Our vacation in food part 4 had us looking for comfort foods from home, although we did still take advantage of the free hotel breakfast!
The tail end of our trip included mostly foods that we already knew and were comfortable with. By that time, we were about done trying new places and just looking for something from home.
Almost all of the towns we stayed in were small towns, so there weren’t any chain restaurants. It was nice in some ways because it forced us to try different places and new foods.
My Vacation in Food: Part 2 is part of a series about our summer vacation in food. To see more read My Vacation in Food: Part 1 here, My Vacation in Food: Part 2 here, My Vacation in Food: Part 3 here
Originally Published On: June 28, 2018
Last Updated On: April 7, 2020
This was our last full day of vacation that wasn’t full of driving and flying. In the morning, Justin and I asked my parents to watch the boys so we could go out for breakfast. We asked the people running the hotel, and they suggested the Log Cabin Cafe in Silver Gate.
The food was all homemade and delicious! There was a placard at the table describing where a lot of their food comes from, which I thought was neat. The only thing we ate off of that list was the bread for my French Toast. But we didn’t go back for lunch or dinner to try anything else.
At lunchtime, we were in Yellowstone again walking on some of the trails so we didn’t eat there. We tried to walk the Pebble Creek trail but the creek was flooded from all the snow runoff so we didn’t get far. Then we walked up to Trout Lake. By the time we got back into the town it was almost 4 so we again had a late lunch/early dinner.
Every one of us enjoyed the pizza so much the night before that we went back to the Miner’s Saloon. This time we ordered smaller pizzas but got one cheese and one of the “redneck” pizza. When we first walked in, Ryan wouldn’t go past the entrance and said he didn’t want to eat there. When we asked why he told us it’s because they don’t have milk! So my dad walked across the street to the general store and bought some for him, then he was happy to stay!
That evening, after the boys went to bed, my mom and I went out driving trying to find some animals. While we were out, we stopped at a small place called Stop The Car and got some milkshakes. Yes, it was snowing, but it was so yummy!
Our last day of driving for the trip, woohoo! We had another 7-hour drive from Cooke City, Montana, down to Salt Lake City, Utah. In the morning, we had the free hotel breakfast again before packing up and heading out on the road.
To get there, we drove through Yellowstone again from the Northeast Entrance over to the West Entrance which gave us a view of some of the park we hadn’t seen yet. And we got stopped in traffic because everyone was taking photos of a bear! Mom and I really wanted to see a bear so we were so excited! It looked like a female black bear because I saw a cub run over the hill right as we pulled up. The last thing we saw was a moose, but by the time we stopped to get photos it turned to walk away so I only got photos of its backside.
When we got to Idaho Falls, we stopped at an Olive Garden. As I said, we were all ready for something we knew. I got soup, salad, and breadsticks as usual. Their alfredo dipping sauce for the breadsticks is a must for me. I had a small salad then two bowls of chicken & gnocchi soup! The boys both had a kid’s pizza meal.
For dinner, at the hotel, we weren’t very hungry, so we reheated the leftover pizza from the kid’s meals which was enough for all of us at that time.
Time for our last continental breakfast for a long time (I hope). It’s great having one meal free, but the options are so limited. Especially when we were at Super 8 hotels most of the time. The boys did have fun trying to eat an apple without it being cut up.
For lunch, we were at the Salt Lake City airport. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with the food options at that airport. Most of the places were grab-and-go without much seating. We had 3 hours until our flight since we had to check out of the hotel at 11 so we wanted somewhere to sit down. With 6 people, two gate-check car seats, and a few suitcases, we needed some space. After trying one sit-down restaurant, only to learn it was mostly seafood which my mom is allergic to, we ended up at a food court with a McDonald’s for the kids, a Greek place for my dad, and a Mexican place for my mom and me (Justin got food a little later).
After finally getting home, we had almost no food in the house so we all had cereal for dinner before going to bed!
A few photos from the places we visited during these days:
31 thoughts on “My Vacation in Food: Part 4”
The setting really is beautiful and the kids must have been excited to see those animals. I guess it is hard for some hotels to offer a wide variety of foods for breakfast. I chuckled a bit about your having enough of the continental breakfast.
What a great time! Nice pictures 🙂
So cool that you got to see so many animals! I need to plan a trip to Yellowstone sometime soon, it sounds amazing. It does sound pretty odd, but one of my most favorite things to do around Christmastime is get a milkshake from Sonic and drive around looking at Christmas lights.
That’s great how much wildlife you guys saw on this trip! I’m totally jealous of your Olive Garden lunch too. I haven’t been there in forever and their salad and breadsticks are SO tasty!!
Looks like you had a great trip and saw plenty of animals! It’s nice going away and trying new foods but also difficult trying to get something to please everyone especially with kids.
Oh gosh…your vacation posts are making me hungry!!! I love olive garden. It’s one of my favorite pasta places, too!
The bacon seeds bag cracks me up. My husband just told my 3 year old that baby pigs are called bacon seeds. She couldn’t stop giggling about it.
That French toast looks so delicious. It looks and sounds like your vacation was just an awesome time. Just think of all the memories you are giving your kids.
Looks like you had a great vacation. The pictures are beautiful
Looks like you had such a fun adventure out there. I love when you catch some of those animals out in the wild. And the food on a trip can always be interesting. I love exploring when I’m somewhere else with food.
The bacon seeds made me laugh! Looks like you guys had loads of fun 🙂
what a gorgeous place! love all your photos!! the bacon seeds quote is so funny! 🙂
Looks like such an amazing place. Glad I’m not the only one that posts about vacation food 😀
omg what an amazing time! i love sharing food too ha so im glad it’s not just me!
These pictures are amazing. It sounds like you had a really wonderful holiday. And of course some great food too!
The food is usually a highlight of my vacations as well. I would love to try some of these places.
What a great place for a family vacation and the food pics are super yum! I do love the idea of having milkshake when it is cold
Eating good food on vacation is the best! These all sound like nice meals to enjoy on your trip.
I’m all for icy treats in any weather. And how fun that you and your mom got milkshakes together. I love ice cream in any form!
not sure which i enjoyed more the post or the pictures.
I love how you documented what you had on vacation! Always nice to look back on such memories.
Lovely photos of your vacation. When we go on holiday it’s usually a few stops at budget hotels with continental breakfast which the kids don’t really enjoy. It’s funny even now we remember certain food and restaurants we experienced on holiday.
Goes to show that a good meal is an important basis and what gets you through exciting vacation days. Looks like you got all the energy you needed to go see all that amazing wildlife in Yellowstone. Awesome!
So many great nature pictures – looks like you enjoyed your trip
Wow what an incredible trip! Sounds like you’ve really had an adventure…looks exciting and fun!
This looks like it was such a wonderful experience. I couldn’t even imagine being that close to wild animals. I’d probably be super scared myself. LOL
I really like this Food in Travel format. With it, we are finding out what is available everywhere you’ve gone through to get to the most amazing place ever.
All of this food looks delicious!!
ooo that breakfast looks so good! Love french toast! And you guys saw so many animals! Your kids must have had so much fun!
OMG give me all that food, I love vacations with really good food!
Ooh what a fun adventure and foodie break and yes to finding comfort food