Obviously, I take food very seriously. Most of the time, it is because living a healthy lifestyle is important to me and I want to make sure that I'm getting the proper fuel to make me feel my best.
But then there is vacation......and vacation, for me, is a time to try new foods and really make the most of the experience.
I spent months and months looking over menus and trying to decide my plan of action. All of the restaurants served elk, bison, salmon, and trout and I wanted to make sure that I chose the best dish at each place. The good news is that we pretty much all like the same things ( except my Dad is allergic to salmon) so we were able to share at most places.
Mom made sure to get reservations in advance for the places that required them.
Our first night's meal was spent in none other than The Old Faithful Inn Dining Room.
Side note: I tend to get carried away with eating while on vacation so I tried to be mindful and just eat what I needed to be full while still getting to try a little of everything. Mom felt the same way... which was good... because we ended up sharing some meals. Plus the restaurants served smaller portions than what we are used to in the South. There were only two nights that I went a little crazy. And every night ended in dessert.
And here is why.....
The Yellowstone Sundae!
I am not joking when I say that I have found my new favorite dessert! The base of it is huckleberry ice cream. Huckleberry! <- the most delicious berry on the planet. Unfortunately, it is only in Montana and Wyoming. It is a cross between a blueberry and a blackberry and just had the most amazing taste. The sundae consisted of the ice cream + a warm berry crumble cake + a fresh berry topping + whipped cream.
And unfortunately, in my excitement, I mainly just got a picture of the whipped cream.
Every single night ( except for the Cowboy cookout and our last night) we had huckleberry ice cream. Either by itself or in sundae form.
( We also bought huckleberry in forms of taffy, jam, and chocolate covered. I believe my Dad was truly sick of us talking about it so much!)
The Bear Pit. ( I can't find a link to it). It is located next to the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room and is more like a bar and grill type of place. We had been out exploring ALL day and just needed a place to eat that was fast and didn't require a reservation. Because I was so in love with The Inn, I asked that we go back and eat there.
We were so famished at this point that we didn't even take pictures of the food. I got an amazing wild mushroom flatbread that had mushrooms on it the size of my head ( that's possibly an exaggeration). It was just so good! Mom got chicken lettuce wraps ( delish!) and for some reason I cannot remember what my Dad got... but we all shared sweet potato fries.
Then we walked next door to the Dining Room and asked if we could order dessert to go. Which they gladly did. Huckleberry ice cream for Mom and me... and butter pecan for Dad. We ate it in the lobby around the beautiful fire place.
This restaurant was in Grand Teton National Park. Our plans to go canoeing got rained out so the restaurant changed our reservations to 5:30pm so we could eat and get back on the road to Yellowstone. ( Plus, we needed to make it back to the hotel in time to get our ice cream!)
The restaurant was very upscale and beautifully decorated. One entire side was all windows so you could see the Grand Tetons while you were eating your meal. It was gorgeous.
I also have to say "thank goodness" that the staffs also didn't seem to mind how rowdy we were. Funny stories and loud laughter ( mainly from Dad) seemed to echo throughout the restaurants. Dad even was laughing so hard at a story he was telling that he blew out our candle... which our server had to come and relight.
Like I always say.... A meal with the Switzers is ALWAYS a good ( but loud) time.
Scallops and Shrimp in a truffle butter sauce...
Every thing was delicious and you really can't beat eating next to this view....
We also ordered our own meals here. Mom and I had the salmon and snow pea pasta dish.
Mine was so delicious! It had a dill and lemon dressing that I must recreate at home. Kev would love it.
And, of course, I finished my meal with the Yellowstone Sundae.
The Cowboy Cookout.
I will devote a separate post to that because it was an adventure all on it's own.
The Lake Lodge Cafeteria.
Mom made it even better and got us chairs on the porch so we could enjoy the view and the weather during our meal!
The ice cream shop was closed by the time we wanted dessert. So we settled for popcorn in front of the fireplace and a million pieces of Huckleberry taffy.
As far as our other meals... breakfasts and lunches....
Our breakfasts were eaten in the room. Fresh fruit and granola bars. Plus coffee for me.
And lunches were spent outside... whenever and wherever we felt like eating. We purchased sandwiches each morning from the hotel deli and packed our own snacks like nuts and chips.
The Cowboy Cookout!