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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.)
Written Sep 25, 2009
Address: 2523 East Highway 24, Torrey, Utah
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.
Written Sep 21, 2009
Address: 401 West 7200 South Midvale Utah 84047
Phone: 801 561 4112
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.
Updated Sep 10, 2009
Address: 7350 E 200 S , Huntsville Utah
Phone: (801) 745-2002
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.
Updated Jul 17, 2009
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.
Written Jul 9, 2009
Address: 4 South Main Street, Moab
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!
Written Jun 12, 2009
Address: 748 Heritage Park Boulevard, Layton, UT 84041
Phone: (801) 774-9330
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
Written Apr 17, 2009
Address: 913 E. Navajo Twins Drive, Bluff, Utah
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.
Written Mar 21, 2009
Address: 736 West North Temple, Salt Lake City Utah
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.
Written Mar 21, 2009
Address: 2100 Emigration Canyon
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.
Written Mar 21, 2009
Address: 25 South Broadway, Green River
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