Wilson, Wyoming, is just far enough from Jackson to avoid those chaotic tourist-town breakfast lines. We are surprised that Nora’s isn’t always packed to the gills with others who like trout for breakfast. Even if we had spent hours standing out in the shadow of the Tetons, it would have been well worth it for one of our favorite mountain breakfasts.
Huevos Rancheros here are legendary, the dish fueled by Nora Tygum’s recipe for tangy green sauce and finished with a broiled blanket of jack cheese. The stack of cheese, tomatillo sauce, creamy refried beans, and medium eggs along with a soft flour tortilla for mopping up the sauce beats any Benedict. There is a colorful streak of shredded orange cheddar in the cheese layer that brands the dish as Nora’s.
Trout and eggs offers a stream-fresh alternative to traditional breakfast meats in a classic American breakfast. The fresh fish is presented as a fillet with crisp skin and it is generously salted, so it makes a fitting stand-in for bacon. It goes just as well with runny eggs and shredded potatoes.
The well-seeded Everything Croissant is an upcharge from toast, but it is well worth it. The buttery pastry is drenched in more butter before being toasted, but it remains as crisp as dry toast. The combination of the crisp shell and soft, buttery pastry is enough to make Nora’s worth a stop for just that and some coffee.
Nora’s pancakes and French toast are also local favorites, recommended for those who want a sweeter start to the day. The pancakes are golden pale with slightly crisp edges. The French toast is light, airy, and subtle, with the flavors of the eggy challah bread coming through.
In spite of the renown of the diner (and the attractions of the area), the staff still finds time to chat with tables, and even acts surprised to hear that you came from out of state. This keeps the pace of service very relaxed. Even if you have planned a full day at the parks, you should approach dining here with the patience of a fisherman. The food is worth it.