Two women in their late forties, road tripping through four states- What could possibly go wrong? Nothing could go wrong and nothing did go wrong. Well except for my car rental dying in the driveway when I was packing up it up. Then my friend took an Uber to my house, instead of me picking her up at the airport. Oh and we had to tow the vehicle back to the car rental. We ended up having a four hour late start but as my mother used to say; just get all that bad energy out of the way!
Once we were settled in a better SUV rental with a working battery, we were on our way for a two week adventure through Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Our plan was to hit several National Parks and eat delicious food along the way. I believe we did all that and then some!
I had already been through Utah many times and knew what to expect. Idaho, I was not so sure what to expect both with the culture and the food. I did a lot of research of the towns/ cities that we were staying in and I did find some extraordinary restaurants for us to dine in. If you spend some time doing a little research, you will always find places to eat that meet your criteria. It is better than asking that dreaded old question “Where should we eat?”. Then realizing that you should have eaten at another restaurant!
So here we go, my food journal of places to eat while road tripping through Utah and Idaho. From fine dining in remote locations to homemade breakfasts in our cabin in the woods, “What I ate in Idaho and Utah – A Food Journal – Road Tripping and Eating”
Henry’s Fork Lodge – Island Park, Idaho
Tucked away along the Snake River, unassumingly sits Henry’s Fork Lodge. There is no grand enterance off the main highway to this rustic but ever so posh fishing lodge. You will have to turn down a couple of small Idahoan country roads until you arrive at a modest cedar lodge. Inside that lodge you will find a comfortable yet elegant retreat for a fishing getaway or a low profile fine dining experience.
👩🏻💻 For my complete review and blog ➡ Henry’s Fork Lodge – A Refined and Rustic Retreat in Island Park, Idaho
For dinner there were only three seasonal entrees: Bison, Lamb or Wahoo Fish. Since I do not eat bison nor lamb, it was the Wahoo Fish for dinner. The fresh fish fillet was hearty and accompanied with the simple sides of spinach and polenta. I thought the composition of the whole dish was quite rustic and wholesome. It felt right at home with the lodge’s environment. I also ordered the Anjou Pear salad to start which was very good, the produce was fresh and perfect. My friend ordered the mint scallop bisque which she loved! I got to try a bit of it and I will say that the hint of mint in the bisque was wonderful.
For restaurant information and reservations – Henry’s Fork Lodge
Copper Rill Restaurant – Idaho Falls, Idaho
It was our last night of our twelve day road trip and we were spending the night in Idaho Falls. As with many of our meals on our trip through four states, I was interested in locating an upscale dining restaurant. For Idaho Falls I chose Copper Rill for their reviews, their chef stories and their online menu. They offered everything from wines, to cocktails, to an impressive looking appetizer menu.
👩🏻💻 For my complete review and blog ➡ Copper Rill Restaurant – Modern Upscale Dining in Idaho Falls
My friend and I decided on the same cocktail to kick off our last dinner on the road. The Berry Drop Martini was a sweet and colorful way to start our meal. On the table were several starters including the baked brie stuffed with sundried tomatoes, curried chicken skewers and garlic shrimp with red pepper flakes. All of our dishes were flavorful and presented beautifully.
For our entrees, my friend who is also a cheese enthusiast ordered the Chevre goat cheese salad which she enjoyed very much. There were two pieces of goat cheese wrapped in puff pastry and served beside a seasonal salad. What was there not to like?
As for myself, I ordered the Copper Rill Salad which was a tasty and healthy accompaniment to my main dish. As for my main, I chose the ‘Special of the Day’ which was the Alaskan Halibut. I enjoy hearing the daily specials before I order because I usually change my mind from my dinner menu selection. It happens more often then not, really! My dinner choice did not disappoint as I was served a large piece of Alaskan Halibut that was fresh and cooked nicely. The last time I had fresh Alaskan Halibut was in Alaska, so this was a great treat!
