Grand Canyon Dining Memories- need those!
There will be eight of us venturing into the North Rim one week from today (Sunday) and it seems as if dining around Tusayan offers limited choices. Im hoping someone can tell me what the best of those choices are! Ive looked through many guide books and know about the diferent lodge dining rooms in the park that are ok (El Torav, Bright Angel) as well as the hotel dining rooms in Tusayan (Canyon Star, the one at the Best western). Im wondering if there are some more recent options that may not be so well known? Anyone been recently and can reccomend? Or what is the best of the well knowns?
The second request i have is for breakfast/ lunch spots on the route between the GC and Las Vegas. Not fine dining but diner or just really good. Any/ all suggestions greatly appreictaed!
Navajo tacos for breakfast at El Tovar were memorable, filling, and well executed. I was happier eating out of my cooler for lunch and dinner no matter how much I spent at various GC restaurants. (Of course my cooler is generally filled with roasted veggies, smelly cheese, Haig hummus, and worthy chilled salads.)
Anyway, have a great time, and consider getting up early enough to see the sunrise wake up the canyon; it's incredible watching the transition from vague formlessness to flat sepia to radiant reds.
I just came back from a stay at the south rim. El Tovar is the place to go for a special dinner (make that reservation) though the food reads better on the menu than the chef knows how to prepare it.
If you order steak, heed my warning. Even though your server may know what "rare" is the chef doesn't and your steak will most likely be cooked to the next level of doneness. We ordered three steaks, medium rare, medium, medium well, all were overcooked. But at least two of them were edible... ;-)
El Tovar's not bad, it's just not ... you know...
If you're staying at the North Rim, the dining in Tusayan and the South Rim will be about four hours away by car. There is a restaurant at the lodge at the North Rim, but the food is incredibly hit-and-miss, possibly because it's so remote.
If you're staying at the South Rim, give El Tovar a shot. My wife took me there for my 40th birthday, and the food was so-so, but I remember having a wonderful time and seeing coatimundi-like animals up in the beams while we were dining.