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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Skip the Slopes in Jackson Hole

2. Where to Eat

At convivial the Local, the restaurant name is no misnomer: The steaks and charcuterie are butchered in-house and come from as near as just down the road.  

Start your day with French pastries and Intelligentsia coffee at Persephone Bakery, a cheery downtown café and larder. Savory breakfast options like a rabbit-sausage scramble ($11) and Brussels-sprout-and-sweet-potato hash ($5) offer a hearty start to the day; and at lunchtime, there are sandwiches on crusty baguettes (try the Schnitzelwich, $10) and fortifying salads, like quinoa and kale with sweet-potatoes, feta, and pumpkin seeds ($10). Stock up on snacks while you’re here: the larder offers stylish noshes like Mast Brothers chocolate, Noble maple syrup, and housemade granola, plus enamel mugs and color-blocked cutting boards.

Dig into the best steak in town at the Local. Don’t be put off by the sports-bar-esque ambiance: The meat here’s top-notch, all grass-fed, butchered in-house, and local (much of it comes from Lockhart Cattle Company, a few miles down the road). Try handcrafted charcuterie like duck prosciutto, pheasant and spicy elk sausages, and smoked trout (three for $10), then watch the game while sampling refined mountain cuisine like coffee-rubbed elk medallions with huckleberry demi-glace ($36) or Idaho trout with white-cheddar grits ($26).

Step back in time at the Indian, which draws its design inspiration from the British Colonial era—dark reclaimed-wood paneling, worn tomes by Brit essayists, and artifacts and curiosities from far-flung locales. The year-old sister restaurant to popular Teton Thai specializes in Indian-inspired curries like Utah lamb vindaloo ($22), or murg makhani ($18), “butter chicken” with honey, ginger, and cashews. The tangy, rich stews go well with a Tiger’s Milk cocktail ($10), blending almond milk, green cardamom, cane sugar, and whisky.

Published on Jan 29, 2015 as a web exclusive.