant that night so all patrons are participating and the winemaker talks about each wine as it is served.

So...does anyone know of any restaurants in New Orleans or Baton Rouge that do events like this? Thanks for your help!

Dec 09, 2010
caze17 in New Orleans

Need Feedback re: Jackson Hole Dining Itinerary

Looks like you have a pretty good itinerary planned. Just a few thoughts/suggestions:

-Are you skiing during the whole trip and hoping that all lunch options are convenient to the mountain? If so, Osteria is definitely convenient, but BCP and Amangani are highly inconvenient. But maybe you are taking a day or two off. Another great and relatively inexpensive place to eat for soups and sandwiches that is convenient to skiing - Terra Cafe - also in Hotel Terra (where Osteria is); it's an order-at-the-counter kind of place. I also like lunch at the Peak in the Four Seasons - the veal meatloaf sandwich is amazing! It is also very convenient to skiing and the menu is totally different from at night, so I wouldn't worry if you are also eating dinner there.

-The Amangani is an amazing hotel with amazing views. I can't remember if I've had lunch there, but I always enjoy dinner...even though the prices are pretty absurd. If you don't make it for lunch, you could get (somewhat inconvenient) pre-dinner cocktails.

-Your dinner options look good. Calico is not necessarily my favorite, but their pizzas are pretty good. It looks like you are leaning towards American on all of your dinners. If you want to throw in something a little different, you might try Koshu, Blu, or Sudachi. And if you are going for something really special, the Wild Sage at the Rusty Parrot Lodge is always a favorite. But again, what you have looks great; just depends on what you are looking for.

We've been getting pounded by snow, so the skiing should be great. Have a great trip! Let us know how it goes!

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Four Season's Restaurant
350 N Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901

Amangani
1535-N E Butte Rd, Jackson, WY 83001

Koshu
PO Box 3766, Jackson, WY 83001

Wild Sage
175 N Jackson, Jackson, WY 83001

Sudachi
3465 North Pines Way, Wilson, WY 83014

Nov 30, 2010
caze17 in Mountain States

Jackson Hole Food Review

Glad you had a good trip...and glad that you have good things to say about Jackson, as I certainly agree! And just so you don't worry, most of Atelier Ortega's business is catering, so they are doing just fine. They even made my wedding cake a few years ago!

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Atelier Ortega
150 Scott Ln, Jackson, WY 83001

Sep 23, 2010
caze17 in Mountain States

Jackson Hole Food Review

Search for Jackson Hole on the Mtn States board and you'll see numerous posts I've made with recs which might give you some good ideas, though many of them are steered more towards fine dining. I will say that you can wear jeans to any restaurant in Jackson, and I do, though sometimes it's only appropriate with dress jeans and heels (or dress shirt for guys). But since I'm guessing that you are going for a nice, but not-too-nice vibe, the Rendezvous Bistro ("the Bistro") sounds perfect. The atmosphere is very lively and it is definitely a locals' hotspot, though plenty of tourists eat there as well (which isn't a bad thing!). If you are coming at a busy time, definitely make a reservation. The food is generally good, though sometimes a little pricey for what it is, and I don't think the quality is on par with the restaurants that are just a little bit more expensive. That said, it is probably the restaurant I visit most frequently, if nothing else, for raw oysters and martinis! But yes, you should go there.
The Snake River Brewery ("the Brew Pub") is very casual and a lot of locals' go there. Pretty much what you'd expect from a brew pub; I like their thin-crust, personal-size pizzas.
Betty Rock Cafe is fabulous for lunch. They also have a pizza night on Thursday night that is a fun experience. $11 for all-you-can-eat interesting/gourmet varieties of pizza. $15 if you want to add salad. BYOB makes it even more affordable. But this is definitely a slow process. You pay and then sit at a table, and they bring around pizzas at a slow-ish pace offering you one slice at a time. But it's fun and delicious if you are prepared for the slow pace in the advance. And you will definitely get (very) full eventually.
Teton Thai is my fave and also BYOB, though they only have outdoor seating. Be prepared to wait, though you can drink your wine or beer while you wait.
Read my other posts about the Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse burger deal.
And Cafe Genevieve is good for dinner, along the same lines of fanciness as the Bistro.
Backcountry Provisions makes awesome sandwiches; get them to go and picnic on the Town Square if the weather's nice.
Have a good trip!

