The hit Food Network program Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has been to Wyoming in the show's ten year run on cable television, but it's only visited six Wyoming restaurants, and frustratingly, they were all in Jackson.
Anyone who's actually ventured out in Gillette knows our town's secret foodie revolution. From award-winning barbecue at Jo-Bawb's, to Mexican-Italian fusion at Armando's Tacos and Pasta, we have surprising and delicious choices for dinner in Campbell County.
Recently the Chamber posed a survey to its Facebook audience, asking which of our member restaurants deserved a shot on a television show like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
The top three results are in: Pizza Carrello, The Coop, and The Main Bagel are Gillette's favorite Chamber restaurants. Pizza Carrello, with its premium ingredients, and original wood-fired pizza combinations, has come a long way in five years. They earned Entrepreneur of the Year from the Chamber in 2012, and moved from a pizza cart on the street to a 140-seat restaurant on South Douglas Highway. So it's no surprise they took first place in our friendly poll.
The Coop combines rotisserie chicken with multiple different cultural influences. You can grab an outstanding chicken pot pie, lettuce wraps, or incredible empanadas. The Main Bagel is another homegrown favorite that serves everything freshly made, with the best ingredients, not least of which is their bagels! From breakfast to dinner, they have a fantastic menu, as well.
Probably the most frustrating part of this is that the show is produced by a Denver-based company called Citizen Pictures. You won't have to drive far to visit some of the best pizza, barbecue, tacos, and sandwiches in Wyoming -- we're right here in Gillette!
If you want to tell the show that, send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenda Kirk is a writer with over two decades of journalism experience.