Got back from Yellowstone Aug 22. Just getting to make this post. Something that I don't usually do in the first place but feel I need to this time.
I try not to make food a priority on a trip such as this, after all we aren't on a cruise or anything where eating is really part of the vacation, but, "refueling" has to be an issue to some respect, and refueling in Yellowstone can become a real issue if you don't prepare for it. The Xanterra lodging is a bit of a let down to begin with but the food service aspect is.....really bad. We had read the posts, aware that everyone has there own opinions and standards, still willing to give it a try. Our first night, we were at the Tower/Roosevelt Lodge, staying in a cabin and decided to have dinner in the lodge. In my opinion the prices are high, but I don't mind paying a little more, if I get a good product. We barely got an edible product, and in my daughters case, we did not. The lettuce was precut and brown, all the veggies were overcooked, but the biggest problem was the chicken was undercooked. Of course my daughter had eaten a good portion of the chicken before I discovered that it was bloody in the center. Yuck!! On their behalf, they took the meal off our check.
The next night we stayed at the Lake Yellowstone cabin, looked at the Buffet for good measure and decided we even my children, would rather go hungry. Fortunately another company, sorry I can't remember the name of it, runs the little snack bars in the gift/grocery stores. Here we found a sufficient sandwich for a fair price, and a breakfast that was down right good. The wait staff in these gift shops are about as friendly as your grandma and grandpa and usually have some good tips for where to go see some unusual or spectacular things in the area.
To make this long desertaion short. Pack your own food if you can, realize you will eat mostly sandwich type food when in Yellowstone, admit to yourself you are not there for the food, and enjoy the wonderful things that Yellowstone has to offer.!