Just because you are out in the wild, does not mean you have to be uncivilized. One problem with rafting is sometime you can bring too much lunch!!
Favorite Dish: I like the torillas with fresh homemade salami, pear and cheese. It is as good as yoru ingredients.
Do not miss this wonderful restaurant. Absolutely excellent "cowboy"/Southwestern cuisine! Adorable outdoor patio (see picture) and great interior decoration (mexican/cowboy style). Just great... GO THERE!!!
Favorite Dish: Oooooh these steaks!!!
The Chisos Mountain Lodge Restaurant opens at 7:00 A.M. and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you are in a hurry to head out in the morning ask about their breakfast in a box that you can take with you. We ate lunch there twice, when we drove up to Chisos Basin for hiking. We were surprised to find that the food was quite good. My husband described his lunches as a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. I had a tuna fish salad sandwich on a croissant with potato chips on the side both times. My husband had a burrito with refried beans, salsa, and guacamole the fist time. The second time he had a chicken fried steak. He thought both lunches were quite good.
This restaurant serves very nice steaks and game dishes. I wish they would serve something else than water boiled broccoli for green vegetables. Their mashed potatoes are great.
The decor inside is great (cowboy/mexican) and the patio with the fountain adorable.
Once (June 2002) we had a rude waiter who was never available when needed, the other time (September 2003) the waitress was very nice and efficient.
Favorite Dish: Steak. Quail (an american wild bird).
There is actually one restaurant within Big Bend National Park. The Mountain lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I went once for dinner, and the food (mexican enchiladas) had obviously been heated by microwave, it was still cold in the middle. They also serve beer and wine (the Texas wine St Genevieve Merlot is pretty good and cheap). The view on the Chisos Basin from the lodge is great.
Small local restaraunt on the main street of Marathon, very relaxed atmosphere, outdoor dining. They did run out of chicken once...
Favorite Dish: Had the breakfast burrito and the hamburger, both were excellent.
Bring your own food! The closest town with a decent restaurant is more than 50 miles away...
Dry goods are best if you do not want to drive for hundreds of miles to get ice for your cooler.