We already had a reservation for another restaurant, but strolling around in Springdale we came across Zion Pizza & Noodle Co. It’s located in the centre of Springdale (and very close to our accommodation) in an old church. It looked very charming and a lot of people (always a good indication for a restaurant) were already queuing at the counter ordering pizza or noodle.
We got a number, found a table on the porch in front of the building with views of the red mountains. We didn’t have to wait long for our meal, which was delivered by the friendly staff: ONE huge pizza, custom made with pineapple and a tossed salad.
We had an excellent Italian dinner, with two glasses of cold white wine, for just USD 18,- .
Be aware you only can pay in cash !!
Coming from our accommodation Slickrock Café was the first ‘restaurant‘ we saw in the centre of Moab. After a long journey, finding a new accommodation and freshing up ourselves, we didn’t feel like looking for another one and decided to give it a try.
We don’t regret our choice. Slickrock Café is a rather small restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere and very helpful and enthusiastic (sometimes a little bit too ..) staff. The menu is rather expensive and various. We ordered ‘Tilapia’; it had a spicy sauce and was served with rice. To be honest it was very tasteful and with a glass of wine it was by far our best meal since days in Southwest America.
(We were very satisfied and had another dinner during our last night in Moab, which was again very good.)
Favorite Dish: "Jug Handle Arch", which is a Tilapia fillet, cooked in a savory Southwestern Chipotle sauce.
Staying in the San Juan Inn in Mexican hat there is not too much choice for your dinner. So we decided for the ‘Olde Bridge Grille’ on the premises of the inn. It is a rather small and cosy restaurant (why should it be bigger in tiny Mexican Hat ??) with friendly and helpful staff.
Everything did sound so Mexican and we decided for a ‘Mexican Taco’. My wife did like it, but it turned out not to be my favourite dish. But with a nice dinner salad and two huge ice creams there was no reason to complain.
They are serving a full American menu as well as Navajo dishes.
(Next morning we had our custom-made breakfast also in this restaurant.)
The ‘best’ thing is that you are allowed to have a beer or glass of wine with your dinner (the restaurant is located just outside the Navajo Indian Reservation).
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Ok, we're all settled into our Motel, now it's time to have a bite to eat. Not too far away from our Motel, there was a restaurant on Main Street that we had noticed when we first drove into town. We first looked at their menu and then decided upon the OLD TYMER RESTAURANT.
I ordered the BBQ prime rib sandwich, at $7.95 which was just okay and came with seasoned fries. There was more spicy sauce in it than meat. Hans ordered half-rack of spare ribs ($15.95) which he said was just okay, but also corn bread and the salad bar came with it. The place was decorated with western memorabilia and farm implements, inside and outside.
There is not lot choice for restaurants in Tropic and our hosts of the Bullberry Inn recommended us Clarke’s Restaurant, more or less THE restaurant in town. For such a small town it is a rather big restaurant, but due to its layout it is still an informal and pleasant place. There is also a (small) patio for ‘el fresco dining’.
Staff was very friendly, spontaneous and helpful and service was absolutely not hurried. So we had some nice and relaxing dinners at Clarke’s.
But most important of course is the food. We were really surprised by the quality and quantity: both were good and tasteful. The first night we had tilapia (fish) and the first real American steak. We liked the food and decided to go back for our second evening, having salmon and pasta.
During our first dinner we ordered a glass of wine without looking at the wine list and had to pay USD 8,- a glass; the next evening we found some cheaper ones.
We were very happy staying in Tropic and having dinner at Clarke’s Restaurant; it is just one more reason for a stay away from the hustle and bustle of Ruby’s Inn nearby Bryce.
Favorite Dish: Good, fresh and tasty food.
Originally we intended having diner at ‘famous’ Cafe Diablo, but we changed our minds seeing the ‘poor’ plastic chairs and the prices on their menu. We headed for The Rim Rock Inn and Restaurant a little bit outside Torrey on the way to Capitol Reef.
We were rather early and the restaurant was almost empty. We were seated in a more or less eclectic furnished ‘huge’ dining room and sitting with just a couple of other visitors wasn’t very pleasant. However the views of the surrounding landscape (Capitol Reef NP and Boulder Mountain) are absolutely great.
On this Saturday night a singer was performing some songs.
But most important of a restaurant is the food and I have to say this was absolutely great and very tasteful. My wife had a day’s pasta and I had chicken with very spicy French fries (together with a fresh salad).
The menu is rather limited but with our choices we had a nice diner.
But our evening was more or less spoiled by the bill with a gratuity already added on it. When I asked the waitress, she had to admit that they were doing this with foreign visitors. On our request we got another bill, but this behaviour still was very disappointing.
