“Where should we eat?â€– A magical question when exploring a new community. When it comes to the food scene in Sweetwater County and its surrounding area, we took to leading local food businesses and restaurants for their recommendations on where to grab a quick bite, sit down and dine, or indulge in something sweet. We asked a couple of local food influencers to share a little about themselves, their business, and where they chow down when they are off the clock.
General Manager and Executive Chef, Coyote Creek Steakhouse & Saloon
Ray Marini found his way from New Jersey’s beaches to running one of Rock Springs’ most popular food outposts, Coyote Creek Steakhouse & Saloon. “At present, we’re known for premium, aged in house, hand cut steaks and fresh seafood, which arrives each morning,â€ says Marini. “We take pride in using the best available product with the majority of what we offer our guests made in house daily. The menu is creative and progressive for Rock Springs. Great food [that is] freshly prepared [along with] great service.”
Marini frequents Old Chicago when he’s craving a midday meal. He’s also a burger fan, highlighting Broadway Burger Station as one of his pit stops. When it is time for some mom and pop love, he hits Grubs Drive In, a local staple since 1946 where the burger is known as The Shamrock. What’s in a name? The two-patty burger with cheese got its name because the eatery opened around St. Patrick’s Day.
Jo Lynn Emerson
Owner and Operator, Jogee’s Juice Bar
Jo Lynn Emerson is new to the food business block, having opened JoGee’s Juice Bar in early 2018. Prior to, she and her husband had been juicing for six years.
“I said back then, I wished someone would open up a juice bar since it was hard at times to be consistent due to a hectic lifestyle,â€ says Emerson.
When no one did, she decided to fill the void herself, creating a quick and convenient place for healthier and cleaner food and beverage options.
JoGee’s Juice Bar features juices, smoothies, wraps, bowls, wellness shots and breakfast bites that vegan, vegetarian and paleo-friendly. The menu also pays homage to its surroundings. “Most of our smoothie and juice drinks are named after Wyoming landmarks,â€ says Emerson. “Some of our most popular smoothies are the Yellowstone, Morning Glory, and Boars Tusk, to name a few. Some of our most popular juices are the Red Desert, Hoback and Eden.”
When Emerson isn’t busy helping Rock Springs eat more consciously, she’s grabbing coffee at Cowboy Donuts, a breakfast burrito at Santa Fe Southwest Grill, or satisfying her sweet tooth at That Yogurt Place. She heads to White Mountain Mining Co. for date night, Chill Grill for a burger, and the Hitching Post in Green River for family feasting. Her best all-around pick? Chopstix Asian Bistro.
Owner, Pitchfork Fondue
Matt David’s roots in the area run deep; his grandfather homesteaded here as a trapper and traded over 100 years ago when he came to the country. This rich history and decades- old cooking techniques, as well as a passion for hospitality and elevated, quality ingredients are at the forefront of Pitchfork Fondue. Visitors from all over the world take a seat at Pitchfork Fondue, which reels in tourists from as far as Italy and the Philippines. Pitchfork Fondue also does catering for groups small and large. “We do everything with a real Western flair,â€ says David. “You can’t get it anywhere else. We make our dressings, sauces, smoked meats and fish, everything.â€ They’ve even got vegetarian options.
“The Boulder Store and Pub has a really good burger,â€ he says. “It is probably the best hamburger in town for the price.â€ It’s also not a bad spot for breakfast, he adds, noting the chicken fried steak, sausage, and eggs. He also gave Los Cabos Mexican a nod for its reliability and consistency. Pine Coffee Supply and Farson Mercantile concluded his go-to food list.