Fine Dining Wood River
Italian American European Asian Fusion French Steakhouse
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Since our inception five years ago, the 15 restaurants that make up the Wood River Fine Dining Association have endured many challenges and changes. This past year was no exception; food prices rose drastically, along with fuel prices, and the restaurant industry is facing one of the most discouraging economic outlooks to come—and yet, the diversity of the food we offer, our devotion to our craft and our customers, and passion for presenting great food, has only deepened. Why do we dine out in restaurants? At its most basic, food provides for our survival—but you don’t need restaurants to survive. Restaurants though, provide more than food. Restaurants are social gathering places. Restaurants provide memories for friends and traditions for families. Restaurants can inspire new trends and new ideas, and a great restaurant can be the finger on the pulse beating from the heart of a community—a place to encounter regionally inspired dishes and experience the flavors created and grown right at your own feet. The 15 restaurants in the WR Fine Dining Guide are the heart of our community. We have embraced a locavore approach, sourcing from within 100 miles for our local organic produce; potatoes, lettuces, herbs, dozens of squash varieties, dried legumes and edible and decorative flowers. We use local dairy—farm-fresh milk, artisan cheeses and organic farm fresh eggs. We savor our local organic lamb, organic free-range chicken and farm-raised trout, and though all of these ingredients might not be found in every one of our restaurants, we all work to avail ourselves of local product, as it is available and economically feasible. Many of us even grow our own vegetables. We share ideas. We share customers. We share a friendship that comes of our work together. We share generous donations with our communities and non-profit organizations. We have even moved forward as a cooperative to negotiate reduced credit card merchant fees, which then helps us keep our menu prices affordable. At its inception, the WR Fine Dining Guide began with the idea that the best restaurants in Ketchum would create a publication providing information about each of their eating establishments, so customers could make informed choices about where to spend their money, and more importantly, their valuable time. In three short years we have become so much more than that—a family, a force, a significant contribution to our regional farm communities and the heart of a community. We are passionate about creating and bringing new experiences to our customers, and we will strive to find ways to stay in business when all economic indicators point otherwise. We are strong because we love what we do, and together we will continue to find a way to do what we love.
Jill, Roger, Paige, Tracey, Mark, Meg, Erik, Cristina, Tyler, Wendy, Alyson, Sean, Scott, Anne, Duffy, Bob, Jolie, Ellie, Michel and Tom
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Authentic Latin freestyle cuisine
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Located in the heart of Ketchum on Washington Ave, Boca is Ketchum’s newest Latin-inspired restaurant. Owned by longtime locals Shawn and Alyson Tierney who describe Boca as “Latin Freestyle.” It’s a concept that pulls from the many lively and distinct flavors, colors and sensations of the Latin world, including inspirations from South and Central America, Spain and Portugal, Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. To Shawn, the name Boca goes further than the simple meaning (mouth in Spanish) to encompass the tingling sensation of the spicy, bold and complex flavor profiles that one experiences while eating Latin food. The owners and managers of Boca bring decades of local restaurant experience to the table, having played integral roles in the success of other local establishments including il Naso, The Pioneer Saloon, The Kneadery, The Bluebird Café and Rocky Mountain Ranch. The menu is comprised of various tapas plates and also includes a selection of daily cocas (Spanish style flat breads), salads and entrees by Executive Chef Jim Roberts. In addition to sourcing wines from the Pacific Northwest, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina, Boca provides a full bar with Bar Manager Ryan Sullivan’s uniquely crafted cocktails created to compliment the bold flavors of their Latin cuisine. And don’t miss the noteworthy Paella and House Smoked Baby Back Ribs. The dramatic interior, redesign by Charles Stuhlberg Gallery, offers art on display from Gallery de Novo and has created an atmosphere that is fun, vibrant and energetic. Make Boca a must-stop destination on your next outing in Ketchum. The lively atmosphere coupled with the fabulous food will have you returning again and again. Phone: 208.928.7773 Location: 131 Washington Avenue, Ketchum Hours: 5 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Type of cuisine: Latin/Tapas Service: Dine in, take out, catering Website: www.bocaketchum.com
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The Cellar Pub Where Valley folks say “cheers!”