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Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse
25 N Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001

Teton Thai
135 N Cache Dr, Jackson, WY 83001

Rendezvous Bistro
Highway 89, Jackson, WY 83001

Backcountry Provisions
85 W Deloney Ave, Jackson, WY 83001

Snake River Brewery & Restaurant
PO Box 3317, Jackson, WY 83001

Betty Rock Cafe
325 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY 83001

Cafe Genevieve
125 E Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

Aug 25, 2010
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Jackson Hole Food Review

I should also point out that my comment on Cafe Genevieve is in reference to their breakfast only. I think their dinner is excellent and very reasonably priced.

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Cafe Genevieve
125 E Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

Aug 25, 2010
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Jackson Hole Food Review

Jedediah's is closed, except for the airport location, which certainly doesn't count!
Cafe Genevieve is good, but somewhat expensive for what it is and their portions are a little small for some's taste.
Greasy spoon breakfast is great at the Virginian (though the coffee leaves something to be desired). Bubba's is also a good greasy spoon. But these are both truly greasy spoons - giant portions of greasy food, which can definitely hit the spot, but nothing elegant. Nora's in Wilson is a big local's place; also kind of a greasy spoon but has excellent huevos rancheros. The Bunnery is fine, I suppose, though definitely overrun with tourists and I personally think the French Toast is way better at the Virg. But the Bunnery serves Starbucks coffee, which I think is a plus, though some will disagree.
Shades has a hippie-flair but has really good Eggs Benedict.
The Wort Hotel has excellent blintzes among other things.
If you're not in a hurry, Atelier Ortega (which is really a chocolate and pastry shop) has yummy crepes (savory and sweet) and breakfast sandwiches made on croissants. I'm sure you'll see no tourists here.
Across the street from Atelier Ortega is the Bread Basket, which is a French & Mexican bakery. It's only for takeout, but they do have delicious ham & cheese (and similar) croissants.
Pearl Street Bagels for bagels and coffee.
D.O.G. for amazing breakfast burritos - takeout only.

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The Bunnery Bakery & Restaurant
130 N Cache, Jackson, WY 83001

Cafe Genevieve
125 E Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

Aug 25, 2010
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Jackson Hole Food Review

I think so! Still have many of the original dishes, but also some new items as well.

Aug 25, 2010
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Casual Dinner in Jackson WY - with some specific questions

Saturday night in August means hordes of people everywhere, which may make it difficult to find a good place to eat with little or no wait. So some of these recs probably don't live up to my usual Chowhound standards...
If you just want some grub, something like Sidewinders or Snake River Brewery ("The Brew Pub") might be a good option, but those often have waits during peak summer season. They actually both have good pizza if you wanted to pick some up. Teton Thai is definitely my fave casual option, but there is only outdoor seating which won't work if the weather is bad, and they are notorious for their wait in the summer. However, you could call ahead (at least 30 min) when you land at the airport and call in takeout. Green Curry and Pad Thai are my favorites. The Silver Dollar Bar in the Wort Hotel might have less of a wait...again your basic burger grub. Cafe Genevieve is a new restaurant in Jackson, where I've had a couple of great dinners...it is more upscale than the others I mentioned, but not super fancy. All entrees are $20 or less, and especially because it is pretty new, they don't seem to have much of a wait (and you can also make a reservation there).
Sorry I can't think of any better options. Your parameters gave me some challenges!!

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Teton Thai
135 N Cache Dr, Jackson, WY 83001

Snake River Brewery & Restaurant
PO Box 3317, Jackson, WY 83001

Aug 12, 2010
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Jackson -- I need help in a hurry!

Might be too late for your trip, but my fave lunch spots are Betty Rock Cafe and Sweetwater. Backcountry Provisions makes incredible sandwiches. The Virginian has good greasy spoon breakfast. D.O.G. makes great breakfast burritos, but it's pickup only. Pearl Street Bagels is the popular bagel/coffee place in town, though if you are from NYC or similar, you will think they are not authentic.

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Sweetwater Restaurant
85 Kings Hwy, Jackson, WY 83001

Backcountry Provisions
85 W Deloney Ave, Jackson, WY 83001

Betty Rock Cafe
325 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY 83001

Aug 08, 2010
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Around the loop from Jackson to Yellowstone in July.

Rendezvous Bistro ("the Bistro") is definitely a locals' fave and has a great atmosphere. Most of their food is good, though their prices have steadily risen in the past five years and now seem a little too much for what it is. (Though they do have an excellent croque madame and other sandwiches that are very reasonably priced.) I'd still say that Snake River Grill's food is consistently better, but the Bistro has a more casual, fun atmosphere and definitely suits some people's tastes more than SRG. Just depends on what you are looking for!

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Snake River Grill
On the Town Sq, Jackson, WY 83001

Rendezvous Bistro
Highway 89, Jackson, WY 83001

Jul 13, 2010
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