When one thinks of a trip to Zion National Park, I think the last thing on their mind is going to be food. Perhaps they are thinking of snacks to bring while out in the park, but what about the other meals? My friend and I are usually very concerned about what we are going to eat. And not in a “let’s gorge ourselves” way, but we want the food to be worth it. Nothing makes me more irritated on vacation than having to eat bad food. This is especially true if the food is a little more expensive than normal. I don’t like wasting calories or money. Needless to say, our food choices actually enhanced our trip, instead of just being something we did. Here are the places we ate at on our trip.
*Stage Coach Grille; La Verkin, UT
In the town in which we stayed, let’s say that there was a lack of options for dinner. And the one place that seemed to be recommended, and well, serving dinner, was Stage Coach Grille. It has been my experience that restaurants that seem to be the only option, always recommended by hotel staff, etc, seem to not care about standards. However, this was not the case with Stage Coach Grille.
We started our meal with Fried Zucchini and we both had the Crab Stuffed Salmon. And of course, since we were starving, we had the Cheesecake for dessert. The food was phenomenal. We were pleasantly surprised about how good it all was, and we just wanted our food to be never ending.
They also had a little field next door with some horses! And we just had to go see them. You know, living in Los Angeles, its not something we see ever day 🙂
*King’s Landing Bistro; Springdale, UT
Closer to the park, in a town called Springdale, there is quite a bit more going on. There are more restaurants, shops, etc. For our last night in Zion, we chose a restaurant in Springdale called King’s Landing Bistro. Honestly, the mixed reviews had us a little skeptical, but again, we were pleasantly surprised by our meal. They also had a couple mocktails on the menu, which always wins points with me. I had the Roasted Sea Bass, which was served on top of a rustic ratatouille. It was so delicious. Let me tell you, I’m am NOT a fan of fish with the skin on. For whatever reason, it grosses me out. But this was delicious. And of course, since we are still on vacation after all, we got desert. I got the chocolate mousse cake and it was to die for. Again, we didn’t want our food to end. And the views…couldn’t be beat.
*River Rock Roasting Company; La Verkin, UT
When we were coming in to town, we passed this place called River Rock Roasting Company. Both being coffee fans, we decided we would need to try it out at some point. Next to our hotel, they had a little drive thru satellite location. We stopped there for coffee one morning on our way. Now, when I say drive thru, its not what you think. You drive up, and a live person takes your order face to face. Then, you drive around and wait. We waited for our drinks for about 15 minutes, a marked difference from our single digit minutes wait for coffee at Starbucks. Nonetheless, the coffee was delicious. This made us excited to go to the main location to get breakfast/lunch on our way out of town the next day.
The main location of RRRC sits on the edge of a gorge and provides a beautiful view of a different part of the landscape. The weather was perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the beauty around you. We arrived right at the cusp of breakfast and lunch, and since I had to get another latte, I opted for breakfast. I ordered the Ham and Cheese Croissant, and added egg. It also came with sriracha mayo, which I wasn’t sure about, so I got it on the side. I also ordered a Hazelnut Almond Milk Latte. Both items were stellar. I don’t think I’ve ever had a breakfast sandwich that good before. I’m not generally a fan of sandwiches, but they looked so good, I had to get it. And I was not disappointed. The ingredients were quality and fresh. And well, the latte, was dreamy. As a result, I walked away with a bag of coffee.
I’ve posted about Momofuku before, but I got some different items so I wanted to share. We started with a half dozen oysters, followed by the shrimp, shitake and pork belly buns. Then, we finished with the Ginger Scallion Noodles. Another stellar meal by a David Chang institution, and my belly couldn’t have been happier.
Mon Ami Gabi
If there is anything about me, its that I don’t tend to go to tourist heavy places in Las Vegas. I go based on what is good, not what is popular. But for our last vacation meal, we were having trouble deciding. I’ve seen people recommend Mon Ami Gabi on travel forums and I have always been skeptical. So, we took a chance. It was delicious. I had the Fish & Frites and the Berry Bread Budding for dessert. I was impressed by this place, and the décor is adorable.
All in all, everything we ate on our trip was delicious, and we didn’t regret anything we ate. In places like Springdale or La Verkin, you are forced to partake in the local fare. I didn’t see any chain restaurants (except for a few fast food places along the way), and that makes for an interesting vacation. When traveling, I always urge people to go to places they don’t have at home. It makes it more of a vacation.