The Cellar Pub, boasting the Valley’s best Alaskan Cod Fish and Chips, is nestled below Sun Valley Road, just a stone’s throw from Main Street. Reminiscent of the legendary Cheers bar, where everybody knows your name, The Cellar Pub is a favorite with locals seeking the perfect après-ski atmosphere. It provides a convenient venue for catching up with friends, old and new. The Cellar Pub features traditional pub fare, in addition to its more unique entrées. The beloved bangers and mash, flat iron steak salad, and Idaho Lamb or Kobe sliders are just a few examples. The variety of cuisine is sure to please every appetite. In addition to the menu favorites, The Cellar Pub offers its patrons a full bar and features a selection of draft beers, fine wines and spirits from around the globe. Bigger than a nook, yet intimate and cozy, The Cellar Pub is a warm and inviting pub that ensures fun times with every visit. It also offers the competitor in all of us a venue to cheer for your favorite team, or to challenge friends to a game of shuff leboard. Run by pillars of the Ketchum food service community, The Cellar Pub is owned and managed by a team of local all-stars. This family-like group pays close attention to quality service and the overall experience for every visitor to The Cellar Pub. Please check our website to view The Cellar Pub’s complete Food and Drink menus at www.thecellarpub.com.
Phone: 208.622.3832 Location: 400 E. Sun Valley Road, Ketchum Hours: Open daily, 4 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Full bar, beer, wine, shots Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American Service: Dine in, takeout Website: www.thecellarpub.com 152 sunvalleymag.com | summer 2012
CIRO restaurant & wine bar market & wine merchants “don’t cook tonight”
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CIRO restaurant & wine bar is a Valley favorite for casual, affordable, fine dining. Offering a seasonally and regionally inspired menu, we strive to use local, natural and organic produce—some of which we grow ourselves. We’re celebrated for our innovative daily specials using fresh, direct-shipped seafood, organic lamb; our signature breadsticks, handcrafted desserts, and ice creams—and the best thin crust pizza in town! We offer the largest wine-by-the-glass selection in the Valley, and more than 100 bottles—personally selected for value and quality. Warm, modern-alpine design, mountain views, open kitchen, and an apple-wood burning pizza oven set the stage. Gracious, longtime staff, hosts and owners Tracey and Mark Caraluzzi offer engaging and genuine hospitality. Bar-side bistro tables and a rustic limestone fireplace provides an inviting space to ‘uncork & unwind ’ with friends, or is very comfortable as a single. Voted ‘Best Wine Bar’ in the Valley, and listed in Sunset Magazine’s ‘Where to Eat & Drink’ when visiting the Sun Valley area. CIRO market & wine merchants next door offers take-home freshly prepared foods, ‘Best Cheese Selection in the Valley,’ specialty items, and a carefully chosen, well-priced wine selection with something for everyone and any wallet. Open table seating and wines available by-the-glass makes this a cozy place for friends to meet. Free wine and cheese tasting every Wednesday from 4-6pm. CIRO catering is one of the most sought after in the Valley, offering full-service catering of exceptional quality and value, for events of any size, whether small and causal or large and elaborate. Phone: Restaurant & Catering: 208.727.1800, Market 208.622.4400 Location: 230 Walnut Avenue, Ketchum Hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm/Open everyday for dinner 5:30 pm Market: Please call for seasonal hours Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Extensive wine list, organic beer, soft drinks Type of cuisine: Seasonal, contemporary Italian Service: Catering, takeout, deli, discount wine sales Website: www.cirosunvalley.com
Cornerstone Bar & Grill Urban western cuisine
It’s wild west meets haute cuisine at Cornerstone Bar and Grill. Longtime locals, Meg and Erik Vorm, welcome you to a Main St. venue as stimulating to the eye as it is to the taste buds. Recipient of the prestigious AIA Honor Award, the Cornerstone (built in 1884) remains the only building in Ketchum listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Inside its modern décor, you’ll enjoy a seasonally changing array of game, seafood and vegetable dishes, complemented by hand-crafted cocktails and a list of beer and wine that’s both familiar and eclectic. It’s a local twist on the city-style grill, with an open kitchen featuring buffalo strip loin encrusted with coffee and cocoa nibs, nightly fish specials and the famous mac and cheese. Regular items also include vegan and gluten-free dishes and a better than you’d expect children’s menu, all with a Main Street price point, so there really is something for everyone. Call to reserve the Mafia Table downstairs in the intimate stonewalled Grotto, or watch the action from above in the spacious Skybox, surrounded by historic bricks fired in old Ketchum, or make a night of it in the bustling main level bar with its comfortable banquette and Main St.-Watcher-Booth. Check out the guest bartender every Wednesday and bring the kids for Happy Hour Playdate in the Skybox. Watch the calendar for Pirate Night, Abba vs. The BeeGees, and Use Your Words: an original poetry, prose and music event and other themed party nights. The Cornerstone Bar and Grill always serves up a night to remember, making it the new Ketchum tradition.
