They say in web pages: "SMK is simply the best authentic mexican food restaurant at the Grand Canyon!". I don't know, it might be true, visited and saw only this one! Ok, let's start, the place is colorfully decorated, the service was ok (there were 2 other customers, so they had time to us), but somehow "invisible". I got a feeling that they just work, not that their intention is to serve us with "the best attitude".
I haven't been in Mexico, have only eaten Mexican food in non-Mex countries, so I don't know how it originally looks, but I don't understand why all portions look same, no matter what you ordered.
It was late afternoon when we came in and we was hungry. Mission done, not hungry anymore, but it was only food, not an extremely "best or fantastic" as they say in the web pages.
A little bit slow service, we were sitting in balcony and we got an impression that staff meshed up the order of customers. The food was good as taste, but once again the plate look like the food has been thrown to it. It was impossible to see what the dish was. I am not a specialist of Mexican food, someone could get an better idea.
Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the plates we ate, only poor quality video clip.
The menu is normal including a few salads, some pork, fish, shrimp, steak, a few other related items. Vegetables, green chili cheddar and potatoes.
Live music included, guitars and singing, like always in Mexico, sounds always similar, some changes to playing list could be considered sometimes.
The Plaza bakery is a great cafe style bakery. The fresh pastries, breakfast burritos and cakes are on the list. We selected offer of "Good Morning Santa Fe" with coffee and had a very nice day starter there. Bill was about 10$ per person. My recommendation.
The Cafe is centrally located, easy to find and it might be a little bit over priced (but still the value money is ok).
Favorite Dish: Check the photo, you can see the logo and what we ate.
According to the website History
Founded in 1982, Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Olive Garden was originally developed by General Mills Restaurants, a division of General Mills, Inc. In June of 1995, General Mills spun off its restaurant division into Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Most restaurants open at 11:00 a.m. for lunch. Dinner is served beginning at 4:00 p.m. Closing hours on Sunday through Thursday are 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are some regional variations and new restaurants are open for dinner only during the first few weeks of operation.
The advertising emphasises the idea of authentic Italian cooking, done from scratch, plus the friendly atmosphere where you are treated like family. They have a never-ending salad bowl (or you can also have soup) and many pasta choices.
Favorite Dish: When we ate here in January 2005, I had stuffed shells with shrimp and Bob had lasagna. It was $26.42.
We now have a local Olive Garden and we go fairly frequently. In December 2011, Bob had sphagetti and I had Shimp Caprese. I like the little sample desserts and I got them to go in plastic containers.
Some menu items can be adjusted to accommodate a vegan or vegetarian diet, but none wholly meet the criteria. The following items as meatless, but not necessarily vegetarian or vegan:
Minestrone soup (vegetable and mushroom base; no meat protein)
Garden Salad (without dressing)
Marinara Sauce (mushroom base; no meat protein)
They do have a children's menu
This restaurant was the one of the closest we found in dark evening and the decision was okay. Live music, friendly and fast service and enough food. It was a little bit oldish, but that's the level we were looking for. The food was tasty, not excellent, but really worth of value.
The other plate was a little bit messy as you can see from photo, but according to my research the mess was new food not old :) Who cares, we were hungry. (The bill was under 60 dollars for two and we drank at least some beers, Tecate, if I remember correctly.)
Live music was a tourist trap, Mexican looking man singing some Mexican lyrics.
During our stay in New Mexico and Arizona, I ate some 20-30 plates Mexican. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. For some reason they all looked similar: beans, meat and tacos, burritos. The only difference was eggs on breakfast.
Good and enough to prevent starving for half day or more.
Favorite Dish: Check the photo, egg, beans and ham or something related.
