Our Favorite Places to Eat in Star ValleyPublished: January 24, 2019
There's nothing quite like discovering a new favorite restaurant. Sure, we all have a special place in our hearts for a tried and true chain or two, but there's something rewarding about trying a new place and loving every bite. And if it has charm and character found nowhere else, all the better. (Logos at bottom in gallery).
We've put together a sampling of some of our favorite spots to eat in Star Valley. But you don't have to take our word for it – each of these eateries has received glowing reviews. Whether you're just passing through, new to the area or simply a curious Star Valley native, you're sure to find a favorite or two of your own on our list.
Red Baron Drive-In – American; Fast food – $
838 S. Washington St. | Afton, WY 83110 – (307) 885-8624
“Such an iconic Star Valley ice cream and burger joint! Car hop too!” – Google review
If you're lucky enough to be in Star Valley during Red Baron Drive-In's open season (roughly April through September), you have to give this fun, old-fashioned burger joint a try. Whether you experience it in traditional car hop fashion or opt to dine-in, you'll receive friendly service that makes you feel like family. Favorite menu items include the pastrami burger, chicken Malibu, tater tots and onion rings – and don't forget the fresh raspberry shake!
Rocky Mountain Seafood – Seafood – $$
492 S. Washington St. | Afton, WY 83110 – (307) 885-2722
“Holy cow! I don't know how on earth this place could offer such good seafood in a landlocked state. It is amazing.” – Google review.
We know what you're thinking: “Great seafood…in the Rockies?!” But as this reviewer and plenty of others like him can attest, Rocky Mountain Seafood is truly a treasure. The seafood is flown in and served fresh daily. Diners can't get enough of the halibut, cod, salmon and the shrimp bread. And for the picky eaters in your party, there's the “Fish Haters” menu. If you're in the mood to cook, fresh seafood is also available for purchase to prepare at home.
Juan's House of Tacos – Mexican – $$
477 N. Main St. | Thayne, WY 83127 – (307) 883-TACO (8226)
“Have driven an hour out of my way to go to Juan's before. It is the place I tell everyone about. If you're anywhere close I recommend it!” – Google review
Have a hankering for authentic, homemade, Mexican food? Then Juan's House of Tacos is well worth a visit. The restaurant is family-owned, which you can feel in the warm, personalized service you receive. It's not unusual to be served by Juan himself! This award-winning restaurant is known for its delicious, flavorful dishes like the enchiladas, chimichanga, gorditas and – of course – tacos. And, if you happen to try Juan's on a Friday, be sure to order the “Pastel de Tres Leches” – you won't be disappointed!
Wagon Wheel Cafe – American; Breakfast/Lunch – $
100 Wright St. | Thayne, WY 83127 – (307) 883-5770
“Simple food, done exceptionally.” – Yelp review
A hearty breakfast is a must if you're gearing up for a day of adventure. Open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week, Wagon Wheel Café has got you covered. The breakfast menu, off of which you can order all day, features the traditional fare like omelets, country fried steak and plate-sized pancakes. Not in the mood for breakfast? Wagon Wheel also serves delicious burgers and sandwiches, making it the perfect place to satisfy your comfort food craving!
Old Yellowstone Garage – American; Italian – $$$
115676 Hwy 89 | Alpine, WY 83128 – (307) 654-6941
“They have an incredible atmosphere. Great service. The food is out of this world amazing.” – Google review
If you're looking for a slightly more upscale dining experience in Star Valley, look no further than Old Yellowstone Garage (OYG) in Alpine. Set in former auto garage, it is a revival of a Wyoming original. But don't let its exterior fool you. Inside you'll find a cozy, intimate cabin setting, perfect for enjoying a delicious meal. Patrons rave about the rolls served with chive oil, as well as the Brussels sprouts, lasagna, and pork shank. OYG also boasts an extensive wine list and a menu of cocktails and non-alcoholic “mocktails.
Is your mouth watering yet? Check out one of these local favorites today!