Phone: 208.928.7777 Location: 211 Main Street, Ketchum Hours: Bar: 5 pm - midnight; Dining: 5 pm –11 pm, seven days a week Beverages: Full bar, excellent wine list, favorite beers Reservations: Recommended and encouraged Type of Cuisine: Innovative American with French blessing Service: Bar, dining, above-average children’s menu, private parties Website: www.cbgketchum.com
Cristina’s Restaurant and Bakery European-style trattoria and pasticceria
For 20 years, Cristina’s Restaurant and Bakery has been serving up a delicious array of seasonally-inspired recipes for a devoted clientele who come to the charming, salmon-colored house in Ketchum to enjoy the company of friends, good conversation and satisfying food. “Food is really about people and friendship,” says Cristina. “In Tuscany, it’s not just about the food. We sit at the table for four hours, but we don’t eat for four hours. We talk, we laugh, we cry.” From her signature soups to her freshly baked breads and breakfast pastries, everything Cristina offers in this cozy, European-style trattoria is steeped in her Tuscan heritage. Choose from traditional Tuscan recipes such as Scampi al Dragoncello, Tortellini in Brodo and Zuppa di Farro, along with homemade pastas, fresh salads, thin crust pizzas and a variety of daily specials. And don’t forget the deli, which overflows with a tantalizing assortment of hot and cold entrées, salads, appetizers and imported and domestic cheeses, salami and olives. Cristina’s two cookbooks, Cristina’s of Sun Valley and Cristina’s Tuscan Table, have garnered raves from sophisticated reviewers to legions of local regulars. Cristina’s Tuscan Table was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s favorite 25 cookbooks of the year and appeared in their annual Best of the Best cookbooks in 2008. All the cookbooks are available at the restaurant. If you dream about the perfect meal, you can find it by following Cristina into the pages of her books or . . . you can come to Cristina’s Restaurant. As Cristina says, “At my table, there is room for everyone!” Phone: 208.726.4499 Location: 520 East 2nd Street, Ketchum Hours: Breakfast, Mon-Sat, 7 am to 11 am Lunch, Mon-Sat, 11 am to 5:30 pm Sunday Brunch, 9 am to 4 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal, plus sunroom dining Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Casual European Service: Dine in, takeout, bakery, private dinners SUMMER 2012 | sunvalleymag.com 153
Casual, local, independent Focusing on local, organic and sustainable products, dashi is the newest addition to the Ketchum dining scene. The new restaurant, opened by Chef Tyler Stokes, who has a spontaneous, open minded approach to food, has built a reputation the last five years in the Valley as someone who cooks with passion, integrity and respect for food and the diner alike. Focussing on modern Asian cuisine with a strong New American influence, dashi is committed to local products and farmers. The menu at dashi is dictated by the seasons and the inspiration that each one brings. The freshest, most sustainable seafood is presented in sushi rolls, sashimi, salads and plated entrées designed to show the qualities and versatility of each individual fish. Local, organic and natural meats are featured, as well as wild game and fowl. Regular features at dashi include homemade ramen noodles in long-established Japanese traditions with our homemade stocks and broths. Enjoy our popular steamed pork buns, local elk carpaccio, wagyu beef shabu shabu, tartares, foie gras, dungeness crab dumplings or miso soup to start then move onto an entrée of black cod, diver scallops, baby back ribs, organic chicken, grass fed beef, local lamb or our daily fresh fish specials. Everything is made in house at dashi including our desserts and assorted ice creams. The atmosphere at dashi is modern, clean and casual, large windows encase the dining area with some of the best views of Baldy in town. We are in the new “bistronomic” school of restaurants, juxtaposing three star cuisine with humor and accessibility. By doing away with the Old World dress codes, white table clothes, elaborate floral displays and replacing them with hip music and a lively relaxed atmosphere, we are helping to redefine what fine dining means. The formal service and wine list is overseen by certified sommelier Robert Jensen and focuses on the best that the Pacific Northwest and California have to offer as well as some Old World selections. The beer list is not to be overlooked featuring the best craft beers available and a large selection to choose from. Sake is a must at dashi as we have a large selection of the finest premium Japanese sakes to enjoy.
