East Idaho Eats: Customers From Around the World Enjoy a Fresh Menu at Trouthunter Bar & Grill


ISLAND PARK – Trouthunter Bar & Grill at 3327 US Highway 20 in Island Park is a destination for customers around the world.

Starting in late May or early June, Jon Stiehl, one of the managing partners, tells EastIdahoNews.com that the restaurant, lodge and fly shop, which sits on the shore of Henrys Fork, is a big draw. for anglers hoping to catch an early catch before the fishing season opens elsewhere.

But what keeps diners coming back year-round is the rotating seasonal menu, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Fresh Alaska of the day, bison burger with homemade fries or baked potatoes and quail. EastIdahoNews.com has sampled these articles, which you can watch in the video above.

There are also desserts and a bar that serves beer, wine, and cocktails.

“What sets us apart from other bars in the area are our bartenders. They do a great job designing our cocktail menu. A number of them are original cocktails and we also have the traditional favorites – Old Fashioned , Manhattan, Mojitos,” says Stiehl.

Alaskan halibut with asparagus and white rice is one of the most popular dishes at Trouthunter. General manager Shannon Belles explains that the fish is caught the day before it is shipped and cooked for customers. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

Trouthunter is in its 23rd year in business and Stiehl has been with the company since 2002. The company moved across the highway to its current location in 2003.

At that time, Trouthunter was strictly a lodge and fly shop and Stiehl recalls the decision to add a restaurant was motivated by financial reasons.

“This property on the river was an expensive piece, so we had to do a little more than just run a fly shop. At that time, there were a few places here that provided lodging and meals, but not many that provided both. We were referring people around us, so we thought we were going to do everything in-house,” says Stiehl.

Hoping to take advantage of the abundance of fishermen, cattle drives and rangers in the area, he and his team have worked to create an attractive environment, and after all these years he considers it a success.

“We have a fairly high price. We always have burgers on the menu. We don’t want people not coming because they think we’re too fancy,” Stiehl says. “We stayed true to our roots of having a more enjoyable menu, very little pre-prep. Almost everything is done on site. It went well.

Between 10% and 20% of customers are regulars who visit daily, and Stiehl says his favorite aspect of the business is those relationships with people.

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Although some West Yellowstone and island businesses felt the ripple effects of the flooding in Yellowstone National Park, Stiehl says Trouthunter was relatively unaffected. He wants to see those experiencing a downturn in business get back on their feet.

As the restaurant approaches its 20th year at this location, it is grateful for the support of customers and looks forward to many years of business.

Trouthunter Bar & Grill is open 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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