Utah's Forks in the Road http://www.forkintheroadutah.com Where to go, and what to eat when you get there Sat, 16 May 2015 19:55:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fillin’ up in Fillmore at Cluff’s Carhop Cafe http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/fillin-up-in-fillmore-at-cluffs-carhop-cafe/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/fillin-up-in-fillmore-at-cluffs-carhop-cafe/#comments Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:30:54 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=313 Check out our new video and first episode of our new series, which is all about Cluff’s Carhop Cafe! You can find it here: https://youtu.be/CYpEvvhyJmk This article was first published online at deseretnews.com and can be found here. For our latest adventure, we headed south to Fillmore to try out a drive-inn that was recommended by…Read more Fillin’ up in Fillmore at Cluff’s Carhop Cafe

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Check out our new video and first episode of our new series, which is all about Cluff’s Carhop Cafe! You can find it here: https://youtu.be/CYpEvvhyJmk

This article was first published online at deseretnews.com and can be found here.

For our latest adventure, we headed south to Fillmore to try out a drive-inn that was recommended by some of our fans: Cluff’s Carhop Cafe.

Cluff’s Carhop Cafe entrance and outdoor seating.

Like most who travel south on Interstate 15, we have gone by Fillmore knowing basically two things about it: Fillmore love to advertise that it was Utah’s first capitol, and if you are in the mood for a round of golf, Fillmore has a course. Beyond that, it was just another small town on the side of the road we passed on our way to somewhere else.
What we got out of this trip is that Fillmore has a lot to offer for anyone who decides to actually give it a chance. For example, there are about seven volcanoes within 25 miles of the town, some of them heavy with lava tubes, which are remnants of old lava rivers. We were also impressed by the beautiful scenery of the mountains behind the city. There was something else, though, that is probably one of the best parts of this city: A 1950s car hop that has its fifth family generation working it, namely Cluff’s Carhop Cafe.

Signs in front of Cluff’s Carhop Cafe. Look for these as you roll into Fillmore to know where to go!

Now, Cluff’s won’t take you back to when cars were made of steel and grease was the current hair gel, but it will definitely make you wish you had been there. As you roll up to the small red brick building with its large awning and the accompanying benches and tables, don’t be fooled by the seeming simplicity of the place. While the building itself may be simple, the food is far from it.

Something happened on this trip that doesn’t often happen; in fact, this is the first time this has ever happened during the time we’ve been working on Utah’s Forks in the Road: We ordered a salad as one of our main entrees. Yep, a salad — a grilled chicken salad, to be exact. One of the employees recommended it, so we went for it — and weren’t disappointed in the very least. Most of the time when one orders a chicken salad from a restaurant, one can expect to at least get basic greens with some vegetables and some pieces of chicken. At Cluff’s, it’s a different story. Each salad is a work of art. Fresh veggies, fruit, and wonderfully flavored and moist chicken. They even chopped the radish to make it look like a flower. It’s the little things that show they care, and these guys care a lot.

The delicious grilled chicken salad prominently displayed in front of the burger and fried mushrooms.

Gayle Cluff, the owner and primary cook, is the third generation family owner of the building and restaurant, which his grandfather built back in 1950. To us, this shows a passion not just for making food so the business looks good, but also because it makes his family legacy look good. That legacy is being carried on, as he also employs his granddaughter, making this a five-generation restaurant.

While asking Cluff the regular questions about the car hop’s history, we also asked him if there was anything else that he wanted our readers to know. He made sure to emphasize that “this is quality food; we don’t use cheap ingredients.” This idea really showed not just in the salad, but in the burger we ordered, too. We have had a lot of great burgers, and something that was apparent in Cluff’s bleu cheese bacon burger was the fact that you could taste everything. Nothing was overpowering or not powerful enough; each bite contained the smoky taste of bacon with the sour taste of the cheese and the fresh, meaty burger.

