Heavy rain drove us off the trails one afternoon so we took advantage of the weather to find a hot cuppa joe and catch up on the news. This one had a nice overhang to huddle out of the drops and was just kittycorner from the local bookstore's supply of newspapers. It shares space with Lost River Imports - a women's clothing store specializing in batik-printed skirts, blouses, scarves, etc. - and tables inside are few so it's largely a grab-and-go outlet unless it's nice enough to sit outside. It took the friendly barista FOREVER to make up our order but the mochas were very good (maybe because of that meticulous preparation) and we weren't in a hurry...
Freshly-roasted fair trade (yay for that) and organic coffee, italian sodas, pastries and gelato.
A funky little bungalow almost smothered in a wild and wonderful jungle of shrubs, flowers and vines, Eklecticafe is a former hippie's dream. We stopped into for lattes, scones and a read of the paper one rainy morning and lingered for a loooong time amid a cheerful clutter of color and curios. No slick, cookie-cutter chain, no sir; the menu is on chalkboard, and breakfast comes out of a tiny, busy kitchen at its own leisurely speed. It's comforting, good-for-you stuff too: maple nut granola with fruit, tofu burritos, whole wheat pancakes, huervos rancheros, egg and cheese bagels...
There's a big shaded porch for al fresco sipping on a nice day, and they're open for lunch, too. Our organic coffees and scones were yummy and, judging from the friendly chat between counter staff and stop-ins, this is a favorite with the locals. Open 7 days a week from 7:00 - 1:00 (Sunday) and 2:30 Mon - Sat.
Webpage (link below) has two menu tabs: one for breakfast and one for lunch.
We flipped a coin over which of two pizza places to try after one long, wet, day in Needles and this one won out. It's a busy, noisy spot on the main drag, and we ended up in the bar (called the Watering Hole) 'cause we were seriously pooped and could grab a booth in there with no wait. Our wood-fired pie was good but the crust (they only have one type) was too thick and chewy for our thin-and-crispy tastes. Menu items looked to be on the high side: most burgers and sandwiches run close to $10 and pizzas around $20. One budget option would be ordering by the slice ($2.50 at time of this writing) 'cause I'm guessing just a couple of those might do ya unless you're a big fella - then you might want to opt for the pizza buffet.
Service was prompt and friendly, and there is sport (no sound, thankfully) on the flat screens in the bar. Family friendly (restaurant side) and has an outdoor patio. I'd give this one more stars if they had a thinner crust option for the pies.
A favorite chow spot for the locals, Moab Diner is busy, bright, clean, friendly and big on comfort food. We grabbed a bowl of their "best green chili in Utah" before heading off to afternoon/evening hikes at Arches, and left feeling stuffed and happy. Personally, it wasn't my favorite of the green chili chowders or soups I've had in the Southwest but it was good; thick, hot and filling with a few warm tortillas on the side. We ordered ours with small salads and weren't able to finish it all.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, most items run between $7 -$8 with portions that looked generous enough to fill the bottomless pit of a teenage boy's stomach. They can also make up box lunches for picnics at the parks or your campsite, and have a wee-folks menu. Closed on Sunday.
The nice plus about hiking trips is burning tons of calories and getting to eat anything I want to. We hit the Blu Pig mighty hungry after a long day at Arches and left feeling like well-stuffed hogs. BBQ is one of those cuisines that you just can't make to please everyone; people like what they like as far as spices and sweetness, wet or dry, etc. so if it ain't like home, it just ain't right, you know? So you have to have an open mind when braving the brisket in the Great Unknown.
If you aren't a carnivore, stop reading - this is not the place for you. They do their own smoking and the menu runs the gamut of chicken to ribs to catfish. We both ordered up pulled-pork sammies - huge, on soft, toasted asiago buns topped with slaw - and sweet 'tater fries. The pork comes dry and we had fun trying out the three sauces on the table. Neither of us could finish the buggers but we'd seen this applewood-roasted pecan pie on the menu and had to give THAT a shot. OMG. Folks, save room...
All-in-all, nice place with a good selection of bottled beer served up with frosty glasses, outdoor patio, and blues on the sound system: what's not to like? We ate early so service was quick, friendly and attentive - can't answer for what it's like on a busy night. They also have a menu for little buckaroos, and you can get your order to go. Open at 4:00 Mon - Sat, 11:00 on Sunday.
It was good in 2004 so we came back in 2011. This is the only microbrewery in the area and a good place to refuel and rehydrate post-hike, float, bike or climb. The menu runs to standards like salads, sandwiches, burgers and a few entrees, and the craft brew list from ales to stout. We landed in here twice: the first night for salads, and the second for the ribs we recalled as yummy 7 years earlier. Nope, they hadn't lost the touch. The Husband's gazpacho plate of greens with blackened tilapia and jalapeño cornbread, and my almond chicken with soy ginger vinaigrette were both winners, and the pork ribs with Jack Daniel's sauce were bone-suckin' wonderful. Beer? What's not to like.
