Mom craves salmon for dinner, while Dad has a hankering for steak and Idaho potatoes. Billy won’t eat anything green and Suzi just decided she’s going vegetarian for the week. While getting them on the chairlift is easy, deciding where to dine with the whole family can be a challenge. Fortunately, Sun Valley offers a plethora of dining options, sure to please even the pickiest of palates. Here’s a quick guide to family-friendly eats in the Valley.
An Austrian-inspired breakfast and lunch spot, the cozy Konditorei transports patrons back to Sun Valley’s European roots. The café and restaurant feature locally roasted fair trade and organic coffees, fresh-baked pastries and chalet-inspired dining. Signature breakfast dishes include Schnitzel & Gravy, Eggs Benedict, and waffles or crepes for the kids. Lunch fare features traditional Shnitzelplatte and Bavarian Bratwurstplatte as well as more traditional soups and salads. The Konditorei is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Who doesn’t love a warm cup of cocoa in the winter? Satisfy your sweet tooth and stave off the icy winter chill at A La Mode, a retro-inspired ice cream and cocoa bar. This sweet shop scoops up build-your-own sundaes, ice cream floats, shakes and smoothies as well as gourmet beverages. Located near the Sun Valley Lodge, go wild and build your own perfect dessert. A La Mode is open daily until 10:00 p.m.
Tuesdays are for tacos! If your family craves Mexican, look no further than KB’s. Made to satisfy any size hunger, KB’s burritos are delicious, and gigantic. The Tofu and Miso Tacos are great options for Suzi, while build-your-own salads offer a healthier fare for those watching their waistlines. For the adults in the crowd, quench that hard-earned thirst with a margarita or beer, you’ve earned it.
A local favorite, Johnny G’s serves up some of the best sandwiches in the Valley. You’ll find the history of Sun Valley and the ski industry decorating the walls of this classic joint. Dine-in or take out favorites like the Meatless Masterpiece, Mama Sass’s Meatball, or build your own sub. Lighter fare includes salads and homemade soups.
With locations in both Hailey and Ketchum, Wiseguy’s fires up New York-style, hand-tossed pizzas made from local ingredients. Stop in for a slice or grab a pie to-go for an easy and delicious dinner that the whole family can agree on. Order a side of wings and a Caesar salad to complete the meal. Post up at the bar and peruse the establishment’s large selection of beer and wine.
Perry’s is a true crowd pleaser. With a traditional breakfast and lunch menu, the restaurant has a hometown, diner-like feel with delicious options. Open daily until 5:00 p.m., Perry’s offers a full array of sandwiches, soups, salads, as well as delicious, homemade desserts. Breakfast includes classics like hot oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, and French toast. We recommend taking a chocolate chip cookie or two to go, a perfect bite-sized afternoon pick-me-up.
A Valley staple for breakfast and lunch, Big Wood Bread is not just a bakery. In fact, the breakfast burritos made here, served up with a side of perfectly seasoned potatoes, are out of this world. Fuel up on your way to the slopes or enjoy a casual and relaxing lunch at one of the two locations in town. Health food nuts will rave about the kale and quinoa salad and sandwiches made on homemade bread. But might we suggest the tacos and chocolate cookies instead? Go ahead, live a little.
Don’t miss of the Northwest’s oldest bowling alleys, located in the basement of the Sun Valley Lodge. Fill an afternoon or evening with a little family-friendly competition at the Lodge’s newly renovated alley and game room. Fuel the fun with nachos, potato skins, beef cheeseburgers, and chicken tenders. On your way home, stop by nearby A La Mode for a nightcap!
If the smell of freshly baked calzones and pizza crust wafting out the door isn’t enough to entice you, it’s the promise of bruschetta, Rico’s signature meatballs, and cannoli for dessert that will inspire you to dine at this family-friendly establishment. Located on Main Street, Rico’s serves everyone’s favorite authentic, Italian dishes. The Bambino (kid’s) menu includes build-your-own pasta, homemade mac ‘n cheese, as well as Toni’s local Sun Valley Ice Cream. Gluten-free options include pasta, pizza crust, and even dessert. Rico’s is open nightly at 5:00 p.m.
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