Phone: 208.928.7703 Location: 220 N. East Avenue, Ketchum Hours: Lunch (summer only) 11:30 am-2 pm; Dinner 5 pm-10 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, sake Reservations: Recommended for dinner Type of cuisine: Modern Asian/New American Service: Dine in, take out Website: www.dashisunvalley.com 154 sunvalleymag.com | summer 2012
Local • organic • sustainable • world cuisine
cider glazed wild alaskan salmon
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If your palette demands flavorful and adventurous cuisine, then a unique dining experience awaits you at Globus. Located in downtown Ketchum since 1992, Globus serves delectable and satiating world fare where patrons often come more than once a week to try Executive Chef Ryan Stadelman’s fresh and creative daily specials. In the summer, outdoor deck seating is a treat, and if there’s a chill in the air, Globus owner Wendy Muir has you covered with a selection of pashminas. Muir’s choice of bold colors in the dining room adds vibrancy to the chic mountain town dining scene. Chef Stadelman, with the assistance of Sous Chef Bryon Bain, prepares seasonal menus using regional products and premium ingredients to create exceptional dishes. Included are Lava Lake Lamb Dumplings, Wild Alaskan Salmon with Charred Artichoke Puree and Cider-Soy Marinated Pork Tenderloin. Alongside Chef Stadelman’s original dishes are the ever-popular Globus mainstays of Crispy Fish, Green Thai Curry and Pad Thai, which are always prepared to satisfy a craving. Salads bursting with flavor include the seasonal Butter Leaf with Asparagus and the delicious menu staple of Cucumber “Noodle.” Inventive soups, tasty vegetarian dishes and a range of pork, beef, chicken, and fish fill the diverse Globus menu. All desserts are made in house, offering a sweet ending to a meal of bold flavors and tangy spices. A celebrated and superior wine list hand-selected by Muir also features flights of premium chilled Japanese sake and an exceptional list of craft beers to accompany the array of world cuisine Globus offers. Internationally renowned photographer Laura McPhee, a frequent visitor to the Wood River Valley, equates Globus with the likes of Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger. And upon the Food Network’s Rachel Ray’s visit to Globus she said the calamari is “the best on the planet.” Discover for yourself why Globus is one of Ketchum’s finest. Phone: 208.726.1301 Location: 291 6th, Ketchum Hours: Winter, 5:30 pm daily; Summer, 6 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, sake, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: World Cuisine Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website: www.globus-restaurant.com
The Grill at Knob Hill Northwest cuisine with a European influence
Among the best ski restaurants in America
Come enjoy a meal at The Grill at Knob Hill in the newly remodeled Knob Hill Inn. Restaurant owners and long-time locals Bob and Jolie Dunn, formerly of Warm Springs Ranch Restaurant and The Bigwood Grill, have created an environment that is casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated. Distinctively Northwest cuisine, with a variety of American and European classics, makes for anticipated highlights such as Idaho ruby red rainbow trout, prime steaks, local lamb, wild game and “Felix’s” calamari. Chef Mark “Sparky” Anderson produces a simple yet refined menu with a Rocky Mountain influence using the highest quality meats, poultry and seafood available. Every evening the restaurant also offers creative specials to round out a menu sure to please Sun Valley guests and locals alike. Our newly renovated Sun Valley hot spot utilizes natural materials and rich earth tones that complement the barrel-vaulted ceiling. Enjoy lighter fare or dinner in the lobby by the fireplace or at the cozy wine bar. A new addition to the space is the semi-private fireplace room which allows for additional dining for groups or individuals and access to an intimate outdoor patio. The summer space is spectacular with a covered and heated terrace and lawn seating with views of Baldy and to the north… one of the best outdoor spots in the Valley.