The Bleu Cheese Bacon burger from Cluff’s Carhop Cafe.

Cluff tries his best to get products locally (such as their fried mushrooms), but if it isn’t possible, he makes sure that his customers will get the next best thing. In his words, “This isn’t cheap food.”

Not only is the food worth the stop, but if you really are in such a rush that you can’t get food, do yourself a favor and stop by and at least get a drink. Cluff’s has a whole array of unique drinks. If you like cream soda, the Ironport is worth a stop every time you are close to Cluff’s. This “super cream soda/root beer” is a rarity, and we have only seen it at one other place in Kamas at the Hi Mountain Drug Store. If cream soda isn’t your fancy then, get any of the fresh limes. We got the raspberry, and there really isn’t anything like fresh-squeezed lime soda, to which the raspberry just a little something that made it dynamite.

Menu behind the main counter at Cluff’s Carhop Cafe.

If you still need some convincing, go and try the watermelon lemonade. We have never had anything like it, and it is Gayle Cluff’s own concoction. The only way we can describe the taste it is like a watermelon Starburst, mixed with the feeling you have on a hot summer day after you have been playing a sport. It satisfies the need to relax after doing something tiring. Seriously good.

Cluff’s Carhop is full of 60 years of rural Utah history, and Fillmore is filled with its own great history and plenty of things worth doing. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on the adventure. We spent three hours in Fillmore and were entertained the whole time. We are confident you would enjoy 30 minutes. Cluff’s is only one minute and 49 seconds (yes, we timed it!) off the first exit in Fillmore, so the excuse that it’s out of the way doesn’t apply. The food is priced as well or better than the fast food chain restaurants you’ll find there, but that is where comparisons end. Cluff’s Carhop Cafe is a great treat, and a real fork in the road.

Another view of the entrance and outdoor seating at Cluff’s Carhop Cafe.

You can find Cluff’s Carhop Cafe at 270 N. Main Street in Fillmore, Utah.

That’s it for this time, friends. Until next time…stay hungry, and don’t forget your fork.

Disclosure:
All the food shown in these photos was paid for by the restaurant.

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Balance Rock Eatery and Pub http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/balance-rock-eatery-pub/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/balance-rock-eatery-pub/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 01:46:46 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=285 This article was first published on deseretnews.com on June 13th, 2012 and can be found here. There is a lot of truth to the “Cheers” theme song: When it comes down to human nature, we are all looking for a place “where everyone knows your name.” The Balanced Rock Eatery and Pub in Helper, Utah, can…Read more Balance Rock Eatery and Pub

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This article was first published on deseretnews.com on June 13th, 2012 and can be found here.

There is a lot of truth to the “Cheers” theme song: When it comes down to human nature, we are all looking for a place “where everyone knows your name.”

The Balanced Rock Eatery and Pub in Helper, Utah, can easily become a place you go to before you start an adventure or the place you go to gloat about the experiences and adventures you’ve already enjoyed.

Balance Rock

Off U.S. Highway 6, down a street reminiscent of days gone by, is a restaurant built in 1906 and originally used as a furniture store. We made a trip here based on a recommendation from a fan of our project by the name of Benjamin Jones. We’d never heard of this particular eatery, but as soon as we started to research it, we wanted to go.

At a glance it doesn’t look like much but once you walk through the doors, a wave of history runs over you. It’s a similar feeling to what you experience when you haven’t been home in years but upon seeing it — the place brings back memories that haven’t been thought about since before you left.

View of the main seating area from up above.

 

We were excited.

 

Once inside we were enthusiastically greeted by Clay, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Cindi. After chatting a bit, he took us on a tour of this historic Helper building. As we toured each level, we were impressed by the improvements they’ve made while still maintaining a historic and very welcoming atmosphere.

