Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Cocktails & Dinner at Local
On our first in Jackson Hole, we decided to walk around the town square to see what we could find. Initially, I wanted to eat at the steakhouse at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar but we decided to go next door to Local Restaurant and Bar. I could see they were trendier and the feel of the place reminded me of restaurants in LA, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle– meaning, this seemed very farm to table with a matching drinks list. It is exactly the sort of restaurant I eat at all the time and I love it but I wanted something more “colorful” and “local” (note the lowercase L). They consider themselves a contemporary steakhouse. However, my friend and I weren’t that hungry and I thought a small bite would be fine. Later I regretted not having room to try more from the menu because I really enjoyed Local.
My friend tried out the Cucumber Collins. I was a bit surprised they used Prosecco to top off the drink when sparkling water or soda would do. But I do agree the fizzy Prosecco was very nice. I also liked the herbal quality to this drink from the lemongrass demerara syrup.
Cucumber Collins – Plymouth gin, cucumber, lime, lemongrass demerara syrup, Prosecco
Like me, my friend adores mussels. Though I tend to ignore them on the menu since it feels like everyone does them. I’m glad she got them because not only were there nice slices of sausages but shishito peppers! We also liked the bevy of heirloom tomatoes as well. All of that made a wonderful sauce for the mussels. We had to get some bread to sop up the broth.
The first couple of drinks on the menu sounded too sweet for me. I considered the Caprese, a take on the salad but in drink form with reduced balsamic reduction, lime, cacacha and basil. I ended up getting the Teton Derby since I was in a whiskey mood. It was a refreshing cocktail and went great with our dinner.
Teton Derby – Bulleit Frontier bourbon, Laird’s applejack, maple syrup, house-made ginger beer, grapefruit
Besides the mussels and several kinds of burgers, Local had Korean-style pork wraps, Philly cheesesteak, a hot dog and a duck confit salad on the bar menu. It was really different and I wondered how so many different things could work. After talking to our bartender, I decided to get the duck confit salad. He said that was one of his favorites. I wondered how that’d go without carbs but it turned out the salad was actually the perfect foil for the crispy duck. I don’t generally eat skin and I even ate that. I really liked the glass noodles and great dressing. Although decadent, it still felt pretty healthy. It didn’t hurt it reminded me of one of my favorite salads in LA, the Vietnamese salad at Blue Cow.
I’m so glad we found Local and if I was a local, I’d be a regular there!(307) 201-1717