Byway Bites: Foodie Stops along the Sawtooth Scenic Byway

The Sawtooth Scenic Byway begins in Shoshone and ends in Stanley passing through the beautiful Wood River Valley and over the Galena Summit.  You will travel through several resort towns including Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley.

Plan on stopping at CK’s in Hailey for a truly unique culinary experience.  Owner and Chef Chris Kastner (CK) and his wife Rebecca have traveled the world which is reflected in every aspect of their restaurant.  They fell in love with all the French farmhouse restaurants and built their restaurant from the ground up with the farmhouse concept in mind.  “This is a building which reflects what we are all about with beautiful flower gardens and wrapped in grapes.”  And with that in mind you can see the contemporary clean look inside; a comfortable, neighborhood place.  The atmosphere and food reflects CK’s passion of French, Italian and the flavors from SE Asia.  There are really no boundaries set at CK’s as CK is inspired by all the local products that come forth.  “These unique products motivate me to push the limits of a culinary experience for our guests; like finding a new squash that has never been used before.”  Each entrée is carefully paired with its own vegetable and starch to heighten the flavors and bring them together.

Culinary Specialist, Chef Patrick Rolfe stopped by CK’s to find out more…

Q: What is it like to be on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway?

A: It is one of the most beautiful places on earth; I wouldn’t live anywhere else.  We wanted to provide a neighborhood restaurant for the locals who in turn introduce people to us from all over the world.  It’s important to highlight the beauty and bounty of the Wood River Valley.  I buy as much local produce and products as possible to keep the local economy going.  It can be difficult to survive in a resort driven area, but once people experience this area, they keep coming back. I like the intimacy of our restaurant as I really couldn’t run a bigger operation due to the seasonality of business (although it would be fun to have a wood fire pizza oven).  But for now, we are a small gem on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway.

Q: What is your signature dish or your favorite dish right now?

A: We have been known for the last 30 years for our Rack of Lamb that we get locally from Lava Lakes.  Read Chef Patrick’s  complete interview- Click Here.

Chef Patrick continues his journey on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway and discovers The Pioneer Saloon in Ketchum, Idaho. He meets with owner Duffy Witmore, his son Dillon, daughter Alyson, and General Manager Gerard Kelly. This family owned restaurant has been in the family for 36 years, with a rich history even before that. It is a landmark, filled with history in its décor including memorabilia of Ernest Hemmingway.
Culinary Specialist, Chef Patrick Rolfe was amazed at the history around him…

Q: What is it like for you to have a restaurant on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway?
A: The Sawtooth Scenic Byway offers so much from the skiing and the Sawtooth Mountains to the rivers and lakes. This is a great place to be a business owner and to raise a family. Allyson started working here at age 14. Dillon remembers finding all the loose change behind the bar! Throughout the years it is the memories of all the people they have met who keep coming back. The Pioneer Saloon sitting in the grandeur of the Sun Valley area is the reality behind the expectation for those visiting. Our standard of consistency through the years of experience and the virtue of practice has led to our reputation of good food and great service.

Q: Beyond good food and great service, what else is The Pioneer Saloon known for?
A: We have been known from the beginning to serve the best Prime Rib with our signature 20-24 oz Idaho baked Potatoes!  Read Chef Patrick’s  complete interview- Click Here.

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Cheers from Idaho!

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    Thanks for the informative blog post.