East Idaho Eats: Teton House owners love serving ‘great meals’ and large portions
MENAN – Entertaining customers and providing them with a “great meal” is what Leo Hancock and his wife, Danielle Dexter, enjoy most.
Together, they own Teton House at 3563 East Menan-Lorenzo Highway in Menan and at 80 North Broadway in Blackfoot. They serve patrons throughout eastern Idaho a menu that includes red stag venison with Au Gratin potatoes and fried Brussel sprouts.
Other dishes include fresh halibut with their lemon cream sauce and pasta, and their take on chicken cordon bleu that comes with a filleted chicken breast layered with cream cheese, swiss cheese, ham and wrapped in bacon. Dexter tells EastIdahoNews.com that their wagyu tips are one of the most popular items.
Low carb and gluten-free options are also available.
EastIdahoNews.com sampled some of the menu, which you can watch in the video player above.
Since the opening of the Menan restaurant in 2017, Dexter says the response has been “amazing.”
One of the restaurant’s signature moves is serving large portions. Hancock says many customers request a box because they have a hard time finishing everything, which he considers another positive aspect of their service.
“I don’t like going to a restaurant and having to stop for a burger on the way home,” he says, joking.
The duo followed up their success in 2019 by opening a store in Blackfoot near Walmart. Problems with the building later led to its closure while they found a new location. They opened a new building on Broadway last month after an extensive renovation project, which they’re excited about.
“It’s up and running. We’re only doing Tuesday through Saturday lunch and dinner, the same hours as Menan,” Dexter says.
In addition to serving customers, the duo also enjoys giving back to the community. They provide a Thanksgiving dinner every year. It’s specifically designed for those in need, but it’s open to everyone. Dexter says they served about 400 families last year and raised about $1,000 for needy families.
The couple also enjoys working with Dennis and Nellie Dole with the North Butte Classic Car Foundation every July 4 to raise funds for local families.
“One year, there was a gentleman who was handicapped who couldn’t get out of his house very accessibly. We helped build a ramp and money went towards that,” Dexter explains. “For people who are out of work (due to illness or other factors), the foundation helps them with whatever they need.”
Leo and Danielle are grateful for all the support from the community and they’re hoping to stick around and continue to grow.
“We’ve got a great staff here that enjoy cooking. It’s been their passion. I enjoy entertaining and making sure that somebody has a great meal. That’s the only reason why we do this,” Leo says.
Teton House in Menan is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 10 p.m. closing time Friday and Saturday. The Blackfoot store maintains the same hours, but it’s closed Sunday and Monday.