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New York, New York
October 24, 2007
From journal Yellowstone National Park
by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
April 30, 2005
The huge lodge, built in 1903-04, has remarkable craftsmanship that’s impossible to miss once you step inside the towering front room. In the days before an earthquake shook the building’s foundation, live orchestras used to perform in the top levels. But don’t just stand there with drool running down your open jaw—get in the long line of visitors killing time before the next eruption, just like you are! The wait shouldn’t be long, and if you’re worried about cutting it too close, there’s a clock you can check that reflects the approximate time of Old Faithful’s next performance.
Inside the expansive dining room, wrought-iron chandeliers hang in the main seating area, while a stone fireplace and original painting of the geyser basin are perfect for this lodge setting. As you may have guessed, all tables and chairs are made from wood.
The menu here is full of surprises. While it seemed that most patrons were heading straight for the $6.95 all-you-can-eat buffet (hey, we’re in America, and the buffet is about as American as it gets!), we had little interest in lining up at the feeding trough. Sides include baked beans, french fries, and potato salad—nothing special there—but main dishes such as a wild Alaska salmon burger ($8.95) and hummus plate were unexpected. Even more dubious was the inclusion of a good number of Indian-inspired dishes, like spicy red lentil dal ($5.95) and tofu satay. I settled on the veggie medley burger with fries ($6.95) and devoured it like Jaws in a pool full of scantily clad coeds with scrapes on their knees.
On your way out, a scoop or two of mint chocolate chip ice cream is just about requisite—I had some when I visited the Inn on a family vacation 16 years ago, I had some on this visit, and I’ll have some when I return again. And look! You’re just in time for the next geyser eruption! Brilliant!
From journal Yellowstone Country: Out to Eat
July 2, 2002
We had breakfast one morning and you could either order from the menu or have the breakfast buffet. The buffet was $7.75 each and included fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, french toast, cereal, muffins and pastries. This price also included your drink.
We had dinner reservations for the next evening. Again, we requested to sit in the original section. We had the rocky mountain trout and the seafood alfredo. Both were absolutely delicious. Instead of a salad, we chose the cream of broccoli soup and we highly recommend it. It was wonderfully superb!! Normally we don't do dessert, but on this occasion, we splurged and had the cheesecake. The dining choices range from hamburgers to New York strip steak and a menu is available for children.
From journal Yellowstone Through Our Eyes
St. Louis, Missouri
July 1, 2002
Not only was the dinner excellent (steak for me, pork loin roast for my Dad, and trout for my husband), but the servers were very friendly and helpful. It was interesting to hear about where these young folks' home towns are and how they're working there for the summer and what life is like for them living there in the park.
In addition to a breakfast menu, they also have a really nice reasonably priced breakfast buffet everyday. We had no problem getting in for breakfast right away. The buffet was about $7.50 including the drink. The buffet included oatmeal, cold cereal, cream of wheat, fresh fruit, bacon, ham, buffet type scrambled eggs (not really sure what they're made of, but you know the type), fried potatoes, waffles, lots of fancy delicious pastries, and probably some things I'm forgetting now. We liked it so much, we got it both mornings we were there.
Lunch offers a selection of fresh salads, sandwiches, house specialties and a western buffet. Dinner includes favorites like--- meatloaf, beef tenderloin and parmesan chicken, and much more. Don't forget the desserts! We had their specialty-- a huckleberry icecream and pie which was delicious.
The dining centerpiece of the historic Inn is a large stone fireplace with a painting of the geyser basin on it. Behind this fireplace, is a newer section to the dining room.
Old Faithful Inn dining room is open May 10 - October 13, for 2002.
From journal Yellowstone, a Geological Wonder