On the North Rim, the Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room offers an upscale menu at reasonable prices in a warm, earthy atmosphere. Reservations are recommended by calling (928) 638-2611. (Remember – the North Rim Lodge is only open through October 15th!)
50 miles North of the Park, the Jacob Lake Inn has an old-fashioned diner known throughout the region for its delicious ice cream shakes and huge home-made cookies. In Page, Arizona, you can choose from fast-food chains and independently owned family-style restaurants. If a big hearty breakfast is what you’re after, the Ranch House Grille is famous for its slogan “bring your appetite, you’re gonna need it.” Strombolli’s Italian Restaurant serves “calzones as big as your head” through late October. The Mandarin Gourmet’s all- you-can-eat Chinese buffet is a local favorite. In the mood for Mexican? Fiesta Mexicana will satisfy your appetite for the spicy stuff. For a good quick lunch, the Sandwich Place features “fast food fit for grown-ups.”
Looking for a dining experience where getting to the restaurant is half the fun? Situated between Page, Arizona and Kanab, Utah is a popular local spot called the Paria Outpost . Open for dinner only on Friday and Saturday nights mid-March through early October, the Outpost serves an all-you-can-eat Texas-style barbecue buffet, surrounded by the beauty of the Paria Canyon area. Or, between Bitter Springs and Jacob Lake, stop by the Marble Canyon Lodge and Trading Post for classic home- made American food with the Vermillion Cliffs and the Colorado River Gorge just steps from your table. Just down the road, the Cliff Dweller’s Lodge is one of Northern Arizona’s “best kept secrets” with one patron recently reporting he had the “best biscuits and gravy he’d ever tasted” there!
Flagstaff, Williams, Sedona, Page, Kanab or St. George also have many choices of both chain and independent restaurants. Check the local newspapers, TV or radio stations, the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor Information Center, or your hotel front desk for recommendations. The majority of restaurants and bars in the area are smoke-free.
Travel Tip 25 – How Should I Dress?
In the Southwest, our style is best summed up with “The 2 C’s:” “CASUAL” and “COMFORTABLE.” Even the area’s more upscale restaurants have a very relaxed dress code (if they even have one at all). At the El Tovar Hotel, for example, they just ask that you not wear shorts to dinner (they know you’re here to enjoy the outdoors!). Pack a pair of khakis and maybe one long sleeve shirt; that should be as “formal” as you’ll need. In summertime, t-shirts and shorts are usually sufficient for daytime wear, but do bring a light jacket as nights still get chilly and temperatures tend to drop quickly after sunset. During the early spring and late fall months, you’ll want to be prepared to put on extra layers as morning temperatures are definitely on the cool side. In the winter (November through February), hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, etc. should be included in your Grand Canyon vacation gear. Snow or no snow, it’s still cold (usually).