If you want to dine next to a celebrity, best get a reservation at the restaurant run by Ketchum’s celebrity chef. That would be Scott Mason, whose Ketchum Grill is in one of the charming old houses left standing in the face of demand for grand accommodations. And the bonus is the fabulous food, featuring Mason’s famous innovations, ultra-fresh ingredients and service that combine to earn Ketchum a nod one at of the eight best ski-town restaurants Open 7Grill nights a as week 5 p.m. in America by Snow Country Magazine. Online The cuisineReserve is “New American, with Idaho emphasis,” which means such entrées as Grilled Black Canyon Idaho Elk, Braised Idaho Lamb Shank and Duck with Mountain Huckleberries. Mason and his wife Anne (pastry chef for the restaurant) are supporters of the movement to promote local, seasonal food, with a dedication to healthy, natural and homemade. There is an excellent wine list, as well. The boyishly handsome Mason is usually seeing to the fish, the steaks, all the great stuff that comes out of the kitchen. But on occasion he’ll come out to meet and greet. Asked what celebrity customer made the Masons know they had “made it,” they replied: “Lance Armstrong. But JFK Jr. was a regular in his day.” Oh, did we forget to mention Mason bikes to work most days, even in the winter?
“When the weather turns cool the Ketchum Grill Remains HOT!”
Phone: 208.726.8004 Location: 960 North Main, Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Northwest Service: Dine in, takeout, private events Website: www.knobhillinn.com
Phone: 208.726.4660 Location: 520 East Avenue, Ketchum Hours: 5 pmIdaho to 10-ish nightly◆ 208.726.4660 ◆ ketchumgrill.com 520 East Avenue ◆ Ketchum, 83340 Outdoor dining: Seasonal Follow us on twitter “ketchumgrill” facebook “Ketchum Grill... the thrill of the Grill” Beverages: Beer,and wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended at www.ketchumgrill.com Type of cuisine: New American with Idaho emphasis Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website: www.ketchumgrill.com
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Best breakfast in the Northern Rockies
Michel’s Christiania 1959 “The Christy” 2011
No other restaurant is as steeped in ski history as Michel’s Christiania. Since 1959, “The Christy” has set the standard for fine dining in Sun Valley. On the walls are photographs from owner Michel Rudigoz’s time as Coach to the U.S. Women’s Olympic Ski Team during the golden years when a number of Sun Valley locals became ski champions including Christin Cooper, Abbi Fisher-Gould and Maria Maricich. Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street gave a signed pair of skis to adorn the wall as did Italian Champion Alberto Tomba. But you don’t have to be a ski aficionado to enjoy a meal here–Ernest Hemingway came so frequently he had his own table! Salmon with sorrel sauce, filet mignon with morels, lamb shank and fresh Idaho Ruby Trout are just a few of the tantalizing entrées that keep locals and tourists coming back year after year. Michel’s authentic recipe as well as superior Idaho potatoes makes “pommes frites” an unforgettable treat! Classic French dessert selections include crème brulee, fresh fruit sorbets, profiteroles and tarte tatin. Rudigoz, formerly of Lyon, France, made Sun Valley his home in 1972 and the restaurant his creative expression since 1994. Every evening you will find him lighting from table to table in the dining room warmly greeting guests. The Olympic Bar’s warm, casual atmosphere encourages patrons to enjoy a wide selection of classic specialty cocktails as well as the full dining menu. Executive Chef Laurent Loubot leads the culinary team at your service nightly.
