Dining at the Parks

New Chef Comes To The Wuksachi Lodge In Sequoia National Park

Wuksachi Lodge, the only in-park lodging at Sequoia National Park, has welcomed a new chef.

Dining At The Parks: The Metate Room At Mesa Verde National Park

It’s not often you walk out of a national park lodge restaurant feeling wowed. But that was my experience during a recent stay at the Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

Dining At The Parks: Scallops In Potato Nest With Ponzu Sauce And Citrus Vinaigrette From Lake Quinault Lodge In Olympic National Park

Chefs at restaurants in and around national parks spend a lot of time designing dishes reflective of their surroundings. So is it any surprise that Lake Quinault Lodge Executive Chef Patrick Norris focused on scallops recently when he was looking for something special?

Dining At The Parks: Pan-Seared Salmon Tostada From El Tovar Hotel In Grand Canyon National Park

Sometimes you have a meal while on vacation that you wish you could bring home with you, at least in the form of a recipe to recreate in your own kitchen. Here, from the El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon National Park, is the recipe for their Pan-Seared Salmon Tostada.

Dining At The Parks: Lobster Stew From The Jordan Pond House At Acadia National Park

One of the favorite meals at the Jordon Pond House at Acadia National Park is a bowl of thick, rich lobster stew. Here's how you can work on this delicious dish at home (views of Jordon Pond not included).

Dining At The Parks: Roasted Acorn Squash With Scallops In Olympic National Park

Without question, one of the bonuses of visiting Olympic National Park is eating the incredibly fresh seafood you find in the restaurants.

Dining At The Parks: Big Drop Omelets On The Colorado River Through Canyonlands National Park

OK, you've landed your permit for a float trip through Canyonlands National Park, or Dinosaur National Monument, and you're faced with creating a menu for a crowd of famished paddlers. Consider serving up "Big Drop Omelets" for breakfast!

Reader Participation Day: Where Was Your Worst Dining Experience in the National Parks?

So many superlatives swirl around the national parks that at times we forget that things aren't always so rosy. So, tell us where you encountered your worst dining experience in the parks this year.

Dining At The Parks: National Park Restaurants Striving To Raise the Culinary Bar

Like to mix food and national parks? Consider these special food attractions at Shenandoah, Mesa Verde, and Olympic national parks.

Dining At The Parks: Pinon Chocolate Bread Pudding

A day spent hiking along the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park deserves some rewards. And if you're a chocoholic, one of those should be the Pinon Chocolate Bread Pudding served up at the Grand Canyon Lodge.

Dining At The Parks: High Desert Black Bean Burger With Sunflower Sauce

Stroll into a dining room just about anywhere in the Southwest and you'll find some entree that includes black beans. At the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim of the canyon they've found a way to get black beans into a burger.

Dining At The Parks: Jalepeno Cheese Cake from the Furance Creek Inn in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is a pretty hot place, so it shouldn't be any surprise that at the upscale Furnace Creek Inn they offer Jalepeno Cheese Cake for dessert in the desert.

Dining At The Parks: Roasted Acorn Squash With Scallops From Lake Quinault Lodge

While scallops can taste great by themselves with a little salt and pepper, this recipe from Lake Quinault Lodge on the southern border of Olympic National Park complements them with the nuttiness of acorn squash. Thanks to Executive Chef Patrick Norris for sharing this recipe.

Dining At The Parks: Elk Chili From Grand Teton National Park's Signal Mountain Lodge

Winter is one of the best seasons -- if not the best -- for chili. Whether you opt for a vegetarian version, or the Elk Chili from Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, sitting in front of a roaring fire with a bowl of chili and a loaf of crusty bread is hard to beat.

Dining At The Parks: Chicken Riesling From Shenandoah National Park's Big Meadows Lodge

Frequent visitors to the Big Meadows Lodge or Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park no doubt are familiar with Executive Chef Peter Bizon's chicken riesling dish. For those who want to try it at home, here's the recipe.

Dining At The Parks: Cinnamon & Chile Rubbed Pork Tenderloin At Mesa Verde National Park

From time to time we try to profile restaurants, and even chefs, in the national parks. Last fall, after we ran a feature on the chef at the Metate Room Restaurant in Mesa Verde National Park, some readers asked about recipes. Well, for all who want to try to master one of the entrees served up there, here's Chef Brian Puett's recipe for Cinnamon & Chile Rubbed Port Tenderloin.

Dining At The Parks: Mesa Verde National Park's Chef Ensures The Southwest Flows Through his Dishes

Talk regional cuisines and when the region that pops up is the Southwest you know the talk is going to get spicy: Chipotle peppers with their rich, smoky flavor, habaneros with their bite, and potentially potent chile rellenos. But Southwestern cuisine is more diverse than its bite might indicate. You can discover that during a meal in the Metate Room at Mesa Verde National Park, where the menu is built around bison, elk, turkey and quail, as well as squash, black beans, and tortillas.
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