FEED ME! The Pub still has it

By on May 19, 2015
The chorizo and fig pizza. It can also be ordered as a calzone. PHOTO: GERALDINE MISHEV

The chorizo and fig pizza. It can also be ordered as a calzone. PHOTO: GERALDINE MISHEV

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – “It’s just off my radar,” said my friend last week when I suggested we go to the Snake River Brew Pub for lunch. First, we had tried Hatch, where I’ve heard there is a new chef who’s doing good things. But, walking up to its front entrance, there was a paper taped to the inside of the front door. I don’t remember exactly what it said, but the gist was that Hatch was closed for the day.

I still wanted to try something new, though, or at least somewhere I hadn’t eaten at in the last five weeks. That’s when the Brew Pub, which is celebrating 21 years, came to mind.

The Brew Pub long ago fell off my radar because: 1) I’m not the biggest beer drinker and 2) I don’t like having to scream at the person across the table from me, even if it is a bowl of delicious spicy peanut chicken pasta I’m shouting over. I (correctly) guessed that its lunch crowds would not be as loud as those in the evening.

Because pizza is always a good way to get a read on a brewpub, I ordered the chorizo and fig pie ($14). I also ordered a Warm Beet Salad ($12). My friend got the starter of steak tacos ($11).

Two hours post-meal, I still can’t pick a favorite.  The steak in the steak tacos (there were three tacos) was Wagyu beef, tender and topped with cojita cheese and house-made tomatillo salsa verde (The Brew Pub actually makes most everything in house).

The Pub considers their steak tacos an appetizer, but an order is enough for dinner. PHOTO:  GERALDINE MISHEV

The Pub considers their steak tacos an appetizer, but an order is enough for dinner. PHOTO: GERALDINE MISHEV

“These are going to change your life,” my friend said.

As much as I’m capable of exaggeration, I won’t go so far as to say the steak tacos have put my life on a new path. But I will write that I’m still thinking about them. On the steak taco scale, with the steak tacos at StreetFood in Wilson a 10, the Brew Pub gets an 8. They could raise this score a full point by using two corn tortillas per taco instead of one. It should be illegal to serve tacos that aren’t double wrapped because isn’t the idea of tacos that you eat the whole thing out of your hands?

I don’t want to take one or two bites and then have the bottom fall out and be forced to pick up taco innards from my plate. It has been my universal experience that single tortillas do not have the structural integrity to prevent the bottom from falling out. Especially when the taco stuffing is as juicy as that at the Brew Pub.

The pizza was perfect. When it first arrived, I was slightly skeptical. I saw only seven slices of dried fig. And it looked like all the chorizo was concentrated in the personal-sized pie’s center. I want tastes of all toppings in most every bite.

Looks were deceiving, however. Hiding beneath a liberal topping of mozzarella and also goat cheeses, there were slices of fig and bits of chorizo in almost every bite of the pie. There was also a taste of sage every so often.

The Brew Pub’s Warm Beet Salad, which is topped with slices of grapefruit, is more beautiful and interesting than any brewpub salad has a right to be. The presentation was so pretty it was almost difficult to tear it apart. But we did.

The lunch was so good overall that I got to wondering how amazing Snake River beer must be. But I didn’t wonder enough to actually have one.

Snake River Brewing, open 11:00 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily, 265 S. Millward, snakeriverbrewing.com, 739-BEER.

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