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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Escape the Crowds in Teton Valley


2. Where to Eat

Forage highlights some of the best ingredients found in the region.  

Get a taste of Idaho at Forage, which sources meats, cheeses, and vegetables from area ranches and farms like Lava Lake Lamb. The small, eclectic menu features seasonal dishes like watermelon-and-cucumber salad ($8) and lamb meatloaf with mint chimichurri ($17), but slow-cooked bison short ribs with parsnips, arugula, and red peppers is the regulars’ favorite when it’s available.

Snack on small plates at the Sage Wine Café, like locally grown baked potatoes with all the usual toppings, including fresh chives from the herb garden. Save room for cold, local beers afterward at Grand Teton Brewing Company, where brewmasters craft seasonal releases using prized Idaho hops. Head to the pub and taste pints (from $5) of signature releases like amber-colored Teton Ale and bold-flavored Bitch Creek, both of which have won several national awards.

Have meat any way you like it at the Knotty Pine Supper Club, where the specialty is house-cured, hickory-smoked Kansas City–style baby back pork ribs, but you can also feast on double bison burgers and pasta served with buffalo-and-elk sausage. After dinner, dance to live music; depending on the night, the band could be playing bluegrass, hip-hop, or reggae.

Published on Jun 22, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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