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Cowboy Cravings: The Most-Iconic Dishes in Wyoming

By: Jenn Rice

Planning a road trip through Wyoming? Don’t miss out on these 27 iconic regional dishes (and the best places to try them).

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Rocky Mountain Munchies

Wyoming is where the buffalo roam. It’s rich in farmland, ranches, picturesque national parks, some of the best skiing in the world and an exciting culinary scene. For anyone craving wild game, stream-caught trout or a proper whiskey cocktail, these savory bites (and sips) will give you a real taste of the Wild West.

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Photo: Pitchfork Fondue

Western Cookout

Chuck wagon-style dinners are popular all around the state, giving guests a glimpse into what it was like to dine as a cowboy back in the day. But contrary to common belief, the food — usually consisting of baked beans, salty meats, coffee and biscuits — is mediocre at best. One worth-the-journey take is in Pinedale, where Pitchfork Fondue’s Western cookout experience embraces the cowboy culture in an inviting way. Take in views of the Wind River Mountains while enjoying steak, chicken and buffalo bratwursts cooked on a pitchfork, as well as homemade potato chips, deep-fried onions, homemade brownies, fresh greens and more.

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Prime Rib

When visiting Cody, the Rodeo Capital of the World, a stop at historic Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel for the famous prime rib buffet is practically mandatory. Though a buffet can be a hit or a miss, Irma’s is a grand slam. You’ll find a chef cutting mouthwatering, succulent slabs of fresh-from-the-oven roasts. If that’s not enough to fill your plate, the spread includes barbecue ribs, seafood, mashed potatoes, a salad bar and housemade desserts.

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Photo: David J Swift

Soda Bread

American Indians discovered soda bread by mixing flour and soda — a natural soda found in wood ashes — together to create quick-rising bread, and they passed along their knowledge to pioneers. At Cavalryman Steakhouse in Laramie, Wyoming Soda Bread is crafted from an adapted pioneer recipe recorded by a local mother more than a century ago.

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