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Best Eats at America’s National Parks

Best Eats at America’s National Parks

Where to nourish your body and soul with delicious eats and panoramic views

As the summer season starts winding down and the beaches begin emptying out, families and friends head into the great outdoors for some fall foliage, BBQ cookouts, and killer scenic views. Whether you’re looking to get away from it all or your outdoor style leans more towards glamping, America’s National Parks offer gastronomic delights with unparalleled vistas.

From high-beamed restaurants with jaw-dropping views and a dress code required, to a lush mountain lodge at the end of a strenuous hike, national park eats are way more interesting than you may expect. What’s a can of beans in the face of Olympic-style crab cakes in the Olympic National Park, for example? And what better to reward yourself with after a long day of hiking in the Grand Canyon, than a meal at The Phantom Ranch Canteen? Their hikers stew will satisfy even the most experienced trekkers.

Hiking sans coffee seems like the lowest of the low, but Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts the Mountain Brew Coffee House, so you’ll have plenty of energy to take on one (er, out run) of the 1,500 local black bears. After the day’s long adventures, you’ll really want nothing more than a relaxed vibe and an offering of local delicacies, like spiced elk loin or buffalo carpaccio, with mountains and lakes expanding before you.

So skip that portable grill, and forget your brown-bagged PB&J. From the crashing waters of Niagara Falls to the geysers of Yosemite, experiencing nature just got a whole lot tastier.

Click here to see the Best Eats at America’s National Parks Slideshow.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.


The Cast of Chopped Hands Out the Award for Best Bloody Mary in America

When it comes to judging a competition, there's no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday's Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist's Search for America's Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.

The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason's Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year's South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.

FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.

Best Dressed went to Sibrina Peck of Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, Fl., for her Sliders Seaside Absolut Redtide, which included Heinz ketchup, Ocean Spray sour mix and V8 juice along with a garnish of celery, olive and shrimp. Most original/exotic went to Joe Robinson of Frontera/Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Mich., for his Use Your Melon, Mary, which combined watermelon and tomato juices.