Play some pool at Balance Rock Eatery and Pub

After our tour, it was time to eat. We sat down and went over the menu while trying to decide what to put in our bellies. We started the meal with fried mushrooms, which was something we hadn’t expected to find. For mushroom lovers these are a must. Every bite is like a bowl of mushroom soup!

We were told that one of the great things about this restaurant is its breakfast. We were there at 7:30 in the evening, and even at that time we were impressed by the Greek goulash breakfast we ordered. It is served on a plate with crumbled feta cheese, hash browns, eggs, tomatoes and fresh Greek sausage.

Greek Goulash.

The Greek sausage comes from the local Workmen’s Market and is made from a recipe one of the owners picked up while touring Europe. We know this because we talked with her. She sat with us for a while and even made some recommendations for food, including the goulash. Not only was the goulash good, but the pancake that accompanied it to our table was monstrous! By far the biggest pancakes we’ve encountered up to this point, it was at least 8 inches across and Clay apologized for it being small.
It could have been a meal in of itself.

Tyler doesn’t even like pancakes and had a hard time sharing it due to its brilliant construction.

Our other entrée was a New York steak, which at $14 made for an excellent meal. With the steak, one of the options for sides included “Rock Chips,” which are homemade potato chips seasoned with Clay’s own secret recipe — a recipe he swore he would never give up. The meat was tender and well cooked and had honest-to-goodness grill marks on it, giving it that true backyard BBQ taste.

Delicious rock chips that accompany an equally delicious New York steak.

The Balanced Rock is one of the few restaurants that is a whole package; not only do they serve quality diner-type food, but the service is like a little sibling who will do anything you ask simply because they like you so much and want you to be happy. On top of all of that, there is often live music on many Friday and Saturday nights!

We went in as strangers and left feeling like we were leaving home and a place where people know our names.
The portions were big, the prices moderate, and the atmosphere relaxed and warm. As the music flowed down from the floor above, we were content to be in this place — and beyond content to have found another great fork in the road.

Balance Rock Eatery and Pub with the actual Balance Rock high above in the background.

The Balanced Rock is located at 148 S Main Street in Helper and can be contacted at 435-472-0403. Check it out on Google maps here.

We’ll see again soon! Until then…stay hungry and don’t forget your fork!

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All the food shown in these photos was paid for by the restaurant.

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Tarahumara- Mexican among the Swiss in Midway http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/tarahumara-mexican-among-swiss/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/tarahumara-mexican-among-swiss/#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 13:42:38 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=259 This article was first published on deseretnews.com on May 22, 2012 and can be viewed here. So often we fall into the trap that Mexican food is what you get at any of the fast-food “Mexican” restaurants that dot the land. While this is what American Mexican has evolved into, it is a far cry from…Read more Tarahumara- Mexican among the Swiss in Midway

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So often we fall into the trap that Mexican food is what you get at any of the fast-food “Mexican” restaurants that dot the land. While this is what American Mexican has evolved into, it is a far cry from what might be considered truly authentic. It’s like comparing the fortune cookie to authentic Chinese food. But, as much as we might enjoy the American-Mexican we’ve come to expect, it is refreshing to find places like Tarahumara.

The main counter at Tarahumara

While researching restaurants in the Utah area of Midway and Heber, this Mexican restaurant stood out from other fare that you might find in the area. It is an unusual spice in Midway’s already diverse cultural background. After all, this is a place known for its Swiss heritage, not its Mexican food. We hadn’t received any personal recommendations (as we often do), but the online reviews were great, so we decided to make the quick trip from Provo to enjoy some Mexican delicacies.

Pick-up window at Tarahumara

The primary seating in the restaurant wraps around behind the main counter and caters to people who generally enjoy a more open and family oriented setting. There is even an event room for large parties. However, if you prefer a more adult setting, then the Cantina is the place for you. With its low lights, bar and comfortable setting, the atmosphere appeals to an audience seeking something just a little more personal than the main sitting area.