(In the meantime Rim Rock also has a New Patio Restaurant, more like a pub and offering casual dining.)
This is a chain of restaurants in the fast food style, but mercifully serving a good selection of *proper* food. They also have a reduced price menu for seniors, of which I am now one, ie over 55. I had the lemon tilapia and a diet coke which came to $10.76.
Children also eat free every Tuesday and Saturday from 4-10pm which is helpful if you have over 7 of them.
Favorite Dish: It was clean, good service, excellent food for the price.
This is a bar, no one under 21, but you can come for the hamburgers as well. They were in the running for the state's best, but lost out to some new age version in Park City. Open since 1879 it is the oldest continuous running saloon in the state, it is a wonder that Huntsville could support a saloon that long. Don't expect fine dining, or anything even close. You come here after a day on the water or slopes or rustling cattle or herding sheep, it is all the same to the staff.
Check out the signed bills on the ceiling, the stuffed animals around the room, plug in some money to the juke box, play some pool. Relax with your friends in the small but casual atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Try out the Shooting Star burger with knackwurst,,,or just have the double bacon cheese. Bring cash, no plastic cards accepted.
I hate to admit it but I've spent over six weeks in Utah in three different trips and have only eaten out three times. It's not that the state doesn't have any decent places to eat, it's just that it's nature supersedes everything else. The campgrounds of the state's National and State parks as a rule are superlative. With such amazing scenery it comes as no surprise but they go the extra mile and make things very easy to just hang out. The state parks in particular seem to think of everything to make you comfortable from great areas to cook to covered picnic tables.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast can be a quick bowl of cereal if we're hitting the trails early or a relaxed pancake feast with maple syrup and fresh brewed coffee. Lunches can be simply nuts and dried fruit if hiking or lunch meats and cheese with local bread when we can find it. We tend to cook a lot of whole wheat pasta dishes with either beans or tuna as protein sources for dinner. We like to try local beers and I am always on the lookout at the super market for something I've never had.
After a couple of days with ‘western’ food we decided for an Italian meal in Pasta Jay’s. We found a table on the nice patio and ordered ‘Chicken Pomodoro’. Staff was not too friendly, but anyway we got our meal.
Although not too bad - the pasta wasn’t really hot - we were not really satisfied.
We asked for the bill and were absolutely surprised when we saw it had already a gratuity. We asked the waitress and she told it was common for foreign tourists !! We were really indignant about this ‘discrimination’ even if we got another ‘clean’ bill.
I would have to say I really enjoyed eating here. I enjoyed the food and the beer was excellent. They had some really unique names for their brews....lol! I did have a snotty hostess because she got angry about me NOT wanting to sit at a little lone table in the corner. So I requested to sit in a booth since they had many open. I did complain and it seems she was doing this a lot. So she was dismissed. Sorry, don't feel sorry for her one bit. Your a customer and should be treated as such. It's your hard earned money, so why spend it on a place that has snotty help. Anyways, I think you will enjoy this place because of the great food and beer. So check it out!
Favorite Dish: I kind of stuck with the sandwiches for their low calories. I enjoyed them!
After a drive through the Valley of the Gods we were looking for a coffee and we absolutely couldn’t miss the huge ‘twin rocks’ in Bluff which is the location for Twin Rocks Cafe. We ordered our coffee and an apple crumble pie; I have to say the coffee was just a common one, but the pie was the best we had during our trip in Arizona/Utah.
Be aware when travelling in this part of Utah you will not too many cafes !!
Next to the café is the Twin Rocks Trading Post/Museum with a huge collection of Native folk art like jewelry, baskets, pottery and rugs.
Favorite Dish: For us without any doubt: apple crumble pie
This little tiny building can really pack 'em in. This is traditional Mexican, not repackaged TexMex or Americanized. Come early to avoid long waits to sit, expect quick friendly service, no space, little tables, plentiful servings and good food.
Favorite Dish: Known for its Fish Tacos and Fried Ice Cream, I don't know if I've tried anything else.
Though things are not quite as good as they used to be when Ruth was still around, the diner up Emigration Canyon can still draw a crowd, and is still a nice place to go to get away from the city. I haven't been for awhile, but I wanted to include it.
This looks like a dive, but you can bring the whole family. The folks that run it are dedicated to their jobs. The tables are thick wood tree planks, food is good, beer is plentiful, and you are welcome to lay back and play some pool for awhile. It is a treasured tradition to end your river trip here, and believe me the food tastes so much like heaven after a week of river food that you will come back forever.
Favorite Dish: Hamburgers are big and hearty, fries are homemade, shakes are thick and flavorful. It is just good old American food.
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