The Jackson Hole Town Square is on every visitor’s to-do list—an honor that is well-deserved. In the shadow of the Cowboy Bar’s iconic neon sign, the elk antler arches provide a classic photo op and you can hop onto the horse-drawn stagecoach for an old-school jaunt around town. Lining Jackson’s most central location are some of its best shopping opportunities. Whatever you’re looking for from stunning mountain-inspired jewelry to distinctive artwork, Western-inspired toys to unique handmade treasures, the shopping scene on the square won’t disappoint. And when you’re ready for a break? The dining options for lunch in Jackson Hole are just as excellent.
1. Jackson Drug
This longtime Jackson Hole Town Square establishment first opened its doors a century ago in 1919 and moved to its current location in 1937. After changing hands a few times, it ultimately closed in 2001. However, in 2016, the great-grandaughters of the original owner reacquired the building, and like a phoenix from the ashes, Jackson Drug was born again. With a dedication to the character of the original soda fountain, the Gill sisters have made this a rustic, welcoming spot for lunch and sweet treats.
All of the menu’s beef burgers are from the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch and are served on a locally-made bun. Variations range from classic (melted American cheese) to astounding: the “Truck Driver” is served with two beef patties, American cheese, diced bacon and two fried eggs. Or if you’re really hungry, take a stab at “The Ralph.” It’s a 3-pound burger and a basket of fries. If you can polish it off solo in an hour, it’s free!
2. The Bunnery
Just a half-block north of the Jackson Hole Town Square, The Bunnery is a classic lunch locale. Opened more than 40 years ago in a historical cabin, the restaurant is proud to feature wholesome, from-scratch soups, sandwiches and salads. The atmosphere is casual and cozy and the service is always warm.
Standout lunchtime offerings include the Bunnery Bacon sandwich: a homemade mini-baguette with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, grilled onion and bleu cheese. Unique and satisfying, enjoy it with chips, or one of the restaurant’s bright seasonal salads. The Bunnery’s umbrella-shaded deck is the perfect spot to kick back and devour a sandwich and an ice-cold local microbrew beer.
3. Roadhouse Pub & Eatery
Perched across the street from the Square’s most famous elk antler arch, the Roadhouse Pub & Eatery is the ideal lunch locale for the beer aficionado. The newest location opened by the locally-operated Roadhouse Brewing Co., the restaurant has a relaxed brewery-style vibe. The menu includes everything from small nibbles to hearty meals; you’ll find something for every taste. Featuring local Bovine + Swine meat, try either the Kimchi Dog or the Bratwurst. The former is a beef hot dog that boasts a distinctly Korean flavor profile, topped with zingy kimchi, scallion and Gochujang aioli. The latter is Bovine + Swine’s garlic knackwurst, heaped with sauerkraut and stout mustard on a hoagie roll. Either one is a delicious and elevated spin on a classic, and complements any of the Roadhouse Brewing pints very nicely.
4. SUDA Izakaya Grill & Sushi
Located steps off the town square, SUDA Izakaya is a Japanese style bistro offering high-quality food and attentive service in a warm, inviting environment. For lunch, you’ll be guided to our 2nd floor where you’ll be seated in a bright dining room or on our balcony, ideal for an afternoon away from the bustling crowds. SUDA’s lunch menu features an array of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, bento boxes, and ramen. If you have places to be and a quick meal is on your agenda, then we suggest the Poke Bowl, Shoyu Ramen, or a sampling of our Daily Fish (Sashimi or Nigiri). For those seeking a more leisurely lunch, we recommend our Wakame Salad with an O’Hana Roll or the Karaage Bento (Japanese Fried Chicken lunch set) with a glass of wine, sake, or one of our specialty Japanese-inspired cocktails.
5. Silver Dollar Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for the most authentic old-school lunch spot, look no further than the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill in the iconic Wort Hotel. Truly a Jackson Hole Town Square tradition, the Silver Dollar has all the trappings of a Western watering hole. Named for the more than 4,000 Morgan Silver Dollar coins that are inlaid into the bar itself, the establishment has a long and colorful history. It’s a bustling spot, with indoor and outdoor seating, and friendly staff.
For a lunch that’s as unique as the setting, order the Elk Gyros with marinated elk tips, tzatziki, fresh lettuce, tomato and onion served on warm pita. It’s a unique fusion of international fare with deeply local flavor. And especially if the rest of your shopping is going to be done on foot, consider sipping a tangy bartender’s margarita alongside.
A block east of the square, tucked in the shade of towering cottonwoods, Persephone Bakery occupies one of Jackson’s historic buildings. The atmosphere is a unique balance of rustic and sophisticated; it’s a place that’s easy to pop in for a cup of coffee or to linger for a couple of hours enjoying a fresh-baked pastry and a novel. You’d be forgiven for forgetting that you’re just a stone’s throw from the Wild West and imagining a Parisian vacation instead.
Though all of Persephone’s salads are excellent, the Vertical Harvest Panzanella is one not to miss. With locally-grown bumblebee tomatoes and greens, basil, fennel, pine nuts, crispy prosciutto and smoky chile vinaigrette, you might be tempted to lick the bowl clean. The elegant and approachable complexity of this fresh, bright salad will easily fuel the remainder of your shopping expedition.