The Cantina at Tarahumara

To address the food…wow. We’ll just say this: It was ridiculously good. In all reality this was probably the best Mexican food we’ve had since last summer when we stumbled upon Maria’s Cocina in Beaver, Utah. Very fresh, and with a lot more love than get at the fast-food joints.

Duck tacos at Tarahumara

We ordered a couple of things, one of which was duck tacos. They weren’t too greasy or too dry, and they were served drizzled with a tantalizing raspberry-Chipotle sauce. The other entrÉe we shared was sautéed shrimp with a tequila and orange sauce. It was awesome! In fact, if it were possible we would’ve taken a gallon of that sauce home with us. Even Tyson, who doesn’t like shrimp, thoroughly enjoyed it!

Sautéed shrimp in orange and tequila sauce at Tarahumara

Another thing we really loved about Tarahumara was its salsa bar. Twenty different salsas, with a wide variety of colors and flavors. There was one selection that looked like a pot of red death, but we didn’t have the nerve to try it but. We did try five or six, and they were all quite good.

The Salsa Bar at Tarahumara

Altogether if you are in Midway scuba diving at the Crater, or shooting a few holes of golf, or even just enjoying a nice drive through a beautiful city, make plans to stop by Tarahumara. The restaurant is found at 380 E. Main St. Contact the restaurant by phone at 435-654-3465 and visit its website at tarahumara.biz to view the menu and pricing, and learn a bit more about the restaurant.

Well, friends, until next time…stay hungry, and don’t forget your fork!

 

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All the food shown in these photos was paid for by the restaurant.

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Spin Cafe in Heber City http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/spin-cafe-in-heber-city/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/spin-cafe-in-heber-city/#comments Fri, 04 May 2012 23:00:36 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=239 This article was also published in the Deseret News in Section A, page 13 on May 4th and at deseretnews.com and can be found here. For people living in Salt Lake or Utah county, a getaway from the stressful work week may feel like it can never happen because many of your favorite attractions may…Read more Spin Cafe in Heber City

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This article was also published in the Deseret News in Section A, page 13 on May 4th and at deseretnews.com and can be found here.

For people living in Salt Lake or Utah county, a getaway from the stressful work week may feel like it can never happen because many of your favorite attractions may be far away. For anyone in that predicament, Heber City can be the solution.

What you’re greeted with as you enter Spin Cafe

 

While it really isn’t a “small town,” you will still get the small-town feel there. The city has friendly people, plenty of things to do, and a plethora of places to eat.

If you make it there and are in the mood to eat at a modern restaurant, head over to Spin Cafe, which has a unique menu that features items you might recognize, but with a twist.

The Farmers’ Market Panini

Spin Cafe is definitely in its own category, but once you enter, you’ll know you have found a gem. Every section of the restaurant features decor that reflects the idea of “spinning.” In this hip setting, you’ll get a good meal that won’t come with a hefty price tag.

Joline, one of the restaurant’s owners, says the idea they wanted to convey was contemporary food with a bit of a spin. Joline and her husband — who, before coming to Heber, ran an Italian restaurant in Telluride — opened the restaurant about six years ago, and pride themselves on creating interesting and fresh menu items.

Joline, one of the owners

When it comes to the food, it is delicious. There’s no other way to put it. They feature, as mentioned, a unique menu, and even a few unique drinks.

They have what they refer to as a “Utah cream soda,” which is like an Italian cream soda but a little sweeter. If you’re not into sweet, then just go for a regular Italian soda.

The menu is full of enticing entrees, like the farmer’s market panini, described on the menu as “a grilled veggie sandwich with Portobello mushroom, asparagus, romatomatoes, red bell pepper and goat cheese.” Not enough for you? Maybe give the Seattle BLT a try, or even a buffalo burger. Served with the sandwiches is a good helping of freshly cut, seasoned and fried potatoes or, for a little extra, fresh, hand-breaded onion rings.

