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Food advice for roadtrip between Santa Cruz and Monument Valley?

jmikey Jul 27, 2006 05:09 AM

I'm already planning at stopping at Redrum ne Murder Burger in Davis for lunch. The in and out across the street is evidence of the fear that a real independent can raise. Any places to go between Tahoe and Reno. Vegas? Run away?

What's the best? Road food on 80 or 50? Should I take a detour? How's the food at Goulding's Lodge? To be honest I just want to hear about the best ways to the best food between Santa Cruz and Monument Valley. A straight line isn't always the best. Mikey

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  1. oakjoan RE: jmikey Aug 2, 2006 04:48 AM

    Too bad you're not going as far as Mesa Verde Natl. Park in the southwest corner of Colorado. The Far View Lodge (inside the park) is a fabulous restaurant and a lovely bar with a view out over the whole mesa. The food is incredible and worth a trip to MV for that reason alone. The prices are very reasonable, too.

    Reno has a really good restaurant called the 4th St. Bistro. It's sort of Calif cuisine and not cheap, but very good food (not the usual salad bar & steaks or buffet place Reno is filled with). Also, there's a good Indian place on Virginia south of downtown called Indian Curry and Kebab or Kebab and Curry. Very nice.

    We also had a fabulous meal at Boulder Mountain Lodge in Boulder Utah. It's also a bit north of where you're traveling, but it's excellent. The Lodge is right next to the Burr Trail, an amazing road through all kinds of interesting formations. Lots on the Burr Trail online.

    If you come across Highway 50 ("The Loneliest Road In The World" - not totally true) you end up above Boulder, Utah and could probably diagonal down to Monument Valley. Highway 50 is also surprisingly beautiful, with a couple of mountain ranges in btwn Carson City and Ely. Also it goes past the least visited National Park in the country - Great Basin Natl. Pk. - Out of the dessert rises a 13,000+ foot mountain with streams and quaking aspens and meadows - quite a site to see.

    I certainly am blathering on...sorry. Hope some of this helps.

    1. The Chowhound Team RE: jmikey Aug 4, 2006 05:26 AM

      California chow is off topic on the Southwest forum. Please keep responses on this thread on topic by focusing on good eats in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada only.

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