I’ve got another Adventures by Disney trip under my cowboy belt. This time I conquered mountains and geysers on the Quest for the West trip, covering the wilds of Wyoming including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.
We watched Old Faithful erupt, rafted the rapids, encountered bison blocking our hiking path, marveled at the hot springs, shopped for boots, and learned to fly fish. But if you know me, you’ll have no trouble guessing that what I was really interested in was the food.
Our vittles were outstanding, particularly a wild game chili served at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, but two of the trip’s dining experiences really stood out. Today, in Part I of this review, I’m going to tell you all about Brooks Lake Lodge…
Brooks Lake Lodge Atmosphere
The true dining highlight of this trip was at Brooks Lake Lodge.
Brooks Lake is what my husband would call a dude ranch, but I’m perfectly comfortable calling it heaven. Nestled at the foot of the Pinnacle Buttes, and one mile from the Continental Divide, Brooks Lake is an all inclusive resort with lodging, Western-style activities, and Western-inspired food.
The meals I had at Brooks Lake were on par with the signature dining experiences at Walt Disney World, with fresh-beyond-fresh ingredients, sublime flavors, and gorgeous presentation.
Executive Chef Antonia Armenta-Miller was present at every meal to answer questions, oversee service, and tweak anything that needed tweaking to meet a guest’s needs. For example, a few of the children on the trip were in the mood for something plain on the day we had a Mexican buffet for lunch. In no time at all, unadorned cheese quesadillas and PB&J sandwiches emerged from the kitchen.
Brooks Lake Lodge Eats
But my palate is a bit more expansive than the kiddos’, and I was just fine with the menu presented. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Our first food experience at Brooks Lake was afternoon tea presented in a sitting room.
Tea, coffee, and lemonade are served alongside fresh fruit and homemade cookies every afternoon.
Relaxing at the Bar
If the afternoon calls for stronger spirits, you can indulge at the full bar. I tried a local beer my first night and had the house specialty huckleberry margarita on my second night there.
The margarita was made with care by expert bartender Mike, who also functioned as my fly fishing guide and photography instructor at various points during the day. He was equally adept at all his many tasks.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the soaring lodge dining room.
Breakfast is served buffet style. Highlights each morning include an omelets-made-to-order station and fresh baked pastries.
Those made-to-order omelets included quite a selection of flavor options.
My traveling companions and I spent quite a while discussing how we might abscond with a couple dozen of the cinnamon buns to take home.
And of course, you can always find a little Disney on an ABD trip…
Lunch is also a buffet, with the theme changing daily.
The lunch during our trip was Mexican, with fish tacos, chicken enchiladas, and grilled corn salad.
For dessert Antonia made crispy cinnamon wafers shaped like many of the Western creatures we had seen during our trip: moose, bears, squirrels, and more.
These were served with fresh whipped cream and mixed berries. Did I mention that even with all the hiking and rafting, I might have put on a few pounds on this trip?
If all that spectacular food at breakfast, lunch, and tea were amazing, the dinners at Brooks Lake were absolutely incredible.
The selections on our first night were locally raised strip steak, local trout, or potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms.
I opted for the gnocchi, only because I had had both trout and steak during previous meals on the trip. I’m not usually a mushroom person, but I think this dish converted me.
I was able to sneak a few tastes of the other offerings and was blown away by the flavor.
Our day one dessert was a simple lemon pound cake topped with huckleberry compote. Truly divine!
The Day Two dinner selections were stuffed Cornish game hens, tenderloin of red stag, or grilled citrus salmon.
I had the hen, which was perfectly juicy and accompanied by the most beautiful selection of broccoli and cauliflower I had ever seen.
Dessert for the group was house-made birthday cake, celebrating the special days of two of our trip mates. It was the perfect end to a wonderful meal.
The Brooks Lake Lodge was a dining highlight of the Adventures By Disney Quest for the West tour as you can see! Stay tuned for a second review from this tour, the Jackson Hole Playhouse, soon!
The Quest for the West trip is one of Adventures by Disney’s Most popular destinations. There are more than a dozen available for booking in 2013! Based on this little foodie tour, who’s signing up?