For restaurant information and reservations – Copper Rill Restaurant
The Café at Island Park Lodge
This place is what it is. A small country café serving locals and a few tourist like me. The menu is not grand, just comfort food at good prices. My friend and I ordered the chili cheese fries and we really could have shared one basket. We ended up taking the rest back with us, since there was so much. But you know what? This place had killer chili cheese fries!
We also ordered the cheese curds which made me so happy, since I have not eaten decent fried cheese curds in a long while. My City Slicker friend never tried them before and she loved them at first bite!
For my Yelp Review, Read Trixie N.’s review of The Cafe at Island Park Lodge on Yelp
Homemade Breakfasts in our Airbnb
I have traveled with my friend to several places such as Iceland, Alaska, Mexico and now our road trip through four states. When we travel, we typically rent an apartment or house. This time around we rented a big cabin in the woods in Island Park, a small rural fishing community in Idaho. Every morning just like every other morning of travel, we make breakfasts that are similar to this!
Homemade breakfasts sans the bacon that we usually cook up as well! My scrambled eggs, avocado and toast. Good morning ya’ll!
Hunt and Gather – Torrey, Utah
Who would have guessed that along State Route 24 in the small town of Torrey, which is the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park, there would be a delightful dining establishment named ‘Hunt & Gather’. My friend and I were on a two week road trip and passing through Capitol Reef for a day. In our usual fashion, we try to locate a high quality dining experience in even the smallest of towns. We found exactly what we were looking for- an inspiring dinner of cocktails, fine cheeses and hearty dishes!
👩🏻💻 For my review and blog ➡ Hunt & Gather Restaurant in Torrey, Utah – The Perfect Place to Gather While Visiting Capitol Reef
My friend and I went back and forth when deciding on a main course but we did agree on the Cheese and Charcuterie Board. We are both cheese enthusiasts and became quite enthusiastic when we read there were local cheese available. For me, tasting local cheeses has always been an interest of mine. Throughout my travels, I have found love for the freshness and quality of local farm cheeses. Hunt & Gather offered Mesa Farm Market Cheeses which is located in Utah, not too far from Capitol Reef.
For our main courses, I finally decided on the High Mountain Trout. I have learned over my travels to order the trout if it local and available. It is a quirky thing but I have done that throughout this country and Eastern Europe! Well, this trout did not disappoint as it was a very filling fillet, both fresh and cooked perfectly. My friend ordered the Mushroom Risotto, which was something that I was debating on. The whole risotto dish was filled with many types of mushrooms and she really enjoyed it. I was able to try some and it was a very good rice dish, so flavorful and hearty.
For restaurant information and reservations, Hunt & Gather Restaurant
So this is where my Veruca Salt impulsiveness of “I WANT it now” comes into play. When I see quirky candy in retro like packaging, the impulsiveness of ‘I want it and now’ creeps in. I would have been one of the first to be eliminated from Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. 🤷🏻♀️ So, when I was in a little grocery store that was part of a gas station in Idaho, I saw these two cutely wrapped candies and I wanted it now!
Well I lucked out on purchasing these old style sweets. Both candies just had that feel of being around for a long time and not candy that was meant to look retro!
I was not expecting this little oval chocolate bar to be covered in coconut but I should have read the package. I am not complaining as I love coconut, so I really enjoyed this confection. I told you that I was impulsive, I did not even read the package!
The popular Idaho Spud Bar is a wonderful combination of a light cocoa flavored, soft marshmallow center drenched with a dark chocolate coating and then sprinkled with coconut (Sorry, no potato!). It was originally marketed as a “Healthful” candy bar since it is made with agar agar instead of gelatin.
