Small Town, Big Man
Lower Stanley has the undisputable best view of the Sawtooth Mountain range. It only follows that a meal at Lower Stanley’s very own Bridge Street Grill has an unrivaled romantically-rugged ambiance. Whether at the bar or on the roof deck, patrons of Bridge Street Grill are invited into a culture belonging only to small mountain towns. This foreigness may beget culture shock upon encountering Brett Woolley. He is one of those people who you’ll know when you see ‘em. The towering barrel chested owner and Stanley native’s personal instated job description is to meet, greet and share a laugh with his customers. When you meet the short wearing giant invite him for a drink and listen to his version of the valley legends and histories. Best of luck picking out the fact from fiction.
Roots grow deep at Bridge Street. The restaurant resides on an original Stanley town site purchased by Brett’s grandfather in 1937. Since then, Brett and his family have paved the way for a cowboy filled riverside eatery. Over the years the once burger and beer stop has transformed into a premium steak and seafood restaurant. Brett’s daughter, Brittany has been cooking and serving dishes for the last ten years. When asked for a recommendation Brittany suggests Bridge Street’s ribs or trout. The ribs are steamed in beer an apple cider vinegar to the point of falling off the bone. And the trout is a possible palette changer; even Brittany admits, though she doesn’t enjoy fish she loves Bridge Street’s trout. Personally I enjoy the chicken topped football sized Cobb salad and the South of the Border burger with fries. But for those with insatiable guts or looking for a challenge, go ahead and take a try at the Woolley Mammoth Burger.
Out til Sunrise
In addition to serving up heaping meals, Brett also enjoys a good party. Whether it’s a local birthday celebration or the music bonanza know as “Woolley Fest” if Bridge Street throws a shin-dig you better be there. Deep into the night raft guides, hikers and out of towners two step on the cleared diningroom floor. Between sets party goers can watch the moon ripple on the river from the lower deck or atop the roof top patio. There is something just right about music drifting along the Salmon River during summer nights. And that kind of innate goodtime just isn’t found between big city limits.
Never one for idleness, Brett also built and rents two cabins. Available year round, the cabins have flat screen televisions, full kitchens and plenty of country created fixtures. From handmade electric oil lamps to slate bathrooms, Brett has made sure that each cabin is as country as its location. One cabin is a studio with a queen size bed best suited for vacationing couples. The larger family sized cabin has a queen bed, bunk beds and long kitchen bar. Located in stellar Lower Stanley, the Bridge Street cabins are a revitalizing getaway for any time of year.
Committed to small town friendliness and near reckless fun, the Bridge Street Grill and Cabins serves up Rib Eye Steaks and Alaskan Crab with a side of Idaho honky-tonk.