Over the Top Bar-B-Q Beef Sandwich

When all is said and done, and you’re feeling like you can’t put anything else into your belly, man- (or woman-) up and get some gelato. OK, that sounds harsh, but, really, save some space because it is good stuff. If that doesn’t interest you, take a look at some of the other desserts because are just as good.

Gelato!

Spin Cafe is found at 220 N. Main St. in Heber, Utah, and can be contacted at 435-654-0251. View the restaurant’s website at spincafe.net.

So until next time…stay hungry and don’t forget your fork!

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All the food shown in these photos was paid for by the restaurant.

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Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/leslies-family-tree-restaurant/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/leslies-family-tree-restaurant/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:21:35 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=226 We stopped in to Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant on a warm Friday afternoon, ready to appease our hungry bellies. We sat down at a long table near the front, and placed our orders, which included scones. This is important. Let us note here a couple of things: first, a lot of the places we’ve gone…Read more Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant

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We stopped in to Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant on a warm Friday afternoon, ready to appease our hungry bellies. We sat down at a long table near the front, and placed our orders, which included scones. This is important. Let us note here a couple of things: first, a lot of the places we’ve gone to here in Utah serve scones; second, we had read in numerous places that Leslie’s scones were some of the best. We won’t say who has the best scones (because, really, how could you go wrong?) but what we will say is that Leslie’s serves the biggest scones we have encountered thus far. When our scones were coming out of the kitchen, we thought they were loaves of bread. Each scone is more than a foot long, and is served hot with a side of honey-butter. Amazing.

Scones!

Not long after that, we received our food: chicken fried steak for one and roast beef for the other. Each plate came with the meat and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green beans. Lots of good, home-style food. Everything was made fresh (they even peel their own potatoes!) and our rumblin’ tummies were soon put at ease. More than ease. Complete satisfaction.

Food from Leslies’ Family Tree, with the chicken fried steak in the foreground

Leslie’s Family Tree is a third-generation, family run restaurant. The main dining area has a log cabin feel to it. On the east wall, there are many photos (both old and new) of the family that operates the restaurant, and a memorial on the west wall of those family members that have served in the military (which we thought was really cool). Those that frequent this restaurant will find a welcoming atmosphere like one you’d expect upon arriving at a family reunion, warm and friendly…and with lots of food (and ghosts!).

That’s right…Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant is also haunted. Though that’s not the reason we went there, we think that is pretty awesome, and it is worth mentioning that they’ll be featured on the Travel Channel on May 4th due to the ghosts that roam its halls and rooms. So, if you like hauntings and food, or even if you just like food (really good food), then our advice is to take some time and give Leslie’s Family Tree a try.

Part of the interior at Leslie’s Family Tree

Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant is found at 77 West Main Street in Santaquin, Utah and can be contacted at 801-754-3499. Find out more about them at http://lesliesfamilytree.com/.


As a last note, they are trying to create a food competition/challenge that involves their giant scones and would love any input! Leave a comment, send us an email, comment on our Facebook wall, or contact them directly at the number above with any ideas that you might have.

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Big Burger http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/big-burger/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/big-burger/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:43:11 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=204 Big Burger. The beginning of it all. This particular drive-in has a very special place in our hearts, as it is the restaurant that inspired it all. This was the first small-town joint that we tried, and that was only because we were in the mood for a small-town place. It was a dark day…Read more Big Burger

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Big Burger. The beginning of it all. This particular drive-in has a very special place in our hearts, as it is the restaurant that inspired it all. This was the first small-town joint that we tried, and that was only because we were in the mood for a small-town place. It was a dark day in the spring of last year, and Big Burger shown like a beacon of hope on that day to us.
We pulled up, ordered some bacon cheeseburgers, and were blown away by how good they were. Why didn’t we know about this place? We’d never heard of it, and to be honest, hadn’t really ever even heard of the city of Mona, which is where you find this jewel. We wanted others to know about this place, and then wondered what other eateries were out there waiting to be discovered…and voilà! Utah’s Forks in the Road was born!

