Sometimes, the thought of firing up the oven or chopping vegetables makes you groan out loud. Luckily, Wyoming is full of spots that will serve you a tasty and cheap meal in less time than it would take you to get food on the table at home. These restaurants are delicious, affordable and great for a quick family meal.
1. Rollin' Coals, Buffalo
Rollin' Coals is a scrumptious BBQ joint tucked away in a charming, Western-style town. They're nothing fancy, but that's what so great about this stop-in restaurant. For a quick and filling meal, try the three meat sampler, the mac and cheese with pepper jack, and top it all off with a heap of blueberry ice cream. And don't miss the biscuits! (496 Fort Street,
2. Donna's Main Street Diner, Newcastle
Breakfast can be a pain to get on the table sometimes, so why not let Donna's take care of the scrambling, frying and toasting? This is a great local diner that's filled with friendly people and awesome eats. You can't go wrong with the full breakfast, and they even offer a vegetarian scramble and gluten-free toast. Order up the mushroom swiss burger if you drop in for lunch, and finish up with a slice of classic diner-style coconut cream pie for dessert. (207 W Main Street
3. J's Prairie Rose Cafe, Laramie
This is another local joint that doesn't look like much from the outside, but offers incredibly tasty food in a flash. The hometown feel is complemented by very affordable prices on breakfast and lunch. Try the steak and eggs, the hash browns smothered in their green chili, and don't pass up the gooey cinnamon roll.
(410 S 2nd Street,
4. The Bread Basket, Cheyenne
This is a friendly, no-frills spot that serves yummy sandwiches, soups and baked goods. The coffee is way better than Starbucks, the sloppy joes are to die for and you absolutely must save room for their freshly baked cookies. You can get two sandwiches, a bag of chips, a soda and a danish for about $12 here, so it's easy on the wallet and perfect for a family lunch. (1819 Maxwell Ave.
5. Elk Mountain Trading Post, Elk Mountain
If you're in the mood for a superb burger, look no further than Elk Mountain Trading Post. It's right off the highway and the perfect little roadside lunch stop. The owners are really friendly and are great about customizing orders for particular preferences. Try the double bacon cheeseburger for a heavy meal that won't lighten your pockets. This place is cash only, so come prepared. (Elk Mountain, WY)
6. Pasta Veloce, Rock Springs
Did someone say irresistible pasta? This place is an awesome spot to stop for a quick, dinner-sized meal that is sure to satisfy...and then some. You can feed a family of four for under $50, but the portions aren't skimpy at all. The service is lighting-fast because many of the ingredients are pre-prepared, but the secret is that everything is homemade and freshly made that day. Try the Cavatappi with spicy sausage and spicy vodka sauce. Delicious. (1641 Elk Street, Rock Springs, WY)
7. Remedies, Rock Springs
We've all been there: you had a bit too much fun last night and are definitely not in the mood to cook up a five-star meal. Remedies has you covered. This classic, retro diner looks like a 60s style burger joint and serves up incredible comfort food. For a perfectly savory and satisfying treat, try the Remedy burger with fresh, crispy onion rings. (409 Broadway Street,
Rock Springs, WY)
8. The Burlington Place, Burlington
Nothing like ending (or starting!) the day with a steaming, gooey and delicious slice of pizza. The topping combinations here are fantastic, and they host regular events like craft beer nights and Monday night trivia. This spot is a true American "bar pizza" joint, so expect big, sloppy slices that ooze flavor. Don't miss the bloody mary and pizza brunch special. (100 S Main Street,
9. The Virginian Restaurant,
This is a great local breakfast and hangout spot. The service is prompt, friendly and helpful, and the menu is full of classic comfort food. Try the sticky French toast, the fully loaded chilli, and the crisped-to-perfection bacon. It's a great place to stop for a refueling before exploring the stunning nature surrounding this cozy, family joint.
(740 W Broadway Avenue,
10. Cheng Chong, Afton
When you're craving some really tasty Chinese or Thai food, head to this unassuming spot in Afton. It doesn't look like much from the outside (or the inside, for that matter), but the food is shockingly delicious. The service is excellent, with the staff taking pains to be attentive and helpfully explaining menu options. Try the sesame chicken, the Mongolian beef or the spicy Korean soup. (355 S Washington St