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For many IRMR visitors, the reason to hike and bike so hard is for all the good food waiting back at the Ranch! And for all visitors, or so they tell us, meals are always high points of every day here.
Chef Patterson’s talents shine, whether he’s sautéing up Idaho rainbow trout or searing Pacific black cod, grilling applewood-smoked baby back ribs, or mixing up some local white corn bisque. His cuisine is innovative and elegant, yet in a refreshingly clean, down-to-earth way. Using local organic, sustainable products whenever possible – rainbow carrots and turnip greens, morel mushrooms, Lava Lake lamb, local squash blossom – Ranch food is made in-house of the highest quality fresh ingredients. Local meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables intermingle with international and western flavors to create the unique, savory Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch culinary experience.
Meet Chef Kelly Patterson
Begin the dinner hours each evening on our front porch – the perfect spot to savor crispy pre-dinner spring rolls with a cold beer or glass of pinot, washed down with the incomparable view of the Sawtooths. Appetizers start at 6 pm, followed by lodge fine dining or an outdoor highbrow buffet BBQ with menus designed to delight. Three nights a week during our casual outdoor dinners, local musicians provide the perfect musical backdrop to your evening.
Everyday we can accommodate a limited number of additional dinner guests who are not staying with us, with advanced reservations.
Breakfast, picnic lunches, and dinner meals are included in lodging.
When you enter the lodge dining room, you’ll be greeted with a genuine smile, warm mugs, and pastries fresh from our baker’s oven. Be mesmerized by a crackling fire while you savor the granola, cereal, and fruit spread of our buffet, the warm-up to a full hot breakfast – hmmm . . . Should I go with the pancakes or the farmer’s scramble today? Breakfast is served 7-10 am, so no need to get out from under your warm comforter in a hurry for your eggs.
Choose the salmon salad or hearty overnight Italian sandwich from Chef Kelly’s to-go lunch menu, and it will be packed while you eat and ready to go in your backpack. Add home-baked chocolate chip cookies, our own trail mix, and a juicy orange from the lunch box buffet to take with you on your day’s adventure, or to enjoy later on the Ranch porch or on the shore of a nearby lake.
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, savor multi-course meals in the lodge dining room with irresistible menu choices. The lodge dining room provides intimate tables for 2 or larger tables where you can enjoy the camaraderie of other guests. The children’s dinner and program allow parents to choose a date night on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Appetizers are available at 6 pm, and with dinner seating from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, you can relax, enjoy your pre-dinner hours, and choose your dinner time.
Dutch Oven & Wood-Fired Brick Oven Dishes
Chef Kelly’s creative menus make use of the Ranch’s custom brick oven and array of Dutch ovens. These dishes most often are part of our Buffet Dinners on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tuesday features a Basque menu, honoring that culture’s influence in Idaho, with brick oven whole-roasted meats, wood-fired veggies and other tantalizing dishes. A trio plucking guitars in lively bluegrass or country ballads, even a bit of James Taylor, completes the experience.
Thursday and Saturday the BBQ area beckons again, for Thursday’s Classic Western BBQ and Saturday’s Southwest Grill Buffets. Local musicians, the sun setting behind the Sawtooth Mountains, and Chef Kelly’s savory foods have earned Ranch BBQ nights iconic status in the Sawtooth Valley.
Beverages & Special Diets
Complete your dining experience with your favorite beverage from our extensive wine, beer and non-alcohol list. There’s always a wine to match your food choices, and non-alcohol options range from fresh-squeezed lemonade to ginger brew. Vegetarian and children’s menu options always are available, and special diets are available with advanced notice.