Drive-up order window at Big Burger

But enough of the sentimentality and on to the information about this great eatery!
Big Burger was first started about 5 years ago by a wonderful family that hails from Punjab, India. This is the family’s first venture into American cuisine, though they’ve also started an Indian restaurant prior to Big Burger. They told us that they started Big Burger because there wasn’t anything like it in the area, and they wanted to bring some good food to the people who live here (Mona, Nephi, etc.).
We are very grateful that we stopped there on that cloudy day a year ago. Not only were we inspired to start this project, but we found one of our most favorite places to go for burgers.

 

The burgers are big, juicy, and very flavorful. The bacon (which is nice and thick) is cooked just the way we like it when we get it on our burgers every time we go (though it isn’t pictured here), and we have been back numerous times. They have pretty standard fare as far as a burger joints go, as well as a few extras like hard-pack ice cream (including our favorite…Superman!) and an awesome orange creamsicle-type beverage…delicious. If you’re on the 15 headed down south for pretty much any reason, stop on in and try it out! Even if you’re not headed South, but live close, give it a try.

Big Burger is found at 137 N Main in Mona, Utah and can be reached at (435) 623-1921.

Big Burger

 

 

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Arshel’s Cafe http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/arshels-cafe/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/arshels-cafe/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 23:16:38 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=194 Arshel’s Cafe in Beaver, Utah is great. Simple as that. Like many of the restaurants we go to, this is just a couple of minutes from I-15. As we mentioned when writing about Maria’s Cocina, we didn’t know this place (or any place in Beaver, for that matter) existed; and as with Maria’s, it is…Read more Arshel’s Cafe

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Arshel’s Cafe in Beaver, Utah is great. Simple as that. Like many of the restaurants we go to, this is just a couple of minutes from I-15. As we mentioned when writing about Maria’s Cocina, we didn’t know this place (or any place in Beaver, for that matter) existed; and as with Maria’s, it is worth the couple of extra minutes to actually go into the town and eat at an actual restaurant, rather than going to one of the fast food joints found right by the exits.

Arshel’s serves delicious, home-style meals with great service. We went during the summer last year and enjoyed some BLT’s for lunch, and they were great! The food on the menu is served fresh and has that wonderful home-cooked taste you’d expect from small town cafes; you also get the service you’d hope for at such a place.

BLT’s from Arshel’s Cafe

 

Most of Beaver has a kind of throwback feeling; main street probably hasn’t changed much since the 60’s, and you can expect all the good things of that time period throughout the city, Arshel’s included. Simple food that tastes great with an atmosphere comparable to sitting down at the table of a long lost great aunt during a summer afternoon where the sun won’t set and the breeze is just right. If you have yet to have that experience, probably worth your time to take a break in Beaver and enjoy a meal at Arshel’s. Have a piece of pie, and take a breather before moving on your way.

Arshel’s is located at 711 N Main St. in Beaver, Utah and can be reached at (435)438-2977.

Exterior view of Arshel’s Cafe

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Parowan Cafe http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/parowan-cafe/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/parowan-cafe/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2012 03:29:14 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=177 Having stayed the night in Parowan, it only seemed appropriate that we enjoy some breakfast there in the morning.  Though the city isn’t really large, there are a lot of people who travel through because of its location. From Parowan, you can take Highway 143 which cuts through the city, and takes you up to…Read more Parowan Cafe

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Having stayed the night in Parowan, it only seemed appropriate that we enjoy some breakfast there in the morning.  Though the city isn’t really large, there are a lot of people who travel through because of its location. From Parowan, you can take Highway 143 which cuts through the city, and takes you up to Brian Head ski resort and Cedar Breaks national monument; it is also a convenient place to stop for gas, as there is a large truck stop just off of I-15 at the exit for Parowan. For breakfast, we went to the Parowan Cafe (or Teresa’s Parowan Cafe according to their website).

