Grand Canyon Dining
Dining in Grand Canyon is just as special as visiting it, given that most restaurants have taken advantage of the magnificent scenery. It is difficult to stay focused on the food even when the fantastic cuisine rivals the view. The Grand Canyon boasts great restaurants with international flavors as well as southwestern cooking.
For visitors who are looking to have a quick meal there’s a vast selection of inexpensive restaurants.
Canyon Café at Yanapai Lodge is a fine example of a wonderful place offering light dining in Grand Canyon, such as juicy burgers, American fried chicken and salads.
A favorite of the locals and visitors alike is Pine Country Restaurant, the best place for home style cooking. Its cozy décor with checked tablecloths, wall memorabilia and lace curtains, makes this a nice place for a luncheon or dinner.
Tip: When visiting this delightful restaurant, be sure to savor the home made desserts, especially the coconut and banana cream pies.
You couldn’t be at a more romantic place than the Grand Canyon, and as an added bonus, several of the restaurants in the area offer the most magnificent vistas as you dine on delectable regional cuisine.
One of these great places for romantic dining in Grand Canyon is the El Tovar Dining Room, housed in a historic hotel, and a must for all visitors. It offers tables overlooking the Canyon combined with a rustic elegance. Its menu, said to be the Park’s best, offers a symbiosis of continental and South West flavors. Specialties include grilled filet mignon, pan seared duck, salmon with red pepper marmalade and wild game.
The Arizona Room is another one among these special restaurants. Acclaimed for sunset views of the Canyon, it sits right on the South Rim, offering juicy steaks, and several dishes with a Southwestern flavor (Tequila marinades, prickly pear syrups and chiles).
The Canyon Star is Western in décor as well as in cuisine. The menu consists of mouthwatering large steaks fit for a cowboy appetite, chile-crusted lamb chops, grilled trout, smoked pork loin and fabulous fish stews. A magnificent show with Native American dances and cowboy tunes will entertain you while savoring these great dishes.
The Steak House at the Grand Canyon, though a bit unusual in décor, boasts great food. The outside looks like the stop on the stagecoach route; however, the beef, grilled over an open juniper wood fire, is this restaurant’s claim to fame. Nearly everyone enjoys the hearty portions.
Most of the restaurants for dining in Grand Canyon are moderately priced, though some of the more elegant ones tend to be somewhat pricier. Many of the Mexican and Chinese restaurants in the area are also known for offering great food at great values.
Pancho McGillicuddy’s, set in a former 19th century saloon, is a prime example, delivering great Mexican treats like fajitas, tacos and enchiladas, as well as American burgers.
Wherever you choose to dine, you’ll have a great time.