The Legend from restaurants web pages;
"Many years ago, when the cattle roamed free and Cowpokes and Cowgirls rode the range, a sassy young Cowgirl figured out that she could have as much fun smokin’ meats and baking fine confections as she could bustin’ broncs and rounding up outlaws. So she pulled into the fine bustling city of Santa Fe and noticed that nobody in town was making Barbeque the way she learned out on the range. She built herself a Texas-style barbecue pit and soon enough the sweet and pungent scent of mesquite smoke was wafting down Guadalupe street and within no time at all folks from far and near were lining up for heaping portions of tender mesquite-smoked brisket, ribs and chicken. Never one to sit on her laurels, our intrepid Cowgirl figured out that all those folks chowing down on her now-famous BBQ need something to wash it all down with. Remembering a long-forgotten recipe from the fabled beaches of Mexico, she began making the now-legendary Frozen Margarita and the rest, as we say, is History. Before you could say “Tequila!” the musicians were out playing on the Cowgirl Patio and the party was in full swing."
We were here on lunch time, steak prices 6-7$, burgers 6-7, soups and salads 5-8. Nice and clean, just correct and helpful service and we spend 28 bugs for two plates and some refreshments.
Favorite Dish: Colton's "loaded" chicken and Colton's fried Steak. My recommendations
I went here with several coworkers for a farewell luncheon. It was a Friday so they were serving surf and turf. I was disappointed. The catfish was not very good. The desert selection was disappointing too. I've heard the German Day is better. The Palms is also a nightclub so I will go back to review these things too.
Favorite Dish: The crabcake was good.
Bunbuku is a Japanese/Korean Restaurant in Sierra Vista located at 297 W. Fry Boulevard. It is located in a storefront in a strip mall. The decor is simple and Asian. It is open from 11 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday, and 12 PM to 9 PM on Sunday. Bunbuku serves lunch and dinner. A dinner entrees and drinks will run you about $10 (less at lunch). Portions are generous; and the food is very good. They also serve Sushi and Steak. They bring you a variety of side dishes and will replenish them at no charge if you ask nicely. The cashier/hostess/wait staff are polite and attentive. Photo(s) soon.
Favorite Dish: I prefer the Bulgogi or the Ton Gasu (Pork Cutlet).
La Casita is a Mexican Restaurant in Sierra Vista located at 465 E. Fry Boulevard. It is open from 11 AM to 9 PM Monday through Thursday; 11AM to 10 PM Friday; 11 AM to 9:30 PM Saturday; and 11 AM to 8 PM on Sunday. La Casita serves lunch and dinner. It also has take out, a full catering service and a banquet room. It has been in operation in Sierra Vista for 17 years. Two dinner entrees and drinks will run you a little over $20. Portions are pretty generous and the food is pretty good. The cashier/hostess and the wait staff are polite and attentive. Don't forget the 4 PM to 7 PM Happy Hour. Great Margaritas. Bring a designated driver. Photo(s) soon.
Favorite Dish: Love those Margaritas!!
Daisy Mae's Stronghold is a steakhouse in Sierra Vista located at 332 N. Garden Avenue next to the Sun Canyon Inn. It is open from 4 PM to 9:30 PM Monday through Thursday; 4 PM to 10 PM Friday and Saturday; and 4 PM to 9 PM on Sunday. They serve Mesquite Grilled Steaks and Daisy Mae's was voted one of the 25 best steakhouses in the US. Daisy Mae's serves lunch and dinner. Two dinner entrees and a drink will run you a little over $30. Portions are generous; and the food is very good. There is also a full service bar. Daisy Mae's is an historic landmark. It was here during the time of the old west, and was a brothel serving Fort Huachuca. There is a story that one of the rooms is haunted by the ghost of a dead prostitute. Photo(s) soon.
Favorite Dish: The Mesquite Grilled Steak or the Teriyaki Steak. Great ribs too.
This chain of the Southwest was started in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1950, by a former bush pilot and entrepreneur by the name of Harmon Dobson using five inch hamburger buns instead of the usual four inchers. The entrepreneur's idea was that it was appropriate in Texas to have larger food, and he wanted everyone who had one to say "What A BURGER".
There are now Whatburger locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahama, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona as well as several places in Mexico
This was the first fast food place that ever gave us a pager to alert us that our burgers were ready. Since the night before, we had been at a regular restaurant who gave us little pieces of paper with numbers on them instead of pages, I found this amusing.
Favorite Dish: We ate in a Whataburger in Fort Walton Beach. I had a bacon cheese Whataburger and Bob just had a plain Whataburger. The lunch cost $11.88.
