Chow: South Rim
I'm not going to break this into detail but here's a general rundown:
El Tovar - Did it one night. Good but busy and expensive. Big, dark, gloomy dining room with very few seats by the window. If dining after dark and you have a fat wallet, go ahead and make reservations (required for dinner). This one also has a bar.
Bright Angel coffeeshop - least expensive of the 3 restaurants and offers standard fare. Not much for a view either.
Arizona Room Steakhouse - didn't do. Very busy and they don't take reservations. If it's after dark, you won't see anything from the windows. Closed January 1 through mid February.
Best bets - Yavapai and Maswick Lodge cafeterias. Big and somewhat institutional (remember school lunch?) but quick, inexpensive and lots of choices. Good for students, families and the rest of us who'd rather pack a sandwich to a rim spot than deal with reservations. Your pasta won't be al dente but you'll be full and happy (and so will your wallet).
Maswick: Open daily 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, and has a sports bar.
Yavapai: Open daily 6:30am to 8:00 pm but hours may fluctuate. Closed January 2 through February 16.
Additionally, there is Bright Angel coffeehouse, snack bars at Hermit's Rest and Desert View, and two general stores.Related to:
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Chow: North Rim
There are not a lot of choices here for filling the tummy but you don't go there to eat, right?
The Lodge has a large dining room open for all 3 meals. We had dinner there one night and it was OK although rather pricey and no view after dark. It might be better for lunch or breakfast when you can see outside. Reservations are required for dinner.
There is also a small deli (open 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM) and it's passable - just. Don't choose anything that comes from a pot that looks like it has sat there for a week. Sandwiches, chips, ice cream, soup, etc. and they do picnic lunches (1 day notice). They have pizza too but I guess the joke goes that it's the best pizza on the North Rim: honest truth when it's the ONLY pizza.
There is a small coffeeshop (good for morning pastries) a bar at the lodge, a general store with groceries, snacks and some convenience-store type fare at the campground, and a nightly cookout.
All of these services operate from mid-May - mid-Oct only, when the lodge is open. I recommend packing along your own snacks and beverages to save a little $$.Related to:
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
The Coronado Room: With Duck to Die For..
Inside the Squires Inn hotel, this restaurant certainly was one of the best during our 8 day tour of the National Parks.
Before you enter the restaurant theres a big comfy bar, where Mavis, the Kentucky barmaid, makes the best apple martinis out of Vegas! If you like your martinis dry, well she doesnt even show the vermouth bottle to the vodka, she just points to it on the shelf!!!
The dining area is classy with excellent service. Attentive waiters and a friendly maitre´d made this quite special.
Favorite Dish: The portions were very large considering the french cuisine, and the duck was out of this world. Steaks were huge and tender and the shell fish pasta was scruptious.
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