When I think of Wyoming, I think of the beautiful mountains, the vast wildlife, and the parks that maintain that balance between them. So when it comes to dinner, I wasn’t too surprised to find a place that took advantage of the abundance surrounding them. Take Gather, a restaurant in the heart of Jackson. It specializes in creating wonderful dishes with local ingredients. Some of it, as we learned, were even hand picked that morning. This was a place we all hope to stumble upon in our travels.
The restaurant itself was quite large, enough tables for all your party sizes. There’s even a bar for those waiting for a free table or even those who want a small sample of the food along with drinks. For us, there was no need to wait. The season rush hadn’t started yet. Even though one can argue Memorial Weekend kicks off the high season. Judging from the crowds, or the lack of, I think it’s still off season. But of course that means we were in luck. No reservations. Walk in. Table ready. How awesome is that?
Between the two of us, we ordered what we thought was a small meal. The appetizer made it seemed as such. But when the two main courses came out, it was larger than expected and wonderfully plated. So much for trying to eat light on this trip. Though, given the price point, most people would think the portions are small. I happened to read that in the reviews. As you’d imagined, I had that expectation when upon ordering. But I have to say, regardless of the portion size, the quality was on for the price we paid. Reasonably even, if this were in San Francisco. And yeah, I know, this wasn’t the Bay area.
Overall, it was the best meal of the trip. This is a place I’ll make sure I revisit next time I’m in the neighborhood.
72 S Glenwood Street
Jackson, Wyoming 83001
Verdict: In Jackson and looking for a great place to eat? Well, this is the place.
We happened to mosey on by State Bird Provisions one afternoon after a movie at the Kabuki Theater. My geeky explanation of why I didn’t like Captain America was cut short. We came across State Bird Provisions, where I had to reboot my story telling of impossibilities to that of getting a reservations at this place. For months, I’ve checked online and never saw an opening. As the duties of geek, a food and computer geek in this case, I had to surface the rumors of some auto reserving script running against the site. A bot. One that caught new openings within seconds and booked. A conspiracy theory. An absurdity that the place was booked beyond three months. Then I noticed the blank stare. I was rambling again. Who cared really about the back story of the reservation system. With a little shrug, I decided, since we’re here, let’s see if they had a seat.
You guessed it, they had a seat available… at 10:30pm.
But you know what? I talked this place up so much, we decided to go for it. Have a snack and have a go at one of my most anticipated restaurants.
A few hours later, we were seated, a bit early. 10:00pm to be exact.The place served food dim sum style with the regular main courses served off the menu. The provisions (the dim sum dishes) changed maybe monthly, I couldn’t remember. All I remember doing was picking things left and right as they brought them out. A little too quickly at the beginning. But soon I caught my breath and really listened to the wait staff on their explanations. New American would be the categorization on paper. I’d, however, categorize it as wonderful. The prices weren’t too bad either. We finished the meal stuffed with only one dish half empty while another we decided to scarf down. This was not meant to take home in my opinion. You will want the whole experience. From the courteous and informative staff, to the live food porn, to the endless variations of taste adventures you’ll have with each dish. My belly was in Disneyland.
State Bird Provisions
1529 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1 (415) 795-1272
Verdict: It delivered. With the ever changing provisions, I’ll be back to try out their creativity. Dee-lish.