Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snake River Grill - Jackson, WY

SRG is likely one of the top 3 best restaurants in Jackson, especially in fine dinning category. But fine dining in Wyoming is a little different than Chicago, which is not a qualifier, just an observation/matter of fact. For starters, everything is more family/kid friendly in a ski/vacation/cowboy town than in big cities. Also, the decor is fantastic with elk horns, wooden beams and a large fire burning in the middle of the dining room. These are things you just don't find in the Midwest. Take a look for yourself.

Of course, what makes the place great is the food. Be prepared to spend a little coin, but you should know that just walking through the door. The group started with one of the more interesting appetizers you may ever encounter. It was an onion ring, but the ring was a green pepper, then everything fried. This gave the appearance of a green onion, when in fact it was a green pepper. Sounds crazy I'm sure, but it tastes great and gives an extra dimension to an otherwise boring dish.

I don't know if the picture does justice, but you can see the green.

For the main course I went with their version of a vegetarian lasagna. When I say their version I mean that they do lasagna with the cheese surrounding the goods, instead of all together. It is jam packed with fresh roasted veggies, including eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and something else I'm sure. There are thin layers of pasta, but they get kind of lost with the vegetables. That is all topped with a garlic bread crumb topping, then surrounded with a goat cream cheese. The picture will help.

Unfortunately I didn't love the dish, even though I sort of knew what I was getting myself into. I can't quite put my finger on what didn't work well but the experience was only OK. If you ate all of the goat cheese with the goods it probably would have been better, but I was trying to go healthy. The garlic topping didn't seem to add much to the flavor either. Maybe it was the actual vegetables not being seasoned well? Again, since there is a lot going on it's hard to pin point which aspect should be improved, I just know that I didn't want to finish the plate and that's a sign in my book.

I feel like a broken record because I'm going to say that I think the place is first rate while at the same time not love my entre. My cousin Andrea ordered a bunch of small plate vegetables such as brussels sprouts and tempura green beans. After she was done I nearly finished off both of them. The brussels were cooked to perfection, served with walnuts and plenty of garlic, olive oil or some other great seasoning. And not to be out done, the tempura green beans also hit the spot, albeit a less healthy one :) They were served with a sweet sriracha dipping sauce that hit the spot.

Again, although I did not order the best entre, the food and service at SRG is top notch. There were plenty of things to choose from on the menu and since 9 of the 10 people at table enjoyed their dish, I just goofed. If you're out in Jackson on vacation (or live there) and looking for something different (i.e. upscale), get a reservation to Snake River Grill.

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