Located in Hampton Inn, we were all really hungry and didn't want to have to drive any where. The boys had the hamburgers, I had to Navajo Taco and my youngest had the chicken fingers. It was all very good and satisfying. The decor was wonderful and the lovely ladies all dressed in traditional attire.
Open for dinner nightly, service in main dining room or patio. Southwestern décor sets pace for the navajo or western style entrees. The food is all made from scratch and is rated the best in 200 miles. They feature nightly earlbird specials and also offer in Room dining for your pleasure.
Reuben Heflin Restaurant is open for: Dinner
Hours: Mon - Sunday
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
(Hours may vary, so please call them)
We only ate breakfast here. The choices were good, leaning toward using local ingredients and items. Food is something I almost always enjoy when someone else makes it for me. So I'm not too critical. We enjoyed our meal, service was friendly and prompt. I would recommend it. Even if there aren't too many choices in the area, it didn't suffer from lack of competition. At least in the winter.
Our package included a "Navajo meal". We had it, in the visitor centre.
It was a big salad, with a great variety of vegetables, and, to be honest, I found no great differences to commom americam salads. A regular lunch, with nothing to remember or to complaint, and without any idea about its price.
Breakfast was OK in this restaurant. Being in Navajo country, Fry bread came with everything.
Fantastic view from our seat by the window, but it looked like every seat had a great view looking toward Monument Valley.
Because of its remoteness, you're not going to find a lot of meal options near the park but you certainly won't starve. There's enough to fill the need - just not a heck of a lot more.
Goulding's Lodge has one restaurant (Stagecoach Dining Room) that's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dining room has very large windows overlooking the scenic monoliths in the distance and is (blessedly) air conditioned. They serve an array of Navajo and American favorites and while it's not extraordinary food, it's a pleasant place to grab a sandwich or a steak. It can also be very busy as they handle a lot of bus tours.
The visitor center within the park also has a very basic restaurant that's open for B/L/D hours and will do if you're there and you're hungry.
The Goulding's complex has a food court/grocery store near the gas station that's good for picking up fast food or picnic supplies. If you've reserved an RV or tent spot and Goulding's, it looked like there were picnic tables provided there as well.
Our favorite spot? There were a couple of picnic tables with a million-dollar view of the valley on the terrace of the upper motel building at Goulding's Lodge (see my Places to Stay tip for pix). We had direct access from our room but anyone staying at the motel can get to it from a short cut-through between rooms 312 and 311. We picked up some snacks at the food court one night and just hung out - with scenery like that, I think we could have eaten cardboard and been pretty darn happy.
We stayed here on a Friday night and all 32 of Mexican Hat's residents, the lodge guests and the RV park guests were in the bar celebrating. There was a cowboy cooking swinging steaks and a live band that were very good. The bar was outside with an assortment of tarpaulins to keep any rain off. The actual bar served jars of ale and the only food was steak. We enjoyed a delicious steak and drank loads of ale out of jars. The British accent went down a real treat and we socialised with the locals in a good spirited manner. The band were too good for Mexican Hat and must have been on the run. The steaks were cooked on a steel grid being swung on chains by a cowboy over licking flames.
Go here on a Friday night. If we return I'll definetely schedule a Friday night stopover.
If you are in the are of Monument Valley or Goosenecks, you are in Navajo or Ute country. If you want to sample the local food options, you need to try the traditional staple of the Navajo families, Mutton Stew on Fry Bread.
Actually Fry bread comes with almost everything around here.. They use it as a tortilla, and with sugar it becomes a donut!
There are many smallish Navajo restaurants that are booths made of plywood along the side of the road leading to the Monument Valley Visitor center. If you are a squeamish eater this may not be an option for you as the services and general appearance of these restaurants is very unlike the MacDonald's on the interstates. It reminded me more of dining in roadside sodas in Costa Rica than of any 'American" restaurant I have ever been to. The food did taste great though.
Favorite Dish: Navajo Fry Bread.. Well, if you have tried fried dough in the carnivals then you get an idea of what this is.. Think really flat donut. Is it good for you.. Not likely, but even my Atkinsy inclination had to go for seconds on this one.
I believe you mix white flour, lard and water ; pound it flat then drop it a vat of hot oil. Yummeee! All materials that were readily available from the US gov't when they started providing food for the indians who live here.
I heard recently that fry bread is the number 1 reason for the incredible level of diabetes in the Indian nations in this part of the country.
Favorite Dish: Fried bread Navajo style is going to fill you up for the whole day. Indigestion for the uninitiated is quite possible.
The food in the average restaurant is deliscious! Maybe it's the Indian / Mexican influences, but the kitchen is spicy and very tasteful.