Authentic Asian cuisine hides out in Victor
by Lukas Boone | Photography by Jamye Chrisman
The air of Teton Valley may not be as rarefied as that of the Himalayan region where the proprietors of Everest Momo Shack come from, but it’s high enough. Here you dine in an ambiance of alpine calm, watched over by portraits of the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders.
After serving Indian food out of Down On Glen (DOG) in Jackson Hole for six years, Sange and Rita Sherpa moved over the hill to set up shop in Victor in May 2014. Their restaurant occupies the intimate space of the former Sun Dog Café opposite the Victor post office at 57 South Main Street. A son and other family members help the couple out.
We began our meal with an appetizer of papadam—spicy potatoes and green peas wrapped in homemade pastry dough and deep fried—and a plate of chicken momos, or Nepali deep-fried dumplings. The namesake momos also come in free-range bison and veggie varieties. For my main course, I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala. Grilled boneless chicken slow-simmered in a sauce of tomato, curry, and cream, it was served in a pair of copper bowls, one filled with rice and other with the main ingredients, plus peppers and onions. And after that—well, I knew I would be coming back soon.
Chef Rita learned the art of Indian and Nepali flavors from her grandmother, knowledge she combined with other traditional and newer techniques to create her own style. Her dishes can be served from as mild as a person desires to as spicy as he or she can stand.
Everest Momo Shack’s hours are variable, so call ahead at 208-787-9000 prior to visiting. Dining alfresco at a table out front is a pleasant option in summer. To have a look at the full lunch and dinner menus, which the Sherpas intentionally keep relatively simple—not too many choices—go online to everestmomoshack.com.