Service all three times was cheerful and prompt - although it can be a busy place during the dinner hour. Vegetarian options are available for non-carnivores, and there's a kid's menu for small fry. Stop into the small retail store for picking up pint glasses, t-shirts or a growler-to-go for your campsite, or the gelato freezer up front for a cone. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week: come in your cargos and boots.
The head-banging music on the website's home page is a bit much but you can hit the mute button. :)
Favorite Dish: Ribs. Yummy.
Paradox Pizza serves decent pizza that, while good, probably doesn't deserve the high ratings you might find for it by doing an internet search. Still, if you want a quick, filling meal that won't break the bank, it will do just fine.
If you're looking for a fresh beer, the Moab Brewery is the only game in town. I thought the beer was good and the food was decent, but it's pretty typical pub food without much imagination. If all you're looking for is a meal and you don't care about the beer, you can certainly do better.
We saw this restaurant in a tourist book supplied by the hotel that we stayed at. We had just camped for a few weeks at Zion, Bryce, and Arches and were sick of eating canned campfire foods and was in the mood for a pizza. When we got to the restaurant you have an option to eat inside or outside on the patio. The patio looked inviting however we felt like eating in the comfort of air conditioning. We ordered the antipasta salad and paid extra for the gorgonzola cheese, and a pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms. The salad was huge and was very good with their house dressing. The pizza was more of a thin crust with cheese almost all the way to the edge with very little crust. This meal was the best salad and pizza both me and my husband ever had! We still tell people about this restaurant, and when asked where our favorite pizza place is we tell them Pasta Jay's in Moab, Utah.
Good lord, where do I start. We ate at Denny's for lunch after we got to Moab as it was right across the parking lot from our hotel and we were hungry. After waiting awhile to be seated (no employees to greet you, finally one showed up), they seated us in a booth, as I was about to sit down I realized there was a bunch of food, noodles and crumbs, etc. in my seat. And the table was all dirty and gross. I asked the waiter if he could please get it cleaned up before I sat down, PLEASE. My first thought was "what the heck are they doing seating a customer in a dirty table to begin with"? Isn't that a cardinal sin in the restaurant business? Finally we got the seat and table cleaned up but it didn't feel clean to me. Upon looking around I noticed the floor was littered with food and trash, I mean littered, not just a couple of pieces here and there. All it would take was a little care from one of the employees to bring out the vacuum and clean it up. The food was gross, everything about the place was disgusting, along with the employees. I would not recommend eating at the Denny's in Moab, the one across from the Super 8 Motel off Highway 191!
Favorite Dish: Nothing. I have lost my appetite and don't think I will ever eat in a Denny's again!
I have had many wonderful dinners at The Center Cafe. Dining at this restaurant is truly a memorable experience--the food is creative and delicious; presentation is inspiring; service is excellent; and the ambience is comfortable and relaxing.
The extensive wines-by-the-glass list is a great complement to the menu.
Favorite Dish: Some of our favorites are the crab cakes, mango quesadillas, lamb loin, and chocolate molten dessert.
This was recommended by a friend and it was so good we ate there twice in 5 nites. First you get ample portions and second the prices won't break you. They had friendly service, cold beer and provided chips and salsa. Seemed a lot of locals were eating here, especially our first night, which was a Sunday.
This is a relatively small eatery in the center of downtown Moab. Even late in October there was a short wait but many shops were open so we browsed while waiting. We had four in our party and everyone really enjoyed their food. We ate in four different places during our stay and this was the best, it was also the priciest.
I think they call the decor factory chic. The staff looks transplanted from San Francisco. The menu is varied. Maybe a little pricey. They are a sister restaurant to Cassano's Italian Restaurant. The cafe gets its name from a pictograph of some type of creature.
Favorite Dish: I had meatloaf which I enjoyed. They serve wine, beer and mixed drinks to include a variety of Margaritas.
Ate here last night with my traveling buddy.
We've both traveled extensively across the US. Ate at hundreds of cafe's and joints as well as restaurants and fast food.
I can honestly say...this is the worse food I've had in my years of traveling.
Truly terrible...I had the house special. The so called "local favorite", chicken fried steak.
It was a plasticky pounded slab of "wanky" tasting meat. Served with potatoe buds, generic canned gravy and equally generic canned green beans.
Also a homemade dinner roll?? How could one possibly make a terrible "home made" dinner roll.
As far as the service, the elderly woman who served us was tolerable.
But the other two service girls were very rude, openly gossiping about town's people and diners while snickering, giggling, whispering and rolling their eyes with impatience when they were called on to do their jobs?
A cook came out at one point and the entire staff, including elderly tolerable waitress began a viscious gossiping session complete with the foul gutter mouth language, right there on the restaurant floor.
To top that off, the price on the menu was substantially higher than the price advertised throughout town in various coupon books and handouts.
Favorite Dish: Nada!