The Rib and Chop House Road Trip

Rocky Mountain Travel Guide

We feel pretty lucky to have a Rib and Chop House located in such wonderful towns across three states.  And with the hot weather right around the corner we are dreaming of Summer road trips and exploring new places!  So we compiled the best of the best from each town that we are happy to call home.  Ready, set, go!

St George, Utah

We are starting off our Rib and Chop road trip in St George, Utah!  Our Rib and Chop house is near the Virgin River and we figured starting our summer road trip with our Executive lunch will help us power through our next stop.

About one hour NorthWest lies Utah’s first national park! Zion is tucked away in the most southern part of Utah and famous worldwide for it’s scenic views.  The park has hiking options for the inexperienced and the more experienced hikers out there.  Angel’s landing and the Narrows take a bit more patience, whereas the Pa’rus Trail follows the Virgin River and is much more family friendly.

Once you are done exploring the Zion, hope back in the car and head North.

Salt Lake City, UT

This western US city has slowly started making it’s name as a top spot for breweries and restaurants. And lucky for us, we have a restaurant in the blossoming city!  But when we aren’t enjoying a dish off our Select Menu (think savory and seasonal flavors), we love getting our Mexican food fix from Red Iguana across the tracks.  Our neighbors, Caputo’s, just South of us have an authentic Italian deli that many of workers love sneaking to and grabbing some authentic chocolate.

But it’s the breweries that hold our hearts.  From Squatters to Uinta, we are proud to have several local SLC breweries on tap and you can easily visit their taprooms around the big city.

If you are lucky enough to spend more than a quick day or two in the city, you have to check out Alpine Basin during the wildflower season or work off some calories with the 6 mile round trip hike to Lake Blanche.

Laramie, WY

After a few days spent in SLC we are dreaming of heading about 6 hours East towards Laramie, WY.  Laramie houses our newest Rib and Chop house location, but also some impressive views in Medicine Bow peak.  Even their quaint downtown is home to some stellar businesses!

Our Laramie location is in such a prime spot right between the War Memorial Stadium and the local theater. Our brown and gold neighbors are close to our hearts and we even have a Late Night happy hour from 8-10pm for the extreme fans who are always willing to chant ‘Go Pokes!’

Cheyenne, WY

Only a quick hour drive east of Laramie, is Cheyenne, WY.

Once again the Rib and Chop house location is nestled right downtown, surrounded by a rich Western history.  It’s the home of the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration that happens in the middle of July – Cheyenne Frontier Days.  If you aren’t able to make it then, we definitely suggest hanging out downtown and visiting our sister store, Accomplice Brewery, located in the old train depot.  From there you can enjoy any one of their infamous döppelganger beers (we would suggest the ‘Merican Ninja), but we doubt you will be disappointed at the self serve brewery.

Gillette, WY

In order to see the most national parks in the great state of Wyoming we suggest hitting Gillette, WY after Cheyenne.  On the way to Gillette you will travel through Thunder Basin National Grassland and set you up to see Devil’s Tower just east of Gillette.

From there make sure to head back into town to grab a cocktail from our new Spring drink menu! And while you’re at it check to see if we have AYCE snow crab or crawfish special going that night.

Sheridan, WY

Once you have had enough of Gillette, WY we suggest heading back west to Sheridan, WY.  This Wyoming mountain town is settled at the base of the Bighorn mountains and actually our second location to house a Rib & Chop House location.  It might be our smallest location, but it feels pretty mighty with how much our locals support us.  In fact the “Famous Filet” is our most popular menu item.

As the “Gateway to the Bighorns” the scenery alone will take your breath away in Sheridan, but it’s the historical landmarks that will keep you coming back for more.

Cody, WY

Three hours almost directly west of Sheridan sits Cody, WY.  Another small Wyoming town with lots of history!

The Irma hotel was built by Buffalo Bill himself and was officially opened in 1902. Our own Rib and Chop house is only a few blocks down from the infamous hotel and to keep the Western theme we would grab our buffalo chicken wings appetizer.  There are so many scenic drives to explore starting out in Cody, but the “Bear Tooth loop” has to be one of the most appealing.  In fact, Beartooth All American Road (US 212) is known as one of the most stunning highways in America and takes you right into Red Lodge, Montana.

Billings, MT

After seeing the surrounding beauty in Red Lodge, Montana head North to Billings to stay for the night.  Our restaurant is on the most Western side of the town, so feel free to kick back and relax after a good dinner (we suggest adding the squash casserole to whatever you choose!) and prep for another day headed west. OR head to the downtown area of Billings to check out the haunted Moss Mansion and grab a beer at one of the many local craft breweries.

Livingston, MT

From Billings we are headed to Livingston, MT! A small Montana town that is close to our heart, as this the first town we opened a Rib and Chop House location in.  To celebrate where it all started we suggest trying out our award winning babyback ribs! To wash these down we suggest checking out Katabatic Brewery right down the street.

Livingston may be a small town (population only 7500), but it’s scenery is anything but small.  It’s known for being the “Gateway to Yellowstone National Park” and houses something for everyone.  A trip to Livingston isn’t complete without the historic Chico hot springs or a drive through the scenic Paradise Valley.

Butte, MT

The last stop on our Rib and Chop House trail – Butte, MT.

Butte has to have one of the most fascinating histories in the West.  At one point it was one of the richest towns in the country due to it’s rich mining history in copper.  And now has left an entire city covered in copper linings and hidden speak easies. Discover even more about Butte’s history at our own restaurant tucked away in the Copper King Hotel or schedule an Old Butte Historical Tour.

To toast the cities rich and vibrant past we suggest grabbing the Orphan Girl Caramel Appletini at our bar, made with local Headframes Spirits Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liquor.

 

We hope you enjoyed our Rib and Chop House Road trip! We feel so honored to be able to call of these cities our home, and are continuously blown away by their surroundings and the communities that welcome us.

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