The potato shape and unique blend of ingredients appeals to both young and old, making the “Idaho Spud” one of the top selling candy bars in the Northwest, and is Idaho Candy Company’s bestselling bar. The Idaho Spud Bar has been a favorite since it was first manufactured in 1918.Taken from The Idaho Candy Company website
For more information, please visit their website – The Idaho Candy Company
I also purchased a Farr’s Blueberry Bomb Cordial, which was also based on the packaging. There were different flavors as well but blueberry anything has always been a hit with me. I really enjoyed the flavors and texture of this cordial, it was sweet, fruity with a bit of crunch. Again, Farr’s is a local candy company that has history:
Taken from the Farr Candy Company Website
The Farr’s Story
In 1911, Roy Farr started a small confectionary store on Broadway street in Idaho Falls, Idaho where he became well known for his delicious hand-made candies. Since that small beginning over 100 years ago and four family generations later, Farr Candy and Ice Cream Company has become Southeast Idaho’s own regional favorite. Made with the finest of ingredients, our candies are cooper kettle cooked, creamed on an old-fashioned creaming table, and all hand-dipped to ensure the very best quality. Roy Farr’s son-in-law Bill Call, grandson Kevin Call, and great grandson Bill Call, have worked to keep that family tradition strong.
For more information, please visit their website: Farr Candy Company
Red Rock Grill – Zion National Park, Utah
The Red Rock Grill was the only place to eat while staying inside Zion National Park. I was also here during Covid season, so they did the best they could under current circumstances. My friend and I were about to head out, to what ended up being a very long hiking day and we needed breakfast and coffee. 🥯☕
I decided on a breakfast sandwich that I could take to-go before we did our trekking. It was a good breakfast sandwich of egg, cheese and bacon on an English muffin. With all the trekking we did, I should have ordered two, possibly three!
Capitol Reef Inn & Café – Torrey, Utah
There are not many places for a decent breakfast in Torrey, Utah. Especially a place opened early and on Mondays. This casual café was a great place to fill up before our drive into Capitol Reef National Park and beyond.
My friend and I ordered the two egg breakfast but I had mine with bacon and she ordered the smoked salmon. We both enjoyed our hearty breakfasts, everything was fresh and tasty. Capitol Reef café also offered different coffee drinks like espresso and cappuccinos which were a great addition to our breakfasts.
The service was great, the atmosphere comfortable and the food delicious. You really cannot ask for anything more while on a road trip!
For restaurant information and menu – Capitol Reef Inn & Cafe
River Rock Roasting Co – La Verkin, Utah
We had just trekked through Zion National Park, walked through the Narrows and were just about to drive to Torrey, Utah. To say that we were famished was an understatement and we needed something more than a couple bottles of water!
In La Verkin which is either on the way or on the way out of Zion, is a cute drive thru called River Rock Roasting Co. I have been to this location before and it has always been solid. This time around, I tried their peach smoothie which was excellent and my friend ordered the Almond Joy frozen coffee drink. These drinks were exactly what we needed before heading off to another National Park!
The Red Iguana – Salt Lake City, Utah
The Red Iguana had been on my ‘Must Try’ list for awhile due to their recommendations and their story. They did not disappoint and we found the service and food very good. The casualness of The Red Iguana was welcoming since we had been road tripping for a couple of weeks.
I ordered the Iguana Plate which included a Chile Relleno, a beef taco and an enchilada. I truly enjoyed the Chile Relleno and my friend mentioned how legit tasting it was. She ordered two and said she felt as if she were in Mexico after the first bite!
For restaurant information and reservations – The Red Iguana
For as long as I can remember, even into childhood, I had always been fascinated with travel and food. I used to daydream of myself in different global locations, hitting the tourist spots and sitting at a restaurant eating. What I would be wearing and what I would be eating. Who does that? 🙋🏻♀️ Me, as well as a huge chunk of the population who reads my food journals and reviews.
Now as a child, I never imagined myself road tripping through Idaho and Utah eating delightful dishes. What I found on our road trip was inspiring. That even in the remotest of cities across our country, you could find the most amazing culinary experiences!
It’s not about the destination – it’s about the journey.
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