From website Timeline:
1972 Truckstops of America, is founded by Phil Saunders. The small, six-location TA chain ..is sold later that year to Ryder.
1995 TA develops the TA prototype facility - the "travel center of the future."
1997 The consolidation of Truckstops of America with the NATIONAL Auto/ Truckstops chain adds 122 sites to the TA network. TA changes its name to TravelCenters of America to reflect the company's growing and diverse customer base that includes professional drivers, motorists and RVers.
1998 TA acquires 17 Burns Bros. Travel Stops, expanding TA`s presence in the Western and Northwestern U.S. The TA network grows to 146 locations.
* Professional driver in-cab services expand convenience offerings to professional drivers, including Internet access, cable TV, faxing, voice mail, and wake-up calls.
1999 TA purchases the 16-site Travel Ports chain, located primarily throughout the Eastern U.S. -- further expanding the TA coast-to-coast network.
* TA launches an innovative alliance with Freightliner Corporation, North America`s leading manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks, to provide expanded truck service for professional drivers at TA sites nationwide.
2000 TA adds a third restaurant concept with the opening of the first Fork In The Road restaurant at Las Cruces, New Mexico.
* RoadKing ClubTM is launched to become the premier frequent fueler program in the industry.
2002 RoadKing ClubTM is enhanced with personalized RoadKing Club cards and the launch of a new automated shower system.
* TA becomes a member of the American Bus Association.
2003 TA becomes an international company with the acquisition of Woodstock 230 Travel Centre in Ontario, Canada.
2004 TA introduces a new high-speed wireless internet service, called TA SpeedZonesm, that allows travelers to stay in touch with the world.
* TA expands network in western and southwestern states, by acquiring Rip Griffin's 11 travel centers.
Favorite Dish: I had a skillet breakfast and Bob had a hamburger.
TravelCenters of America has more than 150 locations nationwide plus at least one in Canada. (no centers in Maine, Vermont, Montana or North and South Dakota). They not only have regular "American" food at a good price, but they also have regional and seasonal specialties. Some places also have carving stations called "A Fork in the Road"
Their website says: Start out in the Northeast with Maine Blueberry Pancakes or Yankee Pot Roast, then travel down South for Country Ham n' Grits or Fried Catfish Fillet and Hushpuppies. Later in the week you may find yourself in the Midwest where you can select Loaded Baked Potato Soup or Charbroiled Ham Steak. Over to the Southwest you have the option of Huevos Rancheros, Tortilla Soup or Chicken and Cheese Enchilladas. Finishing up in the Northwest, enjoy Grilled Chipotle Salmon with a side of Wild Mushrooms and Rice.
International Dairy Queen, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire-Hathaway, Inc. The first Dairy Queen® restaurant was opened in Joliet, Il by Sherb Noble on June 22, 1940 (before Pearl Harbor.)
Dairy Queen should be familiar to some foreign visitors and almost all North Americans because the Dairy Queen® system has more than 5,700 locations operating throughout the United States, Canada and 22 other countries.
They may have been one of the pioneers of the soft serve ice cream. Most of the restaurants are drive through, but most of them have an area inside to eat.
Favorite Dish: Because Bob is lactose intollerant and I can rarely get him to stop at a place like this. I really like their Blizzard, which is ice cream with something like Reese's pieces or M&Ms whipped into it.
They do have such things as
Grilled or Breaded Chicken Sandwich,
Chicken Strip Basket™,
Bacon Double Cheeseburger
DQ Ultimate® Hamburger
DQ® Double Cheeseburger
Crispy Chicken Salad
Brownie Earthquake™ (an Oreo® Brownie covered in DQ® soft serve, smothered in marshmallow topping, hot fudge, whipped topping and sprinkled with crushed Oreo® cookies),
The Original! Blizzard® Flavor Treats (DQ® soft serve blended with your favorite candy, cookies, or fruit)
DQ® Cones & Dipped Cones
DQ® SundaesPecan Mudslide™
Peanut Buster® Parfait
DQ® Frozen Cakes
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