Friday, September 10, 2010

Dining in and around Glacier National Park

For my final post about Glacier, let me share a bit about dining during our visit. If you are staying at the historic inns located in the park, there are limited options. Here are some of the places we ate:

Lake McDonald Inn - we ate dinner at Jammer Joe's Grill. Meals were casual - burgers, pizza, and pasta. I had a delicious bison burger with onion rings. We ate breakfast in the dining room in the main lodge. Most of the historic inns have a breakfast buffet for around 10 - 12 dollars. Nothing fancy, but it typically includes coffee, tea, juices, and a variety of pancakes, French toast, fruit, pastries, and eggs. Usually it was plenty to hold us until dinner (with some kind of snack during the afternoon).

Prince of Wales Hotel - we ate in Royal Stewart Dining Room and it was a big disappointment. Expensive, with mediocre food. I think you might do better having the high tea at the Prince of Wales if you arrive in the afternoon before 4 pm. The town of Waterton is nearby and there are a number of local restaurants. We ate breakfast pastries at a coffee shop called Pearl's so we could take advantage of their free wifi. We got sandwiches for lunch at another place in town near the boat dock. It was fine, but overpriced.

Glacier Park Lodge - We had a huge pile of nachos at the Empire Bar one evening. Really good and cheesy! The windows look out at the mountains - great view!

There are a number of family restaurants in the East Glacier area near Glacier Park Inn. Almost all of them feature huckleberry pie, cobbler, and ice cream. I say get the cobbler and the ice cream together!

And you don't want to miss the Red Jammer Huckleberry Cream Soda. (They also have a Red Jammer Rootbeer.) My brother liked combining huckleberry ice cream to the soda to make a float.

We had this THICK fried stuffed French toast at the Whistle Stop Restaurant. It was almost too much!

Many Glacier Inn - The inn has a Swiss theme and features a cheese fondue. It came to our table very runny and the cheese wouldn't stick to the bread, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower that came with the meal. We asked if they could heat it up a bit - much better when it came back. Very filling - I was disappointed that we didn't have room for the chocolate fondue!

When we got back to Calgary, we ate at a Canadian chain restaurant called Joey Tomato's that was very good!

So that tells you a bit about what we discovered about dining in Glacier. If anyone out there has any other good tips about dining in Glacier, please add them into the comments! Thanks!

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