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The Kneadery has been the locals’ and visitors’ favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for over 30 years. Established in 1975, this establishment combines wholesome fresh food with a rustic Idaho atmosphere. Whether you’re headed out for a day of hiking, or spent the morning skiing the slopes, you’ll want to fuel up with a wholesome nutritious meal at The Kneadery. All meals start with the freshest ingredients—locally baked organic breads, fresh whipped eggs, seasonal fruit and top quality meats. From the huge omeletes and pancakes, to the fresh salads and burgers, there’s something for everyone. Great food is just the beginning at The Kneadery. Service with a smile and the authentic décor complete the package. Owners Duffy and Sheila Witmer have been collecting the Western artwork that has filled The Kneadery and The Pioneer Saloon for decades. Come see why so many have made The Kneadery Ketchum’s best restaurant for breakfast for 15 years. Phone: 208.726.9462 Location: 260 N. Leadville Avenue, Ketchum Hours: 8 am to 2 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer and wine Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: Idaho American Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering
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Phone: 208.726.3388 Location: 303 Walnut Avenue, Ketchum Hours: Bar 4:45 pm, dinner 6 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Beautiful, seasonal patio dining Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Traditional French Service: Dine in, bar service, private parties Website: www.christianiarestaurant.com
Pioneer Saloon Old West meets new
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No visit to Ketchum is complete without a stop at the steakhouse affectionately known as “The Pio.” Owner Duffy Witmer has been working door to floor for 30 years to make sure everyone who comes into his saloon has a memorable meal. Prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, ribs—you won’t leave unsatisfied. The Pio is typical of an earlier Idaho when ore wagons rattled down Main Street and business was done with a handshake over a beer. An interior décor of natural woods, mounted game and period firearms helps create an authentic saloon atmosphere. You can stop in for a drink at the cowboy bar any night and choose from a wide variety of beers, wines and liquors. Mosey on in to the dining room where most seats give you a view of a busy kitchen cranking out delicious, tender beef, grilled trout and overstuffed Idaho bakers. The Pioneer Saloon sits in the heart of Ketchum, the gateway to the Sawtooths and a mile from Sun Valley, the oldest and most elegant ski resort in America. The surrounding area is a recreation-lover’s paradise year-round and, since 1950, The Pioneer has become a traditional stop. This is the place for tourists, locals and anyone with a big appetite for history and great food. “If you haven’t been to The Pio,” says Duffy, “you haven’t been to Ketchum.” Phone: 208.726.3139 Location: 320 N. Main Street, Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American steakhouse Service: Dine in Website: www.pioneersaloon.com
Classic ski town restaurant and bar Tom Nickel already had a successful endeavor on Ketchum’s Main Street, so for his second offering to the downtown dining scene, he went back to the well and created the wonderful and always original Roosevelt Grille. Fifteen years later, this popular establishment appeals equally to both locals and tourists with an enticing menu, professional staff and comfortable vibe. Guests can enjoy an ice-cold brew at the popular bar, relax with a cocktail around the cozy fireplace, or settle into a comfortable table on their amazing rooftop deck where they will have the very tough job of choosing from the eclectic menu that Nickel characterizes as “creative interpretations of classic bistro fare.” “We’re inspired by our guests, our staff, our personal travel and our colleagues from other restaurants to keep the menu fresh, varied and interesting. And increasingly we recognize the need to offer food that is healthy and to source it from close to home. All of our beef is hormone and antibiotic free from a family of ranches in Idaho and Oregon. And we’re working hard to serve only sustainably harvested seafood,” Nickel explains. Customer favorites include the Pan Broiled Ruby Red Trout, Grilled Flat Iron Steak brushed with savory chimichurri sauce, Seared Alaskan Sea Scallops with jalapeño-cream sauce, New Orleans-Style Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya, Braised Idaho Lamb Shank with Pinot Noir reduction and Honey-Glazed Chicken basted with soy, ginger and orange zest. And their extensive bar menu serves up the best burgers and small pizzas in town! Whether your outing means enjoying a bowl of homemade soup by the fire, a quick brew at the bar or a special dinner with friends, this place is not to be missed. The Roosevelt . . . Ketchum’s classic ski-town restaurant and bar and the local’s favorite for more than 15 years!
