Sunday, August 24, 2008

Good Fuel

Something that I’m learning - climbers and bikers and others who willfully engage in sweat-producing activities? They need food. They like food. They like good food. Since there are so many of them out here, that means there’s LOTS of good food.

Our arrival at the trip's notional final destination drove this home as JB struggled to sort through which must-try eating options we'd be able to fit into our limited time here.

On our first night here, we drove over the pass from Victor, ID into Jackson, WY to grab a meal at Rendezvous Bistro. Sitting at the bar, we had full access to the impressive dinner menu.

Starters were:
  • Coriander encrusted ahi tuna with jicama & napa cabbage slaw, and jalapeno mignonette

  • Grilled spicy octopus on a salad of arugula, fennel, olives, and piquillo peppers

Mains followed:

  • Venison medallions in a chimichurri with haricot vert and a sweet potato-chorizo hash

  • Grilled chili rubbed pork chop with chipotle cream corn topped with a mango-cabbage slaw (we were fighting over this )
All of this was well executed and full flavored. The stand-outs were probably the octopus salad and the pork chop. In both cases, the kitchen was not afraid to use assertive spice to complement (NOT overwhelm) the main component. The amount of high end tourist dollars flowing into the Jackson area clearly allows for the import of quality ingredients (not a lot of local octopus I’m thinking) and the skills to use them. Excellent, excellent food.

Rendezvous Bistro
380 S Broadway
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 739-1100

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