Fine dining at national parks

Think national parks and what springs to mind? Spectacular scenery. Abundant wildlife. Rustic accommodations. But good food?

Well, yes, at least according to, a website devoted to all things food. The has compiled list of the best eats at national parks across the country. Topping the list are the menus at Yellowstone, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains and Zion national parks.

Onion soup gratinee and smoked trout cakes are highlights at the Mountain Room at Yosemite National Park. Browsing the menu, I also spotted shrimp gazpacho and vegetarian sliders, open face black bean, bulgar and feta patties with sun-dried tomato and chipotle pesto. Sounds delicious. A closer look reveals the chef uses locally grown, seasonal organic vegetables from a nearby farm.

How about pan-seared and deglazed elk medallions finished with a blueberry demi after an invigorating hike in the woods? Then try the menu at the Rapids Restaurant at Rocky Mountain National Park. Duck confit and pea ravioli, cinnamon-rubbed and slow-roasted pork belly and a white chocolate-caramel bread pudding might entice you to dine at the nearby Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Clearly, the days of bag-your-own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, trail mix and granola bars are gone at our national parks ” at least off the trails. To read more about the best eats at our national parks, check out Best Eats at America’s National Parks.

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.