Phone: 208.726.0051 Location: 280 N. Main Street, Ketchum Hours: Bar and dining room at 5 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Rooftop deck Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: American bistro and steakhouse Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, private banquet room Website: www.rooseveltgrille.com
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The Sawtooth Club Downtown Ketchum at its best
Whether window shopping, gallery hopping or just gathering to meet good friends, The Sawtooth Club, a mainstay in Ketchum’s downtown scene, has been a Valley favorite for more than 25 years. Always busy with a great mix of locals and visitors, The Sawtooth Club offers a unique blend of American steakhouse classics and fresh seafood and pastas, all prepared with their signature creative flair. “Our mesquite-wood fire generates the tremendous heat which sears in the natural flavors and juices and imparts a variety of subtle tastes and aromas to whatever we’re cooking,” explains owner Tom Nickel. From the Mesquite-Grilled Ribeye Steak brushed with smoked chipotle reduction to the superb Chicken Senegalese, their famous Rack of Spring Lamb, Flame-Broiled Breast of Duck or the WoodGrilled Pork Tenderloin, everything on this irresistible menu is distinctive and delicious. One taste and you’ll know why—in five different years a local readers’ poll has recognized The Sawtooth Club as the “Valley’s Best Overall Restaurant.” After dinner, or all on its own, the long and welcoming bar, cozy fireside couches and eclectic “café menu” make The Sawtooth Club’s bar just about the most popular watering hole in town. Here you can relax around the large central fireplace and enjoy an order of their amazing fresh steamer clams or delicious spring rolls with one of 20 wines by the glass or 10 international microbrews on tap. The Sawtooth Club really does have everything you could ever want for your night on the town. Don’t miss it. The Sawtooth Club . . . Still and always, this is downtown Ketchum at its best! Phone: 208.726.5233 Location: 231 N. Main Street, Ketchum Hours: Bar, 4:30 pm; dining room, 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Spacious deck Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Creative American dining/casual bar Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu Website: www.sawtoothclub.com
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Sushi on Second Modern global cuisine
Sushi on Second is second-to-none in Ketchum for creating a magical evening of food, friends and fun. Established in 1994, it is the Valley’s oldest sushi restaurant. But don’t let age fool you. Head Sushi Chefs Zack Venzon and Cuyler Swindley are at the center of a talented crew of young sushi chefs that delight in creating dishes that are as appetizing to look at as they are to eat, like their famous, “Who’s your Daddy” roll. See why Bon Appétit Magazine wrote, “Sushi on Second, the best sushi I’ve had in years.” The menu consists of global cuisine mixed with a healthy dose of Northwest experimentalism that creates a truly unique culinary experience. Chefs John Rust and Ashley Weber are behind their nightly specials, which keep local diners coming back, often twice a week. Be sure to try the sushi, of course, but some of John and Ashley’s current creative dishes include Grilled Alaskan Halibut with a chili lime glaze over curry rice pilaf and a cucumber yogurt salad, Hawaiian-style Kalibi Baby Back Pork Ribs, Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with a citrus cream sauce over rice with an avocado salad, Scallop Ceviche with wonton crisps, Idaho Kobe Beef Carpaccio, Seared Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tartare, and SOS style Cioppino with Clams, Halibut Cheeks and Calamari, to name a few. The full wine, champagne, beer and sake bar is fitted with a flatscreen television to see the latest scores, snow and fishing reports. But whether you are sitting in one of the two private, screened tatami rooms or at the 20-seat sushi bar itself, all eyes in the restaurant invariably wind up on the sushi chefs. Knives a-blur, they chop and slice the finest seafood available, which is flown in fresh from locations such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji and Japan by their own seafood import company, Idaho Seafood. Come in and taste why Sushi on Second has been consistently over the years voted Ketchum’s best restaurant for sushi and seafood. To take a virtual tour of the restaurant or to check out our full menu, please go to www.sushionsecond.com.
Phone: 208.726.5181 Location: 260 Second Street, Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Wine, beer, sake, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Asian fusion Service: Dine in, takeout Website: www.sushionsecond.com
131 Washington Ave. S., Ketchum
400 E. Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum
230 Walnut Ave., Ketchum
Seasonal menu using local producers; woodburning oven; family friendly
211 Main St., Ketchum
Urban Western Cuisine
The Cellar Pub CIRO Restaurant & Wine Bar Cornerstone Bar & Grill Cristina’s Restaurant & Bakery dashi
520 E. 2nd St., Ketchum
208.726.4499 208.928.7703 www.dashisunvalley.com
Modern Asian/ New American
291 E. 6th St., Ketchum
960 N. Main St., Ketchum
Northwest Cuisine with a European influence
520 East Ave., Ketchum
New American with Idaho emphasis
260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum
303 Walnut Ave., Ketchum
320 N. Main St., Ketchum
280 N. Main St., Ketchum
American bistro and steakhouse
The Sawtooth Club
231 N. Main St., Ketchum
Creative American dining room/casual bar
260 Second St., Ketchum
The Grill at Knob Hill
Sushi on Second
Casual European bakery, catering, and take-away
220 N. East Ave., Ketchum
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Boca 131 Washington Ave. S.
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dashi 220 N. East Ave.
Globus 291 E. 6th St.
The Grill at Knob Hill
960 N. Main St.
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