Where to Eat in the World’s Top Adventure Travel Hubs
In Groveland, California
Iron Door Saloon
This historic saloon (billed as the oldest continuously running in the state), named for the fireproof iron doors, draws fans to its “finest looking back bar in the Yosemite,” offering up live music, advice on nearby recreation—oh, and classic fare like biscuits and homemade gravy. Stray (historic!) bullet holes in the wall notwithstanding, this place will appeal to the little ones too, with a kiddie breakfast of scrambled egg, pancake, bacon or sausage, and homefries. Only a handful of dishes ring in over $10.
In Lewiston, Idaho
The Lunch Box Deli & BBQ
Foodies in the know flock to this smokin’ hot Texas style BBQ joint (going strong for 10 years) for a vast menu featuring the likes of Hog Heaven—pulled pork and smoked sausage on a hoagie bun with homemade BBQ sauce—and Meatloaf Melts, not to mention treats kids and adults alike will love like the maple bacon donut. Think single digit pricing.
In Flagstaff, Arizona
Creativity in the kitchen and a constantly changing menu of “American comfort food, redefined” win raves at this contemporary Southside restaurant. Think elegant but unpretentious—you can’t take anyplace too seriously that encourages drawing on the tablecloths! Kids fit right in, but note that the upscale menu is priced accordingly. You never know what’s in store, but look for homemade bologna, jalapeno mac and cheese and bacon-wrapped buffalo meatloaf.
Love Muffin Cafe
Locals love to roll out of bed and head for breakfast at this funky and colorful little cafe. The hardest part is choosing from among the slew of breakfast burritos, although the Bombero with eggs, slow roasted brisket, cheddar, and avocado is a sure winner. Hankering for lunch? You’re covered there, too, with a global array of sandwiches ranging from Banh Mi to Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Parents report even picky kids are happy here, and sub $10 prices seal the deal.
In Jackson, Wyoming
Snake River Grill
This “Jackson casual” landmark on the town square serves up American grill style fare in a rustic atmosphere. Don’t miss the onion rings with three dipping sauces, but you must save room for the Eskimo bars dipped in dulce de leche—famous even before the Food Network’s Giadia fell in love with them. You won’t find a kid’s section on the fairly spendy menu, but the whole family is welcome.
In Santiago, Chile
(56 2) 204 71 99
Before leaving Santiago, you have to try a cheese empanada, and the place to go is this hopping, well-loved sandwich spot in Ñuñoa—a favorite for generations around here. Wallet-friendly prices and a vast menu with plenty of options for kids make it popular with locals and in-the-know visitors alike.
Photo: La Esquina de Buenos Aires
In San Jose, Costa Rica
La Esquina de Buenos Aires
+506 2223 1909
The legions of fans of this “tango tavern” love it for the trifecta of atmosphere, service and great food. Grilled meats are an omnivore’s dream, but the homemade pastas will vie for your attention in the warm and friendly downtown hotspot. Its popularity means you’d best plan ahead and snag a reservation before you go. The candlelit tables signify this is best for a date night.
In Cusco, Peru
Los Toldos Chicken
+51 84 229829
Decisions, decisions: What to have in the rising star of the foodie world, home to hundreds of typical dishes? The quintessential Peruvian dish, pollo a la brasa, defines finger-licking good, and diners at this packed little rotisserie near the city center are proof. Don’t let the cheap prices fool you. Join the overflowing crowd with your family to nab your own roasted quarter chicken and fries and discover just why this dish has its own day in Peru.
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This article appears in O.A.R.S.’ 2014 Adventures catalog. Order your FREE copy here.