Interior of the Parowan Cafe


The Parowan Cafe is just exactly what you’d expect: a busy, small-town diner filled with locals and few people passing through. It’s a small town type of place to catch up with friends, or the place where you go before heading out on some kind of adventure. The cafe is also the hub for a lot of what is going on in town. We haven’t been to many places where we’ve seen a section of the counter used for advertising events and other goings on in town.


Just because it is really the only diner in the city doesn’t mean it defaults the win for best cafe. Actually, it was great food and can hold its own with other towns! In fact the day that we went, they were busy enough that we had to wait for a bit before being able to find a seat, which was a UFR first. There was a nice mix of locals, as well as travelers that were stopping in on their way to other places.

Breakfast at the Parowan Cafe


Once sat, our waitress was attentive and, of course, very friendly. We ordered french toast as well as biscuits and gravy. Though it was busy, our food came quickly and tasted wonderful. French toast is hard to do wrong, and the biscuits and gravy were absolutely wonderful. We don’t say that blindly, as Tyler Spent 2 years in Florida and biscuits and gravy are to Floridians as fry sauce is to Utahns! It seems so simple but you know when you get the good stuff! The portions were good for the price, and we left feeling ready for the day.


The Parowan Cafe can be found at 33 N Main St in Parowan, UT 84761 and can be reached at (435) 477-3593. Check out their website at http://www.parowancafe.com/.

Exterior shot of the Parowan Cafe

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Maria’s Cocina http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/marias-cocina/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/marias-cocina/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:52:48 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=102 For anyone that may have had the same idea that we had about  Beaver (that is that Beaver is just a small town that is only good for truck stops),you owe it to the town to drive through and see what Beaver is really all about, because in all reality Beaver is about as quaint…Read more Maria’s Cocina

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For anyone that may have had the same idea that we had about  Beaver (that is that Beaver is just a small town that is only good for truck stops),you owe it to the town to drive through and see what Beaver is really all about, because in all reality Beaver is about as quaint as a small city can be. Beaver is a nice place to stop on your way south, but it’s also got more to it then that. Like many of the cities we go to and have gone to, we were directed to an awesome place to eat.
Exiting from the freeway (doesn’t matter which exit), take highway 160  and turn onto 200 N and head east. This is actually highway 153 that takes you in the direction oft the new Eagle Point ski resort. As you start getting out of the town, you’ll see a big church on your right, and on your left the entrance to a campground. For incredible Mexican food, that campground is your destination, for that is where you will find Maria’s Cocina.

An exterior view of the cabin that is Maria’s Cocina

Maria’s really is something out of the ordinary. With only 8 tables in a small wood cabin (and a few more outside), Maria’s serves up some of the best Mexican food in the state and is only open for 5 hours a day (from 4PM-9PM). Every meal is made with delicious and fresh ingredients. They also have a variety of homemade speciality drinks such as horchata (delicious), lemonade (also delicious) and a pineapple drink that we didn’t try.The atmosphere was unique. As mentioned, the cabin was very small but big enough that there was room for everyone.  The walls were decorated with different Spanish trinkets and decorations. Add to that the friendly waitresses, and you feel at home and welcome!

Interior view of Maria’s Cocina

The food was fabulous. Even as you’re sat down, you have incredible homemade salsa fresca and tortilla chips brought to you. We ordered some tacos as well as some carnitas. The tacos were fantastic (just look at the picture) and the steak used in the carnitas dish was just downright good, perfectly tender,  and melted in your mouth after 2 chews. All this awesome food, complimented by the fresh horchata and lemonade, made for two very happy guys.

The carnitas, tacos, and a glass of the homemade horchata

If you are heading anywhere passing through Beaver and it is between 4-9, you owe it to Beaver City and to yourselves to stop by and go to Maria’s. It’s really only about 5 minutes from the freeway and absolutely worth the stop.

