Winter Dining Heats Up

Winter is heating up in Sun Valley. With the snow gods dumping more than a foot of fresh powder over the mountains and valleys last week, everyone is out skiing, riding, freestyling on Dollar’s Terrain Park, and cross country skiing. No question that all that activity and fresh air works up an appetite. Just in time, Sun Valley is offering great dining options for hungry recreationalists, busy families, couples out for a romantic night, and everyone in between!  Sun Valley dining just gets better and now is the time to try something new or to revisit newly reimagined favorites!

Dinner at the rustic and historic Trail Creek Cabin is a wonderful experience, whether you get there by car or sleigh!

One wonderfully memorable way to enjoy winter is to indulge in dinner at the historic Trail Creek Cabin. Though sleigh and wagon rides are a popular way to access this unique dining experience, patrons are also welcome to make the short drive to Trail Creek (just east of the Sun Valley Lodge) before tucking into a special winter a la carte menu that will leave you warm and happy, inside and out. Upon arrival at the former hunting cabin that was built in 1937, diners are greeted by a roaring fire, a special treat for children under 12, and a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere that invites you to relax, sit back, and linger. Chef Adam Fisher offers a delicious seasonal menu sure to appeal to any palate. Choices include small plates from Escargot to crispy potato skins; large plates from Ruby Idaho Trout to a lamb burger; and desserts. Don’t forget their world-famous scones to start! A full bar and ambiance to spare make a night at Trail Creek well worth a short drive that will feel like it’s taken you far, far away from it all. Trail Creek Cabin is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 9 p.m. and reservations may be made by calling 208-622-2019.

Winter dinner at Trail Creek Cabin involves delicious food, roaring fires, charming surroundings, and smiles all around

At the Sun Valley Village, the newly remodeled Ram Restaurant is also offering a big dash of character with absolutely delicious fare.  This resort favorite recently underwent a remodel that left the restaurant’s charm intact but added modern elements including an open kitchen. The Ram, built in 1937, is Sun Valley’s original restaurant and in honor of this, the chef has introduced a “Heritage Menu” that pays tribute to the room’s storied history. This menu offers a series of historic dishes resurrected from the restaurant’s culinary tradition. Each night of the week offers a special famous dish.

  • Monday: Liver and Onions, 1938
  • Tuesday: Hemingway Hasenpfeffer, 1954
  • Wednesday: Sun Valley Serenade Lamb 1941
  • Thursday: Pepper Strip, 1977
  • Friday: Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel, 1982
  • Saturday: Hungarian Goulash, 1966
  • Sunday: Holiday Supper, 1936

All Heritage dishes are $25. The rest of the delightful menu is offered every night of the week and includes such diverse dishes as Grilled Wild Prawn or Shishito Peppers and Cauliflower for starters, and Beef Tenderloin, Lamb Shank, King Salmon, and many other choices for the entree.  To add to the old-world feeling, pianist extraordinaire Larry Harshberger performs favorites nightly at the Ram on a beautiful baby grand.  This room has always been one of my very favorites. Sliding into a high-back booth and lingering over delicious food, and of course, fondue, makes for a truly memorable winter night out. The Ram Restaurant is open daily through the season from 5 – 9:30 p.m. and reservations may be made by calling 208-622-2225.

The newly reimagined Ram Restaurant retains its charm and history while updating the space for today’s patrons. The food, as always, is sublime

The new Village Station is the place to be for lunch, happy hour, or dinner. The food is great and the vibe is welcoming

And if you have yet to go to the brand new Village Station, you are missing out on one popular hot spot! Ever since this family-friendly eatery opened its doors before the holidays, the railroad-themed restaurant has been bursting at the seams with hungry families, and adults enjoying a game on numerous big-screen televisions, and meeting friends to enjoy craft beers and specialty cocktails. The menu is full of crowd-pleasing classic American favorites, from hearty cheeseburgers, chicken wings, pizza, pastas and family-style salads. Diners 12 and under can chose from a special ‘conductor’s menu’. It simply is the place to be. The Village Station’s take out family pack option (favorites like spaghetti and meatballs and penne primavera that serve 10 – 20 people) are also proving incredibly popular, as is on-property delivery. What people may not know, though, is that Village Station also serves lunch.  The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. so it’s a terrific option for a work lunch or a delicious midday break. Village Station will also provide even more incentive to come in this winter. Every day, they will offer a happy hour from 3 – 5 p.m. Included are $5 draft beers (featuring six of them), $5 draft wines, $5 huckleberry margaritas (yum!), half off appetizers and an $8 burger. Cheers!

A recent leisurely Saturday lunch at Village Station involved delicious offerings like their Bacon and Blue Stuffed Burger, and comfortable and lively surroundings

If you haven’t dined in Sun Valley lately, you are missing out! Whether your tastes run to a hearty pasta dinner on a cold winter’s night, fine dining accompanied by beautiful piano music, or refined fare enjoyed in a rustic cabin, make your plans now!

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