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Prime Rib + Martini at Hotel Wolf (Saratoga, Wyoming)

Melanie Wong | Nov 4, 2011 11:10 AM

The historic Hotel Wolf and Restaurant in Saratoga, WY was an overnight side trip for my July visit to Laramie. I managed to drive just ahead of the big thunderstorm, taking the beautiful road through the Snowy Range. The hotel has no elevator, just very steep stairs to reach second floor rooms. Yet the setting was quite charming despite the very tiny size of the rooms and $59/night was a bargain.

Something I’d not seen before, on closer inspection, this appeared to be a fire escape ladder to descend from the second floor window at the end of the hall.

Checking in, the registration clerk suggested that I make a reservation for dinner. Thanks to the rec from “jcattles”, I did.

There was a line of people waiting to get in when I returned at 8pm. Here’s the rustic, period dining room at the Hotel Wolf Restaurant at dinner hour.

Since I was staying upstairs and wouldn’t need to drive after dinner, I indulged in a cocktail. I had a lemon drop martini, $7, and can vouch that the bartender pours with a heavy hand. And what else for a martini dinner but a hunk of red meat. The 10-ounce Teen cut, $21.95 slab of prime rib, for me, after I verified with my friendly waitress that bloody rare was still available at this late hour. The choice beef was as tender, marbled and tasty as prime grade at home and as shown in the photo linked below, as rare as ordered. The dinner included the salad bar, soup, choice of side (wild rice pilaf), garlic bread, jus, and straight horseradish. The pickled okra on the salad bar was especially good.

My server and the bussers were all great, and I noticed that they continued to freshen up and restock the salad bar up until closing. Simple fare, done well, this was a satisfying end to a long day of driving.

Wolf Hotel Restaurant & Lounge
101 E Bridge St, Saratoga, WY 82331

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