U.S. National Parks' signature recipes

I didn’t even know parks HAD special recipes, but these all look appealing. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/american-national-parks-recipes?utm_source=Gastro+Obscura+Weekly+E-mail&utm_campaign=144c48698e-GASTRO_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_04_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2418498528-144c48698e-67058485&mc_cid=144c48698e&mc_eid=d52c630434

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The Grand Canyon has a salmon tostada as its signature dish? Since when is salmon local to the Grand Canyon?

I have had the Jordan Pond House popovers and they are awesome.

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I thought that was odd too…Maybe it’s the obscure and rarely sighted Colorado River salmon?

I ate at El Tovar at the Grand Canyon when I was 10. Amazing gazpacho. Chilled spoon. One of my first fine dining experiences. https://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/dine/el-tovar-dining-room-and-lounge/

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Not a recipe - but one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten, was eaten at the Antietam Battlefield site, Maryland. Meatloaf, mustard & onion on a delicious bread - bought from a deli in nearby Frederick.

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https://www.realfoodtraveler.com/crater-lake-lodge-elk-chops-recipe/

From our Oregon NP.
Huckleberries and elk are regionally correct.
Salmon too.
:slight_smile:

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My family thinks of ribs when someone mentions the Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone. After a day of mountain climbing (really just a hike) we went to the lodge. There was a bit of a wait and so we were primed for a good dining experience. We consider those ribs in that situation to be the unbeatable benchmark for great ribs. I suspect that they were simply passable ribs with the added touch of us having primed ourselves. I don’t think I’d risk ruining that memory by having them again.

I do not remember baked beans.

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I took a winter tour of Yellowstone Park. They served us vegetarian red chili with beans, beef red chili with beans and bison red chili with beans , at a buffet, as part of what they had described as a gourmet lunch, at a lodge.
Tortilla chips and shredded cheese could be added on top.

I dislike chili with beans and I dislike red chili. Disappointing lunch for me.

Cowboy beans - which are basically baked beans with bbq sauce added as far as I can tell- are extremely common in Wyoming, Montana, Saskatchewan and Alberta. They show up on every Stampede menu in Calgary in the summer, and are a staple on a lot of menus /buffets/ parties in Alberta and Saskatchewan. So- one would also find Cowboy beans in Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, 2 of Canada’s National Parks. Would also expect to see then on Glacier Park NP menus . Lots of huckleberry jams and syrups at Glacier Park NP’s gift shops.

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That’s too bad . I’ve had really excellent Green Chili stew in Wyoming. At truck stops, not national parks.

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I’ve had awesome green chili in Colorado Springs

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