Enjoy Yellowstone Teton Territory's Famous Potatoes
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- Sep 15, 2020
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It's no secret: Idaho is famous for its potatoes. The Gem State produces 13 billion pounds of spuds every year, and the Yellowstone Teton Territory is the perfect place to sample them. While many schools have discontinued the traditional fall “spud break” where students were let out of school for a week or two to help with the harvest, potato farming is still very important in the region. As farmers bring in their fall harvest, be sure to check out these favorite regional restaurants for a taste of the best potatoes you can find anywhere.
Big Jud’s, Ashton
Indulge in Big Jud’s famous tater tots, made from Idaho potatoes, alongside one of the establishment’s gourmet burgers. Or opt for traditional fries as a side. Whichever spud option you choose, a trip to Ashton isn’t complete without sampling some of the potato creations on offer at Big Jud’s.
Blister’s BBQ, Rexburg
Where “North Carolina barbecue meets Idaho grit,” Blister’s BBQ is the place to stop for scrumptious barbecue and, of course, potatoes. Try the pulled pork, brisket, tri-tip, or burgers alongside an array of spud options like a loaded baked potato, loaded fries, waffle or fresh-cut fries, and baked potato salad.
Smitty’s Pancake & Steak House, Idaho Falls
Sample Smitty’s famous potato pancakes with bacon, sour cream, or applesauce. Smitty’s also offers an assortment of other pancake options, like old-fashioned sourdough and baby German, alongside a full mouth-watering menu.
Big Papas Fries, Rexburg
Big Papas Fries is a food truck with a following. Check out Big Papas Fries’ Facebook page to see where the food truck is off to next, from farmers markets to football games. These fresh-cut gourmet fries are worth a detour.
Trap Bar & Grill, Grand Targhee Resort
To reach Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming, you have to drive through Teton Valley, Idaho, and it’s well worth the trip for the Wydaho Nachos at the Trap Bar & Grill. Bring a few friends to share a heaping platter of waffle fries piled high with cheddar and jack cheese, black beans, jalapenos, black olives, green onions, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and your choice of chicken or beef brisket. The Trap Bar & Grill is also a great place to see live music and hang out after a day of skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or biking.
Jakers, Idaho Falls
In Idaho Falls, Jakers dishes up its signature cheddar bacon potato skins every day of the week. Smothered with melted cheddar and jack, these tasty creations are topped with bacon and chives, and served alongside sour cream.
Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot
To learn more about potatoes—and indulge in delicious spuds—plan a stop at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot. A visit to the museum will also help you brush up on your potato facts. Did you know royals used to wear potato blossoms in their hair? Did you know Americans eat 124 pounds of potatoes each year on average? You'll learn even more potato facts at the museum. Be sure to also stop by the museum’s Potato Station Cafe which serves up baked potatoes, potato bread, potato cupcakes, french fries, and potato salad for a tasty bite. The museum's gift shop features souvenirs, recipe books, Idaho cookie cutters, spud-themed playing cards, potato pancake and soup mixes, and more.