Maria’s is located off of highway 153, just before you get to Holdaway lane in Beaver. If you use something like Yelp to help get you there…forget about it. It takes you much further up the road and into a neighborhood. We’ve recommended to its location in Google maps, but it has yet to be reviewed; so, go here to see it instead. As previously stated, it is open daily from 4PM until 9PM, and only from about May to October.

Look for this sign on the North side of the road, as it is the entrance to the campground where you find Maria’s Cocina

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Hi Mountain Drug http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/hi-mountain-drug/ http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/hi-mountain-drug/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 01:29:36 +0000 http://www.forkintheroadutah.com/?p=82 For the best burgers in the state of Utah, one might expect a nice burger joint located in Salt Lake, perhaps a place like Park City, or any of the other major cities throughout the state. Amazingly, to get the state’s best burgers (an award given by more than one group, including Utah’s “Best of…Read more Hi Mountain Drug

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For the best burgers in the state of Utah, one might expect a nice burger joint located in Salt Lake, perhaps a place like Park City, or any of the other major cities throughout the state. Amazingly, to get the state’s best burgers (an award given by more than one group, including Utah’s “Best of State” for three years), you need to travel to the small town of Kamas.

View of a part of the counter and additional seating for the grill in Hi Mountain.

Kamas is a gateway city to the Mirror Lake scenic byway, and is set in a beautiful valley, surrounded by mountains and rivers, and is one of a few other small communities in the region. If you happen to be headed in that direction or to other places in the area, we recommend that you stop in at Hi Mountain Drug, both to pick up any needed supplies and to have a quick and delicious bite before heading out. Even if you’re not necessarily headed out there, go and eat. You won’t regret it.
We wouldn’t have known about this incredible little place, except that it was (again) recommended to us by someone. Please, if you have any places that you think everyone on earth needs to try, don’t hesitate to tell us.
The day we went was dark and gloomy, but that didn’t deter us from wanting to try some delicious burgers. It was a little cold outside, but the moment we went in the door, we were greeted with a warm and welcoming

Collection of a few glass bottles, looking from where we were seated at the counter.

atmosphere. This wasn’t a huge surprise, as we sort of expected that from a small town joint. We did have to chuckle to ourselves as we walked around the store, which has a pharmacy, lots of miscellaneous items that you might use in camping or the outdoors, and (of course) the grill. It seemed sort of random, but it is (as was previously mentioned) the perfect place to stop if you’re planning on heading out for some outdoor activities.

Funny signs, similar to this, are hung on the walls.

We sat down at the counter, and after looking over the menu, decided to order a couple of Aussie burgers. The burger is a pretty standard burger (hamburger patty, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) but with a little extra something: a fried egg. We also ordered a couple of Ironports to drink. The Ironport is (according to their description) comparable to a very rich cream soda…and it was divine. As were the burgers. Everything in the burger worked in perfect unison. The meat was fresh and flavorful, and the fried egg just added a little bit of pizzaz to the already wonderful taste. Needless to say, we were incredibly satisfied. The waitress also suggested we leave with a Fresh Lime (a little lite syrup, soda water, and freshly squeezed lime juice), which we did…and again, we were not disappointed in the very least.

Aussie burgers and Ironport. Incredible food.

Since that time, we’ve already been back, and we’re looking forward to going again soon. Let us say again that if you’re even remotely close, maybe if you’re on vacation in Heber or doing some shopping in Park City or if you’re just looking to go on a scenic drive to a little town that happens to have a grill that serves up the state’s best burgers, go to Hi Mountain Drug in Kamas.
Hi Mountain is found at 40 N Main in Kamas, Utah. If you need further information, contact Hi Mountain Drug at (435) 783-4466.

A tone-mapped HDR of the exterior of Hi Mountain Drug.

 

 

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