7 Uncommonly Good Places to Grab Grub in
Sweetwater County Feb 24, 2017

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – For most travelers, sampling the local cuisine is part of what makes a vacation complete. Sweetwater County, located in southwest Wyoming, serves up a heaping helping of fun food that is the perfect “side dish” after working up an appetite exploring the 10,500-square miles of pure desert adventure. Here are seven restaurant ideas to cure your hunger craving in Sweetwater County.

Java Peddler (612 Broadway St., Rock Springs)
The best coffee drinks around are served up at Java Peddler, a unique barista business in a bike shop. The shop was established in 2004 and focuses on great drinks, including coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, espresso, smoothies and other blended beverages. Best of all for peddlers, you can grab a cup of Joe while learning about the extensive biking trails in Sweetwater County from the local experts.

Cowboy Donuts (1573 Dewar Dr. #4, Rock Springs)
The shop’s motto, “Dang Good Donuts,” pretty much says it all! Cowboy Donuts was featured on Food Network’s competition show Donut Showdown. The shop makes over 55 varieties of fresh donuts each day, including hand-chopped apple fritters, frosted donuts and the traditional glazed donut. The shop also offers kolaches – butter bread stuffed with everything you can imagine. Fresh-made coffee or a cold glass of milk offer the perfect accompaniment.

Bitter Creek Brewing (604 Broadway St., Rock Springs)
Established in 1997, this brewpub serves up some legendary microbrews and a delectable menu of dishes created from the finest ingredients. The atmosphere is casual and family-friendly, and the service is superb. The microbrews are seasonal and include Coal Porter, the winter dark beer that gets a slight roasted flavor from “chocolate” malt. Red Desert Ale is a red-colored ale that contains a complex malt bill and has been dry-hopped to enhance the floral aroma. Sweetwater Wheat is a good choice when it’s warm. Food choices range from burgers and chicken wings to Cajun shrimp and andouille sausage pasta or a Cajun pork chop.

Hitching Post Restaurant & Saloon (580 E Flaming Gorge Way, Green River)
Don’t let the modest exterior of this local’s favorite fool you! The Hitching Post Restaurant and Saloon was recently remodeled inside, and has some of the best food in town. It starts with appetizers like mashed potato bites, nachos, jalapeno poppers and battered cheese curds, to name a few. For the main course, you can choose from inventive sandwiches, tasty burgers, hearty pasta dishes and (for dinner only) selections from the grill including ribeye steak, country fried steak and salmon. There is a salad bar and lunch buffet, ensuring no diner leaves hungry!

Open Range (1630 Elk Street, Rock Springs)
This restaurant is located inside the Best Western Outlaw Inn and features food that is as exceptional as the service. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunches on special occasions like Mother’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Creative salads keep diners who are watching their waistlines on track, while entrees like baby back ribs, veal cutlets and Rocky Mountain trout ensure those who want a vacation splurge aren’t left behind.

Wyoming’s Big Show (Sweetwater County Event Complex)
From July 30-August 6, travelers can belly up with some of the best fair fare in the West. This event is quintessential Sweetwater County, and the food at the Big Show is far from “fair!” Here, travelers can eat an assortment of delicious dishes ranging from fried one-of-a-kind creations to traditional temptations like funnel cakes and giant turkey legs.

Cajun Shrimp Boil at River Fest (Expedition Island, Green River)
As a kick-off to the annual River Festival held each August in Green River, the Cajun Shrimp Boil is a real crowd-pleaser. Tickets ($25 for adults/$15 for kids) are limited, and always sell out, so travelers should make purchase plans early. The feast includes boiled shrimp and sides, as well as the option to visit the Microbrew Garden. For those who aren’t a fan of shrimp, The Knights of Columbus serve a spaghetti dinner option. It’s family fun for everyone!   

To learn more about planning an adventurous escape to Sweetwater County, visit TourWyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums. The Rock Springs-Sweetwater County airport was recently ranked 37th on a list of 322 airports from around the country by Travelmath.com.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Meredith, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jmeredith@tourwyoming.com

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